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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.

Our Facilities

  • Surface treatment/Heat treatment - fluidised bed furnaces (novel diffusion treatments, conventional surface treatments).
  • Wire drawing rig - measures friction during metal wire drawing, comparison of lubricant performance.
  • Crossed cylinders wear rig - wear of surfaces, performance of lubricants, comparisons of tool coatings.
  • Bend Under Tension Test - simulates sheet bending in sheet metal forming, measurements of friction, comparison of lubricants.
  • Glow Discharge Optical Emission Spectroscopy (GDOES) - measures elemental profiles through surfaces, quantitative analysis of coatings and surfaces.
  • Nanoindentor - measures nanohardness of surfaces, can accurately place indentor to measure (for example) individual grains.
  • Atomic Force Microscopy - measures surface topography.

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

27th February 2015