The ARC Research Hub for Future Fibres has achieved many outcomes since it started operations in May 2016.

Some of these outcomes are highlighted below.


New Products

  • Textile treatment: Real Silk (silk feel to other textiles, 2016) Media release here
  • Textile treatment: No Fuzz (anti-pilling, 2017) Media release here.
  • Protective Apparel: Two products currently being transferred to manufacturing by Draggin Jeans
  • Translation towards clinical trials of first generation silk membranes for eardrum reconstruction with Ear Science Institute Australia

Product/Process Improvement

  • Manufacturing facility established by HeiQ (in Geelong) to scale-up short polymer fibre production
  • Two materials developed, validated, and now used by Carbon Revolution in manufacture of one-piece carbon fibre wheels.
  • Improved understanding of the Qure process to manufacture carbon fibre composite parts, will lead to more durable method to be adopted by Quickstep.
  • Over 15 new products or processes have been developed, and most adopted by industry partners.

Intellectual Property

  • Patents – 6 have been filed over the life of the Hub. Covering research across all three Programs

Training & Employment

  • Development of industry-ready staff and PhD graduates. To date at least 2 Hub researchers have been employed by partners, or related companies (Carbon Revolution and Partington Advanced Engineering).
  • Contributed to growth of Geelong manufacturing industry and creation of jobs: expansion of Carbon Revolution, start-up of HeiQ in Manufutures.

Outputs

  • Over 50 journal publications across the Hub, including: 1 ACS Nano, 5 J Mat Chem A, 1 Materials Horizons. For a list see Publications page here.
  • Vision document developed to highlight future research directions for Fibres: Future Fibres.. Taking us to Mars and beyond. Read the document here.
  • 40+ presentations at national and international conferences across the fibre field, 25 invited/keynote lectures.
  • Held 3 Future Fibres Symposia with international guest speakers, attended by over 100 academics, students and industry members.
  • Co-hosted multiple other events ranging from Motorcycle Safety Workshop; conferences including Intelligent Textiles, Bioplastics and Biocomposites, and Material Design; and hosting international delegations.

Reach

  • Hosted multiple visits from industry, incl: Cotton On, Kathmandu, Country Road, Petronas, Indian Ministry of Textiles and Central Silk Board, SABIC, Nanollose. Some of these visits have led to several funded research projects with new partners.
  • Initiated and supported collaborative projects with international partner institutions, i.e. Tufts University on silk research, University of Applied Arts and Science Northwestern Switzerland with exchange of students.
  • Participated in displays at events such as Avalon Air Show, ITMA (International Textile and Garment Exhibition), motorcycle events, carbon fibre industry visits, Hong Kong Fashion delegations.
  • Media coverage: Four media releases on Hub research, over 60 articles in a range of media from radio interviews to newspapers and on-line videos. Media coverage has led to several new relationships with industry partners in various fibre fields, which are currently being developed into funded research partnerships.
Hub team – 2019