About IFM

The Institute for Frontier Materials (IFM) is at the forefront of innovation in materials design and engineering research. Our key research areas fall under two main themes: innovative manufacturing technologies and energy efficiency; resource and infrastructure sustainability.


Vision

To lead and inspire innovations in materials science and engineering that have a transformational benefit to society.


Mission

To foster innovation and excellence in materials science and engineering research with the aim of addressing the critical societal objectives:

  • Innovative manufacturing technologies
  • Energy efficiency, resource and infrastructure sustainability.

Welcome from IFM Director

The Institute for Frontier Materials (IFM) at Deakin University was established to address some of the major challenges facing society through innovations in materials design and performance.

Our vision is to lead and inspire innovations in materials science and engineering that have a transformational benefit to society.

Recognised as one of Australia’s leading materials research organisations, IFM’s mission is to foster innovation and excellence in materials science and engineering research with the aim of developing:

  • Innovative manufacturing technologies
  • Energy efficiency, resource and infrastructure sustainability

Our aim is to develop new materials and structures that are affordable, and also have a low cost to society of manufacture, use and recycling. IFM can process and characterise materials across all scale lengths, from the atomic level in the manipulation of interfaces and surfaces through to entire structures (such as a model car). Our researchers bring together engineering, chemistry, materials science, physics, biology, mathematics and other disciplines to develop new materials and engineering solutions.

We welcome enquiries from students, researchers and industry who are interested in working with us in this exciting field of research.

Director, Institute for Frontier Materials, Professor Xungai Wang

IFM Overview

Recognised as one of Australia's leading materials research organisations, Deakin's Institute for Frontier Materials' mission is to foster innovation and excellence in materials science and engineering research.

Occupational health and safety

At IFM, the health and safety of students, staff and visitors is paramount. We are committed to providing a safe and healthy working environment.

The University’s OHS Policy applies to all staff, students, visitors, contractors and labour hire employees.