Monash PhD student wins prestigious ATSE scholarship

Materials Science and Engineering PhD student Georgia Hunter has been awarded the prestigious 2021 Ezio Rizzardo Polymer Scholarship by the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering.

The scholarship acknowledges the potential impact of an outstanding PhD candidate in polymer science or engineering, and aims to encourage and support Australian polymer research capabilities, elevate polymer research among the technology and innovation communities, and reinforce the contribution that polymer science and engineering makes to Australia’s reputation as a centre of technology and innovation leadership.

The Academy has recognised Georgia for her efforts to improve the properties of multi-polymer materials by harnessing the exceptional design strategies found in nature, and combining them with new additive manufacturing technologies. By understanding how multiple polymers can be combined to achieve specific and otherwise inaccessible mechanical properties, Georgia’s research will have a profound impact on multi-material, polymeric additive manufacturing.

Georgia aims to eventually revolutionise the understanding of composite polymer materials and help broaden their real-world applications. “I’m honoured and grateful to have received the 2021 Ezio Rizzardo Polymer Scholarship,” Georgia said. “The scholarship will communicate our work to a broad audience and demonstrate the importance and applicability of polymer composites to technological innovation. I would like to thank the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering, and my supervisors Associate Professor Andrey Molotnikov, Associate Professor Laurence Brassart and Dr Lee Djumas.”

“Georgia has proven herself to be an exceptional postgraduate researcher and we are delighted to see her talent recognised and rewarded with this scholarship,” said Professor Timothy Scott, Associate Dean of Graduate Research. “Given her research acumen and outstanding communication ability, we look forward to seeing the substantial future impact Georgia will undoubtedly have in polymer science and engineering.”

Find out more about the Ezio Rizzardo Polymer Scholarship at the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering. Professor Rizzardo is an adjunct professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, and a preeminent international scholar in the field of polymer chemistry.