Success in Australia-India Strategic Research Fund

Paul Munroe
Tuesday, 19 June, 2012

Staff in the School of Materials Science and Engineering have been awarded two projects under the Australia-India Strategic Research Fund.

Of only seven grants were awarded this year across Australia in the science and technology part of this very competitive scheme, four came to UNSW and two to the School.

The first grant was to Scientia Professor Veena Sahajwalla and Associate Professor Rita Khanna - together with Miles Park and Peter Graham from the UNSW Faculty of Built Environment - who have been awarded $365,000 for a project entitled “Novel Approach for Processing Hazardous Electronic Waste” together with the Institute of Minerals and Materials Technology in Bhubaneswar, IIT (Dehli), and IIT (Roorkee).

Professor Sahajwalla is Director of the Centre for Sustaianble Materials Research and Technology and has pioneered the re-use and recycling of materials such as waste plastics and used car tyres as sources of fuel in steel-making.

Professor Khanna (pictured, left) has extensive theoretical and experimental research experience in the fields of x-ray diffraction, theoretical modelling and atomistic computer simulations and expertise in high-temperature metallurgical processes.

The second grant was to Associate Professor Nagarajan Valanoor and Professor Paul Munroe have been awarded $300,000 for a study entitled “Topological Defects In Non-Collinear Multiferroics: A Nanodomain Approach To Multifunctionality”, together with The National Chemical Laboratories in Pune.

Professor Valanoor's research interests include thin-film oxide epitaxy, scanned probe microscopy of functional materials and Landau-Ginzburg modelling of phase-transitions.

Professor Munro's research interests include functional thin films, intermetallic alloys, advanced metal-matrix composites, thermal spray materials, surface modification of materials and biochars.