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Deakin Research

Institute for Frontier Materials


Modelling gives insights for better molecule design

Researchers are using a combination of molecular simulation and experimental techniques as a way towards rational design of metallic nanoparticles.

Computer modelling to help households save energy

National Computational Infrastructure features the work of Professor Tiffany Walsh and her team.

Bio-nano research proves a winner

Two researchers in IFM's Bio/Nanomaterials group have been recognised by their peers for their research and communication skills.

Deakin showcases 3D sheet metal forming at Numisheet 2014

Deakin's Professor Jeong Whan Yoon chaired the organising committee for Numisheet 2014.

Our Research

Our research concerns various fluids, from simple Newtonian fluids to complex nanofluids, polymer melts and solutions. We address their basic and engineering problems with different computer simulation methods. Major areas of study and research include:

Molecular dynamics

  • Relationship between structure and thermodynamics and heat transfer properties and solutions to the challenges in the development of nanofluids for advanced heat transfer and thermal energy storage.
  • Prediction of thermodynamics and transport properties of various liquids, including small molecule solutions and polymer melts.
  • Structure design and calculation of transport, permutation and separation properties of porous materials and composites, amorphous and crystalline membranes on the basis of the effective atomic and molecular interactions.
  • Multiscale simulation, starting from quantum mechanical calculations and development of force fields for molecular dynamics and coarse-grained dynamics simulations.

Computational fluid dynamics (CFD)

  • Numerical simulation of a broad spectrum of fluid problems in micro- and macro- systems, from basic to engineering, as well as the design of complex fluidic and heat transfer devices.
  • Comprehensive understanding of particle behaviour, gas flow, heat and mass transfer and chemical reactions in gas-solid systems, particularly in the thermo-chemical treatment fluidized bed and quenching fluidized bed for metallic components.
  • Experienced technocrats and methodologies to provide solution for industrial fluidic and thermal devices and systems and chemical reactors.

Deakin University acknowledges the traditional land owners of present campus sites.

27th February 2015