Congratulations to the Hub team for being awarded a new ARC Research Hub in the latest round announced in July 2021!

This new Hub, named the ARC Research Hub for Functional and Sustainable Fibres, will build off the success of this Future Fibres Hub and aims to expand Australia’s position in fibres, textiles and composites by developing next generation functional fibre materials and creating synergy between functionality and sustainability. Awarded $5 million from the Australian Research Council (ARC) for a 5 year research program, the Hub will be led by Professor Joselito Razal, Deputy Director of the Future Fibres Hub, and includes many Chief Investigators from the Future Fibres Hub. Based in the Institute for Frontier Materials (IFM) at Deakin University in Waurn Ponds, the Hub will capitalise on the world-class fibre, textile and composite expertise and infrastructure available in IFM.

Research projects fall under two research programs: 1) Fibres and Textiles and 2) Carbon Fibres and Composites, with both programs featuring a range of products spanning the value chain from precursor materials through fibre production and treatment to applications and end-of-life pathways. Circular economy principles will be incorporated in each project, with the over-arching aim to improve the sustainability of fibre materials.

The Hub includes the following industry partners:

  • Quickstep Technologies Pty Ltd
  • Hara the Label Pty Ltd
  • HeiQ Pty Ltd
  • Xefco Pty Ltd
  • Imagine Intelligent Materials Limited
  • Transport Accident Commission (TAC)
  • Conveyor Products and Solutions Pty Ltd
  • Simba Commercial Pty Ltd
  • Nanollose Limited
  • Carbon Revolution Ltd
  • ELG Carbon Fibre Ltd

As well as Partner Investigators from the following institutions:

  • Aalto University, Helsinki
  • National University of Singapore
  • Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology
  • Imperial College London

The ARC media release can be found here, and the Deakin release here.