The Institute for Frontier Materials (IFM) is located in the Geelong Technology Precinct at Deakin University's Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus. It houses some of the most modern and sophisticated equipment in the world.
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Discover new worlds

The IFM has a wide range of extensively equipped and specialised laboratories in the areas of metals, composites, polymers, textiles and biomedical research – each with state-of-the-art equipment that enables our staff and students to undertake world-class research.

Tour the Institute for Frontier Materials at our Melbourne Burwood Campus

Discover just some of the state of the art equipment and laboratories housed at IFM at the Melbourne Burwood Campus with Professor Maria Forsyth, Dr Patrick Howlett, Dr Jenny Pringle and Dr George Green.

Deakin Advanced Characterisation Facility

One of Australia's premier collections of advanced characterisation instruments.

Find out more about the Advanced Characterisation Facility


The Battery Technology Research and Innovation Hub (BatTRI-Hub) is a unique, world class research and innovation centre focused on advanced battery prototyping and the commercialisation of energy storage technologies.

Carbon Nexus

A globally unique, open-access carbon fibre/composite research facility.

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Electromaterials Facility

A large suite of highly advanced instruments for use across a range of applications.

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Fibres and Textiles Facility

A range of advanced equipment/facilities for testing the properties of fibres, yarns and fabrics.

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Light Metals Facility

A collection of instruments used for the formation and testing of light metals.

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Mechanical Testing Facility

Providing broad support services to all research groups within IFM and its collaborators.

Find out more about the Mechanical Testing Facility

Metal Surfaces Facility

A comprehensive range of production, testing and measurement services for metal surfaces.

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National Facility for Pipeline Coating Assessment

Set up by the Energy Pipeline Cooperative Research Centre to perform oil and gas pipeline coating testing.

Find out more about the National Facility for Pipeline Coating Assessment

Plasma Facility

IFM's custom-designed plasma laboratory for tailoring surfaces/interfaces and producing new materials.

Find out more about the Plasma Facility

Sheet Metal Forming Facility

A variety of equipment for the formation and testing of sheet metal.

Find out more about the Sheet Metal Forming Facility