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Deakin Research

Institute for Frontier Materials


Stem cell growth - in the bag

An innovative 'closed system' for growing stem cells offers new hope for leukaemia patients.

High tech nanofibre deal for Deakin

A joint venture will provide a world-first short nanofibre manufacturing capability in Geelong.

Short nanofibre gets a gong

A world first technology platform has received a Victorian Engineering Excellence Award.

Novel approach to cancer treatment looks promising

Chemists develop a new range of cancer therapeutics.

Softening the impact

Cracking the cartilage riddle, Deakin scientists synthetically mimic the body's most complex lubrication system.


An image of a coloured liquids being pipetted

Biomaterials can be derived either from nature or synthesised in the laboratory using chemical approaches which involve metallic components, polymers, ceramics or composite materials.

Biomaterials research at IFM is focused in two areas:

  • Soft (polymeric) biomaterials
  • Metallic biomaterials

Our research in the area of soft biomaterials focuses on improved production of haematopoietic stem cells and development of a new method for large-scale production of short nanofibres.

In the area of metallic biomaterials, our research aims to improve the biocompatibility and bioactivity of implants such as artificial joints, bone plates and stents.

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27th February 2015