The Australian Research Council (ARC) Industrial Transformation Training Centre in Surface Engineering for Advanced Materials (SEAM) will be Australia’s premier manufacturing Research and Development centre that focuses on applied research with tangible outcomes to nurture and cultivate the industrial innovation leaders of tomorrow.
The Centre aspires to provide an excellent environment for carrying out research, explore projects with industry, government and other organisations.
SEAM will target the training of early career researchers in an industrial context and build an international research collaborative network and pursue ambitious outcomes that are reflected as industry-fit researchers providing commercial benefits for industry.
The outcomes of the applied research and Intellectual Property creation will promote new commercial ventures for Australian and international entrepreneurs.
Nanoscale surface modifications and thin films such as PVD and CVD are used in applications ranging from films for bacterial and infection control, to microelectronics, to hard coatings for the machining industries.
Additive manufacturing (AM) is a layer-by-layer deposition process that creates a new surface. The two prime AM technologies explored include laser technology and cold spray. These are considered the most challenging because they involve fabricating near-net artefacts from difficult to process metals such as titanium alloys.