Cooperative research centres

Cooperative research centres (CRCs) enable Australian researchers from universities, the public sector and business to collaborate in diverse and creative ways.

Involvement in CRCs not only fosters research partnerships and knowledge-sharing but also leads to innovative solutions that improve how we live and work.

Swinburne is a member of many Cooperative Research Centres; major centres that support collaborations between researchers, industry and the community to tackle large-scale economic, environmental and social challenges within Australia.

We are also a member of other centres, which are highly networked with industry and enable access to world-class research infrastructure and other specialised facilities.

Innovative Manufacturing CRC         

Swinburne is the headquarters for the Innovative Manufacturing CRC (IMCRC). The IMCRC aims to assist Australian manufacturers migrate to more competitive and sustainable manufacturing processes.

Key research areas:

  • advanced materials
  • next-generation processes
  • knowledge-based manufacturing.

Contact

Professor Chris Berndt
P: +61 3 9214 8706
E: cberndt@swin.edu.au

CRC for Advanced Automotive Technology

The CRC for Advanced Automotive Technology (AutoCRC) develops new technologies for the Australian automotive industry. AutoCRC works in the areas of vehicle electrification, gaseous fuels and sustainable manufacturing.

Key research areas:

  • materials and sustainable manufacturing
  • powertrains, fuels and emissions
  • safety and intelligent vehicle systems
  • virtual design and engineering.

Contact

Professor Ajay Kapoor
P: +61 3 9214 8202
E: akapoor@swin.edu.au

CRC for Polymers

The CRC for Polymers develops advanced polymer materials for application in heath therapies and delivery, water and food security, and polymer solar cells.

Key research areas:

  • advanced polymeric materials
  • biomedical polymers
  • design and engineering
  • polymers for sustainable development.

Contact

Professor David Mainwaring
P: +61 3 9214 5421
E: demainwaring@swin.edu.au

CRC for Spatial Information

Swinburne is a 'support partner' in the CRC for Spatial Information (CRCSI). The CRCSI conducts research into spatial information, with the aim of helping essential government services run more effectively and productively.

Key research areas:

  • data interpretation
  • positioning and spatial information
  • sustainable urban planning.

Contact

Professor Peter Newton
P: +61 3 9214 4769
E: pnewton@swin.edu.au

Defence Materials Technology Centre

The Defence Materials Technology Centre (DMTC) develops and delivers new materials technologies and manufacturing processes to enhance Australia’s defence capability. Swinburne is the headquarters for the DMTC.

Key research areas:

  • air platforms
  • maritime platforms
  • armour applications
  • propulsion systems
  • personnel survivability.

Contact

Professor Geoffrey Brooks
P: +61 3 9214 5672

Low Carbon Living CRC

The Low Carbon Living CRC investigates ways that government and industry can implement cost-effective and competitive low-carbon products and services.

Key research areas:

  • engaged communities
  • Iintegrated building systems
  • low-carbon precincts.

Contact

Professor Peter Newton
P: +61 3 9214 4769
E: pnewton@swin.edu.au

Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication

Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication (MCN) conducts research and technology development into micro and nano engineering technologies.

Key research areas:

  • lithography
  • thin film deposition
  • chemical etching
  • reactive ion etching and characterisation.

Contact

Professor Sally McArthur
P: +61 3 9214 8452

National Institute of Complementary Medicine (NICM) Collaborative Centre for Natural Medicines and Neurocognition

The NICM Collaborative Centre for Natural Medicines and Neurocognition researches complementary medicine, such as Chinese Medicine, including its use for people with non-communicable diseases.

Contact

Professor Con Stough
P: +61 3 9214 8167

Smart Services CRC

The Smart Services CRC provides research and development to support innovation in Australia’s services economy.

Key research areas:

  • business service modelling
  • finance, media and government services
  • global services futures
  • immersive collaborative service interfaces
  • multi-channel content
  • user-focused services
  • service aggregation.

Contact

Professor Trevor Barr
P: +61 3 9214 8106
E: tbarr@swin.edu.au 

Sustainable Built Environment National Research Centre

The Sustainable Built Environment National Research Centre exists to improve Australia’s built environment industry, via research into greening the built environment and the associated process and productivity issues.

Contact

Professor Russell Kenley
P: +61 3 9214 5249

The Victorian Centre for Advanced Materials Manufacturing  

The Victorian Centre for Advanced Materials Manufacturing works to develop innovative businesses and technologies for national advanced manufacturing industries, so they can improve their sustainability and competitiveness. This includes supporting collaborative research initiatives in materials testing and development.

Contact

Professor Ajay Kapoor
P: +61 3 9214 8202