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Spinks, Geoff M. Senior Professor

Senior Professor

  • Australian Institute for Innovative Materials
  • ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science
  • Intelligent Polymer Research Institute
  • Challenge Leader Making Future Industries - Global Challenges Program

Overview


Geoff Spinks received his PhD from the University of Melbourne in 1990 for his work on the mechanical behaviour of polymers and he has maintained a research interest in this area specialising in mechanical actuator materials (artificial muscles). Geoff is currently the Challenge Leader for Making Future Industries in the University of Wollongong's Global Challenges Program. Geoff has published over 200 journal articles, including 5 co-authored articles in Science magazine. He is the co-recipient of in excess of $35m in grant funding. As at June 2018, he had in excess of 10,000 citations and an "h-index" of 49. Geoff has worked closely with industry including sabbatical leave with BHP Research and Allied Signal Inc. (USA) and collaborative projects funded by industry and through the ARC Linkage and CRC schemes. Geoff has had a strong engagement with teaching across all levels of engineering materials and was co-founder of UoW’s bachelor degrees in Nanotechnology. He has supervised 25 PhD, 7 Masters and over 50 final year / honours students to completion. His current interests include new product development (such as medical devices and prosthetics) and new manufacturing methods (such as 3D printing) that utilise his artificial muscle materials.

Top Publications


Research Overview


  • Manufacturing innovation, Smart materials, Actuators and artificial muscles, Additive manufacturing, Mechanical properties of polymers

Selected Publications


Investigator On


Impact Story


  • <p>Customers buying the finest wool-based clothing can confirm they’re getting what they paid for, thanks to technology developed by University of Wollongong (UOW) researchers, with the support of the NSW Government.</p><p>Mittagong-based Bluey Merino has developed a Near Field Communications (NFC) label with the University to incorporate in its range of active and outdoor wear made with the softest rare grade, super-fine merino wool. Customers can scan the label with their mobile phones to confirm the origin of the wool in their new garment.</p><p>Bluey Merino worked with the University of Wollongong as part of the NSW Government’s $18 million <a href="http://www.industry.nsw.gov.au/business-and-industry-in-nsw" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Boosting Business Innovation Program</a> to open up university research centres to local companies.</p><p>“This is an outstanding example of a local company working with our university sector through the Boost program to deliver a true ‘value-add’ for our regional primary industry sector,” Deputy Premier and Minister for Industry John Barilaro said.</p><p>“Throughout the world NSW products are renowned for their high quality so it’s critical that we guard against their counterfeiting with technology that guarantees their provenance.<br /><a href="https://www.uow.edu.au/media/2019/uow-developed-wearable-tech-to-beat-foreign-fakes.php" title=" UOW developed wearable tech to beat foreign fakes" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Researchers work with Mittagong company to develop counterfeit-proof garments</a></p><p><br />UOW research lead Dr <a href="display/javad_foroughi" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Javad Foroughi</a> said, “It has been a pleasure to collaborate with Andrew and to apply breakthrough research to real world problems. It also gave the PhD students a chance to interact with industry.”</p><p>Bluey Merino’s next step is to develop body-sensing capabilities within their garments to monitor the wearer’s vitals such as blood pressure and temperature, with applications in fields including athletics, defence, healthcare and aged care.</p><p>The Boosting Business Innovation Program connects the state’s businesses with the NSW university sector’s research and testing capabilities, helping push the development of new products and services and further strengthening the NSW economy.</p>

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy Materials in Soft Robotics
    Doctor of Philosophy Hydrogel Powered Yarn Type Artificial Muscles Shepherd, David
    Doctor of Philosophy I Hydrogel Based Braided Artificial Muscle Salahuddin, Bidita Binte
    Doctor of Philosophy Artificial Muscles for Smart Textiles and Healthcare Kongahage, Dharshika
    Doctor of Philosophy Self-powered smart fabrics for wearable technologies. Mokhtari, Fatemeh
    Doctor of Philosophy Drug Loaded Coaxial Hydrogel Fibers as Drug Delivery Deports for Cancer Treatment Talebian, Sepehr
    Doctor of Philosophy 3D PRINTED PNEUMATIC SOFT ACTUATORS AND SENSORS: their modeling, performance quantification, control and applications in soft robotic systems Tawk, Charbel
    Doctor of Philosophy Neural Interfacing to Soft Robotic Hand Montoya Gurrola, Gerardo
    Doctor of Philosophy Investigating the Treatment of Movement Disorders Using Stem Cells and Neurotechnologies Newbery, Michelle
    Doctor of Philosophy Identifying and Translating Intention of Prosthetic Hand Users into Control Signals using Machine Learning Techniques Le, Hong Quan

Keywords


  • manufacturing-innovation, smart-materials, actuators, artificial-muscles, additive-manufacturing, mechanical-properties-of-polymers,

Web Of Science Researcher Id


  • E-5612-2011

Top Publications


Research Overview


  • Manufacturing innovation, Smart materials, Actuators and artificial muscles, Additive manufacturing, Mechanical properties of polymers

Selected Publications


Investigator On


Impact Story


  • <p>Customers buying the finest wool-based clothing can confirm they’re getting what they paid for, thanks to technology developed by University of Wollongong (UOW) researchers, with the support of the NSW Government.</p><p>Mittagong-based Bluey Merino has developed a Near Field Communications (NFC) label with the University to incorporate in its range of active and outdoor wear made with the softest rare grade, super-fine merino wool. Customers can scan the label with their mobile phones to confirm the origin of the wool in their new garment.</p><p>Bluey Merino worked with the University of Wollongong as part of the NSW Government’s $18 million <a href="http://www.industry.nsw.gov.au/business-and-industry-in-nsw" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Boosting Business Innovation Program</a> to open up university research centres to local companies.</p><p>“This is an outstanding example of a local company working with our university sector through the Boost program to deliver a true ‘value-add’ for our regional primary industry sector,” Deputy Premier and Minister for Industry John Barilaro said.</p><p>“Throughout the world NSW products are renowned for their high quality so it’s critical that we guard against their counterfeiting with technology that guarantees their provenance.<br /><a href="https://www.uow.edu.au/media/2019/uow-developed-wearable-tech-to-beat-foreign-fakes.php" title=" UOW developed wearable tech to beat foreign fakes" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Researchers work with Mittagong company to develop counterfeit-proof garments</a></p><p><br />UOW research lead Dr <a href="display/javad_foroughi" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Javad Foroughi</a> said, “It has been a pleasure to collaborate with Andrew and to apply breakthrough research to real world problems. It also gave the PhD students a chance to interact with industry.”</p><p>Bluey Merino’s next step is to develop body-sensing capabilities within their garments to monitor the wearer’s vitals such as blood pressure and temperature, with applications in fields including athletics, defence, healthcare and aged care.</p><p>The Boosting Business Innovation Program connects the state’s businesses with the NSW university sector’s research and testing capabilities, helping push the development of new products and services and further strengthening the NSW economy.</p>

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy Materials in Soft Robotics
    Doctor of Philosophy Hydrogel Powered Yarn Type Artificial Muscles Shepherd, David
    Doctor of Philosophy I Hydrogel Based Braided Artificial Muscle Salahuddin, Bidita Binte
    Doctor of Philosophy Artificial Muscles for Smart Textiles and Healthcare Kongahage, Dharshika
    Doctor of Philosophy Self-powered smart fabrics for wearable technologies. Mokhtari, Fatemeh
    Doctor of Philosophy Drug Loaded Coaxial Hydrogel Fibers as Drug Delivery Deports for Cancer Treatment Talebian, Sepehr
    Doctor of Philosophy 3D PRINTED PNEUMATIC SOFT ACTUATORS AND SENSORS: their modeling, performance quantification, control and applications in soft robotic systems Tawk, Charbel
    Doctor of Philosophy Neural Interfacing to Soft Robotic Hand Montoya Gurrola, Gerardo
    Doctor of Philosophy Investigating the Treatment of Movement Disorders Using Stem Cells and Neurotechnologies Newbery, Michelle
    Doctor of Philosophy Identifying and Translating Intention of Prosthetic Hand Users into Control Signals using Machine Learning Techniques Le, Hong Quan

Keywords


  • manufacturing-innovation, smart-materials, actuators, artificial-muscles, additive-manufacturing, mechanical-properties-of-polymers,

Web Of Science Researcher Id


  • E-5612-2011
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