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The ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centre - Chemical Industries

The ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centre (ARC-ITTC) - Chemical Industries fosters transformative and innovative research in Australia’s chemical and advanced manufacturing sectors through a new industry-led research-training program developed through partnerships between industry and universities. The Centre brings together three leading Universities (The University of Melbourne, The University of New South Wales and Swinburne University of Technology), chemical industry companies and Chemistry Australia in a unique collaboration that will provide greater alignment between the chemical industry’s need for highly-skilled STEM graduates equipped with excellent academic training, relevant industry skills and experience. The Centre will host 30 Masters of Science - Industrial Research (MScIR) students who will complete industry-led research projects to be undertaken with a minimum 1-year placement in industry. The Centre will host Postdoctoral Fellows to lead advanced industry-led collaborative projects with Centre chief investigators. The ARC-ITTC – Chemical Industries will lead to a high-quality workforce with industry relevant skills and experience. The Centre’s innovative training and engagement model enhances industry research capabilities through strengthened, and impactful industryuniversity collaborations. The Centre will drive the development of new technology and product pipelines for sustainable growth, and economic benefit to industry.

Masters of Science - Industrial Research (MScIR) - research collaborations with Industry ■■




Two-year MScIR program with a 12-18 month placement within the industry partner laboratory and/or manufacturing facility. Industry-led research projects that generate innovative and transformative technologies, and products. New course content, delivered online and offering advanced chemistry subjects, and professional skills development (e.g. business tools, regulatory affairs, communication in the workplace, entrepreneurship) co-developed with industry. A selection of three industry-relevant integrated research-training programs to choose from including: 1. Innovation in Advanced Materials and Process Chemistry,


3. Advancing Analytical Chemistry and Materials Characterisation.

Direct access to workplace-ready graduates with industry relevant skills, proven track record and experience.


Stipend provided to MScIR candidates while gaining an ‘Industrial Research’ qualification.

Access to new chemistry and advanced manufacturing technologies, and commercial products.


Improved alignment between industry talent needs and supply of workplaceready graduates with industry relevant skills, experience and knowledge of the workplace.

Development of new intellectual property to create new market opportunities for long-term economic benefits.


Opportunity to guide the training and development of Australia’s next generation chemistry industry professionals.


Access to leading University R&D capabilities, technical expertise, infrastructure and technology platforms.


Access to chemistry industry innovation data and models developed by Centre research teams.

2. Novel Approaches to Medicinal and Biomedical Chemistry, and



Benefits to Industry The Centre’s activities will support innovation in the chemistry industry and drive enhanced global competitive advantages and long-term growth, and intellectual property development. Industry partners of the ARC-ITTC – Chemical Industries will benefit from the following:

In collaboration with:

Supported by:

Overview of the ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centre - Chemical Industries TRAINING INPUTS


▪▪ Masters of Science - Industrial Research (MScIR) Cohort ▪▪ Postdoctoral Fellows Implementation

▪▪ Partner Investigators ▪▪ Chemistry Australia and Peak Industry Bodies

Program 2

Innovation in Advanced Materials and Process Chemistry

New Approaches to Medicinal and Biomedical Chemistry

Program 3 Advancing Analytical Chemistry and Materials Characterisation


▪▪ Advanced online course delivery (MScIR)

▪▪ Next generation talent pathway

▪▪ High quality research advancing chemistry Innovation

▪▪ Research Teams and Supervisors

Program 1


▪▪ Industry relevant skills adoption ▪▪ Workforce Innovation

▪▪ New technology and product pathway ▪▪ New University partnerships ▪▪ Staff professional development ▪▪ Strengthened value chain ▪▪ Strengthened SME Sector

Program 4 Networks and Innovation in the Chemistry Industries TRAINING PROGRAM Advanced chemistry subjects Professional skills development

Centre Leadership Director – Dr Anastasios Polyzos (University of Melbourne) Dr Polyzos is an expert in synthetic organic chemistry and flow chemistry. Dr Polyzos has the background and capacity to establish enduring links with industry, both nationally and internationally. He has successfully led complex industry projects and has directed a strong research program in fundamental organic chemistry. Dr Polyzos has experience in the supervision of large teams of professional scientists and post-doctoral fellows. He has developed a strong reputation for entrepreneurship and leadership in his industry collaborations, and has a growing academic reputation for research. Dr Polyzos holds a joint appointment with the University of Melbourne and CSIRO Manufacturing. His cross-sector experience and management skills mean that he is well-placed to serve Centre Director and ensure implementation of the Centre’s strategy.

Deputy Director – Professor Martina Stenzel (University of New South Wales) Prof. Stenzel’s area of expertise is synthesis of well-defined bioactive polymers with controlled architectures. Since commencing her academic career in 2002 as lecturer at UNSW, Prof. Stenzel has published more than 260 papers, many of them highly cited (h-index 64) and has supervised 21 PhD students to completion. Prof. Stenzel brings considerable experience in managing large, multi-disciplinary research groups to the Centre Deputy Director role. She has served as co-Director of the Centre of Advanced Macromolecular Design (CAMD), leading 50 researchers. As the Centre’s Deputy Director, she is strongly aware of the critical role she will play as a facilitator to bridge research fields and promote connections between Industries and Universities. She will contribute to the research program, and management of the Centre’s outreach and education programs. 

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Centre Coordinator - Dr Aaron Gosling Email: Mobile: 0409 285 171 CRICOS 00116K

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