Exciton Science Chief Investigator Udo Bach and his collaborators have received a National Intelligence and Security Discovery Research Grant to explore electrically conductive metal coordination networks.
The project aims to explore a novel class of porous electroactive materials which are low-cost, robust and sustainably sourced.
It will uncover structure-property relationships and design rules which will allow researchers to showcase the unmatched performance and tunability of these materials.
Of particular interest will be the ability of these materials to be used in sensing and to interact with radio frequency waves used in telecommunication.
The proposal addresses the Australian Government’s targeted material science exploitation challenge and will lay the foundation for the future exploitation of a new class of emerging electromaterials.
This will help to address technology bottlenecks in sensing, electromagnetic shielding and stealth.
The grant of AU$539,146 has been awarded to Prof. Bach and Professor Arthur Lowery, both of Monash University.
The project will also involve former Exciton Science postdoctoral researcher Dr Kalim Kashif of Green Shield Solutions, and was funded in its early stages by Exciton Science Connect Program Entrepreneurship funding.