Our fundamental research in this theme examines the generation of new molecules and materials that deliver:
- adhesives for dentistry
- antibacterial surfaces
- better batteries
- brighter OLED screens
- windows that become dark with the flick of a switch.
We use synthetic techniques to generate functional small molecules, covalent oligomers and polymers through to complex (supra) molecular networks and materials. Our work impacts on a wide variety of advanced manufacturing technologies ranging from medical to industrial settings.
Our researchers study molecular properties in:
- effects of external stimuli, such as light, on molecules
- molecular recognition
- reaction kinetics and thermodynamics
- reactivity relationships
In 2019 our experts raised over $5 million in research funding from both national and international firms.
From the ERA (Excellence in Research for Australia) we received a 5 (well above world standard) in materials engineering and macromolecular and materials chemistry. We also received a 4 (above world standard) in mechanical engineering, physical chemistry (including structural chemistry) and organic chemistry.
Key research programs
Our experts have worked with industry and community partners, including:
- Australian National University
- Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation
- Australian Synchrotron
- Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisations (CSIRO)
- Department of Education & Training
- Deakin University
- Fraunhofer Institute, Germany
- Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany
- Monash University
- University of New South Wales
- The University of Queensland
- The University of Sydney
- The University of Western Australia
- University of Wollongong.