Materials Node

Specific capabilities: fabrication of novel polymer and ceramic nanomaterials; organic electronic device fabrication.

Novel nano materials offer the potential for groundbreaking improvements in areas as far reaching as biomedicine, industrial process and energy harvesting and storage. The ANFF Materials Node brings together specific strengths in the fabrication of both hardŁand soft materials, particularly nano-organic and inorganic electronic materials.

The Materials Node is based at the University of Wollongong and combines the skills, facilities and  expertise of the Intelligent Polymer Research Institute (IPRI), the Institute for Superconducting and Electronic Materials (ISEM) and the University of Newcastle'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 offers services for the production of commercial 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

The Materials Node also offers extensive facilities for fabricating thin films and devices, such as organic electronic diodes and transistors, with applications in the energy generation, energy storage, display, biosensor and  photonics technology areas.

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 University of Wollongong's Australian Institute for Innovative Materials has an 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). The instrument is available for deposition of various materials ranging from metals to dielectrics, and can provide photoelectron spectroscopy measurements for customers.

More detailed information can be found at .

In addition to the range of instrumentation available through the node (see right), NCRIS funding is enabling the following purchases:
  1. High-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) system
  2. Matrix-assisted laser deposition/ionisation (MALDI) mass spectrometer
  3. Upgrade to the ISEM e-beam/ XPS

The instruments will be installed in the University of Wollongong's Australian Institute for Innovative Materials in the new $28m Innovation campus in April 2008.

The program has also funded the appointment of 3 new staff members to supply production services and to assist users with direct access to the facilities, providing training where applicable.

Contact Details

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

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


Instrumentation Available

University of Wollongong

  • Aqueous Gel Permeation Chromatography (GPC)- Waters
  • Electrochemical Electron Spin Resonance Spectrometry (ESR) Bruker EMX
  • Raman (Electrochemical stage) JY HR 800
  • Flourimeter JY SPEX Fluorolog 22
  • AFM Asylum MFP-3D
  • Atomate CVD
  • Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy
  • Goniometer Data Physics
  • XPS/Auger electron spectroscopy system
  • Pulsed magnetron sputtering thin film deposition
  • Electron beam evaporation thin film deposition

University of Newcastle

  • Class 1000 clean room facilities
  • 2 Glove boxes
  • Atomate PECVD system
  • Carey 6000i UV-Vis system
  • Profilometer
  • Scanning near-optical microscope
  • Spin-coating and thin film deposition system
  • Electrical characterisation facilities












Funding Sources