Our four primary research strands are solution driven and support State and national research and economic priorities. They bring together the University’s world-class strengths to focus on critical industry sectors.
This strand supports the development of precision medicine by leveraging long standing expertise in nanomedicine. Our chemists, materials scientists and biomedical scientists work directly with clinicians and the biotechnology and medical technology industries. In partnership we discover exciting new ways to diagnose, manage and treat debilitating diseases such as cancers, autoimmune diseases and chronic wounds. We further develop novel biomaterials to support cell therapy.
Fundamental, applied and translational research provides intelligent solutions and dynamic new approaches for tomorrow’s manufacturing industries. Scientists and engineers who specialise in polymer chemistry, materials science and surface engineering technologies work closely with industry partners to develop new products and innovative ideas in sectors such as automotive, defence, health care and renewable energy. One of our partnerships with industry has seen us take a key role in the design and development of the next generation of sun tracking heliostats suitable for both concentrated solar thermal and concentrated photo-voltaic energy generation.
Environmental sustainability is a global imperative, a driver of change and a key to modern business success. Our researchers draw on expertise in biogeochemical processes to develop innovative solutions to the challenges facing agriculture and the environment. Our focus is on food security, remediation of contaminated sites, the control of antibiotic resistant microorganisms, risk assessment of emerging technologies and environmental policy support.
This strand delivers both high-quality basic science and outcome-driven research and development to a resources sector challenged by decreasing deposit quality. Working with industry, we strive to improve process performance, reduce energy and water usage and assist in the assessment and introduction of new, value chain technological innovations. Expertise in geological materials characterisation and minerals processing is supported by strengths in physical chemistry, physics and extractive metallurgical engineering.