Developing next generation polymer and composite filaments and nanofibres

Snapshot of Our Projects

Bio-derived PET

  • Starting from the synthesis of monomers from plant sources, PET is then synthesized from these bioderived monomers. Demonstration of scalable bioderived PET route

Thermochromic Fibres

  • Thermochromic fibres with controllable temperature switch ranges made using a combination of overcoating and co-extrusion; Use in applications from infection detection on wounds to sensing

Peripheral Nerve Repair

  • Development of degradable biocompatible polymeric tubes extruded as micro and nanofibers. Used in surgery, these guide nerve propagation allow peripheral nerves to regrow across 10 mm gaps

Facemask testing during COVID-19

  • Australia’s first comprehensive NATA accredited testing facilities; Supported the development of the facilities for sovereign capability in medical facemask fabrication; Tested imported facemasks during COVID pandemic to ensure they are meeting Australian standard

Wearable Chemical Sensors

  • Integrated into textiles, or worn on the skin, these portable electrochemical sensors can be used for the selective detection of chemicals, including pesticides, with low detection limits. Interface to electronic devices is achieved wirelessly

Nano-fibres for metal removal from wastewater

  • Novel nano-fibres for the extraction of metal species from storm water, where nano-fibre filter could be regenerated and reused many times and able to perform in real world conditions

Protection from Aerosols: Electrostatic Air Filters

  • Unique wool/polymer blend for high efficiency air filtration; The electrostatic charge can be regenerated by simple washing and tumble drying; Sustainable local solution with reusable filtration capability

Unique In-House Facilities

Nano-fibre Production

Melt Extrusion and Compounding

Air Filtration and Analysis

Lab and pilot scale electrospinning of polymers and composites, with aqueous and organic solvent capability; Drum and Continuous production.

Small and medium pilot scale single and twin screw systems, bi and tri component extrusion fibre lines, shaped fibre and filaments

Cannisters, mask and device performance testing, including pressure drop and particle detection over various ranges:
•Particle Ø: 0.01 – 10 µm
•Concentration: 0.01 – 100 mg/m3
•Flow rate: 15 – 250 or 700 – 3000   L/min

Hazardous Aerosol Test Rig

Single use Medical Mask Testing

Filtration test rig for textile and canister filters:
•Full face mask test rig with manikin head
•Generated particulates and aerosols
•Toxic industrial gases

Testing towards standards:
•Breathing Resistance EN14683-2014
•Blood Penetration ISO 22609 and ASTM F1862-F1862M-17
•Bacterial Filtration Efficiency (BFE)% ASTM F2101-14, EN 14683-2014 and IS EN 14683


Recent stories


Chief Research Consultant, Active Materials

Mr Nick Ebdon

Senior Research Technician, Active Materials

Dr Yen Truong

Team Leader, Functional Materials

Ms Jacinta Poole

Senior Experimental Scientist, Functional Materials

Mr Heng Taing

Senior Experimental Scientist, Functional Materials

Mr David Renshaw

Research Technician, Functional Materials

CERC Postdoctoral Fellow, Active Materials

Team Leader, Active Materials