Our research generates tangible solutions to problems of national and international significance.
Inaugurated in 2010, the Centre for Advanced Materials and Industrial Chemistry (CAMIC) is a renowned multidisciplinary research centre known for performing cutting-edge research in the following disciplines:
- industrial chemistry
- nanotechnology and sensing
- applied electrochemistry
- molecular engineering
- supramolecular chemistry
Our philosophy is to tailor complete solutions to problems, from the early conceptual stages to engineered prototypical materials and devices.
Access to world-class facilities and lab spaces make this goal possible. As CAMIC is located in the School of Science within the College of Science, Engineering and Health at the RMIT University City Campus, the centre has access to dedicated laboratories for industrial chemistry research, including mercury and uranium ore facilities, and a MicroNano Research Facility.
We have an established track record of working with large Australian industry partners to develop real world applications, and have successfully secured multiple ARC linkage grants over the years.
In the last decade, our researchers have developed and patented sensor technology for measuring mercury levels within alumina refinery processes. This was achieved in partnership with Alcoa and BHP Billiton Worsley Alumina. We have also partnered with ExxonMobil and Alcoa Australia to understand the fate/speciation of mercury within industrial processes.
Professor Suresh Bhargava is the founding director of the Centre. Along with his personal expertise in the materials, Professor Bhargava has extensive experience conducting collaborative projects with major industrial partners.
The diverse scientific backgrounds of our members allow us to take a multi-disciplined and holistic approach to problem solving, and allowing problems to be tackeled from identification, conceptualization, through to commercialization.
This can only be achieving through a diverse ranges of expertise which is offered at CAMIC, whereby a typical solution can include analysis by an industrial chemist, design by a nanotechnologist, and device development by an engineer.
Our researchers have access to RMIT’s extensive catalogue of instrumentation facilities. These include:
- Advanced Manufacturing Precinct
- MicroNano Research Facility (MNRF)
- Vibrational Spectroscopy Facility
- X-ray Facility
- RMIT Microscopy and Microanalysis Facility (RMMF)
- Separation Science and Mass Spectrometry Facility
We also have privileged access to instrumentation belonging to collaborators including CSIRO and Rio Tinto.