Deakin University’s Carbon Nexus celebrates anniversary

Deakin University’s state-of-the-art Carbon Nexus centre for carbon fibre and composites research has marked its first anniversary.

The $34 million facility, based at Deakin’s Waurn Ponds campus, has so far processed 75 batches of carbon fibre for trials, gained nine local and national research excellence awards, and attracted 11 industrial partners from nine countries.

“Seven years ago we imagined Carbon Nexus to be a world-leading carbon fibre research institute, attracting future industries to research and invest in Geelong, and now this vision is becoming a reality,” said Research Director, Professor Bronwyn Fox.

Carbon Nexus is part of a push to establish a carbon fibre industry in Geelong. Recent expressions of support for this have included a $1.76 million Geelong Region Innovation Investment Fund grant in October to assist Quickstep in creating an automotive division located at Waurn Ponds, and a $4.7 million Australian Research Council grant for a Future Fibres Industrial Transformation Research Hub, announced in May.