Translational Polymer Research Group (TPRG)

The University of Queensland

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Close up of a high performance polymer

The Translational Polymer Research Group undertakes research and development into the design, synthesis, characterisation, rheology, processing and flow simulation of polymer materials and composites. Research at the group draws on the following core skills: polymer and composite synthesis, polymerization and polymer analysis; characterisation, rheology, polymer processing and simulation; and polymer and composite material properties and performance.TPRG is a virtual centre that focuses on developing high performance polymers and composites for high value applications, using novel polymers, biopolymers/ecomaterials and nanostructured polymers. The team of around 50 researchers is drawn from Chemical Engineering, Australian Institute Bioengineering and Nanotechnology, Centre for Advanced Imaging, Materials Engineering, Centre for Advanced Materials Processing and Manufacturing Centre and Biomedical Sciences.


Key science sectors

Strengths and capabilities

  • Polymer development
  • Biomaterial formulation
  • Flow property testing
  • Polymer processing
  • Composite processing
  • Polymer flow simulation
  • Nanocomposite materials development

Facilities and major equipment

  • Polymer characterisation lab
  • Polymer processing facility
  • Extrusion facility
  • Injection moulding
  • Rheology lab
  • Mini-processing lab
  • Polymer failure testing lab

Number of research staff

20-100 research staff


Advanced Engineering Building, Level 6, The University of Queensland, Staff House Rd, St Lucia, 4072

Lead researchers

Achievements of the centre

  • CRC Association Technical Transfer Award (2016) for degradable agricultural film
  • The establishment of start-up company TenasiTech Pty Ltd, which is commercialising a polymer nanocomposites platform
  • Integration on sustainable polymers projects with Dow Sustainable Engineering Innovation Centre UQ

Organisation type

  • University Research Centre

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