"Completing a PhD at Deakin was an important milestone in my career, where I learnt not only the hard skills but also the soft skills needed for professional success. The IFM leadership team stimulated my independent thinking and the excellent guidance provided by my advisor helped me to navigate my career path. IFM is an excellent place with great support and world-class infrastructure to kick start your scientific career."
"Deakin’s Institute for Frontier Materials (IFM), where I did my PhD, is a world-class research centre in the field of materials science, and is host to world-leading scientists and cutting-edge research facilities. Such an environment made it possible for me to do a very fundamental research project: To push the boundaries of knowledge in the field of metals that are used for critical applications, such as automotive and energy industries. Deakin was well equipped with the instruments I needed to carry out my research."
"With the cutting-edge technology in the laboratories, and some of the lead researchers in electromaterials science worldwide, it’s almost guaranteed that you will learn more than you thought possible."
"Being a PhD student at IFM is a bit like being kid in a huge playground because you have the opportunity to work with such amazing facilities and try so many things to conduct your research."
"I received a scholarship from the Australian Research Council Future Fibres Hub to do my PhD investigating the suitability of using waste denim as feedstock for various cellulosic materials. IFM and Deakin provided a comprehensive guidance throughout my candidature, covering every aspect of my HDR training, such as easy access to librarians, handy lab instruments, and writing workshops.
Most of all, there are seminars with a variety of research topics presented by international researchers, creating a vibrant environment for us to learn. We are also encouraged and financially supported to attend conferences and visit other institutes. These are great opportunities to build our general skills through presenting our own work and communicating with people from different backgrounds."