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NSW - 2016 - Site Visit & Networking Event – UoW Innovation Campus

Site Visit & Networking Event – UoW Innovation Campus


Madeleine du Toit, CMatP

On 17 May 2016, the Innovation Campus of the University of Wollongong hosted 25 people for a networking event and site visit to the Australian Institute for Innovative Materials (AIIM), organised by the NSW Branch of Materials Australia.

AIIM is a purpose-built facility with the objective of transforming multi-functional materials research into commercial reality. It currently houses the following three flagship research groups and an electron microscopy unit:

  • The Intelligent Polymer Research Institute (IPRI).
  • The Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science (ACES).
  • The Institute for Superconducting and Electronic Materials (ISEM).
  • The University of Wollongong Electron Microscopy Unit (EMC).

AIMM is also home to the materials node of the Australian National Fabrication Facility, which links eight university-based nodes to bring together research strengths in the fabrication of hard and soft materials, particularly nano-organic and inorganic electronic materials.

After a welcoming address by Materials Australia NSW Branch President, Prof Klaus-Dieter Liss, presentations on the activities of AIIM were given by Prof Geoff Spinks (IPRI), Prof Shi Xue Dou (ISEM), Prof David Officer (IPRI) and Dr David Mitchell (EMC), followed by a tour of the laboratories and research facilities. Certificates were also presented to two new CMatP’s, Associate Professor Zhenxiang Cheng and Dr Andrii Kostryzhev.

Highlights included visits to facilities for the development and testing of novel batteries, scanning tunnelling microscopes with atomic resolution and the ability to manipulate molecules, biofabrication facilities, polymer and metal 3D printers, and observing movement of polymer droplets by means of light.