ARC Nanotechnology Network
Intelligent Polymer Research Institute

Intelligent Polymer Research Institute

Name of Group Leader:

Professor Gordon G. Wallace  

Physical Address:

Intelligent Polymer Research Institute
University of Wollongong
Northfields Avenue
NSW 2522


(02) 42213127  


(02) 42213114  


Nanotechnology Research Programs/Activities:

The ability of Inherently Conducting Polymers (ICPs) or carbon nanotubes (CNTs)to act as the sensing and actuating elements within Intelligent material systems has clearly been demonstrated.

We now expect to dramatically improve the inherent functional properties of these materials by exploring the effect of controlling their nanostructure. It has already been shown that electronic conductivity and switching speeds are vastly improved as we enter the nano-domain. It is also expected that novel photoelectrochemical properties will be revealed. These studies are also expected to uncover novel processing and fabrication strategies that will allow practical devices composed of nanocomponents to be realised.

ICP nanoparticles have been synthesised using emulsion polymerisation. Our current quest involves the synthesis of electronically conducting bioactive nanoparticles.

In addition our collaborative research program with Prof David Officer (Massey University, New Zealand) is involved with the development of appropriate chemistries that allows functional groups to be attached to carbon nanotubes (CNTs).

A number of approaches to the assembly of nanocomponents are currently being addressed.These include: synthesis of nanoparticles, fibrillar forests of ICPs, inverse opals, aligned CNTs and spinning carbon nanotube fibres.  

Scale of Nanotechnology Research Effort:

The Intelligent Polymer Research Institute comprises of 40 personnel including 25 staff and 15 students. The Institute's budget is over $3 million per annum.  

Nanotechnology research facilities:

Electrochemical Mapping Facility comprising of Scanning Vibrating Electrochemical Technique (SVET), Localised Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy (LEIS), Electrochemical Raman Mapping Spectroscopy, Electrochemical Electron Spin Resonance Spectroscopy, and Electrochemical AFM with nano-manipulator. In addtion, there are SEM, TEM, and particle size/charge analyser facilities.  



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