Wellcome news for Hub researchers

Hub Director Professor Xungai Wang, Chief Investigator Dr Rangam Rajkhowa and Research Fellow Dr Ben Allardyce, together with industry partner the Ear Science Institute Australia (ESIA) have received a major grant from the UK Wellcome Trust. The grant, worth $3.7 M over three years will take the silk based membrane materials developed at by Hub…

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Hub members win major award

Recycling used denim to give colour to new denim is a revolutionary idea which has just been recognised by a major international award. The team, containing four Hub members, were one of five winners of the Global Change Award, an initiative of the H&M Foundation to promote sustainable fashion. They were awarded €150,000 for further…

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Inaugural Future Fibres Symposium

The ARC Future Fibres Hub was proud to host the inaugural Future Fibres Symposium on 27-28th February 2017, at the Waurn Ponds campus of Deakin University. We were extremely pleased to welcome four of our international Partner Investigators for the Symposium, along with our industry partners. Day one saw some excellent presentations from international and…

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Future Fibres Hub Officially Launched

The $13.2 million Future Fibres Hub was officially launched on October 25 2016 by Federal Member for Corangamite, Ms Sarah Henderson MP and Deakin University Vice-Chancellor, Professor Jane den Hollander. We were delighted to have Australian Research Council CEO Leanne Harvey and representatives of four out of the Hub’s five industry partners present at the…

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Wheel maker Carbon Revolution raises $50m to expand

Australian Financial Review, 20/09/16 Geelong carbon fibre wheel maker Carbon Revolution is raising $50 million to expand production to 100,000 wheels a year by 2021. The raising is the first stage of a two-part capital program that the company – which started in a Geelong garage a decade ago – expect will lead to a…

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Future Fibres Hub Strategy Day 2016

The ARC Future Fibres Hub held its first strategy day on Wednesday 20 July at the Institute for Frontier Materials, Deakin University. Hub members including Chief Investigators, Partner Investigators and currently employed staff spent a productive day getting to know each other and celebrating the commencement of Hub activities. Presentations from the Hub industry partners…

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New product mimics the real thing

“HeiQ Real Silk” reproduces the luxurious tactile properties of silk using the cutting edge short polymer fibre technology developed by HeiQ Australia and Deakin University’s Institute for Frontier Materials (IFM). Deakin’s chief researcher on short fibres, Dr Alessandra Sutti said it had been an admirably short time between the establishment of HeiQ Australia and the…

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Quickstep brings global R&D to Geelong

Deakin’s ‘carbon cluster’ will gain a major boost with Quickstep’s high tech centre. Australia’s largest independent manufacturer of carbon fibre composites, Quickstep Holdings, has announced the establishment of an Automotive Division and global research and development centre at Deakin’s Waurn Ponds campus. Deakin is providing space to accommodate the Automotive Division and R&D centre under…

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Silk solution to hearing loss

A thin transparent membrane produced from silk fibres could provide a novel but simple solution to chronic eardrum perforation – a problem that affects millions of people. Chief Hub Investigator Dr Rangam Rajkhowa and Fibre Hub Research Fellow Dr Ben Allardyce are working on a project with hub partner, Ear Science Institute Australia (ESIA) using…

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Re-inventing the wheel

Prime Minister acknowledges Deakin and Carbon Revolution’s contribution to clean energy future. Carbon Revolution (CFusion), a Victorian company that, in partnership with Deakin University, produced the world’s first one piece carbon fibre wheel, has been showcased at a Clean Technology Showcase in Canberra, an event launched by the Prime Minister, Julia Gillard and  Innovation Minister…

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