2021 IFM Annual Report

2021 IFM Annual Report

2021 IFM Annual Report

The Institute for Frontier Materials (IFM) has released its 2021 Annual Report – a report that explores not only some of the real-world impact IFM made in 2021 but the world-class talent behind the research.  

In this annual report, the numbers speak for themselves. In 2021, IFM: 

  • Trained 184 PhD candidates 
  • Trained 70 post-doctoral fellows 
  • Attracted $18.4 million in research income  

In addition to this, the report takes a closer look at IFM’s work and the real-world impact it is making on our planet.  

Under our Advanced Alloys and Infrastructure Materials theme, our team are working towards the further development of high-entropy alloys into a circular economy – creating a far superior alternative to traditional alloys. 

Read about how our Infrastructure Materials team has developed a novel way to give industrial soil waste a new life – and save big dollars in the process. 

In our Carbon Fibres and Composites theme, learn about how IFM’s surface chemistry and interface team is expanding the use of carbon fibre by imbuing the materials with tailored functionality.  

And explore how they have developed a novel self-healing coating that can eliminate scratches and cracks rapidly and efficiently without external intervention. 

The report also explains how IFM’s Electro and Energy Materials theme are developing future electrolyte materials that can produce high performance and high energy-density Li-ion/Li metal batteries. 

And how the theme developed the next-generation lithium sulphur battery that is cheaper, lighter and more efficient than anything else on the market.  

In 2021, IFM researchers in the Fibres and Textiles theme, supported the research, development, production, and technical assessment of an antiviral textile treatment on faces masks that could inactivate SARS-CoV-2 in as little as five minutes. 

Plus, the theme developed a star rating assessment system for motorcycle protective clothing in Australia and New Zealand that is transforming an industry and helping to give motorcyclists greater choices for better safety. 

This plus a closer look at IFM’s hubs and facilities plus four personal profile pieces on our research changemakers. 

Read the full annual report, here.