New centre for the research and design of innovative materials
Monash University has recently opened a brand new research centre – the first collaborative centre of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere. Connecting research, design and industry around atomically thin materials such as Graphene.
The joint initiative between Monash Science and Engineering faculties is called the Monash Centre for Atomically Thin Materials (MCATM), a multidisciplinary centre that brings together world-leading expertise from across Monash with national and international partners and industry. The centre houses state-of-the-art facilities and technology and offers a platform for researchers to gain a deeper understanding of how atomically thin materials integrate with each other or with other materials, to achieve engineering solutions and realise new applications.
Nobel Laureate Sir Konstantin Novoselov from the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Manchester (UK), who, with Andrew Geim, first isolated graphene from graphite using sticky tape, welcomed the new centre: “It’s great that Monash University is leading the way in the Southern Hemisphere in developing this new collaborative centre for focused research and development of atomically thin materials like graphene. It's critical that research institutions and industries across the world invest in this growth area which has huge economic impact and the potential to solve many of the world's pressing problems."
Professor Michael Fuhrer, ARC Laureate Fellow in Monash’s School of Physics and Astronomy and Director of the MCATM, said that atomically thin materials – in particular graphene – are rapidly becoming some of the world’s most valued materials: “These new materials which are only one or a few atoms thick offer enormous potential for industrial transformation across a diverse range of applications. From superior forms of energy storage and transparent electrodes for mobile phone displays to filtration membranes used in water treatment and biomedical applications in tissue regeneration, these 'wonder' materials are attracting the attention of companies worldwide, including in Australia which has rich reserves of the raw materials.”
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