RMIT University's research and development concentrates on two related areas of activity - managing and fostering research and encouraging innovation and its practical application, particularly to the benefit of the Australian community.
The University's research is involved with industry and community concerns and its main focus is on research programs which have real-world outcomes. In addition, it seeks to expand its capabilities through the use of multi-disciplinary approaches to problem-solving and the building of strong relationships with industry, government, commerce and the wider community.
The Department of Applied Chemistry has technical expertise and facilities in polymer and materials science and analytical chemistry. Research is conducted using vibrational spectroscopy for materials analysis of solids, liquids, coatings, laminated samples, or surface mapping. The Materials Research Group has programs in polymers, catalysis, coal research, surface chemistry; ceramics and composite materials; nanotechnology and micro-technology; and building and fabrication materials.
The Department of Applied Physics conducts scanning electron microscope research in ceramics/oxides; diffraction; formation and structure of small GSR particles; structure of nano-particles in mixed oxides with reference to ceramics and superconductors, and secondary electron emission; mechanisms for SEE and related modelling. Surface physics facilities and research includes UHV thin film deposition with irradiation and AES analysis, Scanning Tunnelling Microscopy, contact resistance/temperature variation measurement system, Struers RotoPol-21 and RotoForce-4 sample polishing equipment; X-ray diffraction texture analysis system; Scanning Auger Nanoprobe.
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