UOW campus lab ready to welcome public

Professor Gordon Wallace at the Innovation Campus that's ready to open its door to members of the public. Picture: ADAM McLEAN

Professor Gordon Wallace at the Innovation Campus that's ready to open its door to members of the public. Picture: ADAM McLEAN

Laymen will rub shoulders with experts in lab coats at UOW's Innovation Campus on Monday as research facilities are opened for public tours.

The day will showcase innovations in medical bionics, 3D printing and the super material graphene at the university's ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science (ACES).

Visitors will be invited to inspect cutting-edge "smart" fabrics that react to heat and moisture, and 3D printing equipment that makes implantable devices to help regrow damaged nerves and muscles inside the body.

ACES director Professor Gordon Wallace said it was important the centre's occupants share their work with the public.

"A lot of what we're doing, particularly in the medical bionics area, will require community acceptance for it to progress, so we're keen to keep people involved in what we're doing, and also show that we're working feverishly on their behalf to treat untreatable diseases like epilepsy," he said.

"We're all conscious as scientists that these are the people we're actually working for, so every now and again it's good to open our doors to let people have a look at what we're doing."

Bookings for the tours are here. Phone 4221 3239 for information.

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