Functional Materials and Microsystems brings together researchers in micro/nanofabrication, thin films synthesis, materials characterisation, condensed matter physics, and electronic engineering.
Our infrastructure and facilities
The Group has open access to extensive research infrastructure and facilities:
- The Micro Nano Research Facility – a $30 million, 1,250 sq.m. cleanroom facility for fabrication and synthesis
- The RMIT Microscopy and Microanalysis Facility – a state-of-the-art facility with electron microscopy and microanalysis capabilities
- The Group’s specialised laboratory – with synthesis and characterisation equipment for micro/nanoelectronic and semiconductor devices, flexible electronics, and two-dimensional materials
The Group is a formally recognised strategic research area at RMIT University.
Current research activities
- Flexible electronics and devices
- Two-dimensional materials
- Memristor micro- and nano-devices
- Terahertz metamaterials and plasmonics
- Nanoelectronic and nanophotonic structures and devices
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.
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 "4" in the ERA 2012 rankings, indicating research quality above world standard.