News & Announcements


Congratulations to our Graduates!

Dr Cathal O'Connell17.07.2014 |The ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science (ACES) celebrated the graduation of two Intelligent Polymer Research Institute (IPRI) PhD candidates this week, Dr Cathal O’Connell and Dr Dorna Esrafilzadeh.



If it's not on, it's not on... unless it's a gel based condom

ACES Gates Foundation ACES news

04.06.14 | IPRI researchers have recieved funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to develop a smart condom.  Designed to assist countries where significant social, economical and environmental problems stem from a lack of birth control and the spread of STDs, the condom will be developed from an advanced material called Hydrogel. These materials can feel, look and act like natural flesh and can be made to self-lubricate, release drugs and also biodegrade.

A good yarn powers implantable biomedical devices

Prof Gordon Wallace

03.06.14 | Implantable biomedical devices, such as insulin pumps, powered by glucose in our blood rather than by batteries are a step closer to reality following an advance made by an international research team involving IPRI.  

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Markus Pfau

18.4.13 | The University of Wollongong welcomed its first candidate in a new international PhD exchange program this week when Markus Pfau from Mainz, Germany, joined UOW’s Intelligent Polymer Research Institute (IPRI). The new ongoing exchange program between UOW and Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nurnberg, Germany (FAU) will extend UOW’s international research collaborations into tackling the global challenge of sustainable energy through development of new solar cells.

Nanoscopic insights to build next generation of bionic materials

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5.2.13 | Nanoscopic insights are touted to transform the next generation of bionic materials, with scientists now able to observe the process of electrical stimulation on a molecular level. The innovation is thanks to the work of a research team from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science. The new approach, described in the February issue of science and technology journal SMALL, enables the real-time detection of single interactions occurring between protein-conducting polymers and the eletrical stimulation of cells.

Industry invited to lab bench for Fellowship

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18.1.13 | Industry representatives are to be placed at the heart of scientific innovation – or more specifically, where it all begins -- in the laboratory, thanks to an eight-week fellowship program at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science (ACES). The in-house program is to host Fellows in the facilities of ACES’ Wollongong Node, where they can develop a hands-on understanding of innovative technology and materials potential as they work alongside researchers on a nominated project.




Last reviewed: 17 September, 2014