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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

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.

27th February 2015