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Hoseong Han Awarded Best Oral Presentation Award at ICOM2023

July 2023

Hoseong has been awarded the World Association of Membrane Societies (WA-MS) Oral Presentation Award at the 13th International Congress on Membranes and Membrane Processes (ICOM2023) in Chiba, Japan. The award is supported by Aseanian Membrane Society (AMS), European Membrane Society (EMS), and North American Membrane Society (NAMS). ICOM is one of the largest and most prestigious international membrane conferences held every three years. Her presentation entitled “Importance of comprehending the chemistry of pre-crosslinking, in designing multilayered structures and its superior CO2 gas permeance”, highlighted a significant advance in gas separation membrane fabrication and may lead to reducing CO2 emissions from the atmosphere.

Second Place at 2023 Emory Global Health Case Competition (EGHCC)

Yurong Zhang, along with five teammates, proudly represented The University of Melbourne at the prestigious 2023 Emory Global Health Case Competition (EGHCC) held in Atlanta, GA, United States. In a fiercely competitive environment featuring 30 teams from renowned universities around the globe, the team distinguished themselves by achieving an impressive 2nd place. Furthermore, they were honoured with the prestigious Participants' Choice award, recognizing them as the best team as voted by the audience and their peers.

New Materials for Windows of the Future - Phase 2

February 2023

Professor Greg Qiao and Dr Joel Scofield from the Polymer Science Group, in collaboration with Ultimate Windows, have started a new research project to develop a novel hard coat for plastic double-glazed windows.  New Materials for Windows of the Future – Phase 2 is part of the Building 4.0 CRC and will run for two years.

The project is focused on providing a critical assessment of the opportunities to apply new materials and coatings to reduce the cost, and improve the performance and ease of installation of double-glazed windows.

Zahra Mossayebi awarded the 2023 Stawell Scholarship

Zahra has been awarded the 2023 Stawell Scholarship from the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology of the University of Melbourne. The scholarship has been made possible by Sir William Foster Stawell in 1873, for the encouragement of the school of engineering by supporting graduate researchers in the field of Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology.

In 2023, only up to two awards have been offered so Zahra is incredibly honoured to be a recipient of this award, and she will use this opportunity to make a positive impact in her field.

Shirin Nour awarded Conference Attendance & Conference Travel Award

Shirin has received the Graduate Research Conference Attendance Award from the Dept of Biomedical Engineering as well as a Conference Travel Award from the Australian Society for Biomaterials & Tissue Engineering (ASBTE), which she used to present a part of her PhD research at the Annual ASBTE Conference, 12-14 April 2023 in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Evaporation reduction technology at the Irrigation Australia Conference

October 2022

Professor Greg Qiao of the Polymer Science Group presented the latest findings from field trials of the evaporation barrier technology at the Irrigation Australia Conference hosted in Adelaide. This technology was developed by the Polymer Science Group in collaboration with the Fluid Mechanics Group in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at The University of Melbourne as part of the Smarter Irrigation for Profit – Phase 2 program. Through this program the Project, lead by Professor Qiao, developed the technology from concept to a prototype on a farm dam with good evaporation savings. This technology has also ben granted a provisional patent. The conference was also attended by Dr Joel Scofield and Dr Will Lee who were researchers helping to developing the technology.

A new technology to improve outcomes for corneal transplant patients

July 2022

A new patented technology with potential to improve outcomes for people undergoing corneal transplant surgery has been developed by polymer researchers at the University of Melbourne, in collaboration with medical specialists.

3D Nanoprinting via spatially controlled assembly and polymerization

April 2022

Collaboration between the Polymer Science Group and the University of California Davis has resulted in a new development of a 3D nanoprinting technology that allows polymer materials to be printed with nanoscale spatial accuracy. This paper is published by Nature Communication and highlighted in the following media:

Nature Review Materials on 27 April 2022: Pinpoint 3D Printing (Nature Reviews Materials volume 7, page336 (2022)

Azo Nano: Step Forward for 3D Printing at the Nanoscale

Material People Network in Weixin of a Chinese Media

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