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Deakin Research

Institute for Frontier Materials


Graphene coatings make steel corrosion-resistant

IFM researchers have grown graphene flakes directly onto stainless steel, improving the metal's resistance to corrosion.

Miracle fuel

IFM researchers are helping to make hydrogen extraction from water more feasible.

Not just a flight of fancy

IFM researchers get closer to shape-morphing aircraft wings.

Deakin showcases 3D sheet metal forming at Numisheet 2014

Deakin's Professor Jeong Whan Yoon chaired the organising committee for Numisheet 2014.

Master of his destiny

Deakin right fit for (auto)motivated Mohan Setty.

About metals research

An image showing The folding behaviour of a metal tube under simulated crash conditions

IFM Metals research spans the spectrum from fundamental to commercial. We perform short term feasibility studies for industry as well as developing the blue sky ideas that will underpin Australia’s future manufacturing sector. Our research aims to increase profitability and competitiveness, extend product life and reduce energy consumption.

The IFM Metals proof of concept building houses our extensive casting, working, forming, heat treating and testing facilities and we work closely with the IFM characterization and modelling labs to address the sector’s research needs.

If, after exploring our web pages, you are interested in joining our growing list of innovative partners, please contact with our industry liaison officer, Dr Aiden Beer. We will be very happy to discuss how we might help you attain your research and development goals.

Our current partners include primary metal manufacturers, automotive companies and suppliers, small manufacturing firms, spin off companies and, of course, we work extensively with multidisciplinary national and international research organizations.

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

24th February 2015