Molecular and fluid dynamics
Our research focuses on applying advanced computer simulation technology to design and develop new materials, fundamentally understand the properties of simple and complex fluids, and model flow and heat transfer problems in engineering applications.
Research includes the dynamics behaviour and transport properties of atoms, molecules and ions in organic and inorganic materials to the flow of continuum fluid and discrete particles.
Molecular modelling and simulation
Our key research areas are:
- structure property relationships of interfaces between biological matter for applications in areas ranging from medical diagnostics to medical implant technologies and fundamental research on biomineralisation
- prediction of formulation/property and structure relationships associated with high-performance carbon fibre composite materials
- prediction of structures, properties and behaviours of protein systems of interest to the pharmaceutical industry.
Numerical modelling and design of materials for lightweight structures
The group has projects that range from the fundamental (constitutive material modelling) through applied research (understanding tool wear) to more development work (lightweight body design).
Cold washing to combat global warming
Professor Tiffany Walsh and her team have developed an application to use nanoparticles in laundry powder to achieve a hot wash outcome at a much lower water temperature.
Driven by research fellow Dr. Zak Hughes, they used advanced computer modelling to predict the behaviour of carbon nanoparticles added to laundry powder and their impact on the dissolution of fat contained in dirty clothing.
When you think about how much energy gets used on the planet everyday by people doing a hot wash, the energy saving benefit for this would have a huge global impact.
PROFESSOR OF BIONANOTECHNOLOGY
Professor Tiffany Walsh was lured back to Australia after an impressive research career in the United Kingdom. Claiming a first for herself, and Deakin, she is the first VESKI (Victorian Endowment for Science Knowledge and Innovation) Innovation Fellow to work outside the Melbourne CBD. Based at the Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus, she uses computer simulations to show how nature manufactures strong and durable materials, such as shells, teeth and bones using non-toxic ingredients.