Nano-materials, engineering alloys and materials characterisation

Nano-materials

At Monash:

With support from the $8million Monash Centre for Electron Microscopy, nano-materials being designed at Monash are revolutionising the future of medical implants. Monash researchers, collaborating with industry leaders from around the world, have succeeded in creating a titanium alloy implant that encourages cell growth at a rate several times faster than standard materials.

Researchers are also using their expertise in nano-materials to save water. Monash is hoping to develop the next-generation of nano-composite membranes that can be used in energy-efficient water recycling and desalination processes, to ensure water sustainability for the future.

Other exciting areas include:

  • Neuromuscular systems control and rehabilitation technology development
  • Muscle mechanics, mechanisms of contraction, ecentric contraction, muscle injury, ideopathic toe walking, whole body vibration, proprioception, instrumentation
  • Cochlear implant signal processing, neurophysiology of the auditory midbrain, neural modelling and acoustic noise cancellation, neuropsychology
  • Haptics, artificial tactile sensors and pressure sensors in relation to prosthetics and orthotics
  • Medical imaging, tissue engineering and regeneration, biomaterials for bone repair
  • Development of new bioreactor technology for mammalian cells and tissues
  • Nano-fibrous scaffolds manufactured using electrospinning for neural tissue engineering
  • “Smart” polymer bioconjugates, polymer biosurfaces
  • Surface modification of Ti implants, UV-curable injectable hydrogels
  • Downstream bio-processing, expanded bed chromatography, ultrasonic atomization
  • Vaccine production, encapsulation and delivery: DNA and plant made vaccines
  • Affinity tagged recombinant protein purification and refolding
  • Protein/DNA interactions and affinity interactions, solid phase adsorbent and ligand design
  • Renal circulation, cardiovascular regulation, bioreactors, artificial biological pumps, tissue engineering, stem cells, and biophysical fluid mechanics
  • Pharmaceutical manufacturing processes and formulation of powders