Developing novel micro/nano-materials is a way to address major challenges in energy storage, environmental protection and health and medicine.

IFM researchers were the first in the world to commercialise boron nitride nanotubes – a material with excellent mechanical performance and thermal conductivity. The group’s research into boron nitride nanosheets has important environmental applications, such as water resource protection by removing solvents, dyes and other contaminants.

Development of micro- and nano-porous membrane materials is helping to address future biomedical and environmental challenges. The group’s research focuses on fabrication and characterisation of membranes with unique micro and nanostructures, and surface properties for use in areas such as biological purification, gas separation and water treatment.

Research projects



Professor Tiffany Walsh Bionanotechnology
+61 3 5227 3116

Professor Ian Chen Nanotechnology
+61 3 52273243

Professor Lingxue Kong
+61 3 5227 2087