ARC Graphene Hub’s 2nd Annual Workshop

Graphene experts from across Australia came together for the ARC Graphene Hub’s 2nd Annual Workshop at Monash University this month. The Workshop attracted over 50 Hub members, industry partners and guests from related research groups.

Monash University Provost, Prof Marc Parlange, opened the 2-day Workshop with inspirational words about the ever-growing need for new technologies for a sustainable future and how research conducted at the Hub is already having a positive contribution.

Green chemistry, nano-carbon and sensor technologies enabled by graphene and related materials featured in the workshop. The program included with keynote presentations from the Hub Chief Investigators as well as 11 oral and 18 poster presentations from the Hub research team. Networking opportunities and a poster session brought the teams together for active discussions of science and collaborations that were highly productive and almost delayed the subsequent seminar sessions.

Evening networking drinks and the Workshop dinner hosted by the Monash Club included the presentation of prizes as selected by the technical judging panel. Congratulations to the winners: Tuan Sang Tran from RMIT for his presentation on multi-functional graphene dispersions (Best oral presention), and
Gargi Mukhopadhyay from Monash University for her poster on electrodes for biosensing applications (Best Poster presentation).

Hub Facilities

Facility tours on the second day of the workshop showcased some of the state-of-the-art facilities at Monash and Melbourne Universities. Lab tours were led by Dr Tanesh Gamot, Dr Dilusha Cooray, Dr Meyam Mirshekarloo, Sally El Meragawi, and Kazi Imdadul Hassan at Monash University. Facilities showcased on the tour included large scale graphene membrane production, preparation and testing of batteries, and microscopy techniques for graphene characterisation.

Tianzhi Li led the tour of Melbourne University facilities showing the facilities and techniques for the intricate production of graphene-enabled neural sensors and thin-film transistors.

A Team effort

The workshop was made possible by the generous sponsors. Many thanks to Silver Sponsor Graphene Technology Solutions, Bronze Sponsor EzziVision, and Venue Sponsor, Monash University.

Many thanks also to attendees and the exceptional presenters for showcasing their research. Thanks also to the organising committee for their hard work in preparing the successful workshop: Dr Tanesh Gamot, Monash University, Tianzhi Li, University of Melbourne, and Le Yu, Kamrul Hassan and Dr Jacqui McRae of University of Adelaide. Thanks are also extended to all the volunteers from Monash University who helped with the lab tours and venue set up.

The next workshop will be conducted in March 2021 adjacent to the EU-Australia Graphene Workshop to be held in collaboration with members from the EU Graphene Flagship.