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One coating to rule them all: preventing infections to medical devices

Study level


Master of Philosophy


Vacation research experience scheme

Faculty/Lead unit

Topic status

We're looking for students to study this topic.


Dr Phong Tran
Senior Research Fellow
Division / Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty


Infections to medical devices are still a major complication. This project investigates a new antimicrobial coating that could be readily applied on all surfaces to prevent bacterial attachment and growth. The project is in collaborations with leading device R&D companies and manufacturers both in Australia and overseas and thus would give students opportunities for industry exposure.

Research activities

Students will involve in:

  • synthesis of the coating and applying on different surfaces
  • investigating antimicrobial activities and bonding strength of the coating
  • making prototype and investigating up-scaling of coating process.


The project is expected to:

  • optimize the antimicrobial formulation
  • develop coating process to apply on surfaces of metals, ceramics and polymers
  • create prototypes on clinical devices

Skills and experience

Wet lab experience, background in chemistry, material science or physics is desirable.


You may be able to apply for a research scholarship in our annual scholarship round.

Annual scholarship round



Contact the supervisor for more information.