Deakin Research

Institute for Frontier Materials


Short nanofibre gets a gong

A world first technology platform has received a Victorian Engineering Excellence Award.

Fashionable science for a safer future

Australia Plus feature Dr Hurren's research into the fabric used for motorcyclist clothing.

Process takes textile recycling to new level

A new process to separate blends of cotton-polyester material provides a major breakthrough for recycling textile and other waste.

A different drum

Dr Rangam Rajkhowa's silky solution to hearing loss.

Caterpillar spins a silky sunscreen

IFM researchers show that compounds in silk cocoons have UV-protecting properties.

Our Research


An image of the Nano-Yarn Spinner
Our research is exploring novel, unique functions and applications of nanofibres and developing new nanofibre production and assembly technologies. Nanofibres have already been used commercially but their potential has not yet been fully explored.

The possible applications of nanofibres include:

  • Advanced air filters and face masks.
  • Biomedical applications (eg. wound dressings).
  • Sound absorbing and noise shielding products.
  • Mechanical to electrical energy harvesters and strain sensors.
  • Li-ion battery separators.

The group is developing advanced electrospinning technologies for large-scale production of nanofibre non-wovens, continuous nanofibre yarns, bicomponent nanofibres and carbon nanofibres.

We are also exploring the unique mechanical-to-electrical energy harvesting properties of electrospun nanofibres and unique applications of surface-grooved, electrically conductive and side-by-side bicomponent nanofibres.

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

23rd January 2014