Original Published Date: 
Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Full article issued by Swinburne University.

ARC-supported Distinguished Professor Christopher Berndt from Swinburne University has been awarded the $50,000 2021 Victoria Prize for Science and Innovation in the Physical Sciences for his innovative work focused on advancing surface engineering. The award is supported by the Victorian Government and delivered in partnership with veski.

Distinguished Professor Berndt is a global leader in his field. He is the Director of the ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centre in Surface Engineering for Advanced Materials (SEAM) funded through the ARC's Industrial Transformation Research Program

Given the estimated cost of wear and corrosion is 4-5 per cent of gross domestic product in nations such as Australia, surface engineering produces important economic and environmental impacts. Coatings formed by a manufacturing process known as ‘thermal spray’ have industrial applications that experience demanding operating environments, for example in mining, power generating equipment, and heavy industry – the global thermal spray coating market exceeds US$10 billion.

‘Every artefact in the universe has a surface. If the properties of this surface can be designed and controlled, then society benefits. For example, a surface of an artificial hip or knee that integrates with tissue, a coating on a jet turbine that can better resist the high combustion temperatures, an engineered coating or surface modification on an industrial pipeline that resists corrosion: all examples where research is critical for an industrialised nation such as Australia,’ says Distinguished Professor Berndt.

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Swinburne’s Distinguished Professor Christopher Berndt, who has been awarded the $50,000 2021 Victoria Prize for Science and Innovation in the Physical Sciences. Credit: Swinburne University.