Deakin Research

Institute for Frontier Materials

Fibres and Textiles

Fabric made water repellant by a plasma-enhanced polymer treatment


Fibres and textiles have very diverse applications. The number of applications has been increasing in recent years.

We have over 30 researchers in the Institute for Frontier Materials, who work on a range of fibre and textile related projects.

Project Examples

Electrospun nanofibres

We are the leading group in research into electrospun nanofibres, particularly bi-component nanofibres. Nanofibre materials are used in areas such as advanced filtration, protective clothing, and biomedical applications.
Bi-component nanofibres
(Source: T. Lin &, HX Wang and XG Wang, Advanced Materials, 17, 2699-2703 (2005))

Conductive textiles

Conducting polymer coated textiles are usually dark or black. Our research is focused on producing coloured conductive textiles.

Coloured coductive textiles Coloured coductive textiles
Coloured conductive textiles
Coloured coductive textiles

Wool and other fibres

Our focus in animal fibre research is on innovative processing and application of animal fibres, particularly Australian merino wool. For instance, in collaboration with Wuhan University of Science and Engineering and Beijing Institute of Clothing Technology, we have converted wool fibres into very fine powders and then used the fine powders to produce new hybrid fibres with enhanced properties. We are also exploring other application for animal fibre powders.

Wool blend filament

Photochromic textiles

Photochromic textiles change colour when exposed to UV light and revert to their original colour in the absence of UV. We have developed a technique that imparts fabric with very quick photochromic response and good colour fastness.

UV absorption

Surface treatment

We can functionalise different substrates with a number of techniques, including plasma treatment.

Surface treatment (untreated) Surface treatment (treated)
(Untreated) (Treated)

Image processing and numerical modelling

We do extensive modelling of fibres, yarn spinning, and fabric appearance, using advanced numerical modelling and image processing techniques.

An irregular wool fibre Air drag in ring spinning Fabric pilling
(An irregular wool fibre) (Air drag in ring spinning) (Fabric pilling)

Group members

  • Dr Jian Fang
  • Dr Chris Hurren
  • Graeme Keating
  • Associate Professor Tong Lin
  • Dr Alessandra Sutti
  • Dr Hongxia Wang
  • Professor Xungai Wang
  • Dr Yan Zhao
  • Dr Jin Zhang
  • Julie Zhang


  • Amir Abbas
  • Tarannum Afrin
  • Usman Ali
  • Jasjeet Kaur
  • Mehdi Kazemimostaghim
  • Alison Lee King
  • Bingshan Li
  • Xueyang Liu
  • Haitao Niu
  • Marzieh Parhizkar
  • Kiran Patil
  • David Tan
  • Yanwei Tang
  • Jing Wang
  • Hua Zhou
  • Yaqiong Zhou


  • Full range of fibre to fabric testing facilities
  • Pilot scale fibre to fabric processing facilities
  • Master batching and fibre extrusion facility
  • Surface contact angle measurement
  • Particle size analyser
  • Characterisation facilities such as FTIR and DSC

Sifan  Uster  Extrusion

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20th February 2012