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

Study level


Master of Philosophy


Vacation research experience scheme

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.