Face masks appear on the news!

The recent launch of the stylish and highly effective new anti-viral face masks by Hub industry partners Xefco and HeiQ has gained media attention. Hub researchers played a key role in characterising, testing and refining the new technology, which resulted in the recent launch. The patent-pending technology developed by Xefco, MetalliX™, is the world’s first…

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Anti-viral face masks have been launched

Hub partners, HeiQ and Xefco, have launched ground-breaking anti-viral face masks which can inactivate Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), the virus that has caused the COVID-19 pandemic, in as little as five minutes. In a major research milestone for Xefco, HeiQ and our Research Hub, the masks will incorporate new patent-pending technology, called…

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On-road abrasion testing of motorcycle clothing

Hub Chief Investigator Dr Chris Hurren has received funding from the Victorian Motorcycle Safety Levy to investigate how a rider’s clothing interacts with a road surface during a crash. This project will use the tow-bar mounted Cambridge type impact abrasion tester to evaluate motorcycle clothing samples on different road surfaces.   This project aims to…

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Latest work on MXenes for high performance applications

Hub PhD student Ken Aldren Usman has recently published his latest results on modifying MXene architectures to significantly enhance mechanical properties, while retaining their outstanding electrical conductivity. Two-dimensional transition metal carbides and/or nitrides known as MXene have received significant attention due to their outstanding electrical conductivity. However, translating these materials into bulk architectures, both pure…

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Publication in prestigious journal Science

In a paper published in the prestigious journal Science, an international research team including Hub Chief Investigator Prof Joe Razal and Deakin researcher Dr Alex Qin, describe an important breakthrough in the development of artificial muscles. The research team, which includes scientists from the United States, South Korea, China and Australia, fabricated artificial muscles by…

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Hub researchers recognised for self-healing coatings at IChemE Malaysia Awards

Hub Chief Investigators Professor Russell Varley and Dr Mandy De Souza, along with fellow Deakin researcher Dr Jane Zhang and collaborators from PETRONAS and the University of Adelaide were awarded the IChemE Malaysia Awards 2020 Oil and Gas Award for their project Metal Organic Framework as Self-Healing Catalyst during the organisation’s first ever virtual ceremony….

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2019 Highlights

After compiling information for our 2019 Progress Report we are pleased to share some of the highlights from 2019. A major highlight was the Hub team winning the 2019 Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Contribution to Industry and Employer Partnerships – it was great to see everyone’s hard work recognised and rewarded. Read the report on…

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Team wins Vice-Chancellor’s Award!

Congratulations to members of the ARC Future Fibres Hub for being awarded the 2019 Deakin Vice Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Contribution to Industry and Employer Partnerships. The award was in recognition of the transformational impact Hub research has had on the fibre industry over it’s operations to date. Some of these outcomes include: Two products…

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National Science Week Breakfast – Mission Mars: Adventures on Earth

As part of National Science Week, the Hub and Deakin’s Institute for Frontier Materials were proud to host a breakfast event at Waurn Ponds Estate on Monday 12th August. The guests, from academia, industry and the general public, enjoyed a delicious breakfast and early morning discussion before we launched into the proceedings. The guest speaker, Dr…

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Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of The Textile Institute

Congratulations to Hub Director Professor Xungai Wang – new Editor-in-Chief position The Journal of The Textile Institute, first published in 1910, is the oldest research journal the textile field and one of the leading international publications devoted to research and innovation in all areas of textiles, including, science, engineering, economics, management, marketing and design. The…

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