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Over $7m in new innovation funding to benefit members and supply chains - 30 August 2017

Chemistry Australia is delighted to announce that members, manufacturing supply chains and the broader economy will benefit from the latest round of Australian Research Council (ARC) grants.

Chemistry Australia has worked with member universities and industry partners to help secure over $7 million in new funding for two collaborative research initiatives.

  • $4m over 5 years for the ARC Research Hub for Energy-Efficient Separation
  • $3.28m over 5 years for the ARC Training Centre for the Chemical Industries

The grants add significant research capacity to address key challenges for the business of chemistry and customers throughout the manufacturing sector including: the development of industry-ready talent from universities; access to world-class energy efficiency research capability; and the creation of networks to tackle innovation projects with global scale.

Chemistry Australia is an industry partner in both initiatives led by universities from the Chemistry Australia membership, including: Monash University, The University of Melbourne, University of NSW and Swinburne University of Technology.

Partnership by the industry and research sector has been instrumental in the successful ARC applications, including Chemistry Australia members: CSIRO, Qenos, DuluxGroup, and PPG Industries.

Chemistry Australia is a leader in the collaborative development of successful research initiatives. Our work supports members by helping to attract funding, establish and strengthen networks, and build capability at all points within the innovation ecosystem. The results continue to help the Australian chemistry industry enhance competitiveness in domestic and global markets. Read more on programs: CSIRO Strategic Alliance, Industry Collaboration, Graduates in Industry, Research Link.

Monash University

Led by:
Monash University

Chemistry Australia;
CSIRO; Activated Water
Technologies Pty Ltd;
Rinland Environmental
Tech (Beijing) Co. Ltd;
Jinluo Water Pty Ltd;
Flow Systems Pty Ltd;
Zeolite Australia Pty
Limited; Jiangsu Nju
Environmental Technology
Co. Ltd; Birtley Industrial
Equipment Corporation;
Gippsland Clean Energy
Pty Ltd; Waterwerx Pty Ltd;
Shanghai Seeyao
Electronics Co Ltd


The ARC Research Hub for Energy-Efficient Separation

The ARC Research Hub for Energy-efficient Separation will improve energy efficiency, cost-competitiveness, and environmental sustainability for industries that use separation processes including water, chemicals, oil and gas, food and mining.

Reducing energy inputs for Australian manufacturers is especially important given the significant increases in energy costs and supply uncertainty, which can impact competitiveness.

Led by Professor Xiwang Zhang from Monash University, the Hub will draw on the expertise of 33 leading scientists, researchers and industrial experts from Monash University and 25 partner institutions, including Australian and international universities and companies.

The Centre will:

  • Deliver solutions to technical challenges faced by separation industries.
  • Create a cutting-edge knowledge platform for training researchers and practitioners in engineering and materials science.
  • Develop a highly-trained and industry-ready workforce.
  • Establish Australia as a world-leader in separation materials and equipment.

Read More

 ARC Training Hub for the Chemical Industries

Led by:
The University of Melbourne,
University of NSW and
Swinburne University of Technology

Chemistry Australia;
CSIRO; Qenos Pty Ltd;
PPG Industries; DuluxGroup
(Australia) Pty Ltd;
National Measurement
Institute; The Trustee for DCS Technical Trust 

The ARC Training Centre for the Chemical Industries

The ARC Training Centre for the Chemical Industries is a new sustainable industry-led research and training program to support the development and competitiveness of Australia’s chemistry industry.

The initiative addresses the industry’s need for highly skilled workplace-ready graduates, with a strong understanding of the industry context and experience in conducting industry-focused research.

Led by Dr Anastasios Polyzos from the University of Melbourne, the Centre brings together the University of Melbourne, University of New South Wales, Swinburne University of Technology, CSIRO, chemical industry partner organisations and Chemistry Australia.

The Centre will:

  • Develop a world-class and sustainable pathway for highly-skilled and workplace-ready graduates through a Higher Degree Research program
  • Provide a context for higher degree students to conduct industry-focused research.
  • Improve the industry skill base, including chemical analytical and manufacturing capabilities.
  • Develop global competitive advantage for industry and long-term growth.

Read More


Media contacts:
Claire Selby – [email protected] or 0448 028 876
Krista Imberger – [email protected] or 0439 318 290


Chemistry Australia is the pre-eminent national body representing the $40 billion Australian chemistry industry, one of the largest manufacturing sectors in the country. The industry employs more than 60,000 people and contributes more than $11.6 billion to GDP in industry value add. Members of Chemistry Australia are positioned across the entire value chain including manufacturers, importers and distributors, logistics and supply chain partners, raw material suppliers, fabricators, compounders, recyclers, research, academia and service providers to the industry. These businesses range from small family-owned companies to leading national and multinational enterprises.


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