Technological advance springs often from a breakthrough in materials science.
Professor Matthew Barnett
Director, Institute for Frontier Materials
The Institute for Frontier Materials (IFM)
The Institute for Frontier Materials is the place to come for innovative research in materials science.
Discover research opportunities in the Institute for Frontier Materials
Meet just a few of our leading researchers producing world-class outcomes.
The institute has a wide range of specialised laboratories in the areas of metals, composites, polymers, textiles and biomedical research. Each is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment to enable our staff and students to undertake their research.
Only at Deakin
Using IFM’s belt abrasion tester (the only one in Australia), Dr Chris Hurren and engineering student Patrick Phillips have revealed the urgent need for standards for protective motorbike clothing in Australia. They tested 10 pairs of reinforced jeans marketed as protective motorcycle clothing. The results were quite a shock – only three pairs met the minimum requirements of the European standards for protective motorbike clothing. Three were close to the standard while the others were no more protective than ordinary (much cheaper) jeans.
The results have attracted interest from motorcycle magazines as well as road transport authorities in a number of states.
Join our research team
To become an IFM research student, you need to have a clear vision of what you want to investigate. For example, it could be new metallic biomaterials for use in artificial joint implants, new energy storage solutions or the development of new high-strength, lightweight materials.
In just a few steps you could help to create a more sustainable future, improving general quality of life or revolutionising the way we manufacture products.