19 December 2017

Brian Hawkett

A/Prof Brian Hawkett

Chiara Neto

A/Prof Chiara Neto

Congratulations to Associate Professors Brian Hawkett and Chiara Neto, who have gained funding from the Australian Research Council (ARC) as part of the Linkage Funding Scheme for their project investigating stain-resistant paint.

Brian has been awarded more than $650,000 by the ARC to create strategic research alliances with government and industry to combat real-world issues.

The Linkage Funding Scheme seeks to broaden Australia’s innovation network and create prompt solutions to issues facing the economy and communities within it by offering multi-year funding to deserving projects.

Brain Hawkett and Chiara Neto will work with Dr Timothy Davey and Chris Such from the Dulux Group to analyse polymer micro-capsules in the hope of developing a stain-resistant paint.

This research project funding will likely create a wide-spread solution for the building industry while having a hugely positively impact on the environment. Likewise, the development of a more durable paint made from renewable components would improve Australia’s reputation for cutting-edge technology.