Public-Private Partnership in Australia Looks To Develop Advanced Nanofibers
Nanotechnology Victoria CEO Dr. Peter Binks Speaks to NWN About The Government-Academia-Business Agreement.Nanotechnology Victoria (NanoVic) announced this month that Deakin University’s Centre for Materials & Fibre Innovation will enter an agreement with Basell, a major chemical company, to research the electrospinning of nanofibers for market applications. Deakin University is a founding member of NanoVic, a unique venture between several universities and local government focused on advancing nanoscale research and commercialization.
According to Dr. Peter Binks, CEO of Nanotechnology Victoria, “We were invited to participate in the agreement because of our experience in the commercialization of emerging nanotechnologies and as an investor.” The involvement of a large company in this type of agreement is also of great value; “Basell bring significant technical, skills to the project, as well as the ability to market and distribute any successful outcomes,” notes Dr. Binks. The project also offers a scholarship, which provides a valuable opportunity for a student to work with nanoscale technologies.