The Materials Research Initiative has initially selected three Research Themes as current areas of focus:

  • Materials into Medicine
  • Materials for Energy
  • Controlled Assembly of Materials

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We hope this website will become a landing platform for researchers in the materials field. At this early stage, we are pleased to offer some useful resources:

Research Showcase - Affiliated Researchers

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Seed funding awardees 2016

Evaluating Alternative Manufacture Techniques for Ceramics

Lead investigator: Prof. George Franks

The green and fired properties of zirconia compacts prepared by aqueous and non-aqueous slip casting, freeze casting and gelcasting were measured. Freeze casting has the potential to produce complex shaped objects however, the properties of freeze cast bodies were found to be inferior to those processed by slip casting and gelcasting. Cracking and warping were found in the freeze cast samples. On the other hand, crack-free objects with good green and fired properties can be prepared by employing slip casting (both in aqueous and non-aqueous media). Finally, gelcasting resulted in crack-free compacts with good green and fired properties.

Blood Coagulation Rate Constants in Flow: A CFD Optimisation Study

Head investigator: Dr. Dalton Harvie

Coagulation model predictions are critically dependent upon individual coagulation reaction rate constants. These constants can be exceedingly fast, and attempting to measure their values in  isolation may be inaccurate, or introduce experimental artefacts that cause the measurement to be unrepresentative of the in situ value. In this study we will use a computational fluid dynamics (CFD) model as a tool to unravel information about these constants, using as a data source a variety of (complex) published coagulation measurements. Use of the CFD model allows us to extract individual rate constants out of experimental data that is necessarily representative of whole system performance. Concurrently, we will be validating a biochemical coagulation model that accounts for spatial aspects (flow and diffusion).  Our objective is to produce a high quality/impact publication from this work that demonstrates the potential of the academic/industry partnership, hence increasing the competitiveness of an ARC Linkage proposal. And it worked in 2016 Dalton obtained an ARC Linkage grant on the topic with CSL.

Characterisation of Meltless Titanium Powder for Additive Manufacturing

Head investigator: Prof. Kenong Xia

Meltless Ti alloy powders are produced by chemical processing directly from the mineral form without the energy intensive melting. However, such powders tend to have composition variations from particle to particle. Efficient characterisation of the particles is essential in the development of industry processes. This project aims at fast and sophisticated chemical and phase mapping of individual particles by using an enhanced analysis tool. In addition, the project has significant capacity for generation of high quality and high impact research on producing Ti powders suitable for 3D printing.