As published by the Australian on May 6th, 2016.

Matthew Barnett is the very model of the modern university researcher. His research in new materials, particularly in alloys, is at the cutting edge. It also has widespread commercialisation potential. The innovations in materials for the mining industry his team of researchers at Deakin University are developing, could potentially bring vast efficiencies and savings to mining production while exporting their technologies around the world.

Today, Professor Barnett and his team will be awarded a life-changing $4.9 million Australian Research Council grant to develop a new ARC Training Centre in Alloy Innovation for Mining Efficiency.

“We’ve worked on new alloys for the automotive sector for years but are now developing alloys for the mining sector,” Professor Barnett said. “We expect to transform the efficiency of the sector by producing materials that are much more durable and less susceptible to wear and damage from contacting rock all day which could save billions of dollars a year.

Read the full story at the Australian.