Our research team is responsible for the theoretical modelling project aiming to optimise the molecular design of coatings for resistance to biological contamination (bio-fouling).
Funded by the ARC Research Hub for Australian Steel Manufacturing (IH130100017) 2014-2019. The ARC Research Hub for Australian Steel Manufacturing, headquartered at the University of Wollongong, was officially launched at Parliament House by Minister for Industry, the Hon. Ian Macfarlane MP on 4 September 2014. The Hub is supported by industry and university investment of more than $17 million and ARC funding of $5 million over five years. The ARC Research Hub is engaged in developing breakthrough process and product innovations to solve complex challenges confronting the Australian steel industry.
Bio-fouling is one of the top priorities amongst the market driven product innovations in coating technologies. We employ advanced computational modelling techniques to understand the molecular mechanisms of the interactions of biomolecules with engineered surfaces and assess the antifouling ability of various functional grafted chains.
These studies will help design surface treatments to prevent microbial and fungal adhesion which is an issue of paramount importance for manufacturers of industrial and biomedical coatings and materials. We use the latest techniques in computational modelling of atomic structure of biomolecules and surfaces to explore the molecular mechanisms of their interactions.
We work with our collaborating experimental research teams and BlueScope Steel, a world class steel manufacturing company.
- Associate Professor Michael Higgins, University of Wollongong
- Professor Margaret Sunde, University of Sydney
- Professor Elena Ivanova, Swinburne University of Technology
- ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science
- Bluescope Steel Pty Ltd
Application of Molecular Simulation to Coatings Design, G. Yiapanis, D. J. Henry, E. J. Evans and I. Yarovsky, in "Nanotechnology in Australia: Showcasing Early Career Research", Eds. D. M. Kane, A. P. Micolich and J. R. Rabeau, ISBN: 9789814310024, Pan Stanford Publishing, 2010
Refereed journal papers
- Nanoscale Wetting and Fouling Resistance of Functionalized Surfaces: a Computational Approach, G. Yiapanis, S. Maclaughlin, E. Evans and I.Yarovsky, Langmuir 30 (2014) 10617−10625
- Surface Crosslinking Effects on Contamination Resistance of Functionalised Polymers, L. A. Shaw, G. Yiapanis, D.J. Henry, S. MacLaughlin, E.Evans and I. Yarovsky, Soft Matter, 9 (2013) 1798-1806
- Effect of Substrate on the Mechanical Response and Adhesion of PEGylated Surfaces: Insights from All-Atom Simulations, G. Yiapanis, D.J. Henry, S.MacLaughlin, E.J.Evans and I. Yarovsky, Langmuir 28 (2012) 17263-17272
- Simulations of Nanoindentation of Polymer Surfaces: Effects of Surface Cross-Linking on Adhesion and Hardness, G. Yiapanis, D. J. Henry, E.J. Evans and I. Yarovsky, J. Phys. Chem. C, 114 (2010) 478-486
- Molecular Dynamics Study of Polyester Surfaces and Fullerene Particles in Aqueous Environment, G. Yiapanis, D.J. Henry, E.J. Evans and I. Yarovsky, J. Phys. Chem. C, 112(2008)18141
- Effect of ageing on interfacial adhesion of polyester and carbon based particles: a Classical Molecular Dynamics Study, G. Yiapanis, D. Henry, E. Evans and I. Yarovsky, J. Phys. Chem. C, 111 (2007) 6465
- A Molecular Dynamics study of siloxane diffusion in a polyester-melamine solution, D. Henry, E. Evans and I. Yarovsky, Polymer, 48 (2007) 2179-2185.
- The Effect of Surface Composition and Atomic Roughness on Interfacial Adhesion between Polyester and Amorphous Carbon, G. Yiapanis, D. Henry, E. Evans and I. Yarovsky, J. Phys. Chem. C, 111 (2007) 3000-3009.
- Colorbond® meets Nanotech: understanding coating’s interactions with the environment, I. Yarovsky, D. Henry, G. Yiapanis, E. Evans, Chemistry in Australia, 2006, 73, 3, 11-13. Feature article (invited).
- Classical Molecular Dynamics Study of Fullerene Interactions with Silica and Polyester Surfaces, D. Henry, E. Evans and I. Yarovsky, J. Phys. Chem B., 2006, 110, 15963-15972.
- Adhesion between graphite and modified polyester surfaces: a theoretical study, D. Henry, G. Yiapanis, E.Evans and I. Yarovsky, J. Phys. Chem. B, 2005, 109, 17224-17231.
- Theoretical Study of Adhesion between Graphite, Polyester and Silica Surfaces, D.J. Henry, C. A. Lukey, E.J. Evans, and I. Yarovsky, Molecular Simulation, 2005, 31, 449-455.
- Computer Simulation of Structure and properties of crosslinked polymers: application to epoxy resins, I. Yarovsky, E.Evans, Polymer, 2002, 43, 963-969.