Between the 1st and 3rd of June, Materials Australia and The Australian Ceramic Society hosted the Combined Australian Materials Societies Conference (CAMS2022), where several of our postgraduate students along with others from different universities across Australia presented their research posters to be judged by an expert panel. Two of our students, Ashraful Azam, supervised by Sean Li, and Maxwell Moyle, supervised by Sophie Primig, both won awards for their posters in the “Best Poster Award” category.

Azam’s poster on catalysing the water splitting reaction with monolayer transitional metal dichalcogenides (TMDCs) won the runner’s up award. Hydrogen fuel has the highest energy density (142 MJ/kg) with zero greenhouse gas emissions, Azam’s research investigated the electrocatalytic activity of vacancy sites in a monolayer of tungsten diselenide, showing the potential of these TMDCs as an applicable alternative for hydrogen energy generation.

Moyle’s poster on additive manufacturing of stainless steels by laser powder bed fusion (LPBF) won the people’s choice award. Moyle’s research focused on microstructural features observed using in LPBF produced 316L stainless steel, showcasing observations made with electron backscattered diffraction and electron microprobe analysis, highlighting the most novel findings. Understanding the effects of microstructures of additive manufactured steel will shape the future of 3D printing.

With an abundance of posters presented at the conference, the brilliance of Azam and Moyle‘s  research and their captivating presentation was a fine distinction to winning these prizes.

So, congratulations to both Ashraful Azam and Maxwell Moyle.