Functional Materials and Microsystems Research Group

About

Our vision is to make science fiction reality. We achieve this through transforming discoveries into technology that creates impact for society.

We focus on discoveries in materials science and device engineering at the convergence of electronics, applied physics, and physical chemistry.

We are a diverse team of researchers with expertise in micro/nanofabrication, thin films synthesis, materials characterisation, condensed matter physics, surface chemistry, and electronic engineering.

We are located at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia.

Our Logo

Our logo represents a combination of the Group’s expertise and passion.

We work with atoms and crystals, which define the structure of the logo. Vacancies (missing atoms) in these crystals offer unique properties we harness to create unique devices.

We constantly seek new connections, as we work to connect the dots from idea to technology and product, connect people working across disciplines to solve grand challenges, and connect with industry to deliver societal impact. The atoms and bonds manifest as the dots and connections to convey our passion.

All these come together to form “FMM”, steeped in vibrant colours to convey the energy of our Group and our core values of diversity and inclusion.

Our Infrastructure and Facilities

The Group has open access to extensive research infrastructure and facilities:

The Micro Nano Research Facility – a $45 million, state-of-the-art cleanroom facility for fabrication and synthesis that is updated regularly to deliver new capabilities.

The RMIT Microscopy and Microanalysis Facility – a state-of-the-art facility with electron microscopy and microanalysis capabilities.

The Group’s specialised laboratories – with synthesis and characterisation equipment for micro/nanoelectronic and semiconductor devices, flexible/stretchable electronics, and two-dimensional materials.

Current Research Activities

  • Brain-inspired electronic devices
  • Nanoscale electronic and optoelectronic systems
  • Stretchable and wearable electronics and sensors
  • Terahertz and optical photonic devices

Find out more about our Research.

Research Performance

The Group has a very strong track record of securing research funding from the Australian Research Council through its various schemes, especially the Fellowships, Discovery Projects, and infrastructure grants. We also actively engage with industry and have received funding through the Cooperative Research Centres Program and is a node of an Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence.

The Australian Government assesses research performance of disciplines through the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) process, by ranking fields of research (FOR) against world quality benchmarks. The fields relevant to group’s activities are Materials Engineering (0912), Electrical and Electronic Engineering (0906), and Condensed Matter Physics (0204). All three areas scored a “5” in the ERA 2018 rankings, indicating research quality well above world standard.

Research Data Integrity and Management

The Group adheres to the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research (2018).

The Group has extensive data storage infrastructure on a secure network. The Group also uses online project management and tracking software, which record and archive all research discussions and related documents, images, and videos. This is to prevent data loss or mismanagement, and critically secures data produced from funded research in the event of personnel changes.

Physical samples will be stored for 5 years post-publication, where possible and materials permit. As data is utilised in publications, the Group extensively uses the opportunity to supply and deposit online supplementary information with journal articles. This ensures the raw data and any additional relevant data and images are available in a public, open-access manner to international researchers. We welcome researchers to contact us for access to data.