Deakin Research

Institute for Frontier Materials

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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.

Novel sensor to detect pipeline corrosion

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

Contact us

Dr Timothy Khoo

Strategy and Industry Engagement

Phone:

+61 (3) 924 46795

Email:

timothy.khoo@deakin.edu.au

Davi Abreu

Research Engineer
Energy Pipeline CRC Coatings

Email:

davi.abreu@deakin.edu.au

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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23rd January 2014