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Prof Sally McArthur



Director, Institute for Frontier Materials


Instit for Frontier Materials


Instit for Frontier Materials


Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus


Biography summary

Professor Sally McArthur, is a biomanufacturing expert whose research uses engineering principles to improve human wellbeing. Professor McArthur has extensive experience  in developing industry-academic research collaborations. She was elected as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) in 2021 in recognition of her leadership in science, technology and engineering, and was named one of the top '50 women at the cutting edge of science in Australia' by Cosmos Magazine in 2023 - a list developed with support from the Australian Council of Learned Academies (ACOLA).

Career highlights

  • Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) Fellow 2021
  • BioMelbourne Network “Most Valuable Woman in Leadership Award” 2016
  • Fellow of the AVS Science and Technology Society 2016
  • Silver Medal, Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IoM3) UK, 2006
  • Kroto Prize for Excellence in the Science Education of Young People, 2008

Research interests

Biointerface Engineering 


Surface Engineering 


  • Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Swinburne Univeristy of Technology (2011-2022)
  • Director, Manufacturing Futures Research Institute, Swinburne 2020-2022
  • Lead CI and program developer Victorian Hydrogen Hub (VH2), Swinburne 2021-2022
  • Co-Director, MedTechVic, Swinburne April 2021-2022
  • Non-Executive Director, NIRTek (2020- ) MedTech start-up company spun out from Baker and Swinburne research.
  • Regional Director for Medical Device Partnering Program (MDPP) in Victoria (2018-2022).
  • Executive Director, Biomedical Materials Translational Facility (BMTF), CSIRO (September 2017 – March 2020)
  • CSIRO Research+ Science Leader in Manufacturing (2016-2021)
  • Director, Swinburne Innovation Precinct (Jan 2016- Dec 2017)
  • Associate Dean Research and Engagement – FEIS and FSET, Swinburne (Oct 2012- April 2015)
  • Visiting Professor at Nanjing University Nov 2012 and empa, Switzerland, June 2015 & February 2017
  • Director, Industrial Research Institute Swinburne (IRIS) (Sept 2011- April 2015)
  • Hub Leader, ANFF-Vic Biointerface Engineering Hub @ Swinburne (2011-2022)
  • Scientific collaborations with CSIRO, University of New Mexico, University of Sheffield, Flinders University, UniSA and EMPA, Switzerland, Boston University and University of Michigan.
  • Industrial research collaborations include Aquadiagnostic, MiniFab, BlueChiip, Optiscan
  • Referee for scientific journals including Nature Materials and international and national grant-awarding bodies (e.g. Horizon 2020, Swiss Science Foundation, ARC, NSF, MBIE NZ).

Advisory and board positions

  • Biointerphases - Editor (Dec 17-Dec 21), Associate Editor (August 15-Dec 17). Editorial board since 2008
  • AVS – Society of Science and Technology of Materials, Interfaces, and Processing (Elected Director 2019-20 and Trustee 2021-23).
  • ARC Engagement and Impact Review panel member (2016 pilot and 2018)
  • Australian National Fabrication Facility (ANFF) Vic and Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication (MCN) Collaboration Committee Representative for Swinburne. (2008-2018)
  • AVS Biomaterials Interface Division Executive 2002-2012, Programme Chair 2010, Division Chair 2011.
  • Journal Editorial Board: Scientific Reports (NPG) Launch-2019.

Knowledge areas

Coatings and Surface Engineering 


MedTech Commercialisation 

Materials Characterisation 

Research-led Innovation 


No publications found

Funded Projects at Deakin

Other Funding Sources

Industrialisation of Carbon Fibre Wheel Production for the Global OEM market, APN005

Prof Russell Varley, Prof Luke Henderson, Dr Claudia Creighton, Prof Sally McArthur, Dr Jane Zhang

Sovereign Manufacturing Automation for Composites CRC Ltd (SoMAC CRC)

  • 2024: $301,564
  • 2023: $186,910


No completed student supervisions to report