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Internationally recognised research and development strengths in advanced manufacturing technologies and advanced materials bring the University of Melbourne substantial national competitive grants funding and industry collaboration and support.

Melbourne is at the leading edge of research in environmental engineering, separation processes, computational fluid dynamic modelling, polymer science, fluoride process engineering, alloy technology, particulate fluids processing, nanotechnology, biomaterials and bioproducts, bioprospecting, marine natural products, pulsed laser deposition and the physics of diamond and carbon materials.

Research at Melbourne covers, for example, biofiltration of solvent vapours from air; scalable and 'on demand' conversion of waste plastics to liquid hydrocarbon products; the stability of emulsions; electrophoresis in proteins; recovery of heavy metals from tip run-off; Bayer process flocculants; new concepts in sludge dewatering; environmentally sustainable waste recovery for the aluminium industry, and fluoride process engineering.

Major current projects also include research into particulate fluids processing, silica-coated 'quantum dots' and metal nanoparticles.

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The University of Melbourne

 

Faculty of Engineering
Department of Chemical Engineering
http://www.ecr.mu.oz.au/%7Echemeng/research.htm
[ Australian Science at Work Entry ]

Conversion of waste plastics to liquid hydrocarbon products
Chief Researchers: Connor Dr M A, Covey Dr G H
Duration: 1997-2000
Descriptor: PYROLYSIS
Research Fields Classification: 291407 Plastics
291802 Heat and Mass Transfer Operations


Removal of solvent vapours from air by biofiltration
Chief Researcher: Connor Dr M A
Duration: 1997-2000
Descriptor: ACTIVATED CARBON
Research Fields Classification: 290603 Membrane and Separation Technologies
291802 Heat and Mass Transfer Operations


Stability of emulsions
Chief Researchers: Stevens Prof G, Gee Dr M
Sponsor: Australian Food Science Award
Duration: 1997-2000
Descriptor: FOOD
Research Field Classification: 290603 Membrane and Separation Technologies


Interfacial phenomena in solvent extraction
Chief Researchers: Stevens Prof G, Perera Dr J, Grieser Dr F
Duration: 1997-2000
Descriptors: KINETICS; LIQUID-LIQUID INTERFACES; SURFACTANTS
Research Fields Classification: 291301 Process Metallurgy
290603 Membrane and Separation Technologies


Electrophoresis of proteins
Chief Researchers: Stevens Prof G, Perera Dr J
Duration: 1997-2000
Descriptors LARGE SCALE
Research Field Classification: 290603 Membrane and Separation Technologies


Solvent extraction column performance
Chief Researcher: Stevens Prof G
Duration: 1999-2002
Descriptor: SOLVENT EXTRACTION--DESIGN
Research Field Classification: 290603 Membrane and Separation Technologies


Atomic force microscopy of liquid interfaces
Chief Researchers: Stevens Prof G, Grieser Dr G, Chan Prof D
Duration: 1999-2001
Descriptor: EMULSION STABILITY
Research Field Classification: 290603 Membrane and Separation Technologies


Recovery of heavy metals from tip runoff
Chief Researchers: Stevens Prof G, Connor Dr M A
Sponsor: Australian Antarctic Division
Descriptor: PARTICULATE SEPARATION
Current status: Ongoing
Research Field Classification: 290603 Membrane and Separation Technologies


Bayer process flocculants
Chief Researcher: Scales Dr P J
Sponsor: Australian Minerals Industry Research Association
Duration: 1998-2000
Descriptors: SOLIDS--DEWATERING; FILTRATION; THICKENING; SEPARATION
Research Field Classification: 291899 Interdisciplinary Engineering nec


New concepts in sludge dewatering
Chief Researcher: Scales Dr P J
Duration: 2000-2002
Descriptors: SOLIDS--DEWATERING; WATER TREATMENT; SEWAGE TREATMENT; FILTRATION; FLOCCULANTS
Research Field Classification: 291899 Interdisciplinary Engineering nec


Oscillatory flow and heat transfer in thin slab casting
Chief Researcher: Davidson Assoc Prof M R
Duration: 1997-1999
Descriptors: COMPUTATIONAL FLUID DYNAMICS; LASER DOPPLER ANEMOMETRY; NUMERICAL MODELLING
Research Fields Classification: 291801 Fluidisation and Fluid Mechanics 291802 Heat and Mass Transfer Operation


The recovery of fluoride from aluminium industry wastes
Chief Researchers: Wood Prof D G, Adrien Dr J R
Sponsors: APAI; DEPCO-TRH Pty Ltd
Duration: 1998-2001
Descriptors: SPENT POTLINING--TREATMENT; LEACHING
Research Field Classification: 291899 Interdisciplinary Engineering nec


Investigation and application of novel micro particles as additives for the paint industry
Chief Researchers: Qiao Dr G, Solomon Prof D
Duration: 2000-2002
Descriptors: POLYMER APPLICATION; PAINTS; CROSSLINKING; RADICAL POLYMERIZATION
Research Fields Classification: 291401 Polymers
291407 Plastics


Separation in polymer gels
Chief Researcher: Solomon Prof D H
Duration: 1999-2003
Research Fields Classification: 290603 Membrane and Separation Technologies
291401 Polymers


Forming polymers using microgel technology
Chief Researcher: Solomon Prof D H
Duration: 1999-2003
Descriptors: Research Fields Classification: 291401 Polymers


Separation of biomaterials
Chief Researcher: Solomon Prof D H
Duration: 1999-2003
Research Fields Classification: 290603 Membrane and Separation Technologies


Particulate fluids processing
Chief Researchers: Boger Prof D V
Duration: 2000-2002
Descriptors: ADVANCED MATERIALS; RHEOLOGY; DESIGNóPRODUCT; --PROCESS
Research Fields Classification: 291400 Materials Engineering
290600 Chemical Engineering
291800 Interdisciplinary Engineering


Molecular structures and physical chemistry of gum components, their physical interaction and functional properties
Chief Researchers: Boger Prof D V, Dunstan Dr D E
Sponsor: Cooperative Research Centre for Bioproducts
Duration: 1999-2006
Descriptors: RHEOLOGY; EMULSIONS; PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY
Research Fields Classification: 291503 Biomaterials
291401 Polymers
291801 Fluid Mechanics
291804 Nanotechnology


Novel bio-compatible hydrogels
Chief Researcher: Caulfield Dr M J
Sponsor: Department of Industry, Science & Resources
Duration: 1999-2002
Descriptors: POLYMERS; ENGINEERING
Research Fields Classification: 291503 Biomaterials
290603 Membrane and Separation Technologies

 

Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering
http://www.mame.mu.oz.au/
[ Australian Science at Work Entry ]

Creep deformation of TiAl alloys
Chief Researcher: Xia Kenong Dr
Duration: 1999-2001
Descriptors: INTERMETALLIC ALLOYS; HIGH TEMPERATURE PERFORMANCE; CREEP STRENGTH
Research Field Classification: 291403 Alloy Materials


Microstructural modification in TiAl alloys
Chief Researcher: Xia Kenong Dr
Current status: Ongoing
Descriptors: INTERMETALLIC ALLOYS; MECHANICAL PROPERTIES
Research Field Classification: 291403 Alloy Materials


Semisolid processing of light alloys
Chief Researcher: Xia Kenong Dr
Sponsor: National Forge
Current status: Ongoing
Descriptors: NEAR-NET-SHAPE MANUFACTURING
Research Field Classification: 291403 Alloy Materials

 

Faculty of Science
School of Chemistry
http://www.chemistry.unimelb.edu.au/research/research.html
[ Australian Science at Work Entry ]

MetalBased biomaterials
Chief Researcher: Wedd Prof A G
Current Status: Ongoing
Descriptors: PROTEIN ENGINEERING; FUSION PROTEINS
Research Field Classification: 250204 Bioinorganic Chemistry


Silica coated quantum dots and metal nanoparticles
Chief Researcher: Mulvaney Dr P
Duration: -2002
Descriptors: LUMINESCENCE; BIOMARKERS
Research Fields Classification: 291402 Composite Materials
291804 Nanotechnology

 

School of Physics
http://www.ph.unimelb.edu.au/
[ Australian Science at Work Entry ]

Pulsed laser deposition of advanced materials
Chief Researcher: Prawer Assoc Prof S
Current status: Ongoing
Research Fields Classification: 291499 Materials Engineering nec
290903 CAD/CAM Systems
240204 Condensed Matter Physics-Other


Diamond and carbon materials for advanced applications
Chief Researcher: Prawer Assoc Prof S
Current status: Ongoing
Descriptors: ION IMPLANTATION; ELECTRON EMISSION
Research Fields Classification: 240203 Condensed Matter Physics-Electronic and Magnetic Properties; Superconductivity
240202 Condensed Matter Physics-Structural Properties
240204 Condensed Matter Physics-Other

 

The Advanced Engineering Centre for Manufacturing
http://www.aecm.unimelb.edu.au
[ Australian Science at Work Entry ]
The Centre is a joint venture between The University of Melbourne and RMIT University.
Remote laboratory for education in high speed machining
Chief Researchers: Burvill Dr C, Wu S
Sponsor: Manufacturing Industry Training Services
Duration: 2000-2002
Research Field Classification: 290302 Flexible Manufacturing Systems


Investigation of recycled Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) and the related technologies for the manufacture of carbonated soft drinks
Chief Researchers: Daver Dr F, Awaja F
Sponsor: Department of State and Regional Development, Victoria
Duration: 2000-2002
Descriptors: RECYCLING; PLASTICS; CONTAINERS
Research Field Classification: 291499 Materials Engineering nec


Neuro-fuzzy systems for performance enhancement of manufacturing tools
Chief Researchers: Halgamuge Dr S, Chang B
Sponsor: Yeo-Wei Pty Ltd
Duration: 2000-2002
Descriptors: MECHATRONICS; SYSTEMS
Research Field Classification: 290302 Flexible Manufacturing Systems


An intelligent 4-axis controller for brushless servo drives
Chief Researchers: Kangsanant Dr T, Lo M
Sponsor: Motion Solutions Pty Ltd
Duration: 1998-2000
Research Field Classification: 290304 Operating Systems


Generation of cavities in fasteners
Chief Researchers: Takla Dr M, Tadich P
Sponsor: Ajax Technology Centre
Duration: 1998-2000
Research Field Classification: 291403 Alloy Materials


Cold-forming of blind fasteners
Chief Researchers: Takla Dr M, Nardella S
Sponsor: Ajax Technology Centre
Duration: 1999-2002
Research Field Classification: 291403 Alloy Materials


Modelling of a 5-axis profile cutting machine
Chief Researchers: Kangsanant Dr T, Tan J
Sponsor: Farley Cutting Systems Australia Pty Ltd
Duration: 1998-2000
Descriptors: CONTROLS; CNC MACHINING
Research Field Classification: 290304 Operating Systems


Power steering system for passenger vehicles
Chief Researchers: Kangsanant Modelling of a passenger vehicle power steering system
Chief Researchers: Kangsanant Assoc Prof T, Besanko D
Sponsor: Holden Ltd
Duration: 1997-1999
Descriptors: VEHICLE ENGINEERING; CONTROLS
Research Field Classification: 290399 Manufacturing Engineering nec


T, Vinay Dr T, Gutaj F
Sponsor: Holden Ltd
Duration: 1999-2001
Descriptors: VEHICLE ENGINEERING; CONTROLS
Research Field Classification: 290399 Manufacturing Engineering nec


Design & development of breakaway stirrups for manufacturing using polymer technology
Chief Researchers: Subic Dr A, Schneller J
Sponsor: Bostock Equestrian Pty Ltd
Duration: 1999-2001
Research Field Classification: 291403 Alloy Materials


Fibre orientation mechanism in injection moulded reinforced plastics
Chief Researchers: Daver Dr F, Yeo M
Sponsor: Moldflow Pty Ltd
Duration: 1999-2001
Descriptor: PLASTICS MOULDING
Research Field Classification: 290399 Manufacturing Engineering nec


Manufacturing innovation: The negotiation process for technology transfer
Chief Researchers: Burvill Dr C, Samuel Dr A, Leary M
Sponsors: National Forge; Unidrive Pty Ltd
Duration: 1999-2002
Research Field Classification: 299999 Engineering and Technology nec


Enhancing SME performance through the computer-based product development cycle
Chief Researchers: Burvill Dr C, Rokic P
Sponsors: Integra Tooling Systems Pty Ltd; Intercad Pty Ltd
Duration: 1999-2001
Descriptors: INNOVATION; DESIGN
Research Field Classification: 299999 Engineering and Technology nec


A study of factors affecting the performance of drilling boiler plates and flanges
Chief Researchers: Armarego Dr E, Wong S
Sponsors: Balcombe Engineering Holdings Pty Ltd; Sutton Tools Pty Ltd
Duration: 1999-2001
Descriptor: MATERIALS
Research Field Classification: 290399 Manufacturing Engineering nec


Scale up production of non-uniform gradient gel solution system
Chief Researchers: Qiao Dr G, Chan K
Sponsor: Gradipore Ltd
Duration: 1999-2001
Research Field Classification: 291401 Polymers


Alternative support networks for the manufacture of electrophoretic gels
Chief Researchers: Caulfield Dr M, Hughes H
Sponsor: Gradipore Ltd
Duration: 1999-2002
Research Field Classification: 291401 Polymers


Sol-Gel oxygen sensor
Chief Researchers: Wlodarski Prof W, Zhuiykov S
Sponsor: Novatech Controls Australia Pty Ltd
Duration: 1999-2001
Descriptors: CONTROLS; SENSOR SYSTEMS
Research Field Classification: 290304 Operating Systems


Controlling accuracy for high speed machine tools
Chief Researchers: Good Prof M, Ko R
Sponsor: Laser Lab International Pty Ltd
Duration: 1999-2000
Research Field Classification: 290304 Operating Systems


In-process gauging during roll grinding
Chief Researchers: Good Prof M, Dumitru E
Sponsor: CNC Design Pty Ltd
Duration: 1999-2001
Descriptors: GRINDING; CONTROLS
Research Field Classification: 290304 Operating Systems


The influence of hard coatings on the performance of twist drills
Chief Researchers: Armarego Dr E, Audy J
Sponsor: Sutton Tools Pty Ltd
Duration: 1998-2000
Descriptors: MATERIALS; DRILLING
Research Field Classification: 290399 Manufacturing Engineering nec


Controlled friction welding
Chief Researchers: Mahdavian Dr M, Simdikov A
Sponsor: Ajax Technology Centre
Duration: 1997-1999
Descriptor: MATERIALS
Research Field Classification: 290305 Welding Technology



Optimisation of thread rolling fasteners

Chief Researchers: Takla Dr M, Ghantous N
Sponsor: Ajax Technology Centre
Duration: 1997-1999
Descriptor: MATERIALS
Research Field Classification: 290399 Manufacturing Engineering nec


Cold forging of bolts
Chief Researchers: Takla Dr M, Bakalov M
Sponsor: Ajax Technology Centre
Duration: 1997-1999
Descriptors: MATERIALS; FASTENERS
Research Field Classification: 290399 Manufacturing Engineering nec


Optimisation of thread rolling fasteners
Chief Researchers: Kangsanant Assoc Prof T, Yin Z
Sponsor: Farley Cutting Systems Australia Pty Ltd
Duration: 1997-1999
Descriptor: MATERIALS
Research Field Classification: 290399 Manufacturing Engineering nec

 


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