ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science forging powerful partnerships—1 March 2017

The ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science (ACES) and the Australian National Fabrication Facility (ANFF) have forged a powerful partnership that is catapulting fundamental research into practical and useful structures and devices. 

Led by ARC Laureate Fellow, Professor Gordon Wallace at the University of Wollongong, ACES undertakes fundamental research to understand material cellular interactions and discover how these interactions can influence biological processes.

The ANFF—established under the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy—links eight university-based nodes to provide researchers and industry with access to state-of-the-art fabrication facilities.

Through an exciting collaboration between ACES and ANFF, scientists, engineers and clinicians have been brought together to undertake interdisciplinary research using state-of-the-art fabrication facilities at the ANFF Materials node. This partnership is enabling the translation of fundamental research to commercial outcomes by helping existing industry to explore new opportunities and creating new manufacturing industries.

“These discoveries would forever remain in the volumes of scientific journals had we not linked fundamental exploration with the ability to fabricate structures and devices,” said Professor Wallace. “Extraordinary things …are happening right now”.

Recent outcomes of the partnership include:

  • AquaHydrex: new materials that facilitate the breakdown of water into important fuels—hydrogen and oxygen.

  • Cartilage Regeneration: printing of cartilage regeneration biomaterials that can be implanted into patients suffering from conditions like arthritis.

  • Islet Cell Transplantation: the development of an ink containing biomaterials that protect islet cells during the 3D printing process to help treat type 1 diabetes.

Original Published Date: 
Wednesday, March 1, 2017