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Deakin Research

Institute for Frontier Materials


Green light for fibres Industrial Transformation Research Hub

A $4.7 million future fibres Research Hub is to be established at Deakin.

High tech nanofibre deal for Deakin

A joint venture will provide a world-first short nanofibre manufacturing capability in Geelong.

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.

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.

27th February 2015