Intelligent Polymer Research Institute

Crane_IpriACES students take ‘artificial muscles’ to the people and first prize

Between three engineers and a chemist, understanding and even building new robotic devices that have almost the strength, fluidity and dexterity of human limbs is within the realms of possibility. Find out more.

IPRI grads 2candidates set to toss caps

Following trails, tribulations and  much toil, four IPRI PhD students have officially become doctors at the University of Wollongong graduation ceremony.


Researchers are building brain tissue with living human stem cells to better understand, and ultimately to treat, neural diseases like schizophrenia.

The Intelligent Polymer Research Institute (IPRI) is a key research strength at the University of Wollongong and is the lead node of the Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science (ACES) and lead node of the Australian National Fabrication Facility (ANFF) - Materials node.

Professor Gordon Wallace and his team at IPRI are recognised internationally as world leaders in the development of 'intelligent' materials and nanotechnology.  

IPRI is renowned for expertise in the electrochemistry of organic conductors; especially when those conductors are used in the applications of artificial muscles, photovoltaics, batteries, and biomedical applications.