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Deakin Research

Institute for Frontier Materials


Graphene coatings make steel corrosion-resistant

IFM researchers have grown graphene flakes directly onto stainless steel, improving the metal's resistance to corrosion.

New research to realise the sensor 'pipe dream'

A novel sensor is set to help extend the operational life of energy pipelines by decades.

Ion man receives Alfred Deakin Medal

Materials engineering researcher Anthony Somers has been awarded an Alfred Deakin Medal.

Arresting the corrosion factor

Deakin's new Corrosion Research Centre offers unique research access to Australia's critical infrastructure sectors.

Seeing a future in the pipeline

New National Facility for Pipelines Coating Assessment launched at Waurn Ponds.

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Dr Timothy Khoo

Strategy and Industry Engagement


+61 (3) 924 46795


Ivi Cicak

Research Engineer
Energy Pipeline CRC Coatings


Biocorrosion and Degradation

Biocorrosion is a relatively new and poorly understood area of research. With our aging population, key advances in medical technology have allowed the use of materials as implants and stents. Our Centre focuses on the development of biomaterials and generating new knowledge about the corrosion of materials in a physiological environment.

Current projects focus extensively on magnesium and titanium alloys, and their use as scaffolds, coronary stents and medical implants. Our research in biomedical applications also includes the study of nano-surfacing of metals and alloys, surface functionalisation, shape memory alloys and the biodegradation and reinforcement of biocompatible alloys and composites.

Advances in understanding how these metals and their alloys corrode and behave within the body can aid in the development of novel biodegradable implants that incorporate drug delivery systems and self-corrosion and absorption into the body, and eliminating their need for surgical removal.

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

27th February 2015