Deakin Research

Institute for Frontier Materials

Research areas

The Biomaterials groups at the IFM research and develop new biocompatible materials including metals, ceramics, fibres and polymers, used to construct artificial organs, rehabilitation devices, or prostheses. Research is also carried out in the areas of porous metal scaffold materials, surface modification and functionalisation, nano-particulate biomaterials, biodegradability, biocompatibility and bioactivity assessment.
Light weight, high strength carbon fibre composites are the speciality of the Composites research group.
The Computer Modelling group conducts research on material forming, particularly for the automotive industry. Our projects use a range of tools: static and dynamic codes (Abaqus and LS-Dyna); our own multi-scale codes (Xanthus); CFD codes (Fluent and CFX).

Corrosion Science

The Corrosion Research Centre targets desalination and water infrastructure, oil and gas refining and production, defence and aerospace, mining and power industries.

As part of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science (ACES) IFM researchers investigate the role of interfacial processes in corrosion and energy storage applications. Our research encompasses materials science, electrochemistry and surface science and their application to the problems which occur at a surface where electrochemical processes are taking place e.g. at a battery electrode during charge or at a metal surface that is corroding in salt water.


Fibres and textiles have very diverse applications. The number of applications has been increasing in recent years. We have over 30 researchers in the IFM, who work on a range of projects including electrospun nanofibres, photochromatic textiles and advanced numerical modelling and image processing techniques.
Our researchers are taking a multi-scale approach to developing a range of metals with superior properties. Research areas include the next generation automotive steels, light metals (aluminium, magnesium and titanium) and porous metals.
Micro and nano systems have demonstrated enormous potential for biomedical and environmental applications, given their unique characteristics at micro and nano dimension.
Our research encompasses the synthesis, characterisation and applications of novel nanofibres and nanoparticles in conjunction with the other IFM research groups.
The Victoria node of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Functional Nanomaterials is led by Professor Ying Chen and focuses on the cutting edge nanotechnology research and applications. Our current research covers nanotubes, nanowires, graphene, and nanoporous materials, as well as plasma treatments.
Plasma is present in lightning, auroras, fluorescent lamps and TVs. It is also an exciting new way of shaping materials for scientific and industrial applications.
The polymer research at Deakin University aims at both understanding the fundamental aspects of polymer science and developing novel polymeric materials to meet various requirements in different applications.

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26th August 2013