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Welcome and Conference Opening

AIM Director at AIM18, presented by Danielle Kennedy

Date & Time: Tuesday 20 February 2018, 09:10

Location: Olympic Room


Presenting Author

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Danielle Kennedy

Director, AIM FSP
CSIRO - Active Integrated Matter Future Science Platform

Dr Danielle Kennedy is the leader of the Active Integrated Matter Future Science Platform in CSIRO Manufacturing .

Dr Kennedy obtained her Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) Sydney, Australia 2007. In 2008 Dr Kennedy received a CSIRO Office of the Chief Executive postdoctoral fellowship which she undertook in the division of Molecular and Health Technologies (now part of the Manufacturing ). Dr Kennedy became a Research Scientist in 2013, Senior Research Scientist in 2015 and is currently the leader of the new "Active Integrated Matter Future Science Platform" at CSIRO.

Active Integrated Matter, or AIM, is a new CSIRO future science platform. AIM has a focus on identifying advances at the intersection of six scientific disciplines; materials, physical processing, sensors, robotics, informatics and autonomous systems. My vision for this research platform is to drive towards 2030 science and technology needs in these domains.

Put simply in AIM we focus on the material or physical things required for the digital world.

You may have heard of industry 4.0 or the industrial Internet of things (IoT). In AIM we are looking for scientific advances that allow for industry 5.0, what we define as a time where the industrial Internet of things is not confined to the factory but operates in uncontrolled environments.

AIM has participation from all of CSIROs different business units and is truly multidisciplinary in its approach to drive discovery.

Dr Kennedy's individual research interest is in coupling automated robotic techniques, rapid screening methods and Synchrotron characterisation to fast track materials discovery in porous and catalytic nanomaterials.

This high-throughput research platform allows the study of more examples of materials classes than ever before allowing us to make more considered investigations and gain broader understanding of the nature of the materials studied, tackling bigger research challenges like the development of catalysts which improve the energy efficiency and economics of the production of commodity chemicals and is on the editorial board of Chemical Industry and Engineering.