Speaker: Professor Adrian Mouritz
Using animals and plants as inspiration for designing new materials is a rich field of research and development.
Living organisms have the life-saving ability to heal their own wounds, such as a small cut on the hand of humans without (usually) the need for medical intervention. Using this as inspiration, a new class of polymers and polymer composites have been created known collectively as “self-healing polymer materials”. This unique class of materials have the capacity to heal cracks and other damage without the need for human intervention.
This presentation will give an overview of the various scientific approaches towards the creation of self-healing polymer-based materials. The presentation also gives an outline of some current and potential applications for these self-healing materials, which range from mobile phone covers to motor cars to wind turbines to aircraft.
Professor Adrian Mouritz FTSE, Executive Dean of Engineering at RMIT
Adrian Mouritz was recently inducted into the Academy, and is the Executive Dean for Engineering and Distinguished Professor in Aerospace Materials at RMIT University. Adrian’s research is in the field of fibre-polymer composites, and much of his research work is performed through collaborations with Australian and overseas industry and defence agencies.
Adrian has collaborated with researchers at CSIRO and Deakin University into a new type of self-healing polymer composite which has recently attracted world-wide media attention. In addition to his Executive and research roles, Adrian is focused on training the next-generation of innovative engineers for Australian industry.