Monash Science awarded more than $1million for world-leading research


Monash Science researchers from the Schools of Chemistry, and Earth, Atmosphere and Environment have collectively been awarded $1,066,000 in the latest announcement of Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Grants.

Federal Education Minister, The Honourable Dan Tehan MP, yesterday announced more than $3.5 million for eight Monash research projects, including two from the Faculty of Science, where researchers will partner with industry to deliver improvements to health, education and the economy.

The Science projects to receive funding include $698,000 to Professor Joël Brugger from the School of Earth, Atmosphere and Environment for research into carbon-neutral copper: unlocking metal value through carbon sequestration.

And $368,000 to Professor Philip Marriott from the School of Chemistry for research into real-time chemical detection methods for drugs and chemical weapons.

Real-time chemical detection methods can provide an immediate assessment of both the presence of chemicals of concern for enforcement purposes, but also for the occupational health and safety of investigating personnel.

The Linkage Program promotes national and international research partnerships between researchers and business, industry, community organisations and other publicly funded research agencies. By supporting the development of partnerships, the ARC encourages the transfer of skills, knowledge and ideas as a basis for securing commercial and other benefits of research.

“This is an outstanding result for our researchers,” said Faculty of Science Dean, Professor Jordan Nash.

“The research projects funded are world-class and will have real community impact,” he said.

Professor Marriott’s project will apply new chemical detection methods to on-site and real-time analysis of chemicals, chemical signatures and degradation products of chemical warfare agents, drugs and toxins, using gas chromatography and mass spectrometry.

A further objective is to apply very high resolution analysis methods for detailed profiling of these chemicals in locations such as clandestine drug laboratories.

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