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09/02/2011

Spotlight on new materials for energy at international symposium

More than 150 delegates from Australia and overseas are attending a three-day symposium starting today (9 February) at UOW’s Innovation Campus which highlights the latest advances in nanostructured electromaterials with a particular focus on their use in energy conversion and storage.

The ‘Nanostructured Electromaterials / New Materials for Energy’ themed event is being conducted by the ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science (ACES) and co-hosted by the Korean Electrochemical Society and the Electrochemistry Division of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute.

More than 20 researchers from Korea have been presenting their latest findings at the symposium.

The Intelligent Polymer Research Institute (IPRI) has already established active collaborative research links with a number of groups in Korea (at Hanbat, Hanyang and Gangneung University). The research involves development of new materials for energy conversion and storage as well as medical bionics. This has already led to breakthroughs in the development of materials with high energy storage capacity, flexible materials for energy storage and new artificial muscle systems.

IPRI is now engaged in high level discussions with researchers in the fabrication area in Korea with a view to establishing strategic alliances as the new Processing and Devices Fabrication facility comes on-line at the Innovation Campus.

Discussion at the symposium has in fact centred on how best to take advantage of the federally-funded Australian Institute for Innovative Materials (AIIM) Processing and Devices Facility -- the first of its kind in Australia being erected alongside the existing AIIM Building at the Innovation Campus.

Currently there are no facilities available in Australia to produce multifunctional materials at the scale and quantity required to bridge the so-called “valley of death” to commercialisation.

Multifunctional materials (such as electromaterials that generate and/or transfer electric charge) -- an area where UOW is a recognised international leader -- have the potential to solve many of the world’s health and technology problems. UOW is an internationally recognised leader in electromaterials research.

Invited speakers at the symposium include Professor Charles Dismukes (Rutgers University, USA); Professor Jung-Ki Park (KAIST, Korea); Professor Dermot Diamond (Dublin City University, Ireland); Professor Dirk Guldi (ICMM, Germany); Professor Richard Kaner (UCLA, USA); Professor Ray Baughman (UTD, USA); Professor Philippe Poulin (CNRS, France); Professor Wolfgang Schuhmann (University of Bochum, Germany); Professor Alan Bond (Monash University); and Professor Roland De Marco (Curtin University of Technology).

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  • Among the symposium participants (from left) are Professor Charles Dismukes (Rutgers University, USA); Professor Ray Baughman (UTD, USA); Professor Jung-Ki Park (KAIST, Korea); and Professor Gordon Wallace (UOW)

  • Professor Jung-Ki Park, Professor Gordon Wallace and Professor Justin Gooding (UNSW) during a break in the symposium proceedings