New materials and their novel applications are creating exponential opportunities across industry and society, helping us meet some of our most complex challenges.

Australian Institute for Innovative Materials

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

Research Teams

AIIM comprises of 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), and The University of Wollongong Electron Microscopy Centre (EMC). Bringing together chemists, engineers, physicists, biologists and materials scientists under one roof.

Groundbreaking Research

The facility is the first multi-functional materials facility in Australia that is equipped to undertake particular ground-breaking research and to develop the new production processes, devices and prototypes that will enable those breakthroughs to be scaled-up for commercial application. AIIM is home to the materials node of the Australian National Fabrication Facility, linking eight university-based nodes bringing together, with strengths in the fabrication of both hard and soft materials, particularly nano-organic and inorganic electronic materials.

World-Class Technology

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 a 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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“Innovative ideas are found at the intersection of different approaches to a problem and that is why at the University of Wollongong we connect different disciplines and encourage innovation through collaboration and interaction”

Professor William Price, Executive Director, AIIM.