Green Chemical Futures (GCF), a facility intended to facilitate collaboration and innovation in research and manufacturing opened at Monash University yesterday.
Opening the building, Senator Scott Ryan, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Education and Training, said the multi-level facility will enhance Australia’s research capabilities within the chemicals and plastics sector.
“This building meets all the criteria we set for our universities these days: supporting growth in basic research, accommodating targeted industry-driven research and supporting training programmes for industry participants,” he said.
He added that the new building’s occupants “will also be at the forefront of delivering the benefits from scientists engaging with industry and vice versa.”
“Australia does well in quality and quantity of research for a nation of our size; but we do very badly, by relevant international comparisons, in linkage between industry and universities, and in ensuring beneficial economic impact of research,” Ryan said.
GCF will house over 100 chemists and engineers and allow the growth of basic science research to targeted industry-driven research. It will have 17 specialist sectors, training programmes for industry practitioners and new laboratory spaces available for over 1000 students and 100 industry partners.
GCF will partner with a number of national and international institutions including Yale University (USA), Waseda University (Japan) and the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (Mumbai). GCF scientists and engineers will collaborate on projects along with CSIRO, the Plastics and Chemicals Industries Association and the Victorian Environmental Protection Agency.
The opening was welcomed by Plastics and Chemicals Industries Association CEO Samantha Read.
“The chemistry industry is proactively seeking opportunities to encourage growth and competitiveness by joining forces with Australia’s research community. This is vital to realising our vision of a manufacturing industry that secures long-term benefits for the economy, society and the environment,” she said in a statement.