Our ability to manufacture minerals could transform the gem market, medical industries and even help suck carbon from the air

By Anita Parbhakar-Fox, Senior Research Fellow in Geometallurgy/Applied Geochemistry, The University of Queensland and Paul Gow, Principal Research Fellow, The University of Queensland Last month, scientists uncovered a mineral called Edscottite. Minerals are solid, naturally occurring substances that are not living, such as quartz or haematite. This new mineral was discovered after an examination of the…

First hi-tech X-ray tube rolls off the line in Adelaide

By Andrew Spence Australian hi-tech company Micro-X has rolled out the first of its lightweight mobile X-ray carts fitted with its own in-house designed and manufactured X- ray tube. The X-ray tubes are the world’s first to be electronically controlled and contain a unique carbon nanotube emitter designed by Micro-X in collaboration with South Australian…

Imagine Intelligent Materials announces real time graphene sensing

Geelong’s Imagine Intelligent Materials has developed a system using graphene coatings and edge-based signal processing devices to collect data from objects with large surface areas. Proven over areas as large as 4,000 square metres, the system gathers data such as pressure, moisture, stress and temperature and is aimed at industrial and consumer applications in the…

RMIT researchers print wash-and-wear graphene supercapacitors

A Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology team has demonstrated a process for “cost-effective and scaleable” laser printing of stretchable, washable textiles able to store energy.   A 10 centimetre by 10 centimetre patch of graphene-based smart textiles could be printed in three minutes using the technique, according to work published in the journal Scientific Reports. …