Welcome to ISEMwelcome to isem

Located in the state-of-the-art Australian Institute for Innovative Materials (AIIM) Facility at the University of Wollongong’s Innovation Campus, researchers at ISEM are working on enabling technologies that will have an important role in the future of energy technology, advancing medical technology and innovative materials and manufacturing.

The Institute for Superconducting and Electronic Materials (ISEM) was established in 1994 and is a research strength of the University of Wollongong.

This flagship research institute has grown to more than 100 researchers and postgraduate students led by Professor Shi Xue Dou, an Australian Research Council Professional Fellow and Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Science and Engineering. Professor Dou and his team of researchers are recognised as world leaders in superconductors, electronic and energy materials. ISEM has developed a dynamic, innovative research environment in its research programs of superconductivity, energy storage, thin film technologies, spintronics and electronic materials, terahertz science, and an emerging program on nanomaterials for health and solar energy conversion.

High-quality Research

Researchers and students at ISEM have a strong track record of research publication with more than1350 referred papers and their publications have attracted more than 11,000 citations.

In the 2010 Australian Government Excellence in Research (ERA) ratings, the University of Wollongong was rated as well above world standard in the areas of Macromolecular and Materials Chemistry (the only university outside the Group of 8 to achieve this rating) and in Interdisciplinary Engineering (one of only two ratings at this level awarded in this discipline).

ISEM has also attracted considerable research funding with researchers receiving more than $32 million in research funding over the last decade.

Strong National and International Links

ISEM’s track record of high quality research has attracted strong interest from national and international partners and collaborators.

It has struck partnering or collaborative research arrangements with more than 70 companies and research institutions in Australia and throughout the world.

These collaborations are producing results with patented technology developed by ISEM allowing the University of Wollongong to enter into one of its largest licensing deals with HyperTech Research Inc in the United States to improve the transmission and storage of power, generating energy savings and associated environmental benefits.

Research Programs

ISEM’s current research priorities include:

  • Applied superconductivity – for use in electrical and electronic devices such as motors, fault current limiters, transformers and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
  • Energy storage – developing advanced materials for fuel cells and solar cells, and advancing rechargeable batteries for electric cars.
  • Spintronics and electronic materials – designing new generation functional materials, including new thermoelectric materials for high efficiency energy conversion and refrigeration.
  • Thin film technologies – developing superconducting thin films for telecommunications, medicine and space applications.
  • Terahertz science and solid state physics – developing advanced materials and structures for terahertz science and technology for applications including medicine and biology.
  • Nano structured materials – developing nano structured materials for energy storage and conversion and innovative nanomaterials for biomedical applications
  • Advanced photovoltaic materials – developing solar cell technology to improve energy generation and help reduce carbon dioxide emissions.
  • FLEET - ISEM hosts the University of Wollongong node of FLEET, the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Future Low-Energy Electronics, under the leadership of ISEM Associate Director (Research) Professor Xiaolin Wang, who also leads the Centre’s efforts in developing the novel and thin-film materials that will underpin a new generation of ultra-low energy electronics. At ISEM, Prof Wang’s team will study the electronic, spintronic, and superconducting properties of novel electronic or spintronic systems such as topological insulators, high spin polarised materials, superconductors, multi-ferroic materials, and new energy materials in various forms such as single crystals, atomically thin (2D) and thin films, and nano-devices.


Last reviewed: 25 September, 2018