Fundamental New Tools
High throughput modification and characterisation of 2D materials, novel inks, strategic material design.
Node leaders: Prof Kourosh Kalantar-Zadeh (University of Sydney) and A/Prof Rico Tabor (Monash)
Theme 1.1 - Data driven design and property prediction
The application space for 2D materials is vast, with specific material properties to be realised for their use. To address this problem, prediction and optimisation of the properties of 2D materials will be explored using data-driven active learning techniques.
Theme 1.2 - Towards high-throughput and continuous flow methods for production of quality 2D materials and hybrids
A significant challenge to the uptake of 2D materials are bottlenecks associated with their bulk synthesis, modification and characterisation. Scalable and novel techniques will be adopted, including flow chemistry routes and liquid metal templating.
Theme 1.3 Ink formulation and integrated functional printing
Understanding the physico-chemical properties of 2D materials is a critical step towards their applicability in a range of industries.
Applied research activities. We work with our industry partners in the areas of energy storage, functional coatings, membranes, and sensors.
Node leaders: Prof Dusan Losic (University of Adelaide) and Prof Namita Choudhury (RMIT)
Theme 2.1 Novel energy storage devices
As industries seek to curb emissions and maximise the efficiency of their electrified infrastructure, the unique properties of 2D materials represent a tremendous opportunity to progress these goals. Working with our industry partners, we will investigate state-of-the-art battery and supercapacitor technologies.
Theme 2.2 Protective coatings
Current means to protect surfaces (e.g. metals) that incur damage from the effects of corrosion, bacteria, or from fire are costly or utilise toxic chemicals. In collaboration with our industry partners, we are formulating paints and coatings with enhanced surface protection properties.
Theme 2.3 Water treatment
There is enormous social and commercial interest in improving the quality of drinking water and reducing the cost of water remediation. 2D materials, especially graphene, will be utilised in membrane and adsorptive systems to tackle this global challenge.
Theme 2.4 Compact sensors
Demand for wireless moisture and strain sensors is increasing but are limited by their size and sensitivity. By incorporating 2D materials, we will examine ways to both miniaturise and enhance the sensitivity of these sensors.
Assessing health and environmental impacts, and the techno-economic impacts of a future 2D material eco-system in Australia.
Node leader: Prof Mainak Majumder (Monash)
Theme 3.1 Critical mineral value chain and techno-economic feasibility
Australia harbours a rich variety and large volumes of natural resources, the supply of which are key to the production of in-demand current and future technologies. We will assess the future supply of key critical minerals
Theme 3.2 Health and environmental implications
2D materials are likely to be the cornerstone of many technological advances but an understanding of their health and environmental impact is still in its early stages.