November 30, 2023

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Swinburne Secures Funding to Develop Nanotech

Swinburne University of Technology researchers have secured funding for their project to develop highly responsive materials. The innovative materials have a broad range of potential applications, including drug delivery and materials science. The researchers aim to create materials that can adapt and respond to changes in their environment, leading to significant advances in various industries.

Professor Peter Kingshott, from Swinburne University’s Department of Chemistry and Biotechnology, has successfully obtained a large multi-institutional grant via the AUSMURI program, a joint effort between the US Department of Defense and Australia’s Department of Defence. The project aims to bring together a diverse team of experts to achieve significant breakthroughs in the field of materials science. The potential for ground-breaking discoveries is immense.

Professor Kingshott will lead the team in using nanoparticle origami or nanoparticle self-assembly techniques to modify nanoparticles with intricate chemistries. These modified nanoparticles can then be used in the creation of new materials through self-assembly or ‘DNA origami’ when exposed to magnetic fields or light.

The recent funding acquisition not only reinforces Swinburne University’s status as a world-renowned institution for scientific innovation but also fosters new research networks. The funding, which amounts to millions of dollars, will be shared between Swinburne and additional collaborators from the University of Sydney and the University of Melbourne, expanding capabilities in the field of materials science. This opportunity will leave a lasting legacy in the scientific community in Australia and the US.

Colombia University leads the US portion of the project, which also includes other institutions like Johns Hopkins University, the University of Michigan, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The funding for the project, which amounts to AU$ 12.6 million, is an enormous collaborative effort between experts in materials science, computational materials science, and nanotechnology from both Australia and the US.

Professor Oleg Gang, the project lead from Columbia University, expressed confidence in the transformative potential of the project and the innovative concepts that could emerge by merging traditionally separated fields and unexplored ideas.

The collaboration between Swinburne University and their US counterparts, with the support of funding from the AUSMURI program, represents a significant step towards advancing the field of materials science. The research team’s focus on creating responsive materials with potential applications in drug delivery and materials science showcases the tremendous potential of nanotechnology and its ability to drive innovation across a broad range of industries.

With continued investment and collaboration, breakthroughs in the development of new materials and technologies will help solve some of the world’s most significant challenges, and Swinburne is well-positioned to lead the way in this exciting area of research.

According to recent research, the nanotechnology market is projected to experience a massive growth rate of 41% during the forecast period of 2023 to 2030. The market, which was valued at US$ 7.33 billion in 2022, is expected to reach US$114.54 billion by 2030.

The Asia-Pacific region is poised to experience significant growth in the nanotechnology market due to the increase in its applications and investments in the region. In particular, the surge in the adoption of nanotechnology in medical diagnosis, coupled with growing government R&D funding for the development of nanotechnological devices, is anticipated to boost market growth in the region in the upcoming years.

As countries in the region continue to invest in research and development in the field of nanotechnology, they are likely to contribute to the growth and evolution of the industry on a global scale. With these trends and projections, the Asia-Pacific region is expected to play a pivotal role in shaping the future of the nanotechnology market.


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