Australian Institute for Innovative Materials (AIIM)

The Australian Institute for Innovative Materials (AIIM) is a purpose-built facility at the University of Wollongong's Innovation Campus to help transform multi-functional materials research into commercial reality.

The researchers at AIIM are at the cutting edge of developing and applying new and innovative materials.

AIIM is the first facility that bridges the gaps between breakthroughs, prototyping and commercialisation.

The multi-disciplinary focus of the Institute brings together biologists, clinicians, chemists, physicists engineers and materials scientists.

AIIM comprises the following research organisations:

  • The Intelligent Polymer Research Institute (IPRI)
  • The Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science (ACES)
  • The Institute for Superconducting and Electronic Materials (ISEM)
  • The University of Wollongong Electron Microscopy Centre (EMC)

AIIM Highlights Brochures

Four students Autumn 2021
AIIM Building Summer 2019/20

UOW Innovation Campus

The University of Wollongong’s Innovation Campus is an internationally recognised, award winning community connected with one of the world’s best modern universities, where research and industry pushes the envelope to create tangible global impact. Nestled between the breathtaking Illawarra escarpment and the Pacific Ocean in North Wollongong, the Campus is a place where innovative organisations can work alongside leading research institutes: where collaborations that shape tomorrow take flight.


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