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Deakin Research

Institute for Frontier Materials


Science Academy honour for Maria Forsyth

Australian Laureate Fellow Prof Maria Forsyth has been elected to the Australian Academy of Science.

MRI provides key to unlock plastic crystal potential

Researchers at IFM have uncovered the reasons behind the variable conductivity of organic ionic plastic crystals.

Ion man receives Alfred Deakin Medal

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

Electrolyte scientists dare to dream

The world's leading electrolyte scientists have converged in Geelong for ISPE-14.

Softening the impact

Cracking the cartilage riddle, Deakin scientists synthetically mimic the body's most complex lubrication system.

Our Research

Electrochemical Workstation
The aim of our research is to develop new materials and understanding to support the development and integration of new energy technologies with improved safety, efficiency and durability.

Our research groups have combined expertise in:

  • Synthesis, development and optimisation of electrodes and electrolytes for metal / air, sodium and lithium batteries.
  • Incorporation of nanostructures and new fibres for the development of high capacity electrodes.
  • Advanced electrochemical characterisation techniques to understand the material and chemical properties of electrochemical devices, electroactive surfaces and interfaces.
  • Manipulation of reactive metal surfaces using novel chemical approaches for the control of electrochemical processes.
  • Computational modelling and simulations of structure and transport in liquid and solid ionic electrolytes and mixtures.
  • Advanced Nuclear Magnetic Resonance expertise and facilities, including in-situ characterisation for electrochemical devices, solid-state and diffusion NMR.

We are currently focusing our expertise on projects in the following areas:

  • The design and characterisation of new electromaterials with enhanced performance, safety and reduced costs for the development of new battery chemistries.
  • Development of characterisation techniques to probe the fundamental chemical and electrochemical mechanisms in a variety of novel battery technologies.
  • Understanding and control of reactive metal surface / electrolyte interactions of relevance to electrochemical devices and corrosion processes.
  • Fundamental understanding of ionic structure and transport mechanisms in ion transport materials using advanced modelling and characterisation techniques.
  • The development of redox active electrolytes and electrocatalytic electrodes for thermal energy harvesting.

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

27th February 2015