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Prof Bronwyn Fox

Position: Professor
Faculty or Division: Research
Department: Instit for Frontier Materials
Campus: nj1.109, Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus
Phone: +61 3 52271015 +61 3 52271015
Mobile: 0419 413 656 0419 413 656



Professor Bronwyn Fox is the Research Director of Carbon Nexus a new facility at Deakin University focussed on the manufacture and use of carbon fibre ( where she leads a multi-disciplinary team of 23 researchers focussed on the manufacture and use of carbon fibre.  Carbon fibre composites, which are materials where the carbon fibre is embedded in a polymer matrix, are being increasingly used across a vast range of industries such as aerospace, automotive, oil and gas, clean energy and sporting goods, where they are replacing traditional materials such as steel and aluminium. Carbon fibre composite materials make up 50% of Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner passenger aircraft helping to achieve a 20% improvement in fuel economy and 20% reduction in CO2 emissions.   Carbon Nexus is a partnership between Deakin and the Victorian Centre for Advanced Materials Manufacturing (VCAMM) and houses two production lines capable of manufacturing industrially relevant quantities of aerospace grade carbon fibre. The facilities are designed to enable scientists to conduct research into the chemical, mechanical and nano-scale characteristics of the new carbon fibre materials produced on site.

Professor Fox completed a PhD in Engineering 2001 at the Australian National University in Canberra. She also holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) from The University of Melbourne which she completed in 1993.  Prior to commencing at Deakin University, Associate Professor Fox was an Associate Lecturer in Engineering at The Australian National University and a researcher at the CRC for Polymer Blends, based at CSIRO.


  • Bachelor of Science, University of Melbourne, 1993
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Engineering), Australian National University, 2001

Career highlights

2015: Professor, Institute for Frontier Materials, Deakin University

2011-2014: Associate Professor, Centre for Material and Fibre Innovation, Deakin University
2006 - 2010: Senior Lecturer, Centre for Material and Fibre Innovation, Deakin University
2002 - 2006: Lecturer, Engineering, Deakin University
2001 - 2002: Research Fellow, Engineering, Deakin University
2000 - 2001: Associate Lecturer, Engineering, The Australian National University


Member Institute of Materials Engineering Australia


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Research interests

Professor Bronwyn Fox's research interests include carbon fibre manufacture, surface treatment of fibres, three dimensional preforms for complex composite components, out-of-autoclave cure of composites, structure-property relationships in polymers, nanocomposites and natural fibre composites.

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  1. Linden Servinis, Luke C. Henderson, Thomas R. Gengenbach, Abdullah A. Kafi, Mickey G. Huson, Bronwyn L. Fox. (2013) Surface functionalization of unsized carbon fiber using nitrenes derived from organic azides.  Carbon, 54, 378-388. [IF 5.868]
  2. Mickey Huson, Jeffrey S. Church, Abdullah Kafi, Andrea L. Woodhead, Jiyi Khoo, M. S. R. N. Kiran, Jodie Bradbury and Bronwyn Fox (2013),  Heterogeneity of Carbon Fibre. Carbon, final revisions submitted 6/9/13. [IF 5.868]
  3. Bafekrpour, Ehsan, Yang, Chunhui and Fox, Bronwyn (2013), Bending Behavior of Step-wise Graded Carbon Nanofiber/Polymer Nanocomposites, International journal of advanced engineering applications, vol. 2, no. 5, pp. 47-52. [IF not avail.]
  4. Ehsan Bafekrpour, Chunhui Yang, Maurizio Natali, Bronwyn Fox (2013), Functionally graded carbon nanofiber/phenolic nanocomposites and their mechanical properties. Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing, Volume 54, November 2013, Pages 124-134. [IF 2.695]
  5. Betime Nuhiji, Darren Attard, Gordon Thorogood, Tracey Hanley, Kevin Magniez, Jenny Bungur, Bronwyn Fox (2013), The effect of a rapid heating rate, mechanical vibration and surfactant chemistry on the structure-property relationships of epoxy/clay nanocomposites.  Materials, 6(8), 3624-3640. [IF 2.247]
  6. Firas Awaja, Michael Gilbert, Minoo Naebe, Georgina Kelly, Bronwyn Fox, Russell Brynolf, Paul J. Pigram. Ageing of surface treated thermoplastic polyolefins.  Polymer Degradation and Stability. Volume 98, Issue 9, September 2013, Pages 1699–1704. [IF 2.770]
  7. Ehsan Bafekrpour, George P. Simon, Chunhui Yang, Mircea Chipara, Jana Habsuda, Bronwyn Fox (2013), Functionally graded carbon nanofiber-phenolic nanocomposites for sudden temperature change applications, Polymer, Volume 54, Issue 15, 8 July 2013, Pages 3940-3948. [IF 3.379]
  8. Ehsan Bafekrpour, George P. Simon, Minoo Naebe, Jana Habsuda, Chunhui Yang, Bronwyn Fox (2013), Preparation and properties of composition-controlled carbon nanofiber/phenolic nanocomposites, Composites Part B: Engineering, Volume 52, September 2013, Pages 120-126. [IF 2.143; cit 4]
  9. 13. S.L. Agius, K.J.C. Magniez, B.L. Fox, (2013), Cure behaviour and void development within rapidly cured out-of-autoclave composites, Composites Part B: Engineering, 47, 230-237. [IF 1.731]
  10. Minoo Naebe, James Sandlin, Ian Crouch, Bronwyn Fox (2013), Novel polymer-ceramic composites for protection against ballistic fragments, Polymer Composites, Volume 34, Issue 2, pages 180–186.[IF 1.231]

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