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.

Our Research

Carbon fibre and composites

  • Development of new rapid cure processes for automotive components
  • Reducing the cost of carbon fibre precursors
  • Improving the performance of carbon fibre

Functional fibrous materials

  • Research into novel coating technologies leading to development of durable, functional fibres and fabrics

Green natural fibres

  • 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
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