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Monash expert: new traces of asbestos found in mulch

Monash University < 1 mins read

Following news that asbestos has been found at a Cranbourne reserve, a Monash researcher is available to discuss how world-first technology can detect asbestos in waste.

Monash PhD candidate Diani Sirimewan has led the development of new cutting-edge technology capable of recognising tiny asbestos particles inside mulch and recycled soil. Researchers are currently trialling the technology in robotic arms at the University’s Clayton campus.

Diani Sirimewan, PhD candidate, Automation and Sustainability in Construction and Intelligent Infrastructure (ASCII) Lab, Faculty of Engineering
Contact details: +61 408 508 454 or

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