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The Australian Institute for Innovative Materials (AIIM) is a purpose-built facility to help transform multi-functional materials research into commercial reality.

"Innovative ideas are found at the intersection of different approaches to a problem and that is why at the Univerity of Wollongong (UOW) we connect different disciplines and encourage innovation through collaboration and interaction." Professor William Price, Executive Director, AIIM

Located at the University of Wollongong's Innovation Campus, the purpose-built Australian Institute for Innovative Materials houses the two flagship research groups - the Intelligent Polymer Research Institute (IPRI) and the Institute for Superconducting and Electronic Materials (ISEM) - bringing together chemists, engineers, physicists, biologists and materials scientists under one roof to interact, collaborate and innovate.

The University of Wollongong is a world leader in multi-functional materials research. Researchers at the Australian Institute for Innovative Materials are driven by a desire to develop and explore new materials that have special features, can improve performance or have new applications.

World class researchers

The multidisciplinary focus of research at the Australian Institute for Innovative Materials brings together biologists, clinicians, chemists, physicists, engineers and materials scientists to develop and explore new materials, their application, production and commercialisation. Research excellence is contributing to making the University of Wollongong one of Australia's best research institutions. In independent research performance rankings, the University of Wollongong ranked at or above world standard in:

  • Macromolecular Materials Chemistry
  • Interdisciplinary Engineering
  • Materials Engineering
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

At the Australian Institute for Innovative Materials we connect world-class researchers, state-of-the-art research and prototyping facilities to help transform multi-functional materials research into commercial reality.

State-of-the-art research facilities

The University of Wollongong's Australian Institute for Innovative Materials sets a new standard for multi-functional materials research facilities in Australia.

The facility boasts:

  • 9,900m2 of laboratory and office space
  • world-class battery and charger testing facilities
  • biofabrication facilities
  • a dedicated processes and devices development workshop
  • clean room

The facility is the first multi-functional materials facility in Australia that is equipped to undertake the groundbreaking research and to develop the new production processes, devices and prototypes that will enable those breakthroughs to be scaled-up for commercial application.

The facility is home to the materials node of the Australian National Fabrication Facility linking eight university-based nodes bringing together strengths in the fabrication of both hard and soft materials, particularly nano-organic and inorganic electronic materials.

Extensive facilities for fabricating thin films and devices, such as organic electronic diodes and transistors, with applications in energy generation, energy storage, display, biosensor and photonics technology areas are available.

The facility has an UHV instrument that consists of a deposition chamber involving three RF magnetron sources and the Electron Beam Evaporation (EBE) source, and an analytical chamber including Auger spectroscopy, X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS), and Ultraviolet Photoelectron Spectroscopy (UPS).

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