QUT Centre for Materials Science

Curiosity-driven research.

The QUT Centre for Materials Science provides a collaborative environment for curiosity-driven materials research and innovation focusing on outstanding research strengths in:

  • soft matter materials
  • hard condensed matter materials
  • computation, prediction and modelling
  • analytical technique development.

Research themes

Our mission is to design, discover and develop advanced functional materials to solve key technological challenges across four research themes.

Soft matter

The discovery and development of synthetic strategies from small-molecule systems to complex macromolecular structures through chemistry-orientated fundamental research. Real-world applications include highly effective light emitting systems, advanced electroactive materials and biocidal coatings.

Condensed matter

The fabrication of 0D, 1D, 2D and 3D materials through QUT's existing strengths in diverse nanostructures and interdisciplinary physics-orientated fundamental research. This will result  in materials with on-demand electrical, mechanical, optical, thermal and magnetic properties suitable for application across varied research fields.

Computation, prediction and modelling

Accelerating the discovery of novel hard and soft materials through state-of-the-art computational methods and in-depth theory-orientated materials research via electronic structure engineering and machine learning.

Materials characterisation: understanding matters

Establish QUT’s reputation both nationally and globally at the forefront of analytical measurement and technique through the characterisation and analysis of materials using cutting-edge instrumentation. This will push new technologies towards the frontiers of ultimate structure analysis and light-matter interaction.

Our facilities

We bring together cutting-edge instrumentation in mass spectrometry, atomic resolution transmission electron microscopy, and atomic force microscopy.

Along with world-class technical expertise, our purpose-built facilities enable an efficient research space for novel material discoveries. Our laboratory spaces will provide critical research visibility for QUT on a national and global scale while nurturing emerging collaborative research.

State-of-the-art instrumentation currently under construction includes:

  • Double-aberration-correction high resolution transmission electron microscope (JEOL NEOARM)
  • Focused ion beam microscope (FIB)
  • Time-of-flight mass spectrometer (ToF-SIMS).

Our expert research team also take advantage of expert scientists and infrastructure at other QUT research institutes and locations, including:

Research news

19 March

Better building practices to be aided by digital know-how

A QUT researcher will head a program in which digital transformation will help make the construction of Australian buildings safer, faster, cheaper and smarter.

18 March

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Can flashing LED lights embedded in footpaths break the smartphone spell and alert ‘distracted walkers’ as they approach a road or rail intersection?  New QUT research suggests the answer is ‘yes’.

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