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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.


The surfaces team at IFM is involved in developing new surface treatments for metals and polymers, understanding the performance of traditional and advanced lubricants, investigating wear and friction in manufacturing processes and characterising surfaces.

The demands on materials are becoming increasingly rigorous, in many cases though, it is the properties of the material surface that hold the key to improving performance. Surfaces control the friction in a process, the wear of tools and adhesion of one surface to another. Improved understanding of interactions of surfaces can not only improve current products and processes but enable development of new technologies tailored to applications.

The majority of the surfaces research at IFM is applied, for example the development and testing of new, environmentally friendly lubricants to improve sheet metal forming and increase safety in the workplace. In many of these projects we work with technology suppliers and customers to ensure that the new processes and products find their way into the market. Many projects also use advanced characterisation methods to explore the fundamental science behind the performance of a lubricant or surface treatment. In addition to the facilities at IFM, we have an ongoing collaboration with LaTrobe University which provides access to additional advanced characterisation facilities.

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27th February 2015