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.

IFM was awarded the first ARC Industrial Transformation Research Hub at Deakin – The ARC Research Hub for Future Fibres and the first ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centre – the ARC Training Centre in Alloy Innovation for Mining Efficiency (mineAlloy). Since then, we have been awarded another ARC Training Centre – the ARC Training Centre for Future Energy Storage Technologies, led by Professor Maria Forsyth, which started in 2019.

ARC Research Hub for Future Fibres

ARC Research Hub for Future Fibres

The ARC Research Hub for Future Fibres is 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.

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ARC Training Centre in Alloy Innovation for Mining Efficiency

ARC Training Centre in Alloy Innovation for Mining Efficiency

The mineAlloy Training Centre is training innovators to design the world’s best, highly customised, long-life, wear-resistant components. The centre aims to make Australian manufacturers dominant in the multi-billion dollar mining equipment sector.

With more than 20 PhD students, working directly on projects with industry partners, mineAlloy research involves rapid development of customised alloys to perform in severe mining conditions, using 3D printing, novel characterisation and through a networked training environment.

The centre will run from 2017 to 2021, with expected outcomes including the design of products with superior alloy design and material selection.

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ARC Training Centre for Future Energy Storage Technologies

ARC Training Centre for Future Energy Storage Technologies

The ARC Training Centre for Future Energy Storage Technologies (StorEnergy) was created with a $4.4 million grant from the Australian Research Council to train and skill the next generation of workers in the energy industry.

Launched in 2019, the centre involves collaboration between five universities, three government bodies and 10 industry partners. Working closely with the industry partners, researchers will design and manufacture new energy storage devices and components, including advanced Li-ion, super capacitors, and solid state Li and Na batteries, with improved rate capability, capacity and safety.

The outcomes from the centre in new knowledge and intellectual property in advanced energy materials, batteries and battery-control systems will help small to medium-sized businesses play a world-leading role to advance and produce new storage technologies.

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ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterial Science (ACES)

ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterial Science (ACES)

IFM is a partner in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science (ACES). ACES researchers are turning fundamental knowledge of cutting-edge materials into the next generation of ‘smart devices’ to create new health and energy solutions.

Researchers in IFM’s electromaterials team are part of ACES, working on energy storage devices such as thermocells, that can be used to power the next generation of wearable electronics.

Learn more about ACES