Postgraduate projects range from fundamental topics, to many which involve collaboration and funding from industry and government. Many of the Departments' research staff are involved in Cooperative Research Centres - the main areas being the ARC Centre of Excellence in Light Metal Design, the ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science and the CRC for Polymers.
Areas of research strengths cover experimental, applied and theoretical physics and materials science and engineering. They include:
- advanced polymer engineering
- alternative energy sources and green materials engineering
- advanced characterisation of materials
- biomaterials and tissue engineering
- engineering light alloys
- functional (magnetic, electrical) materials
- materials conservation
- metals and concrete corrosion
- nanomaterials including nanograined materials and nanocomposites
- thermomechanical processing of metals.
Nanotechnology in science and medicine, and bioengineering, are the future, and our research graduates are well placed for jobs in nanotechnology and bioengineering!