ARC Research Hub for Australian Steel Manufacturing

The Australian Steel Manufacturing Research Hub will develop breakthrough process and product innovations to enable the Australian steel industry to improve its global competitiveness.

It is based on an integrated, value chain-wide approach to innovation in the steel sector, including projects on innovation strategy and management, customer-focused product development, innovation in coating and surface engineering technology, and economic and environmental sustainability of iron and steelmaking. 

By ensuring sector-wide industry representation and collaboration with a number of leading Universities, the Hub will deliver tangible and lasting economic and environmental benefits and ensure the nation’s future research capacity in the field.

Our Role

The RMIT team is responsible for the theoretical modelling of fundamental molecular mechanisms of biomolecular adsorption to functional surfaces. Bio-fouling is one of the top priorities amongst the market driven product innovations in coating technologies. We employ advanced computational modelling techniques to understand the molecular mechanisms of the interactions of biomolecules with engineered surfaces and assess the antifouling ability of various functional grafted chains. These studies will help design surface treatments to prevent microbial and fungal adhesion which is an issue of paramount importance for manufacturers of industrial and biomedical coatings and materials. We use the latest techniques in computational modelling of atomic structure of biomolecules and surfaces to explore the molecular mechanisms of their interactions. We work with our collaborating experimental research teams and BlueScope Steel, a world class steel manufacturing company.

Project partners

  • Associate Professor Michael Higgins, University of Wollongong 

Hub partners

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Acknowledgement of country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business. - Artwork created by Louisa Bloomer