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The University of Melbourne
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The University of Melbourne is an international, research-led university with more than 34,000 students, including some 9,000 postgraduates, 2,500 research higher degree students, and 3,400 international students from over 70 countries.

Victoria's first university, and Australia's second oldest university, Melbourne's tradition of excellence in research, teaching and learning, and service to the community dates back to 1855.

Australia's national benchmark of research performance, the National Composite Index, saw Melbourne again achieve the highest ranking among Australian universities for 2000.

The University is at the centre of the Parkville Triangle, Australia's most highly concentrated Knowledge Precinct of hospitals, university campuses, research institutes and private sector knowledge-based industries.

With campuses close to the Melbourne Central Business District and in regional Victoria, the University is engaged in a wide variety of partnerships with educational institutions, government and industry. It is a founding member of Universitas 21, a network of 18 research-intensive universities in 10 countries, a leader in Bio21, a $400m initial stage program to establish Victoria as one of the world's leading biotechnology centres, a participant in 15 Cooperative Research Centres (CRC), and a partner in our wide range of other collaborative research initiatives. Melbourne Enterprise International Ltd and Melbourne University Private Limited are two key vehicles for promoting partnerships in the delivery of high-quality educational services and commercial business development.

Melbourne welcomes the opportunity to engage with, support, and develop partnerships with small, medium and large public and private enterprises, for example, through contract research and development, development and commercialisation of new technologies, provision of expert advice, consultancies, graduate recruitment, student placement, staff secondment and exchanges, sponsorship of research and scholarships, and joint research projects.

For further information, including weekly news from the University, please see To discuss research opportunities, services and partnerships, please contact the Melbourne Research and Innovation Office -


Faculty of Science
School of Chemistry
[ Australian Science at Work Entry ]

Use of the scanning probe microscope to examine the constituent cellular components of normal and modified wool and other biological fibres
Chief Researcher: Maxwell JM (PhD)
Supervisors: Mulvaney Dr P, Huson Dr M (CSIRO Textile and Fibre Science)
Sponsor: CRC for Premium Quality Wool
Duration: -2002
Research Field Classification:
290306 Textile Technology


Published by the Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre on AustehcWeb, February 2002
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