ARC Funding Success

An overview of funded projects.

ARC-DECRA Fellow Institute for Frontier Materials Deakin University

Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA)

Dr Ludovic Dumee

Development of two-dimensional nano-porous membranes.

This project aims to develop new desalination membranes able to selectively remove contaminants from liquid effluents with greater cost efficiency and lower environmental footprint. It aims to do this by forming hierarchical membranes, where nano-scale pores generated across nano-porous two-dimensional materials are seeded with highly selective micro-porous crystals. These membranes will reduce the cost of desalination, developing new markets beyond the sole field of water desalination, in resource, solvent recovery and protein fractionation.

Senior Research Scientist Future Industries CSIRO Materials Science and Engineering

Discovery Project

Dr Huacheng Zhang; Dr Xinyi Zhang; Dr Aaron Thornton; Professor Benny Freeman

Engineered ion channels for selective and switchable ion conduction.

This project aims to develop an innovative bio-inspired approach for fabricating angstrom-sized ion-channel membranes with specific ion selectivity, high ion conductivity and efficient gating function comparable to biological ion channels. Engineering of artificial channels with ion-channel-like shapes, ion selectivity filters and functional gates is expected to bring high-efficiency technologies to applications such as membrane separation and energy conversion. This project has potential to result in new knowledge of biomimetic design of artificial ion-channel membranes and directly benefit manufacturing industry for Australia.

Head of School School of Chemical Engineering The University of New South Wales

Discovery Project

Professor Vicki Chen; Associate Professor Deanna D’Alessandro

Putting metal organic frameworks to work at interfaces.

This project aims to develop new strategies to better synthesize ultrathin Metal-organic framework (MOF) membranes by nano-structured and chemically functionalized substrates. MOF materials have enormous potential due to the extraordinary structural and chemical diversity of these crystalline microporous materials and their potential applications in gas storage, separation, catalysis and sensing. However, a major challenge is fabricating thin robust MOF films or patterns on porous, flexible, and nonporous substrates, quickly and easily in order to construct useful devices. The project will grow ultrathin layers of molecular sieving and electroactive  MOFs to produce technology platforms for large scale device manufacturing.

David Wang
Lecturer at the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

David Wang is a Lecturer at the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, University of Sydney. He has been a membrane researcher and a MSA member for the last 6 years. David leads the Inorganic and Polymer Membrane Materials Lab (IPMem) which focuses on fabricating novel membranes using purpose designed materials through inorganic oxides and organic block copolymers, skills of which were inherited from his PhD work on biomaterials. He was awarded with the prestigious ARC-DECRA Fellowship and AAA Chevron Fellowship in 2015 and 2016, respectively. David has published >42 papers, 3 book chapters and numerous conference presentations.

Articles by David