New Australian Research Council grants for echidna breeding and diamond membranes

The Australian Research Council has announced two new ARC Linkage Project grants for researchers in the Faculty of Science.

The ARC Linkage Projects scheme promotes national, and international, collaboration and research partnerships between key stakeholders in research and innovation including higher education institutions, government, business, industry and end-users. 

Professor Marilyn Renfree from the School of BioSciences is part of a team that was awarded almost $600,000 for a project that aims to provide novel insights into the cryptic and secretive mode of the reproduction of echidnas, and enable development of reliable methods for breeding them in captivity. There has not been a sustainable breeding program for echidnas in any zoo world-wide. This project is being supported by the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.

Dr Alastair Stacey and Professor Steven Prawer form the School of Physics are part of another team that was awarded $215,000 to unlock the potential of diamond membrane devices in research and industry, by enabling the scalable manufacture of high quality diamond membrane samples. They will work with industry partner the Israeli Center of Advanced Diamond Technologies on the distribution of high quality base material to the academic and start-up markets.

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