Deakin Research

Institute for Frontier Materials


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.

Process takes textile recycling to new level

A new process to separate blends of cotton-polyester material provides a major breakthrough for recycling textile and other waste.

A solution to pollution?

Bio-plastics could help slash global plastic consumption.

Small fibres bring big opportunities

A 'Skilling the Bay' $500,000 grant will help Geelong tap into the rapidly growing nanofibre market.


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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10th February 2014