RMIT academics are involved in three projects that have won funding from the Australian Research Council as part of a $283 million investment in innovation.
The ARC’s seven-year budget will support nine new Centres of Excellence, which involve significant collaboration between universities, publicly funded research organisations, other research bodies, governments and businesses.
The aim, according to the ARC, is to undertake highly innovative and potentially transformational research with the aim of achieving international standing and a significant advancement of capabilities and knowledge.
RMIT researchers are chief investigators, leading collaboration across multiple universities, in three successful bids:
This centre will receive $33.7 million to implement quantum processors able to run error corrected algorithms and transfer information across networks with absolute security.
The new technology is expected to provide a strategic advantage in a world where information security is of paramount importance.
Future Low Energy Electronics Technologies – Distinguished Professor Kourosh Kalantar-zadeh (School of Engineering) and Associate Professor Lan Wang (School of Science)
This centre will receive $33.4 million to develop the scientific foundation and intellectual property for new electronics technologies.
This work could put Australia at the forefront of the international electronics industry.
Exciton Science – Professor Salvy Russo (School of Science) and Associate Professor Jared Cole (School of Science)
This centre will receive $31.85 million to manipulate the way light energy is absorbed, transported and transformed in advanced molecular materials.
The expected benefits include new Australian technologies in solar energy conversion, energy-efficient lighting and displays, security labelling and optical sensor platforms for defence.
RMIT is already playing a leading role in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics, which was funded in 2014.
Professor Andrew Greentree and Associate Professor Brant Gibson (both School of Science) are chief investigators.
Distinguished Professor Xinghuo Yu, Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and Innovation and Vice-President, congratulated the new chief investigators.
“Your leadership in these ARC Centres of Excellence reflects the high regard in which you are held by your peers across Australia.
“It also underscores RMIT’s commitment to excellence in research and innovation and creating impact through collaboration.
“RMIT’s many areas of internationally recognised expertise make us an important contributor to wider innovation efforts – something that the ARC has recognised once again.
“I’m told, by the way, that 40 per cent of academics in the physics discipline in the School of Science are now chief investigators in an ARC Centre of Excellence – a truly remarkable feat.
“Congratulations to all our new CIs.”
Story: David Glanz