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Ian Wark Research Institute (The Wark)

  • The Wark - 20 Year Anniversary Celebrations

    The Wark - 20 Year Anniversary Celebrations

    2014 marks the 20th anniversary of the Institute. To mark this milestone, The Wark will be hosting several special events throughout the year for current staff and students, alumni and collaborators.

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  • 2014 Norton Jackson Medal

    2014 Norton Jackson Medal

    Congratulations to Dr Wendy Harrington who was awarded the Medal for her thesis, 'Role of polymeric dispersants in controlling pigmentary titanium oxide particle interactions, the structure and morphology of alumina-silicate coatings'.

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  • 3MT Competition Winners

    3MT Competition Winners

    Congratulations to the winners of our Three Minute Thesis competition held in conjunction with UCL Australia.  First place was awarded to Carmen Wouters (UCL) with Johan Linden (The Wark) runner-up.

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  • World Top 100 for Engineering and Technology*

    World Top 100 for Engineering and Technology*

    *2013-14 Times Higher Education World University Rankings

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Research at The Wark makes a real difference.

The Ian Wark Research Institute is a centre of excellence for research into chemistry and physics at interfaces and is the designated Australian Research Council (ARC) Special Research Centre for Particle and Material Interfaces. With an impressive list of research sponsors and projects in areas such as bio and polymer interfaces, colloids and nanostructures and mineral processing, The Wark aims to both develop new technologies for use in industry and improve upon existing processes.

Named in recognition of eminent Australian scientist Sir Ian William Wark, the Institute has a prized international reputation for fundamental and applied research and postgraduate education. The Wark has produced over 177 graduates, representing the next generation of scientific leaders. 

The Wark is a major contributor to UniSA’s research in Physical Chemistry and in Resources Engineering and Extractive Metallurgy, both of which received ratings of 5 in the 2012 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) assessment, indicating outstanding performance well above world standard in these areas.

The Wark also plays a central role in the recently completed AU$73m Materials and Minerals Science Learning and Research Hub at the Mawson Lakes Campus. The Materials and Minerals Science Building, a key part of this learning hub, was officially opened on August 6 2012. To celebrate this opening, researchers from The Wark took part in the M2 Opening Symposium, on the topic: Materials, Minerals and Manufacturing - what does the future hold for these industries in South Australia? You can watch a recording of this Symposium, and the building opening ceremony at this link.

World Top 100 for Engineering and Technology*

 The University of South Australia’s Division of Information Technology, Engineering and the Environment has been acknowledged as a high-performing, progressive and engaging institute, earning impressive rankings for its teaching and research including:

  • World top 100 for Engineering and Technology, top six in Australia and number one in South Australia in the 2013-14 Times Higher Education World University Rankings.
  • Industry relevant research - number one in Australia for funding received from Commonwealth grants to CRCs.
  • Excellence in Research Australia 2012 rated more than 86 per cent of our university’s assessed research as world standard or above, including a ranking of 4 for Engineering – a performance above world standard.

*2013-14 Times Higher Education World University Rankings

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