Advanced Materials, Manufacturing and Fabrication

Advanced materials, manufacturing and fabrication are driving the next wave of innovation and research translation in Australia through the transformation of specialised materials into high-performance products and solutions. 

Our priority is to work across the innovation ecosystem, from designing novel materials, system digitisation, all the way through to their implementation into prototypes and products. Increased and accelerated impact generation can be enabled by digitisation of processes across the value-chain such as Industry 4.0 to address complex challenges. Integration of Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence paradigms into these approaches is a key opportunity. 

Advanced materials are diverse in form and function – key areas of interest include Nanomaterials, Quantum materials, Metamaterials, Functional and Stimuli-responsive materials. Incorporation of these materials and systems into processes, devices and other real-world solutions will continue to support innovation. 

The capability of the Advanced Materials, Manufacturing and Fabrication Enabling Capability Platform is ideally placed to contribute to the sovereign needs outlined in the National Manufacturing Priorities and The Action Plan for Critical Technologies. We seek to address inter-disciplinary challenges across sectors and provide innovation that spans disciplines. 

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Our vision

Professor Xavier Mulet, Director, RMIT Advanced Materials, Manufacturing and Fabrication ECP

“Our ability to collaborate across the ECPs will enable us to deliver impact for our partners from advances in materials, manufacturing and fabrication innovation.”

Key application areas

Defence and space
Food production and agribusiness
Sustainability, recycling and the environment
Energy and Energy Transition
Medical and Health Technologies
Sensor and Device Development
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ECP Post-COVID-19 Restart Initiatives

Along with harnessing existing research networks and projects to respond to COVID-19, RMIT’s Enabling Capability Platforms (ECPs) launched five cross-platform initiatives in June 2020 to address various key areas for post COVID-19 recovery. 

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Concept Paper Series 2019

The Enabling Capability Platforms initiated Concept Papers aimed at supporting the development of ideas for major interdisciplinary projects to address significant challenges requiring a truly interdisciplinary team to make substantial progress.

Dr Serene Ho’s Concept Paper titled ‘Thinking About Treaty Spatially’ is now available to view. The paper explores spatial implications of treaty for land and geospatial professionals for building a shared future.

Research and innovation priorities

1. Materials and Manufacturing across scale and function

RMIT will add value through:

  • Developing, designing, creating, characterising and manufacturing advanced materials, prototypes, processes and products across scales. From the nano, micro, millimetre, to object and systems scale.
  • Investigating materials of interests including Nanomaterials, Quantum Materials, Metamaterials, as well as functional and responsive systems.  
  • Deploying Machine Learning, Modelling, Neural Networks, Artificial Intelligence in material discovery, process optimisation, system development and/or operation.

2. Advanced automation, sensors, networks

We will enable innovation by:

  • Developing advanced functional materials and their integration into systems.
  • Applying advanced sensor network technologies, and
  • Improving the productivity, quality control and flexibility of manufacturing processes

We will add to and improve sensing devices available on the Internet of Things.

3. Developing Industry 4.0 in the Australian context

We will focus on:

  • digitising products and services offered by Australian manufacturers, and
  • perfecting the interfaces between digital instructions and physical objects

4. Platform Solutions for a wide range of application

Advanced materials, manufacturing and fabrication have real potential to be applied across multiple key innovation areas including:

  • Materials for sustainable living that will improve the use, recovery, remediation and recycling of resources, including biomass, energy, construction, food, mineral resources, waste and water.
  • Materials for devices and sensors, point-of-care diagnostics, optoelectronics, plasmonics, integrated photonics, memory technologies and simulated neural networks.
  • Materials for extreme environments for example in the Defence and Space sectors. 

RMIT Insight series

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RMIT announces its insight series

RMIT’s insight series aims to provide deep and accurate information on social and scientific challenges facing Australia in 2020. We will be focussing on issues when the application of science and technology can make a profound different on how we live our lives or undertake our business. 

The insight series is produced by RMIT's Enabling Capability Program and will consist of up to 6 papers that will be launched progressively in 2020.

Want to find out more about the Advanced Materials, Manufacturing and Fabrication ECP?

Contact Advanced Materials, Manufacturing and Fabrication ECP

AMMFECP@rmit.edu.au

Contact Research Capability at RMIT

 

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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 'Luwaytini' by Mark Cleaver, Palawa.

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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.