Our research generates tangible solutions to problems of national and international significance.
Expertise in the areas of industrial chemistry, metal nanoparticles and nanoscience and technology give us the capacity to perform cutting-edge research in medical formulations and the containment and removal of industrial waste.
Our philosophy is to tailor complete solutions to problems, from the early conceptual stages to engineered prototypical materials and devices. Access to world-class facilities and lab spaces make this goal possible.
We have an established track record of working with large Australian industry partners to develop mercury sensing and abatement technology solutions. In the last decade, our researchers have developed and patented sensor technology for measuring mercury levels within alumina refinery processes.
This was achieved in partnership with Alcoa and BHP Billiton Worsley Alumina. We have also partnered with ExxonMobil and Alcoa Australia to understand the fate/speciation of mercury within industrial processes.
We have successfully gained multiple ARC linkage grants and engaged with Australian industries to expand our research in the area of nanoengineered surfaces.
In conjunction with the University of Melbourne and CSIRO, we are studying the recovery of dimethyl ether form stranded natural gas deposits using the dry reforming reaction. This project is potentially of immense economic, social and environmental significance to Australia and India.
Professor Suresh Bhargava is the founding director of the Centre. Along with his personal expertise in the materials, Professor Bhargava has extensive experience conducting collaborative projects with major industrial partners.
The diverse scientific backgrounds of our members allow us to take a multi-disciplined and holistic approach to problem solving. A typical solution might involve materials chemistry and physics analysis and the design of a solution, followed by the synthesis of the required material, or the engineering of a device, software engineering to provide data-logging, and automatic calibration and control over sampling and intervals and regimes. We have the expertise required to complete all of these tasks.
Our research is guided by an advisory team comprising adjunct professors from universities and industry both in Australia and overseas.
Our researchers have access to RMIT’s extensive catalogue of instrumentation facilities. These include:
- Vibrational Spectroscopy
- RMIT Microscopy and Microanalysis Facility (RMMF)
- Advanced Manufacturing Precinct
We also have privileged access to instrumentation belonging to collaborators including the CSIRO and Rio Tinto.