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Academy award to top RMIT researcher
RMIT’s Professor Madhu Bhaskaran has been recognised by the Australian Academy of Science for her outstanding contribution to science, with a prestigious honorific award.
The power of sound waves making noise with new research
From drug delivery to smart materials, researchers are using sound waves in surprising new ways. But they’re only just scratching the surface in understanding the potential of this pioneering technology.
Bacteria shredding tech to fight drug-resistant superbugs
Researchers have used liquid metals to develop new bacteria-destroying technology that could be the answer to the deadly problem of antibiotic resistance.
Co-creation puts citizens at the centre of nanotechnology research
Co-creation workshops and online consultations with citizens and stakeholder groups in Europe are putting people at the heart of nanotechnology research, according to RMIT researcher Craig Richmond.
Human trials begin for first generation gas sensing capsule
Clinical trials of an electronic capsule that measures gases in the gut, first developed at RMIT, have begun in Melbourne.
Industry meets academia, face to face
The successful trial of a new industry engagement event shows the value of personal relationships for industry collaboration.
This high-tech stick can predict your risk of heart problems
A hand-held device to predict heart failure based on saliva could help millions of potential victims take preventative steps to avoid their fate.
DIY balloon pump takes research to the people
A simple pressure pump, made from balloons and nylon stockings, means more people in more places will be able to test water contaminants and blood samples.
‘Spintronic’ research promises faster, more efficient computing
Researchers have discovered new magnetic properties within atomically thin structures, with exciting potential for the emerging field of “spintronics”.
Branching out: Making graphene from gum trees
Researchers have developed a cost-effective and eco-friendly way of producing graphene using one of Australia’s most abundant resources, eucalyptus trees.
Building next gen smart materials with the power of sound
Researchers have used sound waves to precisely manipulate atoms and molecules, accelerating the sustainable production of breakthrough smart materials.
Device simplifies study of blood cells, opens new organ-on-chip possibilities.
A simple innovation the size of a grain of sand means we can now analyse cells and tiny particles as if they were inside the human body.
3D optical biopsies within reach thanks to advance in light field technology
Researchers have shown that existing optical fibre technology could be used to produce microscopic 3D images of tissue inside the body, paving the way towards 3D optical biopsies.
Fantastic four: meet the researchers changing the future of health
Technology is having a huge impact on our health. Here four RMIT researchers talk about the potential impact of their work as we live even longer lives.
Smart filters: Next gen materials for modern gas masks
Gas masks have barely changed in over 100 years but with the help of some computational wizardry, next gen smart materials are bringing the outdated technology into the 21st century.
Top optics award for pioneering RMIT physicist
World-leading RMIT University physicist Distinguished Professor Min Gu has been awarded a top international prize, named in honour of the Nobel-winning inventor of holography, Dennis Gabor.
Tech breakthrough to allow 100-times-faster internet
Groundbreaking new technology allows super-fast internet by harnessing twisted light beams to carry more data and process it faster.
Diagnostic advance: gas-sensing capsule set to hit market by 2022
An electronic capsule that measures gases in the gut to revolutionise the diagnosis of gut disorders could be available within four years, following an agreement between RMIT and Atmo Biosciences.
Bloody marvels: How micro devices are delivering big blood results
From rapid diagnosis of heart attacks to screening bleeding disorders, tiny devices designed to handle the complexities of blood could be the future of pathology.
Liquid metal breakthrough ushers new wave of electronics
RMIT researchers have used liquid metal to create two-dimensional materials no thicker than a few atoms that have never before been seen in nature.
World’s thinnest hologram paves path to new 3D world
An Australian-Chinese research team has created the world’s thinnest hologram, paving the way towards the integration of 3D holography into everyday electronics like smart phones, computers and TVs.