The Federal Government funded ACES through the Australian Research Council in 2014 to turn our knowledge of materials into the next generation of ‘smart devices’ for the benefit of the community.

We think of a smart device as one that uses the advanced materials we make in our laboratories to create new health and energy solutions that improve people’s lives.Our partnersACES, led by the University of Wollongong, incorporates six Australian collaborators and five international partner organisations known for their expertise in materials and device fabrication.ACES Members
InstitutionLocationRoleACES Theme Lead and Expertise
University of WollongongAustraliaAdministering organisation
  • ACES Director
  • 3D Electromaterials Theme Lead
  • Soft Robotics for Prosthetic Devices Theme Lead
Expertise: electromaterials, electrofluidics and diagnostics, synthetic energy systems, synthetic biosystems, soft robotics, additive fabrication and biofabrication.
Deakin UniversityAustraliaCollaborating organisation
  • ACES Associate Director
Expertise: materials research, synthetic energy systems, soft robotics and ethics. 
Monash UniversityAustraliaCollaborating organisation
  • Synthetic Energy Systems Theme Lead
University of TasmaniaAustraliaCollaborating organisation
  • Ethics, Policy and Public Engagement Theme Lead
  • Electrofluidics and Diagnostics Theme Lead
Australian National UniversityAustraliaCollaborating organisationExpertise: molecular modelling.
University of MelbourneAustraliaCollaborating organisation
  • Synthetic Biosystems Theme Lead
Expertise: synthetic biosystems and biofabrication.
Dublin City UniversityIrelandPartner organisationExpertise: smart materials, stimuli responsive materials, sensors, health, and the environment.
University of WarwickEnglandPartner organisationExpertise: electrochemistry.
Friedrich Alexander UniversityGermanyPartner organisationExpertise: molecular materials and nanotechnology.
Hanyang UniversitySouth KoreaPartner organisationExpertise: soft robotics and biomedical engineering.
Yokohama UniversityJapanPartner organisationExpertise: ionic liquids and their electrochemical and materials applications.
These partnerships, which include financial and in-kind contributions, build on established relationships we have with associate investigators based at:
  • The University of Ulm, Germany
  • Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin, Germany
  • Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Saint-Etienne, France
  • RMIT University
  • University of Otago, New Zealand
  • University of Texas at Arlington, USA
  • Los Alamos National Laboratory, New Mexico USA
  • CSIRO, Australia
  • University of Massachusetts Dartmouth,USA
  • Centre de Recherche Paul Pascal, France
  • University of California Los Angeles, USA.
ACES also works closely with the Australian Government funded Australian National Fabrication Facility (ANFF) which provides us with access to state-of-the-art fabrication capabilities.

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