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Our Vision

Every day, people around the world are facing unprecedented changes and challenges from how we move around, survive and connect with each other, to our tools and technologies and the planet's ecosystems.

The diverse needs, desires and dreams of societies globally are emerging and changing as populations grow and connect across rural and urban environments, yet our manufacturing and material needs stay constant, adapting in form, scale, complexity...

Our facilities and research at the UNSW Materials and Manufacturing Futures Institute ('MMFI') are at the cutting edge of smart and sustainable materials innovation and advanced manufacturing. We are excited to contribute to the emerging futures of materials innovation and advanced manufacturing by creating an interdisciplinary research hub to deliver real-world social benefits and tangible solutions to global problems. Our world-class research and manufacturing facilities allow us to design and fabricate materials of the highest quality, in useful quantities and with uniform properties, as well as processing component materials into engineering products through our interdisciplinary research network and industry partnerships.

Driven by state-of-the-art advanced manufacturing, artificial intelligence and integrated technology, MMFI brings together leading academics and industry-players who understand both the barriers and the opportunities when solving complex manufacturing problems, e.g. printing electronics with emerging applications in new energy production, distribution and storage systems, water treatment, transport and smart urban infrastructure, biomedical devices and sensors, agriculture, information technology, to name a few.

By transitioning from serendipity-driven materials research to property-driven materials design, the Materials and Manufacturing Futures Institute will accelerate materials innovation with a view to delivering specific, real-world social benefits and tangible solutions, transforming the future of materials and manufacturing research in energy, transport, information technology, and healthcare.


Our Aims

Transform the future of materials and manufacturing research from manipulation of atomic arrangements to device fabrication and high-throughput industry-scale manufacturing.

Apply artificial intelligence to materials research to significantly speed up the development of new materials.



Engage with industry, government and community to provide solutions to important global challenges and to design systems and products that will generate economic benefit and social prosperity.

Our Research Themes

Energy and water

We will develop clean, highly efficient and cost-effective hydrogen technology and water treatment systems to provide humanity a sustainable environment into the future.

Transport

We will create better transport technologies with lightweight and environmentally-responsive functionalities, to assist with urban mobility and space exploration.

Information technology

We will overcome the fundamental limits of current silicon semiconductor technology to significantly enhance the performance of nanoelectronic devices for advanced information technology.

Healthcare

We will create new and affordable, implantable and wearable biomedical devices and sensors to meet the demands of future healthcare technologies.