About IFM

The Institute for Frontier Materials (IFM) is at the forefront of innovation in materials design and engineering research. We are focused on two broad themes: redesigning materials for a circular economy; imparting materials with extraordinary functionality.
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Vision

To lead and inspire innovations in materials science and engineering that have a transformational benefit to society.


Mission

To create and translate knowledge at the frontier of materials science for globally raised standards of living by::

  • Re-designing materials for a circular economy
  • Imparting materials with extraordinary functionality

Through excellence in research quality, translation, training and research culture.


Welcome from IFM Director

The Institute for Frontier Materials (IFM) at Deakin University was established to address some of the major challenges facing society through innovations in materials design and performance.

Our vision is to lead and inspire innovations in materials science and engineering that have a transformational benefit to society.

Recognised as one of Australia’s leading materials research organisations, IFM’s mission is to foster innovation and excellence in materials science and engineering research with the aim of developing:

  • Innovative manufacturing technologies
  • Energy efficiency, resource and infrastructure sustainability

Our aim is to develop new materials and structures that are affordable, and also have a low cost to society of manufacture, use and recycling. IFM can process and characterise materials across all scale lengths, from the atomic level in the manipulation of interfaces and surfaces through to entire structures (such as a model car). Our researchers bring together engineering, chemistry, materials science, physics, biology, mathematics and other disciplines to develop new materials and engineering solutions.

We welcome enquiries from students, researchers and industry who are interested in working with us in this exciting field of research.

Director, Institute for Frontier Materials, Professor Matthew Barnett

Governance

The IFM Board is responsible for the governance and oversight of the research, development and commercialisation activities of IFM.

Board members

Alfred Deakin Prof Julie Owens
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), Deakin University
Chair, IFM Board
Prof Matthew Barnett
Director, Institute for Frontier Materials
Deakin University
Prof Maria Forsyth
Associate Director, Institute for Frontier Materials
Deakin University
Prof Karen Hapgood
Executive Dean,
Faculty of Science, Engineering & Built Environment
Prof Said Nahavandi
Director,
Institute for Intelligent Systems Research and Innovation (IISRI)
Prof Gordon Wallace
External Independent Director
Dr Leonie Walsh
External Independent Director
Dr Kathie Mcgregor
Senior Representative, CSIRO
Genevieve Reid
Director, Deakin Sectorial Partnerships
Sybrand van der Zwaag
External Independent Director
Seeram Ramakrishna
External Independent Director
Francois Souchet
External Independent Director

Ex Officio Members

Mr Derek Buckmaster
Director, Carbon Nexus
Institute for Frontier Materials,
Deakin University
Dr Ben Spincer
Director, Deakin Research Commercial
Deakin University

Standing Members

Alfred Deakin Prof Julie-Owens
Chair and Deputy Vice Chancellor Research
Prof Matthew Barnett
Director of IFM
Prof Maria Forsyth
Associate Director of IFM
Prof Karen Hapgood
Executive Dean, Faculty of Science Engineering & Built Environment
Prof Said Nahavandi
Director, Institute for Intelligent Systems Research and Innovation (IISRI)
Prof Gordon Wallace
External Independent Director
Prof Leonie Walsh
External Independent Director
Dr Kathie Mcgregor
Senior Representative, CSIRO
Genevieve Reid
Director, Deakin Sectorial Partnerships
Sybrand van der Zwaag
External Independent Director
Seeram Ramakrishna
External Independent Director
Francois Souchet
External Independent Director

In Attendance

Ms Michelle Gait
IFM General Manager

Executive Officer

Kim Durrant

Occupational health and safety

At IFM, the health and safety of students, staff and visitors is paramount. We are committed to providing a safe and healthy working environment.

The University’s OHS Policy applies to all staff, students, visitors, contractors and labour hire employees.