$26 million awarded through ARC Linkage projects

Funding totalling $26 million has been announced through ARC Linkage Projects 2023 Round 1 across 50 projects, including for next-generation microchip manufacture, anodes for next-generation lithium batteries, and addressing superalloy microstructure defects. The Linkage Projects scheme backs projects that “initiate or develop long term strategic research alliance” and provides funding of between $50,000 and $300,000…

Michelle Simmons wins Prime Minister’s Prize for Science

Sydney quantum computing hardware manufacturer Silicon Quantum Computing’s (SQC) Michelle Simmons was named last night as the winner of the 2023 Prime Minister’s Prize for Science. Professor Simmons (pictured) was recognised for creating the new field of atomic electronics which are ‘powering the transition from the digital to the quantum age’. Simmons, who has already…

USQ focus on thermoelectric research

A University of Southern Queensland researcher hopes to combat the burning issue of the effects of climate change with advanced waste-heat-to-power technology. Materials scientist Associate Professor Min Hong (pictured) has been awarded $1 million in funding through the 2023 Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellowships scheme to develop a new generation of high-performance thermoelectric energy…

Recycled plastic in asphalt to be trialled at ten Victorian sites

A new RMIT University-led project will see new roads at ten sites contain recycled material, including hard-to-recycle soft plastics, demonstrating “a viable circular-economy solution to the nation” according to the university. The project – which is supported by the Australian Research Council, Austroads and ten Victorian councils – will use post-consumer and industrial waste plastic…

ARC awards almost $65 million under Industrial Transformation Research Program 2023

Funding totalling nearly $65 million has been announced for eight new Australian Research Council (ARC) Industrial Transformation Training Centres and five new ARC Industrial Transformation Research Hubs, covering themes including battery recycling, digital manufacturing and radiation innovation. Industry partners and universities would also provide additional funding worth $227 million to the new ARC Training Centres,…