Showcasing Early Career Researchers 2014 Finalists

Showcasing Early Career Researchers celebrates good research, communicated well.

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Entrants were asked to submit a 30-second video demonstrating that they could convey the aim of their research clearly and effectively. Forty-eight video entries were received and from those, five finalists were chosen to attend the CRC Association conference in Perth from 20-21 May and give a five-minute oral presentation about their research. The judges looked for entrants who demonstrated excellent oral presentation skills.

Mr Luigi Vandi was selected as the overall winner by an audience vote at the conference.


Mr Luigi Vandi, CRC for Advanced Composite Structures

Understanding Interphase Formation in Thermoset Composite Welding

Composite materials have become the material of choice for manufacturing aircraft structures. However unlike metals, carbon-epoxy materials cannot normally be welded together, making their assembly very challenging. My project is centred on a new technology patented by the CRC-ACS, allowing these materials to be welded together. My PhD focuses on unravelling the molecular mechanisms at the interphase formed between these materials to ensure this process can be implemented on future aircrafts.


Dr Honor Calnan, CRC for Sheep Industry Innovation

Retaining the Red in Australian Lamb Meat

The colour of lamb meat is crucial to customer appeal and strongly contributes to product value. Lamb meat currently has a shelf life of only 2 days before it is discounted due to browning, representing a major economic limitation to the Australian lamb industry. My PhD investigates factors influencing the oxidative process of lamb browning, identifying practical methods such as feeding vitamin E and selective breeding that can improve the colour stability and thus value of Australian lamb meat.

Mr Jake Lacey, Poultry CRC

How Gut Microbiota Contributes to Health and Productivity

Gut bacteria work like a community to modulate the immune system and defend the host. However too often the ecosystem of a healthy microbiota is thrown out of balance by pathogenic bacteria. In poultry farms necrotic enteritis caused by C. perfingens is on the rise and results in poor welfare and a loss of productivity due to damage to the intestinal wall. Some birds show a natural resistance to the disease and by investigating the bacteria in these birds we may be able to find a probiotic cure.

Mr Michael Scott, CRC for Optimising Resource Extraction

Evaluation of Energy-Efficiency, Emission Pricing and Pre-Concentration for the Optimised Development of a Copper-Gold Deposit

This project evaluates the economic and production impacts from improvements in the energy-efficiency of mining and mineral processing activities and the introduction of emission pricing on the optimal development of a low-grade, copper-gold deposit in Australia. The research also examines the incorporation of pre-concentration strategies at the operation, which remove uneconomic material prior to expensive and energy and emission intensive production processes.

Miss Binbin Zhang, The HEARing CRC

Fabrication of Drug Delivery System

3D printing is changing our life in many aspects, from 3D printed food to airplane parts. How could it benefit the current research in life science? Printing human organs is of course exciting and ambitious, however, using this new technology to perfect readily available medical devices seems more achievable in the near future. My research is to develop an integrating drug delivery system into the cochlear implant using 3D printing to prevent the detrimental post-surgery inflammatory response.

Other entries

See more entries for the Showcasing Early Career Researchers competition for 2014.