Australian National Fabrication Facility (ANFF)

The Australian National Fabrication Facility (ANFF)

Materials Node

ANFF logoContact details:

Facility Manager: A/Prof Peter Innis
Phone: +61 2 4221 3600 

Node Director: Prof. Gordon Wallace
Phone: +61 2 4221 3127

ANFF Materials Node Website:


A research based synthesis and material characterisation facility.

Novel nanomaterials offer the potential for groundbreaking improvements in areas as far reaching as biomedicine, industrial processing, and energy conversion and storage. The ANFF Materials Node brings together specific strengths in the fabrication of both hard and soft materials, particularly nano-organic and inorganic electronic materials.

The Materials Node is based at the state-of-the-art Australian Institute for Innovative Materials (AIIM) at the University of Wollongong’s Innovation Campus and the University of Newcastle. It combines the skills, facilities and expertise of the University of Wollongong’s Intelligent Polymer Research Institute (IPRI) and the Institute for Superconducting and Electronic Materials (ISEM), and the University of Newcastle’s Centre for Organic Electronics (COE). Between them, these three partners offer extensive and unique capabilities in the design, development and fabrication of nanostructured electronic materials and devices for researchers and industry. Researchers are able to either work at the node under expert guidance, or to contract for specialised products to be fabricated at a reasonable cost.


Speciality materials

The Materials Node offers services for the production of commercial quantities of speciality nanostructured materials such as conducting polymers, functional organic molecules and nanostructured carbons for a variety of purposes, including:

  • Electromaterials: Synthesis of functionalised thiophene monomers, nanostructured inherently conducting polymers (ICPs), ionic liquids, carbon nanotubes, graphene functionalisation
  • Energy Conversion: Electrochemical actuators, dye synthesis and application in solar cells, improved titanium dioxide (TiO2), improved materials for electrochromic devices
  • Energy Storage: Thin-film lithium-ion microbatteries, polythiophene based organic batteries
  • Bionics: Improved ICPs for nerve-electrode interface and cochlear implant, polymers enabling regeneration of injured spinal neurons and biodegradable ICPs


In addition, the Materials Node has extensive experience across a broad range of speciality materials systems and offers a range of materials consultancy services in the design, development and fabrication of novel materials and devices.


Last reviewed: 21 May, 2015