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Node 1: Fundamental Challenges

Key objectives:

  • To address the most critical barriers that industry faces regarding use of graphene to enable transformation of the respective industry sectors.
  • To develop required expertise and address specific research questions related to research projects for Industry partners in Node 2.
  • To improve existing fundamental knowledge about graphene material, its properties, modifications, stability, toxicity etc. that are related to practical applications of graphene.

Expected outcomes:

To address most critical fundamental challenges related for development projects in Node 2 that will directly contribute and support their realization and translation into real applications

Research projects

Project 1.1: Fundamental studies on graphene scalability, properties, functionalization, and composites 

Project leaders: A/Prof Mainak Majumder, Monash and Prof Namita  Choudhury,  UoA

Involved Researchers and Partners: all

Key objectives and research questions:

  • Improving scalability of graphene production and their barriers
  • Optimization of graphene production rate, yield, quality and sustainability
  • Better understanding of specific properties of graphene based materials and their tuning
  • Development of new methods for functionalization and processing of graphene materials
  • Better understanding of mixing graphene materials with polymer and properties of composites

Project 1.2: Graphene quality standards/quality control

Project leader: Prof Dusan Losic, UoA

Involved researchers and partners: all

Key objectives and research questions:

  • to be actively involved in international and national standardization process on graphene
  • to establish the quality control criteria and required characterization methods for different graphene materials (bulk and spot analysis)
  • top provide quality control assessments of graphene products for industry partners for different projects
  • to develop new simplified,  fast  and low-cost method for characterization of graphene products (bulk)
  • to be involved in to national and international laboratory comparisons for graphene quality control and standards

Project 1.3: Environmental and health risks

Project leader: Prof Mike McLaughlin, UoA

Involved researchers and partners: all

Key objectives and research questions:

  • To determine environmental impact of graphene materials to aquatic organisms (algae, invertebrates and fish)
  • To determine degradation/accumulation of graphene materials in water environment
  • To determine degradation/accumulation of graphene materials in soil environment
  • To determine toxicity of graphene materials with different properties on human cells (optional)
ARC Research Hub for Graphene Enabled Industry Transformation
Address

North Terrace Campus
The University of Adelaide
SA 5005 AUSTRALIA

Contact

T: +61 8 8313 4646
michael.gilbert@adelaide.edu.au

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