RMIT University has been awarded $6.8 million by the Australian Government in the latest round of Australian Research Council (ARC) funding.
Research to be funded includes projects aiming to unveil the effect of fat and sugar on brain function; develop new photocatalysts and techniques for industrial water purification, leading to cleaner water and improved environmental and human health; design a new search engine function to cut searching time to a third; and develop new techniques to preserve privacy for those using online matching websites.
RMIT's Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research and Innovation and Vice-President, Professor Calum Drummond, said the range of projects to receive funding highlighted the University’s direct contribution to the wider community.
“RMIT is focused on research that benefits our society and helps shape the world,” Drummond said. “These grants recognise that our researchers are hitting the mark as they strive to make a real and positive difference that will benefit our whole community.”
In total, RMIT was awarded grants for 18 projects including:
- Fourteen Discovery Projects
- Two Discovery Early Career Researcher Awards
- One Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities Grant
- One Discovery Indigenous Grant
The Discovery Indigenous grant will use history, law and creative arts to chart the past and future of Indigenous law in Victoria. The researchers aim to shape non-Indigenous Australia’s legal and social relationships with its First Peoples, particularly regarding treaty-making.
The Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities funding was awarded for new technology that will allow researchers to identify the detailed electronic structure of new materials. These new insights will enable the next generation of electronic and biomedical devices. The grant has been awarded jointly to RMIT, Deakin and Monash universities, and the University of Melbourne.
Drummond said that 12 of the RMIT-led projects will be completed in collaboration with other national and international universities, research organisations and industry partners.
“Collaborative and interdisciplinary research is highly valued at RMIT and we are keenly aware that research is a team activity. Partnering with others across diverse disciplines helps drive innovation and creativity and will help ensure we are leading research that is relevant on a global scale.”
A full list of awards follow.
- Associate Professor Songlin Ding -- Arc machining of polycrystalline diamond with a wheel electrode
- Professor Xiaodong Li -- Hybrid methods with decomposition for large scale optimisation
- Dr Amy Reichelt -- Functional impact of high fat and high sugar diets on memory encoding
- Professor Leslie Yeo and Dr Amgad Rezk -- Acoustomicrofluidic platforms for two-dimensional materials processing
- Professor Min Gu -- Tuning the multiplexing of optical angular momentum with graphene photonics
- Associate Professor Falk Scholer and Professor Mark Sanderson -- Finding answers for complex questions
- Professor Yongxiang Li, Associate Professor Michelle Spencer, Dr Jianzhen Ou, Dr Amgad Rezk and Dr Torben Daeneke -- Exploring piezoelectricity of two-dimensional nanocrystals and nanodevices
- Associate Professor Quentin Stevens -- Temporary and tactical urbanism: mapping assemblages in agile public space
- Professor Donald Holmes, Associate Professor Brendan McGrath and Dr Lasantha Meegahapola -- Advanced inverter control for distributed energy systems
- Professor Qian Ma and Dr Dong Qiu -- Unlocking the potential of low-cost beta-titanium alloys by 3D printing
- Associate Professor Hariz Halilovich -- Missing people, missing stories in the aftermath of genocide
- Professor Rachel Caruso, Associate Professor Yasuhiro Tachibana, Dr Ken Chiang and Professor Srinivasan Madapusi -- Hybrid photocatalytic nanomaterials for water purification
- Associate Professor Tao Gu -- Non-intrusive human activity sensing with radio signals
- Professor Xun Yi and Associate Professor Ibrahim Khalil -- Privacy-preserving online user matching
Discovery Early Career Researcher Awards
- Dr Lin Tian -- A multi-scale risk assessment platform for inhaled carbon nanotubes
- Associate Professor Guanghui Wen -- Inference and resilient control of complex cyber-physical networks
Discovery Indigenous Scheme
Professor Mark McMillan -- Indigenous leaders: lawful relations from encounter to treaty
Linkage infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities Scheme
- Professor Christopher McConville, Professor Dougal McCulloch, Associate Professor Madhu Bhaskaran, Associate Professor Lan Wang, and Associate Professor Brant Gibson -- Advanced multifunctional photoelectron spectroscopy platform
Story: Kate Milkins