Australian Nanotechnology Alliance Executive Program – Brisbane
In Brisbane the theme “Polymer Applications – bridging the gap from medicine, mining to information technology” attracted a large audience. The guest speakers were Professor Andrew Whittaker, Australian Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology at the University of Queensland and Dr Lucy Cranitch of PATH (Practical and Timely Help). Nearly 100 attendees took the opportunity to visit the University’s Polymer Processing and Rheology Labs.
Professor Andrew Whittaker is a Group Leader in the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology, and the Centre for Advanced Imaging at University of Queensland. Andrew and his group are working to bridge the gap between fundamental physical sciences and applications in the field of new materials for health and technology. Andrew’s presentation focused on the work he is doing in the health sector to overcome some of the most pressing issues impacting human quality of life.
Dr Lucy Cranitch from the consulting company PATH, is a material scientist specialising in polymer composites, plastics and coatings. Lucy’s presentation focused on the importance of understanding the properties and degradation of these materials and the ability to assess the aggressiveness of service envi- ronments and to select the most durable materials and to determine the condition of existing infrastructure or assets to avoid company or national disasters. Understanding these variables is critical in areas such as mining and minerals processing and in chemical, oil and gas plants where shutdowns may incur losses of A$1million per day.