Coffs inventor Paul Brockwell.
Coffs inventor Paul Brockwell.

Inventor's magic plastic to be on TV

COFFS Harbour inventor Paul Brockwell is the latest Coffs Coast innovator to be featured on the ABC program The New Inventors.

Dr Brockwell and his intelligent plastics will be featured on The New Inventors on Wednesday, March 25 at 8pm.

His low-cost plastics monitor products continuously and can detect and display information about freshness and ripeness in an easy to understand way, giving them wide applications from horticulture to healthcare.

Paul Brockwell's 'magic' plastic was a finalist in the 2008 Innovic Next Big Thing Award and was part of a major innovation exhibition at the Melbourne Museum as well as being featured in last year's second Coffs Coast Innovation Showcase. The inventor has been supported by Coffs Harbour's Innovation Centre at CHEC.

Dr Brockwell completed his original doctoral theses on modelling freshness in table grapes and avocadoes and the material has since been the topic of doctoral studies on cooked prawns and fresh fish.

He now has registered international patents.

He said yesterday he expected monitoring ripeness in fruit would be the first commercial use of his intelligent plastics, but there had been interest from blood and other medical services companies, even from Johnson&Johnson.

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