The ARC Research Hub for Future Fibres wound up operations on 31st August 2021. After just over 5 years of undertaking research across fibres and carbon fibre composites the Hub reached the end of it’s ARC funding. While it is sad to end our research program, as a Hub we are very proud of our achievements and have found it immensely rewarding to see Hub research translated to our industry partners, alongside having an impact on the broader fibre sector.
Over 5 years we have developed 34 new processes, some of which led to 14 patent filings. We have published 166 journal papers and given 69 conference presentations. The Hub has supported 7 PhD students, one of whom has graduated with the other 6 close to thesis submission. It has employed 25 people over it’s lifetime, many of whom have gone on to industry roles, other academic roles, or are working on other projects within the Institute for Frontier Materials.
As previously announced the team has recently been awarded a new ARC funded Research Hub for Functional and Sustainable Fibres, building off the success of the Future Fibres Hub and taking fibre, textile and composite research in a new direction towards enhanced functionality with sustainability at the forefront of material design. Stay tuned for this new Hub to commence operations and continue to have transformational impact on the Australian fibre sector.
We’d like to thank the ARC for their funding support, our industry partners for their support, and all our Hub members and associate members for their involvement over the years. We wish everyone the very best for the future.