Content for RMIT.Edu

RMIT.Edu

RMIT University (officially the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, informally RMIT) is an Australian public research university in Melbourne, Victoria. Founded by Francis Ormond in 1887, RMIT began as a night school offering classes in art, science, and technology, in response to the industrial revolution in Australia. It was a private college for more than a hundred years before merging with the Phillip Institute of Technology to become a public university in 1992. It has an enrolment of around 87,000 higher and vocational education students, making it the largest dual-sector education provider in Australia. With an annual revenue of around A$1.3 billion, it is also one of the wealthiest universities in Australia. It is rated a five star university by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) and is ranked 17th in the World for art and design subjects in the QS World University Rankings, making it the top art and design university in Australia. Its main campus is situated on the northern edge of the historic Hoddle Grid in the city centre of Melbourne. It also has two satellite campuses in the northern suburbs of Brunswick and Bundoora and a training site, situated on the Williams base of the Royal Australian Air Force, in the western suburb of Point Cook. Beyond Melbourne, it has a research site near the Grampians National Park in the rural city of Hamilton. Outside Australia, it has a presence in Asia and Europe. In Asia, it has two branch campuses in the Vietnamese cities of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City as well as teaching partnerships in China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Singapore and Sri Lanka. In Europe, it has a coordinating centre in the Spanish city of Barcelona.

From recycling to upcycling: A smarter way of dealing with plastic

“Researchers have developed a clean and cost-effective way to upcycle used plastic, transforming it into valuable nanomaterials and high-quality fuel. Key points - New tech produces carbon nanotubes and clean liquid fuel from used plastic - Smart solution for upcycling plastic and …

Next gen 3D printed catalysts to propel hypersonic flight

“Ultra-efficient 3D printed catalysts could help solve the challenge of overheating in hypersonic aircraft and offer a revolutionary solution to thermal management across countless industries. Developed by researchers at RMIT, the highly versatile catalysts are cost-effective to make and simple …

New clean energy tech extracts twice the power from ocean waves

“Researchers have developed prototype technology that can double the power harvested from ocean waves, in an advance that could finally make wave energy a viable renewable alternative. The untapped potential of ocean wave energy is vast - it has been estimated …

Mini radar could scan the Moon for water and habitable tunnels

“A miniature device that scans deep below ground is being developed to identify ice deposits and hollow lava tubes on the Moon for possible human settlement. The prototype device, known as MAPrad, is just one tenth the size of existing …

New technique breaks the mould for 3D printing medical implants

“Researchers have flipped traditional 3D printing to create some of the most intricate biomedical structures yet, advancing the development of new technologies for regrowing bones and tissue. The emerging field of tissue engineering aims to harness the human body’s …

Long-lost letter from Albert Einstein discusses a link between physics and biology, seven decades before evidence emerges

“A recently discovered letter written by Albert Einstein discusses a link between physics and biology, seven decades before evidence emerges. Since the dawn of the electronic age, it has never been easier for researchers to engage with the general public …

Moving towards a circular economy for more sustainable housing

“RMIT urban researchers will lead a pioneering project examining how Australia’s housing sector can transition to a circular economy for more sustainable homes. Every year, over 20 million tonnes of waste from the construction industry is sent to landfills …

New electronic chip delivers smarter, light-powered AI

“Researchers have developed artificial intelligence technology that brings together imaging, processing, machine learning and memory in one electronic chip, powered by light. The prototype shrinks artificial intelligence technology by imitating the way that the human brain processes visual information. The …

Thin and ultra-fast photodetector sees the full spectrum

“Researchers have developed the world’s first photodetector that can see all shades of light, in a prototype device that radically shrinks one of the most fundamental elements of modern technology. Photodetectors work by converting information carried by light into …

Researchers just recorded world’s fastest internet speeds using a single optical chip

“Researchers from RMIT, Monash and Swinburne universities have achieved the world’s fastest internet data speed - enough to download 1000 HD movies in a split second - using a single optical chip. The ground-breaking results published in Nature Communications could fast-track …