Graphene oxide coating could make more efficient solar cells, protect artworks

Researchers have shown graphene oxide coatings as offering potential in boosting the efficiency of electronics and protecting artwork. Currently, solar cells used a layer of alumina, silica or some other material to boost their efficiency, said Dr Nadim Darwish of Curtin University, the lead author on a paper in ACS Advanced Materials & Interfaces titled…

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Govt tepid on calls for export, innovation pivot

By Joseph Brookes The federal government has downplayed calls for it to take a larger role in diversifying Australia’s exports, strengthen supply chain resilience, and lead research and industry collaboration, insisting its current measures are adequate despite mounting criticism. The Joint Standing Committee on Trade and Investment Growth, led by the controversial LNP backbencher George…

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IMCRC, Allegra back implant technology development

A new industry-led project supported by the Innovative Manufacturing Cooperative Research Centre (IMCRC) will develop a proprietary coating process for orthopaedic implants. Swinburne’s ARC Training Centre for Surface Engineering and Advanced Materials, and RMIT will explore the coasting process which deposits a bioceramic material onto implants. The project, which has been awarded $118,338 by IMCRC…

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Micro-X teams up with Liberty for airport security

Security solutions provider Liberty Defense and cold cathode X-Ray machine manufacturer Micro-X have teamed up to develop enhanced people and passenger screening systems for aviation or commercial security. The two companies have signed a technical and marketing collaboration agreement to combine their technologies to help speed up the flow of people through security checkpoints. Micro-X…

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Australian developed CEAFAR radar now operational

The Australian developed and manufactured CEAFAR-2L air search radar has reached Initial Operating Capability status mounted aboard the Royal Australian Navy’s Anzac Class frigates. CEAFAR, manufactured by SEA Technologies, is an active phased array radar with a unique microwave tile-based design incorporating Digital Beam Forming (DBF) technology. Originally delivered to the navy in 2010, the…

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