Driving world leading innovation in green chemistry: Government awards Monash Science $3.6 million for a new research centre

Monash Green Chemical Centre Laboratory
From left to right: Professor Rebekah Brown (Senior Vice Provost and Vice-Provost (Research), Senator Van, Science Dean Professor Jordan Nash, and Professor  Antonio Patti. Credit: Steve Morton.

Monash Science has received $3.6 million in Federal Government funding to establish a dedicated Australian Research Council (ARC) training centre to advance green chemistry in manufacturing.

The major research announcement today by Victorian Senator David Van will establish the ARC Training Centre for Green Chemistry in Manufacturing, led by Professor Antonio Patti from the Monash School of Chemistry.

The announcement brings the total number of ARC-funded Research Hubs and Training Centres under the Industrial Transformational Research Program at Monash to 10 – currently the most of any Australian university.

“The products of chemical industry are central in our everyday lives – we take them for granted without thinking,” Professor Patti said.

“The people we train through this Centre will lead a transformation of chemical industry in Australia, and an industry that will provide a safer future for our planet,” he said.

Monash Science Dean, Professor Jordan Nash, welcomed today’s announcement adding that there was a global demand for products that were effective, safe and environmentally benign.

“The Centre will stimulate the development of new products and processes with strong export potential, and the ability to respond to the market pressures - always underpinned by green and sustainable chemistry principles,” Professor Nash said.

Working with consortium partners Deakin, Flinders and Curtin universities, the Training Centre will use local and global experts to provide the next generation of Australian scientists and engineers, with skills to develop innovative products and processes that are intrinsically safe and benign.

The Government is also providing $5 million for the establishment of the ARC Training Centre for Cell and Tissue Engineering, led by Professor Laurence Meagher from the Faculty of Engineering.

Monash University President and Vice Chancellor, Professor Margaret Gardner AO, said the new ARC Training Centres would be part of the University’s established international hub driving change in green chemistry and regenerative medicine for social good.

“Under the expertise and leadership of both Professor Patti and Professor Meagher, these developments provide an engaging and high-tech environment where students, academics and industry can collaborate to enhance the international competitiveness of Australian industry and, ultimately, help make the world a better place,” Professor Gardner said.

For more information on the ARC Training Centres, please visit the ARC website.

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