Professor Stuart Bateman is the Boeing Professor of Aerospace and Director of the ARC Training Centre in Lightweight Automotive Structures.
Professor Bateman is an active researcher in the area of high performance and functional polymeric materials and coatings. He has a focus on solving applied research problems which underpin competitive advantage to partners and longer term impact. Prior to joining RMIT in 2015, he spent 17 years with CSIRO as a researcher and research leader. Key roles included being the Theme Leader of CSIRO Sustainable Polymeric Materials (50 staff, $18M research portfolio) from 2005 to 2011, and the Deputy Director of the Future Manufacturing Research Flagship from 2011 to 2014 (a 300 staff, $100M research portfolio).
Professor Bateman has partnered extensively with the aerospace, automotive, energy and building and construction industries. This includes a 15 year collaboration with Boeing in areas of coating technologies, fire resistant materials, and high performance composites and nanocomposites. He has also led research and development in related fields with the likes of General Electric, Vestas Wind Systems, ORICA, Petronas and the Reserve Bank of Australia, in all over $20M in externally funded research. Professor Bateman focuses on the development of intellectual property and is the inventor of 20 patent families and 75 major confidential reports to industry and government.
Outcomes from Professor Bateman’s research contributions have been recognised through:
- Boeing Technical Replication Award (2012)
- Leader’s Choice - Boeing Supplier of the Year - Academia (2011): Chief Investigator of the exemplar project used by CSIRO
- CSIRO Medal for Outstanding Research Achievement (2011)
- Boeing Special Invention Award (2009)
- CSIRO Medal for Outstanding Business Achievement (2009)
- ORICA Innovation Award (2005)
Professor Bateman is a Williamson Fellow (Leadership Victoria) since 2013 and completed CSIRO’s “Leading the Research Enterprise’ Program in association with the Australian Graduate School of Management in 2009.
Professor Bateman is the inaugural Boeing Professor of Aerospace where he takes a lead role as Chief Investigator of contract research and coordinator of the Boeing – RMIT partnership generally.
Concurrently Professor Bateman is Director of the Australian Research Council’s Training Centre in Lightweight Automotive Structures. The $11M Centre with FORD as the lead industry partner seeks to develop the next generation of high quality entrepreneurial researchers in fields of lightweight materials, structures and manufacturing processes.
His current research interests include high performance polymeric materials for advanced manufacturing techniques such as additive manufacturing, biomimetic surfaces and interfaces and functional composites and nano-composites. He also has a keen interest in the commercialisation of research outcomes.
In 2016, Professor Bateman was the Interim Director of RMIT’s Enabling Capability Platform in Advanced Manufacturing and Fabrication
Professor Bateman is Course Coordinator for OENG1115 Innovation and Technology Management since 2015.
- Professor Bateman is a graduate of the University of Melbourne BSc Ed (H1, 1991),
- BSc Hons (H1, 1992), PhD in Chemistry (1996)
Selected patents resulting from Professor Bateman’s research include:
- Activation Method, US14/710,550, 2015
- Ice Adhesion Reducing polymers, WO/2015/01789903
- Ice Adhesion Reducing Polymers and Pre-polymers, WO/2015/0179902
- Self-Healing Polymer Compositions, WO/2014/017899
- Low Toxicity Pro-Degradant Additives For Polyolefin, WO/2013/043040
- Coating System, WO/2013/086571
- Light Triggered Cure On Demand Sealants, WO/2013/090988
- Self-Healing Polymeric Material, WO/2012/103578
- Conductive Element, WO/2008/006166
- Activation Method Using Modification Agent, WO/2006/086828
- Fire Resistant Material, WO/2004/039916
- Lu, C.,Yuan, Q.,Simons, R.,Hyra, P.,Shen, J.,Bateman, S.,Shen, S. (2016). Influence of SiC and VGCF nano-fillers on crystallization behaviour of PPS composites In: Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, 16, 8366 - 8373
- Yu, L.,Liu, X.,Petinaks, E.,Bateman, S.,Sangwan, P.,Ammala, A.,Dean, K.,Wong-Holmes, S.,Yuan, Q.,Siew, C.,Samsudin, F.,Zulkifl, A. (2013). Enhancement of pro-degradant performance in polyethylene/starch blends as a function of distribution In: Journal of Applied Polymer Science, 128, 591 - 596
- Berry, D.,Bolles, J.,Seebergh, J.,Bateman, S. (2013). Chemical reactivation of exterior decorative aerospace topcoats In: SAMPE Journal, 49, 7 - 13
- Yuan, Q.,Bateman, S.,Shen, S.,Gloria-Esparza, C.,Xia, K. (2013). High electrical conductivity and elastic modulus composites comprising glass fiber-reinforced carbon-filled high-density polyethylene In: Journal of Thermoplastic Composite Materials, 26, 30 - 43
- Yu, L.,Toikka, G.,Dean, K.,Bateman, S.,Yuan, Q.,Filippou, C.,Nguyen, T. (2013). Foaming behaviour and cell structure of poly(lactic acid) after various modifications In: Polymer International, 62, 759 - 765
- Varley, R.,Dell'Olio, M.,Yuan, Q.,Khor, S.,Leong, K.,Bateman, S. (2013). Different � nucleants and the resultant microstructural, fracture, and tensile properties for filled and unfilled ISO polypropylene In: Journal of Applied Polymer Science, 128, 619 - 627
- Yu, L.,Liu, X.,Petinaks, E.,Dean, K.,Bateman, S. (2013). Starch based blends, composites and nanocomposites In: Advances in natural polymers: composites and nanocomposites Volume 18, Springer, Berlin, Germany
- Simons, R.,Guntari, S.,Goh, T.,Qiao, G.,Bateman, S. (2012). Poly(dicyclopentadiene)-montmorillonite nanocomposite formation via simultaneous intergallery-surface initiation and chain crosslinking using ROMP In: Journal of Polymer Science. Part A, Polymer Chemistry, 50, 89 - 97
- Ammala, A.,Bateman, S.,Dean, K.,Petinaks, E.,Sangwan, P.,Wong, S.,Yuan, Q.,Yu, L.,Patrick, C.,Leong, K. (2011). An overview of degradable and biodegradable polyolefins In: Progress in Polymer Science: an international review journal, 36, 1015 - 1049
- Simons, R.,Qiao, G.,Bateman, S.,Zhang, X.,Lynch, P. (2011). Direct observation of the intergallery expansion of polystyrene-montmorillonite nanocomposites In: Chemistry of Materials, 23, 2303 - 2311
5 PhD Current Supervisions
- ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centre in Lightweight Automotive Structures (umbrella record). Funded by: ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centres Grant 2015 from (2017 to 2022)
- Multi Material Joining Using 3D Printed Micro-Pins (Project 8). Funded by: ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centres Grant 2015 from (2017 to 2022)
- Rapid Cure-on-demand-resins for automotive composites (Project 2). Funded by: ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centres Grant 2015 from (2017 to 2022)
- Development of cladding panels for construction. Funded by: Innovation Connections Grant 2016 from (2017 to 2018)
- Low volume production of longitudinal components by combining flexible roll forming and free forming - Project 7. Funded by: ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centres Grant 2015 from (2017 to 2022)