Fibres, polymers, composites and textiles
Research into fibres, polymers, composites and textiles is carried out as part of the Australian Future Fibres Research and Innovation Centre (AFFRIC), which is a $103 million initiative supported by the Victorian and Australian governments. AFFRIC is a collaboration between Deakin University, CSIRO Materials Science and Engineering and the Victorian Centre for Advanced Materials Manufacturing (VCAMM).
Our facilities include Carbon Nexus – a $34 million, pilot-scale carbon fibre research facility for industry.
IFM is leading a new Future Fibres Industrial Transformation Research Hub with total funding of $8.7 million. The hub, which includes several industry partners, will accelerate the transformation of Australia's manufacturing industry to a vibrant future fibre-oriented sector.
- Development of new rapid cure processes for automotive components
- Reducing the cost of carbon fibre precursors
- Improving the performance of carbon fibre
- Research into novel coating technologies leading to development of durable, functional fibres and fabrics
- Water and energy saving technologies for processing natural fibres (e.g. wool, cotton, hemp)
- Biomedical applications of natural fibre structures (e.g. silk powder and silk nanofibres)
- Bio-mimicking of natural fibre structures (e.g. wild silk cocoon) to develop functional materials and lightweight structures
- Novel, unique functions and applications of nanofibres, e.g. advanced ait filters and face masks; biomedical applications; sound absorbing and noise shielding products
- New nanofibre production and assembly technologies
- Advanced electrospinning technologies
- Synthesis, processing and characterisation of new polymeric materials
- Advanced thermosets for high-performance coating, adhesives and composites
- Polymer blends, composites and nanocomposites
- Biodegradable polymers for biomedical applications
- Green processing of natural polymers
- Rubber and plastics recycling