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Campus News : CONNECT:UOW July 2012
JULY 2012 CONNECT :UOW 15 INDIAN RESEARCHERS LINK WITH UOW COUP FOR INNOVATION CAMPUS The University of Wollongong and India's premier industrial research and development organisation, the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) will work together to advance research collaborations and establish a dedicated CSIR Research and Development Centre at UOW's Innovation Campus. CSIR was established in 1942 and is India's largest research and development organisation with nearly 40 laboratories and 50 field stations throughout India. It has a collective st more than 17,000. UOW Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Wellings and CSIR's National Physical Laboratory Professor Director Ramesh C Budhani formalised the agreement in May as part of a two-day visit to Wollongong by the high-level delegation from India led by CSIR Director-General Professor Samir K Brahmachari. The University and CSIR will develop research and development collaborations in areas including advanced steel metallurgy, lithium-ion batteries, super capacitors and polymer-based nano- composites. Both organisations will also negotiate arrangements for the establishment of a CSIR Research and Development Centre on the Innovation Campus to work closely with the ty's research groups housed alian Institute for Innovative Materials and to develop an academic exchange program for staff and students. Professor Wellings said that the relationship between the University and CSIR will make a substantial contribution to the future success of both organisations. "This is a very exciting partnership that will allow the University and CSIR to advance our areas of mutual research interest through collaborations and through CSIR's presence on the Innovation Campus. It adds to the University's growing relationships with India, providing a strong research relationship with India's premier research organisation to build on our relationships with Indian businesses, students and researchers," Professor Wellings said. Professor Brahmachari said the partnership with UOW, with a focus on innovation, would contribute to CSIR's long standing vision to provide affordable health, low-cost energy solutions and sustainable development for millions of people in India and in the world who need affordable science and technology solutions. "We strive for global scientific impact and an important part of that is the development of a CSIR presence in the Asia-Pacific region. The Innovation Campus, the strength of the research staff and the University's multi-disciplinary approach to research provide an excellent base to strengthen our long-term scientific objectives." UOW Ambassador and former Australian cricketer Adam Gilchrist, who helped initiate discussions between the two organisations, said: "This partnership will bring world-leading scientists from both organisations together in the exciting area of future materials -- with a partnership of this strength the future is limitless." BG AUniversity of Wollongong invention will help governments around the world measure greenhouse gases following the University's decision to commercialise its greenhouse gas analyser - the Spectronus - in partnership with Australian environmental monitoring solutions manufacturer, Ecotech. First developed in 2002 by UOW's School of Chemistry, the greenhouse gas analyser is already in use with organisations including the Queensland Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Victoria's Department of Sustainability and Environment and the Australian Nuclear Science & Technology Organisation (ANSTO). Internationally, the analyser is also being used by government organisations and universities in Germany, France, China, South Korea and New Zealand. To meet growing demand, Ecotech will manufacture the analyser in Australia and distribute it via its worldwide network under a licensing agreement with UOW. Research team head Professor David Griffith said: "Policy decisions based on climate change research demand highly accurate and repeatable data for all greenhouse CONNECT: RESEARCH gases, not just CO². The Spectronus simultaneously measures important greenhouse gases, making it highly sought after by governments and their agencies." BG CSIR Director-General Professor Samir Brahmachari addresses guests attending the igning of the agreement between India's premier industrial research and development rganisation and the University of Wollongong. GAS ANALYSER GOES GLOBAL Pictured at the Ecotech facilities (from left): Ecotech's Engineering Manager Grant Kassell, UOW's Professor David Griffith and Ecotech's Managing Director Nicholas Dal Sasso. c y taff of Universit in the Austr C s o