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.
- Textile treatment: Real Silk (silk feel to other textiles, 2016)
- Textile treatment: No Fuzz (anti-pilling, 2017)
- Protective Apparel: Two technologies developed for improved protective apparel
- Translation towards clinical trials of first generation silk membranes for eardrum reconstruction with Ear Science Institute Australia
- Copper-coated face masks were jointly released by Xefco and HeiQ with assistance from Hub research
- A new process to finish carbon fibre wheels
- 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.
- Patents – 10 patent applications were filed over the life of the Hub. Covering research across all three Programs
Over the life of the Hub there have been several media releases capturing some of our outcomes. Links to these releases are below:
- Australian Research Council supports new Future Fibres Hub at Deakin (2016)
- Denim goes green thanks to Deakin innovation (2017)
- You heard right, silk eardrums closer to reality thanks for funding boost (2017)
- Deakin IFM experts knit energy-storage clothing fibres (2017)
- Deakin researchers create strain sensing clothes to monitor your movements (2018)
- Deakin researchers discover how to transform jeans into joints (2018)
- No Fuzz: New Deakin treatment does away with fabric pilling (2018)
- Deakin partners launch new face mask with technology active against SARS-CoV-2 (2021)
Training & Employment
- Development of industry-ready staff and PhD graduates. At least 2 Hub researchers have been employed by partners, or related companies, with others moving to other industry-focused research projects.
- Contributed to growth of Geelong manufacturing industry and creation of jobs: expansion of Carbon Revolution, start-up of HeiQ in Manufutures.
- Over 160 journal publications across the Hub. 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.
- 50+ presentations at national and international conferences across the fibre field, 25 invited/keynote lectures.
- Held 3 Future Fibres Symposia with international guest speakers, each 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.
- 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: Eight 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.