Monash Science receives $889,419 in new ARC Fellowship Program

Congratulations to Associate Professor Rico Tabor on being awarded $889,419 from the Australian Research Council’s (ARC's) new Mid-Career Industry Fellowships program.

Associate Professor Tabor, from the School of Chemistry, will use the funding to contribute to achieving sustainability goals, with his research project on reinventing compostable packaging.

More than $23 million has been announced nationally under the Mid-Career Industry Fellowships program with $4,541,988 awarded to Monash and $889,419 awarded the Faculty of Science. The Faculties of Arts, Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, and Monash Biomedical Imaging were also successful in receiving awards.

Associate Professor Tabor’s project aims to develop a new generation of authentically home-compostable packaging materials, focused on meeting immediate and future needs for food packaging.

“The materials used will be of sustainable origin, helping to decarbonise our packaging industry, and presenting a new paradigm in protecting consumer goods in a more responsible way,” said Associate Professor Tabor

“In doing so, it is anticipated that Australia will be able to reduce and eventually avoid reliance on single-use plastic packaging in foods and the environmental problems it causes, without compromising on food safety or freshness,” he said.

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