Centre for Advanced Materials Processing
and Manufacturing

UQ and Other Linkages

Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology

The University of Queensland's Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (AIBN) is an integrated multi-disciplinary research institute bringing together the skills of world-class researchers in the areas of bioengineering and nanotechnology.

It is home to 19 research groups working at the interface of the biological, chemical and physical science to alleviate current problems in human health and environmental issues.

The institute has three key areas that collectively distinguish it from other institutes in the country, namely AIBN's:

  • research excellence;
  • industry focus; and
  • dynamic research environment

These characteristics focus AIBN research efforts on developing new products, processes and devices for improving human health and quality of life. In this way the institute goes beyond basic research to promote and develop the growth of innovative industries, which will benefit the Queensland and Australian economies.

Materials Engineering

Materials is the science of everything you see and touch. It is materials – metals, alloys, ceramics, polymers, biomaterials, nanomaterials and composites – that give manufactured products their functional and aesthetic properties. Understanding and controlling the service behaviour of materials leads to improvements in the performance of machines, structures and devices.

What does Materials Engineering encompass?

Materials Science and Engineering is concerned with the selection, processing, development and performance of materials. Materials engineers apply their skills and knowledge to optimise the processing and to improve the properties of manufactured products.

Plastic and Rubber Technical Education Centre (PARTEC)

PARTEC is one of the Asia Pacific region's leading plastics training, education and technology diffusion facilities. Plastics industry training offered by PARTEC is ideal for trade apprentices, existing tradespeople and businesses in the mining, advanced manufacturing, tooling, energy, water, aviation, transport, marine, fibre composites and construction industries, polymer processing, related toolmaking and tooling design.

As an Australian Registered Training Organisation (RTO), PARTEC can issue qualifications which are recognised in every Australian State and Territory, and is Queensland's only RTO for the toolmaking, composites and plastic industries. In addition, it has an exclusive contract with the Queensland Government to provide subsidised training for existing workers. This is offered as full certificates or short and specific courses.

The training, education, and consulting capability of PARTEC comes from fully appointed, up-to-date training facilities and equipment, making it a Centre of Excellence since 1992.

Polymer Chemistry

Research conducted within the Polymer Chemistry Group covers a broad range of topics, and is based on our expertise in polymerisation chemistry, on properties such as physical chemistry and durability of polymers, on the interaction of biological systems with polymers, and extensive experience in magnetic resonance and other spectroscopies. Skills in these fundamental areas are applied to specific, targeted research programs including biomaterials, imaging agents, photolithography, NMR and materials.

School of Civil Engineering

Structural engineering is one of the main research areas in the School of Civil Engineering with well-established collaborative links. There is a strong teaching, research and consulting focus in the broad fields of stability and nonlinear structural response, thin-walled structures, concrete technology, infrastructure durability, sustainable structures and fire engineering. Within the group, there are 15 PhD candidates conducting their research on diverse topics such as structural integrity of sub-sea pipelines, seismic retrofitting, thin-walled structures, structural response under fire and biomechanics. The group recently moved into the new state-of-the-art Advanced Engineering Building.

School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering

The School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering combines a world-class reputation with more than 60 years of excellence to remain at the cutting-edge of engineering education, research and expert consultation.

The School delivers a comprehensive program of teaching in undergraduate and postgraduate programs in aerospace, materials, mechanical, mechatronic and mining engineering studies, and has established an excellent reputation for the quality of its graduate training and research performance.

The School’s reputation for research excellence attracts academia from around the world. Our diverse research programs address the evolving needs of industry and society, and contribute to economic and social development. The School’s established research strengths in Hypersonics, Light Metals and Mining Technology are complemented by ongoing growth in areas such as composites, geothermal energy, metals manufacturing and rock mechanics.

Strong links between the School and industry have lead to a number of strategic industry partnerships. The School is also actively involved in the prestigious ARC Centre of Excellence for Design in Light Metals and in several national Cooperative Research Centres. These collaborations provide valuable funding to progress research priorities and ensure that teaching programs continue to remain responsive to the changing needs of industry.

Graduates of the School join a growing body of more than ten thousand former students which comprise the UQ Engineering Alumni Network. This network provides professional, educational and social opportunities for graduates employed in all levels of industry, government and academia, all over the globe.

The Working Group for Cleaner Production

The Working Group for Cleaner Production was established in 1996 at The University of Queensland.

Our main objectives are to:

  • Help manufacturing enterprises profit from better environmental and workplace management.
  • Provide consultancy services to industry and government clients interested in promoting resource efficiencies in production and throughout the supply chain.
  • Provide education and training in Cleaner Production
  • Act as a clearing-house for information and resources related to Cleaner Production information.

We have undertaken many industry specific projects and specialise in the Food, Metal Finishing, Foundries and Marine industries. Examples of projects, toolkits and case studies that the group has undertaken are available below.

Our capabilities and interests include:

  • Energy, water, resources and waste minimisation assessments and audits
  • Development and facilitation of Cleaner Production / eco-efficiency and waste minimisation strategies and implementation plans
  • Development of environmental management systems (EMS)
  • Technical and economic feasibility evaluation of eco-efficiency technologies, systems and markets
  • Sustainability assessments and reporting
  • Carbon footprinting
  • Environmental training
  • Providing seminars and workshops
  • Life-cycle assessments

We have completed ecoBiz Facilitator training and are now certified facilitators to assist businesses to complete and benefit from the ecoBiz program.

We have also developed a website to help Queensland manufacturers implement eco-efficient practices. It provides information and assistance for manufacturers to follow the pathway to becoming a world class, sustainable manufacturer. Eco-efficiency combines environmental improvement with cost reduction to maintain competitiveness, whilst becoming more sustainable and adapting to the pressures of a carbon constrained economy.

The eco-efficiency website can be found at http://www.ecoefficiency.com.au and more information about the Working Group for Cleaner Production can be found at http://www.gpem.uq.edu.au/cleaner-production

UQ Materials Performance

UQ Materials Performance is a professional consultancy business based at the University of Queensland, St Lucia, Brisbane. Our expertise centres on materials and metallurgical engineering, failure analysis, durability and degradation of metals & polymers. We maintain close relationships with key research centres within the University, notably the Centre for Microscopy and Microanalysis (CMM) and the CAST CRC, giving us access to a broad range of expertise and equipment.

UQMP offers consultancy services catering to a wide variety of industries including:

  • mining and mineral processing
  • oil & gas, chemical process, power generation
  • manufacturing, transport (rail, marine, road, air)
  • construction and architectural
  • water & waste water, local government
  • legal and insurance professions.

Our services are most often used when advice is needed on equipment degradation and failure — both in determining the causes of unexpected failures and in longer-term programs of equipment life improvement. We provide consultancy services in the areas of

  • metallurgical failure investigations (fracture & fatigue, corrosion, wear, thermal and mixed-mode failures)
  • abrasive wear mitigation
  • expert witness and forensic engineering services and
  • microscopy and materials testing & evaluation