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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.

Contact us

Dr Timothy Khoo

Strategy and Industry Engagement


+61 (3) 924 46795


Ivi Cicak

Research Engineer
Energy Pipeline CRC Coatings


Functionalised coatings

Surface modification of complex substrates is a continuing challenge for the development of new reactive coatings and non-fouling surfaces.

The Corrosion Research Centre has a strong focus on the forming of durable superhydrophobic/superoleophobic coatings from water media through assembly of low surface energy substances. It includes synthesising functional chemicals and characterising the underwater assembly behaviour and the ability to form superhydrophobic/superoleophobic surfaces.

Such coatings can be applied to a variety of materials to enhance corrosion protection. Our team has innovatively developed a new concept of using elastomeric nanocomposites to improve the durability of such coatings and more recently, we have also developed self-healing and reactive self-assembly of coatings with the addition of reactive polymer groups.

These coatings possess improved strength and durability through cross-linking, as well as having the added ability of being funcationalised for enhanced inhibition.

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27th February 2015