The University of Southern Queensland’s (USQ) Centre of Excellence in Engineered Fibre Composites (CEEFC) collaborated with The Hong Kong Polytechnic University to present the 20th International Symposium on Processing and Fabrication of Advanced Materials in Hong Kong in December 2011.
The symposium, which ran from December 15 to 17, invited world-leading groups in advanced materials and processing technologies to exchange ideas and establish joint projects on projected frontier research focuses in the future.
The discussion topics during the symposium included the development of fire-proof biocomposites, materials for new space launching vehicles, renewable energies for materials processing and production, life-time monitoring of materials and structures by using embedded fibre-optic sensors, nano-coating technologies for structural materials and multi-functional materials and development.
Executive Director of the CEEFC Professor Alan Lau said the 20th international symposium was a key milestone.
‘It would not be possible to maintain such a high quality symposium for 20 years without key researchers and a group of enthusiastic committee members in support,’ Professor Lau said.
The ceremony was officiated by Professor Timothy Tong, the President of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and was followed by two days of discussion sessions.
Several world renowned scholars working in different fields of advanced materials shared their recent research findings with the participants.
Dr. Mainul Islam, Lecturer of the Faculty of Engineering and Surveying of USQ in Toowoomba, arranged a special symposium on fibre reinforced polymer (FRP) for structural rehabilitation and chaired two sessions on construction and smart composites in the symposium.
Dr Islam held a captive audience and worked hard to promote both the CEEFC and USQ to his international colleagues.
The research of Mainul and his team at USQ on FRP for structural rehabilitation was recognised by the world leading researchers in the area of advanced materials.
The Centre of Excellence in Engineered Fibre Composites is one of the key research centres in Australia focusing on research and development of fibre (from macro scale down to nano-scale) reinforced polymer/clement composite materials for different engineering applications.
The CEEFC provides services to the industry through collaborative research, consultancy activities, knowledge sharing platforms and industrial-engaged research degree programs.
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