Our research

Research at the Institute for Frontier Materials (IFM) leads and inspires innovation in materials, science and engineering – providing transformational benefits to society.


IFM Projects in action

We operate in seven exciting research and development areas:

Alloy design and processing

Reducing the weight of vehicles for increased fuel efficiency is a high priority and this has intensified the focus on lightweight metals.

Learn more about our sustainably-structured future

Biomaterials and biomimicry

Biomaterials and biomimicry research takes inspiration from the materials and processes found naturally in the universe and helps to solve human problems.

Learn more about nature-inspired medical engineering

Corrosion and protection

Corrosion research at Deakin targets desalination and water infrastructure, oil and gas refining and production, defence and aerospace, mining and power industries.

Learn more about how we are protecting major public assets

Electromaterials and membranes

Electromaterials research at IFM aims to develop new energy technologies through the creation of new electroactive materials.

Learn more about how we are solving energy problems

Fibres, polymers, composites and textiles

Research into fibres, polymers, composites and textiles is carried out in collaboration with CSIRO as part of the Australian Future Fibres Research and Innovation Centre (AFFRIC) and also within the ARC Future Fibres Hub.

Learn more about new, novel and sustainable materials

Materials and process modelling

Materials and process modelling research is all about prediction. We develop and apply advanced computer modelling at the molecular level. This is based on fundamental principles of chemistry, physics and mathematics to predict properties and behaviours of anything that is composed of atoms and molecules.

Learn more about how we save cost and accelerate outcomes

Nanotechnology and plasma technology

Nanotechnology research at Deakin is focused on developing novel nanomaterials and using nanotechnology to solve some of today's challenges in energy storage, environmental protection, and health and medical issues. Plasma is an exciting, environmentally friendly way of shaping materials for scientific and industrial applications.

Learn more about plasma and nanotechnology

Developing the next generation of materials is very important for Australia and internationally. The IFM has a major focus on future manufacturing and helping Australia to make the transition to high value-added advanced manufacturing.

PROFESSOR XUNGAI WANG

Director of IFM

ARC Future Fibres Hub

The Future Fibres Hub is an Australian Research Council (ARC) supported initiative helping to transform Australian fibres and textiles manufacturing. Researchers in the hub are developing novel fibre technologies to facilitate more sustainable, advanced manufacturing of fibre materials.

Learn more about the ARC Future Fibres Hub

Contact our research teams

If you'd like to talk to our researchers and staff about research, development or partnerships, please get in touch.

See our staff listing