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Professor Saulius Juodkazis awarded Australia-India Senior Visiting Fellowship

Wednesday October 24 2012

CMP researcher Saulius Juodkazis has been awarded Australia-India Senior Visiting Fellowship by the Australian Academy for Science to undertake important research with Indian institutions.

Three researchers from Swinburne University of Technology have been awarded scientific grants by the Australian Academy for Science to undertake important research with Indian institutions.
Professor Saulius Juodkazis and Professor Cuie Wen have been awarded Australia-India Senior Visiting Fellowships, while Dr Abirami Ramalingam has been awarded an Australia-India Early Career Fellowship.

The programs are supported by the Australia-India Strategic Research Fund, a platform for bilateral collaboration in science jointly managed and funded by the governments of Australia and India.

The fellowship program supports senior Australian researchers from the public, not-for-profit and commercial sectors to facilitate targeted research collaboration, short visiting lectureships and networking activities.

Professor Wen will research physical and mechanical properties of advanced nanostructured materials in conjunction with host institution Banaras Hindu University.

"Nanostructured metals and alloys are a new frontier in materials science because they demonstrate significantly different physical and mechanical properties with their coarse-grained counterparts," Professor Wen said.

"This research aims to develop a new class of nanostructured materials with a unique combination of high tensile ductility, high strength, excellent fracture toughness and exceptional physical properties."

Professor Juodkazis will study nano-textured surfaces for sensing and light harvesting in solar cells in conjunction with host institutions, the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi and Tata Institute of Fundamental Research.

Dr Ramalingam will work with Dr Rajeev Varshney from the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics.

Her research project will involve the identification and validation of drought tolerance related genes in chickpea, an important crop, using new trends in functional genomics and molecular biology.

The Early Career program supports emerging Australian scientists in their research and to initiate or consolidate collaboration with leading-edge Indian host organisations.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor - Research and Development, Professor George Collins welcomed the fellowships saying that these research projects represent another important partnership between Swinburne and India.

"Through relationships such as those we have forged in India we will continue to drive success and achieve excellence in the pursuit of new ideas and new discoveries.

"Our international partnerships are a key driver behind our vision to be Australia's leading university in science, innovation, technology and design.

"We thank the Australian Academy for Science for these fellowships and congratulate the recipients." Professor Collins said.