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USQ strengthens research collaborations with China

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Shenzhen Delica Medical Equipment president Xiaoyi Wang with USQ Associate Professors Yan Li and Paul Wen.

USQ is fast emerging as a leading innovative research hub around new technologies in Australia, as it continues to bolster its collaborations in China.

Over the past few months, the University has developed a number of new partnerships, including the launch of the China-Australia Institute for Advanced Materials and Manufacturing (CAIAMM).

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation) Professor Mark Harvey said research collaborations were an ideal way for the University to gain a gateway into one of the global leading economies.

“International collaborations play a critical role raising the University’s research profile and international ranking, as well as further builds our research capacity,” Professor Harvey said.

“There is immense potential in the Chinese market, which presents a great opportunity for us to work closely with those industries to develop, identify and commercialise advanced technology, as well as create real-world engineering solutions to solve global problems.”

In partnership with Jiaxing University, located near Shanghai, the CAIAMM will allow some of USQ’s best engineering researchers to work with their counterparts in China to explore potential opportunities in four research programs, including biomass materials, green concrete, 3D printing and energy materials.

“This kind of collaborative approach to innovation in research is an integral part of the work at USQ and demonstrates our research is now well in the international arena,” Professor Harvey said.

USQ has also entered into an agreement with Chinese manufacturer Shenzhen Delica Medical Equipment, which has invested more than half a million dollars in USQ’s cutting-edge research, led by Associate Professor Yan Li, in brain modelling and electroencephalography signals for decoding brain activities.

Using some of the brain model-based technologies USQ have already developed, the aim is to create an intelligent device that could help clinicians administer the appropriate dosages of anaesthetic drugs in real time.

USQ is also working closely with Jiangsu Chuanglan Solar Air Conditioner to develop a commercially-viable, solar thermal cooling device as part of a Memorandum of Understanding between the two organisations.

The product will have less dependence on non-renewable energy sources, which, in turn, will enhance on-farm energy security and reduce farm energy bills.

“Our researchers are constantly pushing the boundaries of innovation and scientific advancements, and to be supported by international companies that see the potential of our quality research is extremely exciting and beneficial,” Professor Harvey said.

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