Prof. Wenlong Cheng

Monash University, Australia 

Biography: Wenlong Cheng is a full professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Monash University, Australia, and the Ambassador Technology Fellow in Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication. He earned his PhD from Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2005 and his BS from Jilin University, China in 1999. He held positions in the Max Planck Institute of Microstructure Physics and the Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering of Cornell University before joining the Monash University in 2010. His research interest lies at the Nano-Bio Interface, particularly addressing plasmonic nanomaterials, DNA nanotechnology, nanoparticle anticancer theranostics and electronic skins. He has published >90 papers including 3 in Nature Nanotech, 1 in Nature Mater and 1 in Nature Comm.

Title of Speech: Soft Plasmene Nanosheets: From Design to Applications 

Abstract: My nanobionics research lab concentrate on the design of soft/hard nanohybrids based on metallic nanoparticles capped by soft ligands including DNA, polymer and alkyl molecules. We have successfully applied such soft particles to four major directions: (1) assembling soft plasmonic nanoparticle superlattice sheets (soft plasmene sheets) 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6; (2) fabricating electronic skins (e-skins) for wearable sensors 7, 8, 9; (3) fabricating soft energy devices 8; (4) DNA aptamer-targeted and light-controlled drug delivery.
In this talk, I will focus on the discussion of the first project for producing soft, elastic, two-dimensional plasmonic nanoparticle superlattice sheets (soft plasmene sheets) by self-assembly of polystyrene-capped metal nanoparticles. The soft nanosheets could be folded into 1D nanoribbons and 3D origami, and they can serve as a new-class SERS substrate which is soft, elastic and surface-attachable. This enabled the direct chemical identification on topologically complex surfaces such as banknotes and coins, and application as new-generation of anti-counterfeit security labels.   


Prof. Zhengyi Jiang

University of Wollongong, Australia 

Biography: Professor Zhengyi Jiang is currently Senior Professor and Leader of Advanced Micro Manufacturing Centre at the University of Wollongong (UOW). He has been carrying out research on rolling mechanics with over 28 years expertise in rolling theory and technology, tribology in metal manufacturing, contact mechanics and computational mechanics in metal manufacturing, numerical simulation of metal manufacturing, advanced micro manufacturing, development of novel composites, and artificial intelligent applications in rolling process. He obtained his PhD from Northeastern University in 1996, and was promoted full professor at Northeastern University in 1998 and at UOW in 2010. He has over 500 publications (more than 380 journal articles) and 3 monographs in the area of advanced metal manufacturing. He has been awarded over 30 prizes and awards from Australia, Japan and China, including ARC Future Fellowship (FT3), Australian Research Fellowship (twice), Endeavour Australia Cheung Kong Research Fellowship and Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Invitation Fellowship. He is currently leading a highly motivated research team at UOW on rolling mechanics, advanced micro manufacturing, computational mechanics and multi-scale simulation in metal manufacturing. He also has extensive experience in managing large research projects where he is project leader. He was Deputy Director of the State Key Laboratory of Rolling Technology and Automation (1996-1998), the only State Key Laboratory in rolling and automation area in China, and has accumulated broad knowledge and extensive interdisciplinary experience through his work in Australia, Japan and China.

Title of Speech: Progress in rolling technology and development of novel composite materials 

Abstract: Sticking and ridging which usually occur on strip surfaces of Ferritic Stainless Steel (FSS) have been significantly reduced after optimisation of rolling parameters, leading to improved surface quality of hot rolled FSS products. An innovative water-based nanolubricant used for hot steel rolling, which is environmentally-friendly and recyclable, has been developed to decrease rolling force, surface roughness and oxide scale thickness of rolled steel, resulting in low energy consumption, improved surface quality and high yield. All the advanced rolling technologies contribute to economic benefits to a large extent in the steel industry. In addition, aluminium matrix composites (AMCs) reinforced with the core-shell nanoparticles were fabricated following a powder metallurgy technique. The well dispersed SiC-GNSs nanoparticles restrain the grain growth during sintering and nanostructured composite is achieved. The lowest wear rate and coefficient of friction of AMCs were obtained in sliding wear tests, which were 98.0% and 35.9% respectively lower than that of the reference sample reinforced with solely SiC nanoparticles. 


Prof. Xungai Wang

Deakin University, Australia 

Biography: Professor Xungai Wang is the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Future Fibres) at Deakin University. Prior to his PVC role, he served as the Director of the Institute for Frontier Materials (IFM), the largest research institute at Deakin. Professor Wang holds a PhD in Fibre Science and Technology and a Graduate Diploma in Higher Education from the University of New South Wales (UNSW). In 2005 Professor Wang was awarded the US based Fiber Society’s Distinguished Achievement Award. In 2006, he was named Alfred Deakin Professor, the highest Honour that Deakin can bestow on a member of staff. Between 2008 and 2010, he served on the Australian Research Council’s College of Experts. In 2015, he was elected President of the Fiber Society. Professor Wang’s research is primarily in fibre science and technology. He has published over 350 research articles.

Title of Speech: Future Fibres Research and Development 

Abstract: Future fibres are fibres for the future. These materials are functional, fit-for-purpose, and sustainable.
This presentation will give a snapshot of recent fibre materials research and development, with a focus on collaborative research activities under the ARC Research Hub for Future Fibres. The talk will also discuss how future fibres not only impact on our daily life but also the mission to colonising the Mars.
There have been major developments in fibre materials research and translation in recent years, at Deakin University’s Waurn Ponds campus in Geelong. These developments include the $103 million infrastructure development work supported by both federal government under the EIF program and the Victoria State government, and the $13 million Future Fibres Industrial Transformation Research Hub supported by the Australian Research Council and local industry partners. A number of highly innovative companies have also established R&D and manufacturing bases in Geelong, which are transforming the local manufacturing sector.  

Assoc. Prof. Warren Batchelor

Monash University, Australia  

Biography: Dr. Warren Batchelor is an Associate Professor in the Bioresource Processing Re-search Institute of Australia (BioPRIA), part of the Department of Chemical Engineer-ing at Monash University. His major research interests are in improving environmen-tal sustainability by utilising cellulose nanofibres and cellulose nanofibre composites in place of petroleum-derived polymers, covering both efficient production of cellu-lose nanofibres as well as new cellulose nanofibre-based materials. Some of the materials developed in his research group include nanoclay-cellulose nanofibre com-posites for barrier applications, cellulose nanofibre ultrafiltration membranes and cellulose nanofibre aerogels for oil-water separation. Since 2012, he has filed 1 Pa-tent, and written 1 Book Chapter, 37 Refereed Journal Articles and 5 Fully refereed conference papers. He has been awarded the Ken Maddern award for outstanding paper published in the Appita Journal in 2013 and the outstanding paper award for papers published by Tappi Journal in 2008.
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Title of Speech: Design and Engineering of Sustainable Packaging Materials with Cellulose Nanofibres 

Abstract: Developing advanced barrier materials with sustainable materials is a challenging task. Currently, the synthetic polymers in food, medical and pharmaceutical packaging are neither renewable nor biodegradable, and are accumulating in the environment, damaging the eco-system. While packaging from paper-polymer laminates is partially renewable, it is difficult to recycle. Nanocellulose is a renewable, biodegradable material produced via mechanical and chemical processing to break down cellulose fibres into nanofibres. Nanocellulose films are recyclable, translucent, strong, have reasonable barrier properties and are under active investigation as a replacement for conventional petroleum derived plastics in packaging.
In this presentation, the properties and performance requirements of conventional packaging will be reviewed and compared to nanocellulose films. While nanocellulose films have excellent gas barrier performance, the resistance to liquid water and water vapour is poorer than fossil fuel derived polymers such as LDPE.
Material design strategies that we have investigated to improve the performance include:
• Micro-nano dual scale roughness coatings to provide a superhydrophobic surface.
• Reducing nanofibre diameter by increasing energy input in fibre separation, to decrease the size of the pores in the film.
• Chemical pre-treatment to reduce fibre diameter by oxidising the cellulose.
• Producing nanoparticle-nanocellulose composites to increase the film tortuosity
• Laminating the nanocellulose sheet with a bio-based adhesive to a base sheet.
In this presentation, the effectiveness and properties achievable using each of these strategies will be reviewed. The results show that a synergistic approach using multiple strategies is required in order to meet the performance requirements. Finally a conceptual design for a nanocellulose packaging material will be presented.