Advanced Materials

Creating advanced materials to address the future needs of industries through the design of new materials and modification of existing ones.

We research the advanced materials needed by the industries of tomorrow.

We will discover and deploy materials in four priority areas: sustainable living looks at improving the use, recovery, remediation and recycling of resources; extreme conditions focuses on improving human health and wellbeing, protection (for example, against heat), and performance, as well as the aerospace, automotive and construction industries; devices covers sensors, point-of-care diagnostics, (opto) electronics, plasmonics and integrated photonics; and, materials on the nanoscale examines applications ranging from biomaterials to multifunctional textiles.

The research skills and competencies within this ECP can be applied to any sector or organisation, regardless of size or stage of development. The primary areas where our expertise will be directed are indicated below.

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Our vision

Rachel Caruso, Director, RMIT Advanced Materials ECP

"The materials we create will benefit industry, society and the environment."

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What are advanced materials?

The term ‘advanced materials’ refers to the modification of existing materials or the creation of new ones to achieve superior performance. The materials can be structural and functional, inorganic, organic or inorganic-organic hybrids. They can be classified as soft matter or hard matter depending on their characteristics.

Key application areas

Aerospace innovation
Food production
Clothing and textiles
Medical, health care and pharmaceutical
Environment and sustainability
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ECP Post-COVID-19 Restart Initiatives

Along with harnessing existing research networks and projects to respond to COVID-19, RMIT’s Enabling Capability Platforms (ECPs) launched five cross-platform initiatives in June 2020 to address various key areas for post COVID-19 recovery. 

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Concept Paper Series 2019

The Enabling Capability Platforms initiated Concept Papers aimed at supporting the development of ideas for major interdisciplinary projects to address significant challenges requiring a truly interdisciplinary team to make substantial progress.

Dr Serene Ho’s Concept Paper titled ‘Thinking About Treaty Spatially’ is now available to view. The paper explores spatial implications of treaty for land and geospatial professionals for building a shared future.

Research and innovation priorities

Materials on the nanoscale

Ranging from biomaterials to multifunction textiles, these materials will have applications in areas including catalysis, photonics and energy conversion.

Materials for extreme conditions

Developing protective and/or hightolerance materials capable of withstanding extreme temperatures, pressures and other challenging conditions.

Also developing materials that help to improve health, wellbeing and sports performance.

Materials for sustainable living

Materials and processes using materials that will improve the use, recovery, remediation and recycling of resources, including biomass, energy, food, minerals, waste and water.

Materials for devices

Materials for developing:

  • sensors
  • point-of-care diagnostics
  • optoelectronics
  • plasmonics
  • integrated photonics
  • memory technologies and simulated neural networks
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RMIT announces its insight series

RMIT’s insight series aims to provide deep and accurate information on social and scientific challenges facing Australia in 2020. We will be focussing on issues when the application of science and technology can make a profound different on how we live our lives or undertake our business. 

The insight series is produced by RMIT's Enabling Capability Program and will consist of up to 6 papers that will be launched progressively in 2020.

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If you're not sure how you can best work with us, our team can explain what's possible and put you in touch with the right person. 

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Acknowledgement of country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business. - Artwork created by Louisa Bloomer