Spinks, Geoff M. Professor

Professor Professor

  • Polymer Properties Group
  • Australian Institute for Innovative Materials
  • School of Mechanical, Materials & Mechatronics Engineering
  • ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science
  • Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences
  • Intelligent Polymer Research Institute

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 has published over 180 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 2015, he had a total of 7700 citations and an "h-index" of 40. 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 22 PhD, 7 Masters and over 50 final year / honours students to completion. His current interests include new product development (such as the “Lymph Sleeve”) 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


Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Master of Philosophy Materials in Soft Robotics
    Doctor of Philosophy Hydrogel Powered Yarn Type Artificial Muscles Shepherd, David
    Doctor of Philosophy Printable Hydrogel Artificial Muscles Salahuddin, Bidita Binte
    Doctor of Philosophy Development of Wearable Textile Using CNT Yarn Kongahage, Dharshika
    Doctor of Philosophy Self-powered smart fabrics for wearable technologies. Mokhtari, Fatemeh
    Doctor of Philosophy Actuators, Sensors and Support for Robotic Hand. Tawk, Charbel
    Doctor of Philosophy Control System for Robotic Hand. Abdell Massih, Elie
    Doctor of Philosophy Neural Interfacing to Soft Robotic Hand Montoya Gurrola, Gerardo
    Doctor of Philosophy Exploration of torsional actuation and twist to writhe transition in nanostructured hydrogels Martino, Nicolas

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


Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Master of Philosophy Materials in Soft Robotics
    Doctor of Philosophy Hydrogel Powered Yarn Type Artificial Muscles Shepherd, David
    Doctor of Philosophy Printable Hydrogel Artificial Muscles Salahuddin, Bidita Binte
    Doctor of Philosophy Development of Wearable Textile Using CNT Yarn Kongahage, Dharshika
    Doctor of Philosophy Self-powered smart fabrics for wearable technologies. Mokhtari, Fatemeh
    Doctor of Philosophy Actuators, Sensors and Support for Robotic Hand. Tawk, Charbel
    Doctor of Philosophy Control System for Robotic Hand. Abdell Massih, Elie
    Doctor of Philosophy Neural Interfacing to Soft Robotic Hand Montoya Gurrola, Gerardo
    Doctor of Philosophy Exploration of torsional actuation and twist to writhe transition in nanostructured hydrogels Martino, Nicolas

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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