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Materials Node

Nano-materials are potential sources of groundbreaking improvements in a wide number of technological areas, including biomedicine, and energy harvesting and storage. The ANFF Materials node brings together specific strengths in the fabrication of both hard and soft materials, particularly nano-organic and inorganic electronic materials.

The Materials node is based at the University of Newcastle (UoN) and the University of Wollongong’s (UoW) new $28m Innovation campus the Australian Institute for Innovative Materials. It combines the skills, facilities and expertise of the UoW Intelligent Polymer Research Institute (IPRI), the Institute for Superconducting and Electronic Materials (ISEM), and the UoN’s Centre for Organic Electronics. Between them, these three partners offer extensive and unique capabilities in the design, development and fabrication of nanostructured electronic materials and devices.
The Materials node offer’s services for the production of research quantities of speciality nanostructured materials such as electronic polymers, macromolecules, oxides and metallic powders for application in areas such as:

  • Organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs)
  • Organic photovoltaics (OPVs)
  • Polymer actuators
  • Non-conventional organic electronics applications
  • Ceramics
  • Batteries and Energy Storage
  • Superconductivity
  • Electronic, spintronic, ferroelectronic and thermoelectric materials
  • Light metals and steel processing

In addition, the Materials Node has extensive experience across a broad range of speciality materials systems and offers a range of materials consultancy services in the design, development and fabrication of novel materials and devices.

The node also offers extensive facilities for fabricating and characterising thin films and devices with applications in the energy generation, energy storage, display, biosensor and photonics technology areas. These devices have potential application in a wide range of industry sectors, such as electricity generation (large area polymer solar cells), instrument manufacture (organic transistors), optoelectronics (organic LEDs), telecommunications (organic photonics) and biotechnology (biosensors and detectors).

The Australian Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science (ACES) and the ANFF Materials Node:

Flagship facilities:

  • High-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) system
  • Matrix-assisted laser deposition/ionisation (MALDI) mass spectrometer
  • UHV instrument suitable for various materials ranging from metals to dielectrics which consists of:
    • three RF magnetron sources for deposition
    • an Electron Beam Evaporation (EBE) source
    • Auger spectroscopy
    • XPS
    • Ultraviolet Photoelectron Spectroscopy (UPS)
  • Electrochemical device reel 2 reel printer
  • 3D printing or rapid prototyping machines, suitable for metal or polymers
  • 3D extrusion - bio printer
  • Spinning and knitting machines
  • Scale up synthesis facility


  • Continuous web printing facility for organic electronics
  • Continuous web deposition facility for metals, inorganic and dielectric materials
  • Surface analysis system – XPS, ARSPS, UPS, including glovebox transfer and thin film deposition facilities
  • PE-CVD system for the growth of carbon nanostructures (graphene, nanotubes) with MO-CVD capability
  • High resolution, multi-mode AFM
  • Glovebox with flexible, multi-source thermal deposition system
  • Near-field scanning optical microscope

University of Wollongong
Node Director: Prof. Gordon Wallace
Phone: +61 2 4221 3127

Facility Manager: A/Prof Peter Innis
Phone: +61 2 4221 3600

UoW capabilities

Website: UoW

University of Newcastle
Prof. Paul Dastoor
Phone: +61 2 4921 5426

Dr Ben Vaughan
Phone: +61 2 4033 9007

UoN capabilities