Deakin Research

Institute for Frontier Materials

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.

Novel sensor to detect pipeline corrosion

A new corrosion sensor developed by IFM researchers offers a way to prevent dangerous corrosion in underground pipelines.

Outstanding research honoured

Professor Maria Forsyth wins Corrosion Medal.

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.

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

23rd January 2014