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

Green natural fibres

An image of scientists working in the laboratory

The key issues for natural fibres are value adding and long-term sustainability. The group is tackling these challenges by developing more environmentally friendly ways of processing natural fibres, using natural fibres for novel applications and identifying, as well as bio-mimicking, the unique features of natural fibres and fibre structures.

Key research areas are:

  • Water and energy saving technologies for processing natural fibres (eg. wool, cotton, hemp).
  • Biomedical applications of natural fibres (eg. silk fibre, silk powder and silk nanofibres).
  • Bio-mimicking of natural fibre structures (eg. wild silk cocoon) to develop functional materials and light-weight structures.

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

23rd January 2014