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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.

Novel nanomaterials

Nanomaterial and nanotechnology research are advancing rapidly and the area of one- and two-dimensional nanomaterials is at the cutting edge of research with huge impacts on clean energy, environmental protection and medical sciences.

Our groups have 20-year research expertise in:

  • Boron nitride (BN) nanotubes from mass production to commercialisation.
  • Synthesis of nanoparticles (0D), nanotubes and nanowires (1D), nanosheets and graphene (2D) and nanocomposites (3D).
  • Advanced characterisation techniques including TEM, EELS, SEM, FIB, Synchrotron, AFM, and PL.
  • Fabrication techniques including high-energy ball milling, chemical vapour deposition (CVD), magneto sputtering, sol-gel and molten salt processes.
  • Optical, mechanical, chemical and electrochemical property testing.
  • Nanotube/nanosheet reinforced metal composites.
  • Water resource protection by removing solvents, dyes and other contaminants.
  • Oil spill cleaning-up on land and sea with porous white graphene.
  • Drug delivery using nanotubes.

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Selected publications:

  • Weiwei Lei,Si Qin, Dan Liu, David Portehault, Zongwen Liu and Ying Chen, “Large scale boron carbon nitride nanosheets with enhanced lithium storage capabilities”, Chem. Commun.,49 (2013) 352-354.
  • Ling Li, Lu Hua Li, Ying Chen, Xiujuan J. Dai, Peter R. Lamb, Bing-Ming Cheng, Meng-Yeh Lin and Xiaowei Liu, “High Quality Boron Nitride Nanoribbons: Unzipping during Nanotube Synthesis”, Angewandte Chemie International Edition,52(15) (2013) 4212-4216.
  • Qiao Sun, Zhen Li, Debra J Searles, Ying Chen, Gaoqing (Max) Lu and Aijun Du. Charge-Controlled Switchable CO2 Capture on Boron Nitride Nanomaterials, Journal of the American Chemical Society, 135 (2013) 8246-8253.


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27th February 2015