Electromaterials and membranes

As we transition to a more sustainably powered future, our research in electromaterials and membranes is ensuring that the abundance of wind, solar and wave energy the country is able to produce can be stored cheaply and efficiently.


A battery of research

Electromaterials research at the Institute for Frontier Materials aims to develop new energy technologies through the creation of new electroactive materials. Challenges in the areas of energy generation and storage mainly relate to safety, energy and cost.

We are investigating new device chemistries, such as metal-air or sodium-based batteries, and also trying to improve the performance of existing technologies such as lithium-ion batteries.

The development of nanoporous membrane materials is helping to address future biomedical and environmental challenges.


As we reduce our reliance on fossil fuels and move towards a sustainable future, efficient energy storage systems are essential. The development of practical, next-generation energy storage technology is now tantalisingly close.

PROFESSOR MARIA FORSYTH

Australian Laureate Fellow

Our research

Energy generation – thermocells

Thermocell technology is based on harnessing the thermal energy from the difference in temperature between two surfaces and converting that energy into electricity.

Energy storage – advanced metal batteries

To meet the demand for higher-performance battery technologies, considerable research effort is directed at lithium metal, sodium-ion and metal-air batteries. Our approach is to optimise ionic liquids and organic ionic plastic crystals to replace currently used flammable electrolytes for these devices and thus address safety issues.

Membranes

Nanoporous membrane materials offer advanced opportunities for finely sorting matter at the nanoscale. Our researchers are working on membrane fabrication and characterisation by developing membranes with aligned pores, with diameters below 5nm, to replicate the performance in terms of liquid permeation of existing materials.

Recent research

Energy solutions for a greener future

After 20 years of research in electromaterials and related fields, Deakin University and CSIRO have joined forces to establish BatTRI-Hub – a battery technology research and innovation hub that will develop the next generation of battery technologies. 

Aiming to accelerate the prototyping and commercialisation of energy storage technologies, the hub will boost sustainable power and energy industries, including the emerging electric vehicle industry in Australia.

Featured researcher

Professor Maria Forsyth, Deakin's ARC Laureate Fellow, is one of Australia’s leading experts in battery technology. She has been a vital player in the conversation over climate change and renewable energy storage. Instrumental in the development and testing of new electromaterials and nanoporous membranes, Professor Forsyth and her team are working to ensure that the abundance of wind, solar and wave energy the country is able to produce can be stored cheaply and efficiently in order to compete with the current energy supply.

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