Monash Science awarded more than $2.5 million to build on world-class infrastructure for research
Monash Science has been awarded more than half of the $3.9 million awarded to Monash University by the Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities (LIEF) scheme for developing world-class research infrastructure.
The Monash Science-led LIEF projects are:
- A facility for quantification and isotopic analysis of trace gases. Chief Investigator: Professor Perran Cook (School of Chemistry) - $471,000
- A triple beam microscope: new frontiers in materials nanocharacterisation. Chief Investigator: Dr Amelia Liu (School of Physics and Astronomy) - $1,486,000
- Fast Disk Storage to Enable Big Data Science in Weather, Oceans and Climate. Chief Investigator: Professor Michael Reeder (School of Earth, Atmosphere and Environment) - $580,000
Earlier this month Monash University was also awarded more than $1.3 million to support research linking Monash and industry through ARC Linkage Grants. Monash Science succeeded in securing most of this funding winning $1,286,869.
The Linkage Program promotes 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.
The Linkage Projects funded in the Faculty of Science are:
Investigating nutrient runoff to support clean water and land management
- Professor Perran Cook (School of Chemistry, awarded $870,987) leads a project to better understand the factors controlling nutrient retention and removal within agricultural catchments and how climate and land use change will affect this. This new knowledge will be captured in cutting edge modelling that will improve land management practices, leading to reduced nutrient loads and improved water quality in receiving waters such as the Gippsland Lakes.
Investigating new materials for zero carbon energy storage
- Professor Douglas MacFarlane (School of Chemistry, awarded $415, 882) leads a project to develop new materials to advance the technology of thermal energy storage. New and inexpensive ways of storing renewable energy are urgently required. The project will focus on new materials that store thermal energy in the temperature range between 100 - 220C that is optimal for distributed storage of solar and wind energy. Working with commercial partner Energy Storage P/L, the project hopes to lead to practical technology for households and industry to support storage of renewable, zero carbon energy sources.
In related news, Professors Peter Betts and Sandy Cruden from the School of Earth, Atmosphere and Environment will be involved in a project which will use northern Australian basins as a natural laboratory to address the fundamental processes involved in the development of sedimentary ore systems. This project, led by the University of Western Australia, received just over $1 million in Linkage Project funding.
Projects led by other universities that involve researchers from the Faculty of Science at Monash University include:
- DREAMS – a revolutionary wide-field infrared surveyor designed to allow astronomers to unlock new science (School of Physics and Astronomy).
- A proposal to enhance Australia’s leadership in nanotechnology and elemental imaging with the establishment of a new facility (School of Chemistry).
- Upgrading the Australian Attosecond Science Facility (School of Physics and Astronomy).
- Establishing establish Australia’s first non-contact, non-destructive, cryogenic scanning microwave microscopy facility for advanced materials characterisation (School of Physics and Astronomy).