CityU/UNSW Research Forum Workshop on AI and Advanced Modelling Techniques for Flame-Retardant Materials

The Research Forum Workshop was successfully held on 22/03/2022. This workshop is a research communication between UNSW and CityU on the topic of AI and Advanced Modelling Techniques for Flame-Retardant Materials. Dr. Anthony Yuen from UNSW and Prof. Eric Lee from CityU attended the workshop. Six presenters delivered their presentations during the workshop. The presentation Read more about CityU/UNSW Research Forum Workshop on AI and Advanced Modelling Techniques for Flame-Retardant Materials[…]

News article on our recently material advancements in Sydney Morning Hearld titled “Nuclear scientists think they’ve cracked the key to fighting fire in Australia”

In a collaboration between the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) and the University of NSW, they have fashioned an ultra-light fireproof material that could revolutionize firefighting gear and protect household items including beds and sofas with a simple coating. Please kindly refer to the following link for the news article: https://www.smh.com.au/national/nuclear-scientists-think-they-ve-cracked-the-key-to-fighting-fire-in-australia-20220128-p59s02.html#comments   Photo Read more about News article on our recently material advancements in Sydney Morning Hearld titled “Nuclear scientists think they’ve cracked the key to fighting fire in Australia”[…]

Investigating a prospective light-weight fire retardant material with superior properties

Scientists from UNSW and ANSTO have characterised the structure of advanced materials, that could be used as a lightweight fire-retardant filler. Fire retardant materials can self-extinguish if they ignite. A team under Professor Guan Heng Yeoh, Director of the ARC Training Centre for Fire Retardant Materials and Safety Technologies at UNSW and Thermal-Hydraulic Specialist at ANSTO, are working to commercialise Read more about Investigating a prospective light-weight fire retardant material with superior properties[…]

New ARC Discovery Project – Engineered interlayers of bio-retardant and nano-reinforcement on polymers

Our ARC Discovery Project (DP220101427) entitled “Engineered interlayers of bio-retardant and nano-reinforcement on polymers” led by CIs Prof Guan Heng Yeoh and Dr Anthony Chun Yin Yuen has been successful (totalling 332.3k). In collaboration with PI Prof Jaime Grunlan @TAMU, we aim to develop a highly effective lightweight coating for polymeric materials, with the aid Read more about New ARC Discovery Project – Engineered interlayers of bio-retardant and nano-reinforcement on polymers[…]

Alternative fundemental material characterisation techniques via neutron beam scattering

Recently, we have discovered an alternative approach to characterise the morphology of two-dimensional nanosheet structures via atomic physical measurements. This strategy allows us to measure quantitative neutron scattering measurements to comprehensively analysis the shape and dimensions of the nanosheets. As a first study, we attempt to study the thickness and size of a recently arisen Read more about Alternative fundemental material characterisation techniques via neutron beam scattering[…]

Evaluating the fire risk associated with cladding panels: An overview of fire incidents, policies, and future perspective in fire standards

Combining the effort by our research members, we have carried out a review on the past fire scenarios involving external wall systems. Please refer to the following link for this latest publication: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/fam.2973 Abstract: Multifunctional building façades have become an increasingly critical component in modern buildings, especially after the tremendous scrutiny triggered by the utilization Read more about Evaluating the fire risk associated with cladding panels: An overview of fire incidents, policies, and future perspective in fire standards[…]

Congratulations to the Smart Fire Sprinkler (funded by Jacobs) in winning the Maker Games 2020

Partner with Jacobs Engineering (Dr David Lo Jacono and Jiayun Hao), the Smart Fire Sprinkler Team is the UNSW Maker Games Winners for the year 2020. The unique design of their bushfire prevention and fighting system “EMBER EYE” embraces advanced imaging processing, impact sprinkler technology, digital control algorithms and the effectiveness is verified by computational Read more about Congratulations to the Smart Fire Sprinkler (funded by Jacobs) in winning the Maker Games 2020[…]

MDPI Molecules Special Issue “New Prospects in Flame-Retardant Materials”

Dear Colleagues, Lightweight, high-performance composite materials, such as fibre-reinforced polymers, are rapidly replacing conventional building materials. Nevertheless, these polymeric materials are often associated with life-threatening fire hazards due to the production of toxic substances in the event of fires. Fire incidents caused by these highly flammable polymers have increased dramatically over the last decade. Therefore, Read more about MDPI Molecules Special Issue “New Prospects in Flame-Retardant Materials”[…]