30 July 2014

ACES continues cutting-edge electromaterials science 

Australian  Research Council (ARC) Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Professor Aidan Byrne, has today launched another seven years of ground-breaking work of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science (ACES).

ACES, based at the University of Wollongong, secured a further seven years of funding as an ARC Centre of Excellence in the latest round of funding commencing in 2014.

"In its first seven years—under the strong guidance and leadership of Centre Director and ARC Laureate Fellow, Professor Gordon Wallace—this Centre has produced some outstanding research outcomes and cutting-edge innovations," Professor Byrne said.

"Some of ACES' most significant  breakthroughs have included the development of nanotube yarn that can power implantable biomedical devices, artificial muscles with super-human strength using fishing line, and the acceleration of 3D printing techniques that will deliver solutions to a number of medical challenges.

"ACES has built an internationally-recognised research program and reputation in materials science.

"Its continuation as a Centre of Excellence will enable the translation of this knowledge into devices that will have an impact on the whole Australian community, and around the world.

"Benefits for the community include the development of new industries and manufacturing opportunities around the next generation of batteries, solar cells and medical implants, to name just a few."

ARC Centres of Excellence are prestigious foci of expertise through which high-quality researchers maintain and develop Australia's international standing in research areas of national priority.

Centres of Excellence are typically funded over a period of up to seven years, allowing flexibility to undertake comprehensive research programs that tackle Australia's big challenges, as well as short-term projects that answer emerging issues or questions.

To obtain more information about the ARC's Centres of Excellence program, please visit the ARC website.

For more information about the work of ACES, visit the ACES website.

Media contact:
ARC Stakeholder Relations
0412 623 056 or communications@arc.gov.au