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VIC - 2016 - Borland Forum

Borland Forum 2016

Source: Nima Haghdadi 

This year, the Borland Forum was held on October 14th at the University of Melbourne. The event attracted attendants from different universities across Victoria, as well as from industry. We were privileged to have family members of the late Doug Borland attending the forum. The event started with a networking session. Afterwards, post-graduate student from different universities presented their research which was followed by Q&A. The presenters were nominated by their institutions through an internal competition. The presenters and their topics were:

Haydn Bowers, Melbourne University, “Towards High Temperature Superconductivity in Diamond”

Kathleen Beggs, Deakin University, “Optimising Surface Functionalisation of Carbon Fibre to Enhance Interfacial Adhesion”

Thanh Trieu (Alex) Nguyen, RMIT University, “Nature Inspired Aerospace Hybrid Structural Joint Concepts Realised by Additive Manufacturing

Racim Radjet, Swinburne University, “Controllable interphase formation for improved carbon-fibres composite performance”

Mathias Rothmann, Monash University, “Electrons and solar cells: Probing the nature of next generation photovoltaic materials”

All presentations were of a very high quality and the judging panel and audience really enjoyed the fantastic talks. This made it very difficult for the judges to select only one presenter as this year’s winner. Appreciating a great effort from all the presenters, the judging panel awarded Borland Prize to Matthias Rothamnn of Monash University.

Post-graduate students’ presentations were followed by talks by Prof. Roger Lumeley (head of Engineering Department at La Trobe University) and Dr. Rackal San Nicholas (Research Fellow & Academic leader of the Geopolymer and Minerals Processing Group at the University of Melbourne). Roger talked about his vast experience in linking university research to industrial applications. Rackel talked about her experiences in coupling materials science to civil engineering applications. They both, then, kindly answered the questions and issues raised by the audience especially post-graduate students.

As a PhD student, I really enjoyed attending this meeting. I was highly motivated by the very high level of materials related research being undertaken at Victorian universities. Also I think the careers presenters were suitably selected as they addressed important challenges of linking the knowledge of materials science to other research fields and transferring the knowledge from academia to industrial applications. I have to say, I am now eagerly looking forward to attending the 2017 Borland Forum.

 

Mathias Rothmann (right) winner of the 2016 Borland forum with MA VIC branch president (Yvonne Durandet, left).


From Left to Right: Haydn Bowers, Racim Radjet, Kathleen Beggs, Mathias Rothmann, Thanh Trieu (Alex) Nguyen 

 

Materials careers presenters, Prof. Roger Lumeley (left) and Dr. Rackal San Nicholas (right) with MA vice-president Paul Plater (centre)

 

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