The ANFF-Vic Biointerface Engineering Hub focuses on the use of synthetic and biological components to create materials and surfaces with new properties.
Supervisors: Paul Stoddart, Karyn Jarvis
The Australian National Fabrication Facility (ANFF) Biointerface Engineering Hub at Swinburne, specialises in plasma polymerisation. Plasma polymerisation is a versatile thin film deposition technique, which involves the attachment of specific chemistries on a surface via the plasma induced fragmentation of a particular gas or vapour. In this project, a specialised plasma polymer reactor will be used to monitor surface chemistry during the deposition process. In particular, real-time infrared spectroscopy and spectroscopic ellipsometry will be used to gain further insights into the plasma polymer deposition process for a variety of different film types.
Supervisors: Karyn Jarvis, Paul Stoddart
Plasma is considered the fourth state of matter. When it is combined with chemical vapour deposition, it enables unique chemical processes with important technological applications. A new atmospheric plasma system has been acquired as part of our ANFF facility, which will enable surfaces to be modified without the requirement of a vacuum system. Atmospheric plasma is a more industrially-relevant technique which can readily be integrated into existing manufacturing processes. In this project, the various parameters of the atmospheric plasma system will be investigated to gain an understanding of the range of chemistries, hydrophobicity and mechanical properties that can be produced.