Visit to Boston-based international partners

Hub Director and Deputy Director Xungai and Joe recently visited the US where they met with Hub Partner Investigators, and attended the Fiber Society Conference. Their first stop was Boston where Xungai and Joe met with Hub Partner Investigators Prof David Kaplan at Tufts University and Prof Greg Rutledge at MIT to discuss the Hub…

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Hub at the Fiber Society Conference

The Hub was well represented at the recent Fiber Society Fall Conference held at the University of California, Davis on October 29-31st. A/Prof Joe Razal gave a presentation on “MXene fibers: The new member of functional fibers made from two-dimensional nanosheets and Dr Alessandra Sutti presented on “Short nanofibers-based hierarchical structures for lipase immobilisation”. Prof…

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Hub workshop

On the afternoon of Monday 1st October members of the Hub met to prepare for the performance review the following day, and also to participate in group discussions around various topics. Before buckling down to work Hub members enjoyed a networking lunch and the opportunity to look at a series of posters describing different Hub…

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Visit from ARC Training Centre for Innovative BioEngineering

We were very pleased to welcome visitors from the ARC Training Centre for Innovative BioEngineering to Deakin. Training Centre Director Professor Hala Zreiqat, from The University of Sydney led the delegation who visited the Hub at Deakin’s Institute for Frontier Materials on 19th September. Joining Hala were Training Centre members Dr Yogambha Ramaswamy, Dr Gurvinder…

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Upcycling denim jeans to artificial cartilage

Denim jeans could be transformed into artificial cartilage for joint reconstruction thanks to advanced textile recycling methods pioneered by Hub researchers at Deakin University. Hub Chief Investigator Dr Nolene Byrne and Hub PhD candidate Beini Zeng have discovered how to dissolve denim and manipulate the remains into an aerogel – a low density material with…

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2nd Future Fibres Symposium

The 2nd Future Fibres Symposium was held at Deakin University on 6/7th August. The event provided an opportunity for Hub members to come together to share research updates, catch-up with each other, and learn from some international guest speakers. Day One Day one was open to other attendees with 130 people registering for the event….

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No Fuzz anti-pilling treatment

Imagine a day when you don’t have to worry about nasty pilling on your woollen jumpers or bedsheets. That day could be closer thanks to a new textile treatment developed by the Hub short polymer fibres team in collaboration with industry partner HeiQ. Hub Chief Investigator leading this research, Dr Alessandra Sutti, said pilling was…

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Energy storing fibres

Hub Associate Member Dr Shayan Seyedin alongside Chief Investigator A/Prof Joe Razal have recently been receiving media attention for their work creating fibres that could one day turn our clothes into chargers for electronic devices. The new fibres are made by combining sheets of MXene – a nanoscopic material made of carbon and titanium –…

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Future Fibres Strategy Workshop

On a day when heavy thunderstorms were predicted to cause flash flooding (1st December 2017), 50 fibre researchers from the Institute for Frontier Materials, along with representatives from CSIRO and industry, gathered at The Pier in Geelong to share ideas on the direction of fibre research at Deakin. With a great view of any storms…

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Motorcycle Road Safety Seminar

Motorcyclists represent an increasing proportion of road uses killed (17%) and seriously injured (23%) in Australian road crashes. To help address this problem the Hub was proud to sponsor the 1st Motorcycle Safety Seminar held at Deakin University on Friday 27th October.   This seminar, co-organised by Hub CI Dr Chris Hurren, brought together experts…

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