Research centres

At IFM, we work alongside a wide range of businesses, government bodies and other research entities to accelerate research outcomes and translate the knowledge we help create into real-world applications.
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ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science (ACES)

IFM's collaboration with ACES is funded by grants from the Australian Research Council, an independent body responsible for helping to further Australian research outcomes, which reports to the federal minister for education and training.

ACES' goal is to turn our knowledge of materials into the next generation of ‘smart devices’ for the benefit of the community.

Find out more about ACES

Research hubs and training centres

ARC Research Hub for Future Fibres

The ARC Research Hub for Future Fibres is an Australian Research Council (ARC) supported initiative helping to transform Australian fibres and textiles manufacturing. Researchers in the hub are developing novel fibre technologies to facilitate more sustainable, advanced manufacturing of fibre materials.

The research falls under three main themes: nanofibres; carbon fibre composites; and high value-added applications. Expected outcomes include reducing our environmental footprint and improving public health and wellbeing.

Learn more about the ARC Research Hub for Future Fibres

ARC Training Centre in Alloy Innovation for Mining Efficiency

Deakin University is leading a new training centre to transform materials innovation in the mining equipment sector. The training centre, announced in 2016, will educate innovators ready to position Australian manufacturers at the forefront of this multi-billion dollar market.

ARC Training Centre in Lightweight Automotive Structures

Deakin University is a partner in the training centre led by RMIT University to develop new lightweighting technologies, which are key to reducing CO2 emissions from transportation. The intended outcome is to accelerate the transformation of Australia’s automotive industry from vehicle production to export of design and engineering services, high-value products, and novel technology solutions.

Building a new industry takes commitment, an unwavering focus on innovation and strong partnerships between academia and industry.



Cooperative Research Centres

IFM researchers are part of three Cooperative Research Centres: the Innovative Manufacturing CRC, the Future Fuels CRC and the new Future Battery Industries CRC. CRCs improve the effectiveness of Australia’s research effort through bringing together researchers in the public and private sectors with end users. The CRC program links researchers with industry and government with a focus towards research acceleration and application.

Featured research

Concrete carpet combo

A collaboration between IFM researchers, Geelong’s GT Recycling and Australia’s largest carpet manufacturer, Geelong-based Godfrey Hirst, has resulted in a new technology for recycling polymer textiles. 

Working closely together, they were able to modify the polymers in carpet to maximize recycling potential. This resulted in a new product, GTfibrecrete, which is used as a longer-life, lower-maintenance alternative to wire mesh as reinforcement in footpaths, gravel and road surfaces.

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