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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.

Concrete outcome for carpets

A Deakin-industry partnership will give new life to textiles waste that was headed for landfill.

New method uncovers highly porous graphene

IFM researchers have developed a new, highly efficient method of preparing porous and reduced graphene oxide.

Putting tiny diagnostics to the test

A portable device that uses 'smart matter' could transform medical diagnosis in developing countries.

Computational simulation and image processing

Using advanced computational simulation and image processing technology to understand:

  • Material properties.
  • Manufacturing processes.
  • Material micro and nanostructures.

Image analysis and 3D tomography for characterisation of porous materials

Developing advanced image analysis for the characterization of materials including particles, porous materials and composites.

Providing better visualization, automatic measurements of a range of morphological and topological properties, texture classification, object detection and classification.

Recomposition of 3D nano-structures by 3D tomography - the material can be virtually recomposed into ultra-thin slices in order to access its properties.

Modelling for novel separation and fluid dynamics processes

Nanofluidics are a new class of fluids which consist of a base fluid with suspended nano-sized particles (1-100 nm). The particles are generally metals or oxides, increasing heat transfer (conduction and convection) coefficients.

Nanotechnology is being used or considered for use in many applications to provide cleaner, more efficient energy supplies and uses. These include engine cooling, engine transmission oil, cooling of electronics, boiler exhaust flue gas recovery, heating and cooling of buildings, domestic refrigerator and chiller cooling, nuclear systems cooling, solar water heating, defence, space and biomedical applications, lubrications, thermal storage and drag reductions.

An image of a nano fluid modelling system where carbon nanotubes interact with a surface in solution.

An example of a nano fluid modelling system where carbon nanotubes interact with a surface in solution.

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27th February 2015