University of Southern Queensland
researchers join new ARC Research Hub.
Pioneering research and development in
smart materials has earned the University
of Southern Queensland (UniSQ) a reputation
in cutting-edge composite innovation and technology.
The University’s involvement in a major
new Australian Research Council (ARC) hub
that focuses on protecting Australia’s critical
infrastructure and assets against major fires
will further cement that reputation on the
global materials stage.
University of Southern Queensland researchers
Professors Hao Wang and Pingan Song, and Dr
Venkata Chevali are part of the UNSW Sydney-led
project that was awarded close to $5 million in
ARC funding under the latest Industrial
Transformation Research Program.
The Research Hub for Fire Resilience Infrastructure,
Assets and Safety Advancements in Urban, Resources,
Energy and Renewables Sectors will develop, manufacture,
and deploy next generation technologies and solutions
to tackle fire protection and resilience issues.
“We still remember London’s Grenfell Tower fire in 2017,
which caused the death of 72 people. Our situation in
Australia isn’t any better, especially with our current
materials for construction and substantial fire risk,”
Professor Wang said.
“It is vital we find solutions to protect our existing
buildings and assets, and to make sure any of our new
buildings have the appropriate resistance to threats
posed by fires.”
The University of Southern Queensland team will use
their expertise to develop fire resilience materials,
innovative fire suppression systems and fire detection
It is expected that the project will lead to advanced
manufacturing capacity for fire resilience, and strategic
partnerships and commercialisation pathways to translate
research and development into economic benefits, such as
through new export markets and jobs.
The new research hub will position Australia as a
powerhouse of fire resistance – and Professor Wang said
it was a wonderful opportunity to help grow the nation’s
fire resistance capabilities.“Our University has a research
strength in flame retardants and fire protection materials,”
he said.“This ARC Hub is another demonstration that our
research and expertise are well recognised.”
University of Southern Queensland Deputy Vice-Chancellor
(Research and Innovation) Professor John Bell congratulated
the academics on their success in the Industrial Transformation
Research Program scheme.
“We are proud that University of Southern Queensland
researchers are helping Australia find a solution to fire
damage and build up a safer and more resilient society,”
Professor Bell said.
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