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Deakin Research

Institute for Frontier Materials


Modelling gives insights for better molecule design

Researchers are using a combination of molecular simulation and experimental techniques as a way towards rational design of metallic nanoparticles.

High tech nanofibre deal for Deakin

A joint venture will provide a world-first short nanofibre manufacturing capability in Geelong.

Miracle fuel

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

Pure science

World's eye on unique water purification process.

Ground-breaker reaps another prize

The Smart Geelong Researcher of the Year Awards for 2013 recognise Weiwei Lei.

Environmental protection and health care

Research themes:

  • Water resource protection by removing solvents, dyes and other contaminants
  • Oil spill cleaning-up on land and sea
  • Drug delivery

Research projects include:

  • New absorbents for effective removal of organic solvents and dyes from water
  • White graphene for oil spillage clean-up on land and sea.

Selected publications:

  • Ling Li, Lu Hua Li, Sugeetha Ramakrishnan, Xiujuan J. Dai, Kevin Nicholas, Ying Chen, Zhiqiang Chen and Xiaowei Liu. Controlling Wettability of Boron Nitride Nanotube Films and
    Improved Cell Proliferation. J. Phys. Chem. C, 116 (2012) 18334-18339.
  • Yuanlie Yu, Hua Chen, Yun Liu, Lu Hua Li, and Ying Chen. Humidity sensing properties of single Au-decorated boron nitride nanotubes, Electrochemistry Communications, 30 (2013) 29-33.
  • Yuanlie Yu , Hua Chen , Yun Liu , Vincent Craig , Lu Hua Li , and Ying Chen. Superhydrophobic and Superoleophilic Boron Nitride Nanotube-Coated Stainless Steel Meshes for Oil and Water Separation, Adv. Mater. Interfaces 2013, DOI: 10.1002/admi.201300002.


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27th February 2015