The new Materials and Minerals Science building at the University of South Australia

Uploaded by UniSouthAustralia on 29.08.2012


The building was conceived with the principals
of innovation and engagement at its heart
and the idea was to connect our students, our researchers
and our end users together in a creative
and collaborative environment that really makes
the exchange of ideas practical.

The major impact of M Squared will be the availability
of new functional space that will allow
us to engage in a new, broad range of collaborations.
Over the next few years, we'll see a number of new projects
initiated between the Ian Wark Research Institute and
the Mawson Institute as we both inhabit this fantastic building.

This building in itself is built on the foundation
of facilitating meeting between people.
If you're a student, you can sit in a room doing an assignment on your computer
and at the same time, see the scientists out in the lab doing their job.
It shows them the importance of collaboration.

We've designed and built into it
laboratories with unique functionality
that will allow us to become world-leading in regenerative medicine.

Some of my research is focussed on understanding
how we can deliver drugs more effectively.
We're developing new materials around nanoparticle coatings
and we're using these for the next generation of medicines.

My PhD topic is looking at using magnetic nanoparticles
for detecting the early spread of cancer cells.
We actually have collaboration with the Royal Adelaide Hospital
and so we're working with them in partnership
to try and develop better contrast agents for detecting cancer cells.

The Technology Transfer Node will allow us to embed
researchers from industry and from small
high tech companies inside the M Squared.

What we are doing in this building is training the next generation
of scientists and engineers together
on projects that are multidisciplinary
some of them even working with industry
to develop the latest technological advances.

The research I'll be undertaking here within the Mawson Institute
and the M Squared building is based on thin film coatings on plastics.
These thin film coatings are thinner than a human hair
and they're going to be used in real world applications
such as the development of the world's first automotive plastic mirror.

The plastic mirror is a product.
So actually if you take a step back, it is really looking at
where else we can apply thin film coating technologies
and that is actually now the foundation for the next five years of research
that we've signed up to with UniSA and the Auto CRC (Cooperative Research Centre).

I think we're building an atmosphere that all good universities aspire to.
One where there's a real interplay between research and teaching.
The Univerity's new Bachelor of Science in
Advanced Material is housed in this facility
and those students are benefitting greatly from this world class environment.

It is a luxury to have the space that this campus provides for a new building.
It's a building that is going to be intensely appreciated from all four sides.

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We need to invest in our universities
in their teaching and their research and their connections with industry.
This building does all of that and I think it will be a great asset
for the University of South Australia and a great asset for the state.

We've got the Olympic Dam expansion
we've got unconventional gas, which is a whole new sector
coming to South Australia and we've got a burgeoning iron ore sector as well
All three of those groups have their own technical challenges which
the M Squared centre is really in the box seat to help solve.

Our hypothesis is that by collaborating across disciplines
that's the way to make a difference to society.