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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.

Soft Biomaterials

An image of a scientist working with soft 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.

This research is carried out through a partnership with local biotechnology company Cytomatrix, the Advanced Manufacturing CRC and the Victorian Centre for Advanced Materials Manufacturing (VCAMM).

3D scaffolds for haematopoietic stem cell research

We are addressing the major challenge in the field of haematopoietic stem cell (HSC) biology - developing systems that support HSC self-renewal and controlled differentiation in vitro.

Haematopoietic stem cells are the key to clinical treatments, such as HSC transplants used to treat leukaemia. Achieving HSC expansion in vitro, while retaining their multipotency is the key to attaining higher HSC transplant clinical success.

Current systems available for HSC expansion in vitro are unsuitable for these clinical applications. We are developing integrated bioreactors and 3D scaffolds with high biomimicry for HSC selection from umbilical cord blood and expansion in vitro.

These scaffolds will allow greater levels of control over cell fate, enable large volume processing and expansion of HSC and will be tailorable to other stem cell applications.

Short nanofibres

An image of two scientists with the Short Nanofibres Machine

IFM is at the forefront of the development of a new class of nanomaterials known as short nanofibres. Our group research is focused on:

  • Developing a new method for large-scale, low-cost production of short nanofibres.
  • Building a pilot plant for large-scale, short nanofibre production.
  • Establishing and demonstrating novel applications for short nanofibres with a focus on areas such as high-level filtration of small particulates, tissue engineering and enzymes.

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27th February 2015