Materials

Materials

Many of the devices and machines that we rely on for our daily lives depend on materials engineering. This exciting research field involves enhancing the quality and efficiency of existing materials, and discovering new materials, to meet specific needs in electronic, mechanical, energy, biological, manufacturing and public health applications.  

Our multidisciplinary research focuses on providing sustainable and scalable solutions for industries and the broader community. With eminent academics and leading-edge research facilities, we address fundamental questions and applied problems within four major areas. Composite Materials research develops new and improved materials that are recyclable, sustainable and easy to manufacture. Nanomaterials research explores novel synthesis methods and applications of tiny structures that can reduce environmental risks and address global energy and health challenges. Biomaterials research delves into bio-nanotechnology to create new materials and imaging sensor technologies to improve our health. Computational Mechanics research tackles the challenges of prototyping and testing materials for automotive, aerospace and biomedical technologies.

Ultimately, we seek to translate our discoveries into public benefit through technological innovation. We welcome research partnerships with industry, government and other organisations worldwide to develop ways to use global resources sustainably and to improve our lives using advanced materials.

Explore our available research projects below and if you’d like to discuss opportunities for collaboration or funding, please email us.

Biomaterials

Biomaterials research merges biology with materials engineering, imaging and sensing, and nanotechnology. The development of advanced techniques...

Composite Materials

Modern industries are increasingly relying on the development of new light-weight, strong, durable and environmentally sustainable materials for a...

Computational Mechanics

Many years ago, engineers developed products by trial and error. In the case of most industries, particularly the automotive and aerospace sectors...

Nanomaterials

Tiny structures known as nanomaterials have the potential to mitigate environmental risks, and address global energy and health challenges. We...

Antonio Tricoli

Dr Antonio Tricoli is a Research Fellow in the College of Engineering and Computer Science at ANU
‘There is indeed plenty of room at the bottom (also for new ideas) and Nanotechnology is the key to access it‘, says Antonio Nanostructures - broadly...

David Nisbet

David Nisbet is Research Fellow in the Research School of Engineering at The Australian National University
David Nisbet is Research Fellow in the Research School of Engineering at The Australian National University. "I am developing new materials that...
15 May 2017
Researchers at The Australian National University (ANU) have developed a suitable material to allow brain cells to grow and form predictable circuits, which could...
28 Apr 2017
With research expertise in biomaterials, the ANU Research School of Engineering sponsored the 25th Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Biomaterials...
27 Apr 2017
From one world-class university to another, aspiring biomedical engineer Oliver Johnson will be rubbing shoulders with the best in the business at the 2017...
10 Mar 2017
ANU engineering Masters student Jiaai (Mendy) Liang has been awarded two Excellent Oral Presentation Certificates at the recent 2017 2nd International Conference on...
23 Feb 2017
Engineers at The Australian National University (ANU) have built an advanced microscope using barcode laser scanner technology that can film moving blood cells and...
william wong
24 Jun 2016
Engineers at The Australian National University (ANU) have made a new material which folds itself into a straw-like tube when it comes into contact with water, and...
Antonio and Noushin in Lab
6 Apr 2016
Nanoscientist Dr Antonio Tricoli has won a prized Westpac Research Fellowship for his pioneering work on wearable technology that can help fight skin cancer and...
Lachlan Lewis
5 Oct 2015
Second year engineering student Lachlan Lewis has received national recognition for juggling life as a student along with a busy schedule as a rising star with the...
Kiara Bruggeman
21 Sep 2015
The College of Engineering and Computer Science (CECS) has cleaned up at the 2015 ANU Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition, after two CECS students took out the...
Noushin with one of the sensors that she is developing in her research to detect markers in breath. Image credit: Leila Khanjani
15 Sep 2015
Imagine the possibility of testing for a disease using just a single puff of breath… sounds almost like science fiction, but this is the subject of PhD student...

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