Carbon fibre and composites
- Development of new rapid-cure processes for automotive components
- Reducing the cost of carbon fibre precursors
- Improving the performance of carbon fibre
Functional fibrous materials
- Research into novel coating technologies leading to development of durable, functional fibres and fabrics
- Novel, unique functions and applications of nanofibres, e.g. advanced aif filters and face masks, biomedical applications, sound-absorbing and noise-shielding products
- New short fibre production and assembly technologies
- Advanced electrospinning technologies
- Synthesis, processing and characterisation of new polymeric materials
- Advanced thermosets for high-performance coating, adhesives and composites
- Polymer blends, composites and nanocomposites
- Biodegradable polymers for biomedical applications
- Green processing of natural polymers
- Rubber and plastics recycling
Green natural fibres
- Water and energy saving technologies for processing natural fibres (e.g. wool, cotton, hemp)
- Biomedical applications of natural fibre structures (e.g. silk powder and silk nanofibres)
- Bio-mimicking of natural fibre structures (e.g. wild silk cocoon) to develop functional materials and lightweight structures
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.
The research falls under three main themes: nanofibres; carbon fibre composites; and high value-added applications. Expected outcomes include reducing our environmental footprint and improving public health and wellbeing.
No mess, no fuss
Deakin research fellows Dr Hongxia Wang and Dr Yan Zhao are working on the development of durable, superamphiphobic, self-cleaning surfaces. This innovative project will investigate ways of creating durable, self-cleaning surfaces through the use of a marine mussel-inspired underwater adhesive agent.
These surfaces have wide applications in daily life, the health sector, environment and industry.
Professor Xungai Wang joined Deakin 16 years ago, and was the first fibres researcher at the University. Now, Deakin's IFM is world class – and one of the biggest research institutes in Australia – and Professor Wang is its new director. He has covered the spectrum of fibres research, from enhancing silk, cotton and wool for the textiles industry, to developing novel materials for biomedical use, whether this be stent design or assisting tissue regeneration.