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The Ian Wark Research Institute is a centre of excellence for research into chemistry and physics and is the designated Australian Research Council (ARC) Special Research Centre for Particle and Material Interfaces. With an impressive list of research sponsors/collaborators 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.
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Named in recognition of eminent Australian scientist Sir Ian William Wark, the Institute has an international reputation for fundamental and applied research and postgraduate education. In 2012, it received a 5-star rating by the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) assessment for it’s research into Physical Chemistry, and in Resources Engineering and Extractive Metallurgy, indicating outstanding performance above world standards.
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