A new sponge-like material, discovered by Monash researchers, could have diverse and valuable real-life applications. The new elastomer could be used to create soft, tactile robots to help care for elderly people, perform remote surgical procedures or build highly sensitive prosthetic hands.
Monash University researcher Dr Qiaoliang Bao is starting 2016 on a high, after recently being awarded a prestigious Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellowship.
Monash University's Faculty of Engineering remains one of the top research institutions in Australia, according to recent Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) results released by the Australian Research Council.
New research into an alloy that can withstand saltwater conditions without corrosion has impressive potential applications.