Bioplastics and Biocomposites Conference

An interesting one-day conference was hosted by IFM and the Hub on Friday 22nd February. The conference was organised by a visiting delegation from the Institute for Bioplastics and Biocomposites, Hochschule Hannover, as part of a German government funded initiative designed to grow an international network on bioeconomy research. The delegation also included colleagues from…

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Endeavour Executive Leadership Award

Congratulations to Joe Razal! A/Prof Joe Razal was recently awarded an Endeavour Executive Leadership Award. These awards, from the Australian Government Department of Education and Training, aim to increase international research engagement through funding recipients to spend some time in an overseas laboratory, developing their knowledge and expertise. Joe will use the award to visit…

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RSV Lecture, Avalon Air Show & Innovate Expo

The Hub has been out and about recently with the Avalon Air Show, Geelong’s Innovate Expo and a Royal Society of Victoria event on Fashionable Science. The Royal Society of Victoria holds regular lectures on a range of interesting scientific topics. On February 28th the lecture was on Fashionable Science and featured 4 scientists working…

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3rd Future Fibres Symposium

The Hub was proud to host the 3rd Symposium at Deakin on the 18/19th February. This year featured four fantastic international guest speakers – Prof Greg Rutledge from MIT spoke on process-structure-property relationships in electrospinning, Prof David Kaplan from Tufts University shared many fascinating research projects his group is undertaking on silk materials. Prof Jeff…

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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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