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Two new Australian Research Council (ARC) Industrial Transformation Research Hubs launched at Monash University

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Two new Australian Research Council (ARC) Industrial Transformation Research Hubs that will focus on collaborative research and development projects to drive industry growth, productivity and competitiveness have been launched at Monash University today.

President of the Senate, Senator the Hon. Scott Ryan, opened the ARC Research Hub for Computational Particle Technology and the ARC Research Hub for Nanoscience-based Construction Material Manufacturing today on behalf of Minister for Education and Training, Senator the Hon. Simon Birmingham.

These two ARC Research Hubs are each receiving AU$5 million over five years through the Industrial Transformation Research Hubs scheme, a key component of the ARC Industrial Transformation Research Program (ITRP)—delivering research funding to enhance collaboration with key industries to find solutions to critical industry problems.

 ARC Chief Executive Officer, Professor Sue Thomas, said the two Research Hubs will bring together world-class, multi-disciplinary teams of university scientists collaborating with many leading industry partners.

“These two ARC Industrial Transformation Research Hubs are bringing university researchers and industry together to undertake cutting-edge research that will provide tangible outcomes for Australia,” said Professor Thomas.

“The ARC Research Hub for Computational Particle Technology will provide significant economic and environmental benefits to industry, such as blast furnace ironmaking, the main process for producing iron ore for the steelmaking industry. This Research Hub is working to optimise the ironmaking process, to reduce the energy inputs and also reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

“The ARC Research Hub for Nanoscience-based Construction Material Manufacturing will create strong working linkages to innovate and modernise products, processes and technologies to transform Australia’s construction materials manufacturing industries. This Research Hub is bridging the divide between research and manufacturing.”

Researchers at the ARC Research Hub for Computational Particle Technology at Monash University will collaborate with thirteen organisations, including: The University of New South Wales; The University of Queensland; Western Sydney University; Macquarie University; Deakin University, and participating organisations: Chinese Academy of Sciences; University of Twente, The Netherlands; Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK; Hamersley Iron Pty. Limited; Baosteel Company; Fujian Longking Co Ltd; and Jiangsu Industrial Technology Research Institute.

Researchers at the ARC Research Hub for Nanoscience-based Construction Material Manufacturing at Monash University will work with over sixty participating organisations, including: 12 Australian universities; the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation; Australian Nuclear Science And Technology Organisation and other national and international industry organisations.

The researchers at the ARC Research Hub for Nanoscience-based Construction Material Manufacturing and their industry partners from Australia, China, Singapore, and the USA have been collaborating on affiliated projects for over a year. To date, 38 Nanocomm Hub projects have commenced chief investigators have reported in over 10 publications with research teams filing at least one provisional patent, with more in development.

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