Our Facilities

  • Large suite of advanced electrochemical facilities
  • Variety of surface characterisation equiptment
  • Battery and coin cell fabrication equipment
  • Synthetic laboratory
  • Analytical instruments for chemical, physical and mechanical characterisation
  • Dynamic Mechanical Analyser
  • Differential Scanning Calorimeters
  • State of the art Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Facility 
  • Access to world-class synchrotron and neutron facilities

BatTRI-Hub and Energy Storage Facility


BatTRI-Hub is a prototyping facility that was designed to demonstrate new energy storage technologies at a practical prototype level. With these capabilities we aim to (i) support IFM research outcomes, (ii) translate our research excellence into industry engagement, and (iii) provide expertise and solutions to new and existing industry partners.

BatTRI-Hub is an open access facility. We welcome new partnerships by providing access to our facility and its team of engineers, either through joint research programs or service agreements.

For more information, visit BatTRI-Hub

Infrastructure Testing Facility

IFM leads the Australian Centre for Infrastructure Durability (ACID), which provides an integrated, national platform for industry across the key sectors of oil and gas, mining, transport and structures, defence and aerospace, and water and desalination to connect with leading researchers.

For more information, visit ACID

In the area of corrosion prevention, our facilities include the National Facility for Pipeline Coating Assessment, which provides NATA accredited independent commercial testing for coating manufacturers, suppliers, applicators and pipeline industry end users:

  • pre-qualification testing and trials on pipeline coating
  • assessment of pipeline coatings and corrosion inhibitors.

Advanced Chemical Synthesis Facility

A fundamental discipline that underwrites a large portion of IFM’s research efforts is that of chemistry. This encompasses the synthesis of new molecules and materials, surface chemical manipulations, polymer processing, and decoration of nanomaterials and membranes.

IFM houses laboratories at our Geelong and Burwood Campuses where these chemistries are routinely conducted. These facilities include standard basic requirements for chemical handling and manipulation such as fumehoods, rotary evaporators and hot plate stirrers. As well, we have many other task specific chemical manipulation apparatus such as potentiostats and batch reactors.

These facilities are essential, both for fabricating new materials at the cutting edge and also to modify materials to impart extraordinary functionality.

These activities include: synthesis of novel molecules; surface modification of metals, carbon fibres, and biopolymers; processing new polymeric materials for high value added applications; battery electrolytes; corrosion suppressing additives, and more. These facilities are essential to the development of new technologies and underpin their fundamental understanding for high impact and translatable research.