a former Interdisciplinary Research Institute

Built opportunities, collaborations and frameworks for advances and innovation in materials science and materials processing.


Advances and innovations in materials science and materials processing are essential if we are to meet the grand challenges of our age in sustainability, medicine and energy. These challenges are on a global scale, they are complex and multi-faceted.

This interdisciplinary research institute (2009-14) was the entry-point for researchers and industry seeking to work with leading researchers at the University of Melbourne on innovative solutions in the materials science domain. Its work positioned the University of Melbourne as a major player on the international, national and regional stage in fundamental and applied materials research and ability to deliver enabling technologies to benefit humanity.

The Melbourne Materials Institute (MMI), through activities such as the bionic eye project and engagement with organisations such as IBM, DSTO (Defence Science Technology Organisation) and the Australian Industry Group, endeavoured to ensure that the materials research undertaken at the University of Melbourne delivered impact.


MMI's annual reports (2010-14) offer a comprehensive view of its programs and contribution to the University's interdisciplinary research landscape.

Key accomplishments include,

"Support for the development of the next generation of materials researchers through a range of PhD scholarship programs, many in collaboration with external partners; the establishment of the Defence Science Institute, an outcome of the close relationship between the MMI and the DSTO; the establishment of the MMI Platform support program which provides instrument specific expertise to University of Melbourne and external researchers; support for more than 20 interdisciplinary research projects through the MMI seed funding program, some of which have led to external recognition in Eureka and other prizes; the realisation of ‘bionic eye’ retinal implants as part of Bionic Vision Australia; and facilitating the successful bid for the $26M ARC Centre of Excellence in Convergent Bio-Nano Science and Technology.”  Professor Steven Prawer, MMI Director (in the MMI 2013-14 Annual Report)

Institute Annual Reports