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The Ian Wark Research Institute conducts research on minerals and materials, with the underlying theme of particle and material interfaces. Often overlooked, the science of interfaces – the junctions between different materials or phases – is central to many products and processes that affect our everyday lives.

We conduct a blend of fundamental and applied research across three key industry sectors:

  • Bio and polymer interfaces: Colloid, interfacial and surface science applied to biological, biomedical and pharmaceutical systems.
  • Colloids and nanostructuresStability of colloids; nanostructures; structured surfaces; responsive surfaces; static and dynamic wetting.
  • Mineral processing: Research on the science and technology of primary mineral extraction.


Researchers at The Wark have particular expertise in the following areas:

  • Adhesion
  • Adsorption
  • Biointerfaces
  • Clays
  • Colloids
  • Corrosion and failure analysis
  • Emulsions
  • Flotation
  • Mineral processing
  • Molecular modelling
  • Particle characterisation
  • Polymer characterisation
  • Sulphide minerals
  • Surface analysis and characterisation
  • Thin films
  • Wetting 

Our Director

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Contact us about our research

For further information regarding research at the Ian Wark Research Institute, please contact:

Prof Magnus Nyden
Director, Ian Wark Research Institute
Tel: +61 8 8302 3203
Fax: +61 8 8302 3683

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Areas of study and research

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