Australian Institute of Innovative Materials


Geoff Spinks

Esteem Factors

RACI Polymer Division Treloar Prize

RACI Polymer Division Australian Polymer Science and Technology Achievement Award

Institute for Metals & Materials Australia, Best Paper Presentation, Materials Welding and Joining Conference

Royal Australian Chemical Institute, Polymer Division Citation for "scientific achievements in the area of electrochemical actuators. sensors and probe microscopy and for services to the Polymer Division".

Conference organisation or management
Symposium Co-Chair, SPIE Smart Materials & Structures Conference, Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices, San Diego, USA

Conference Executive Committee, International Conference on Synthetic Metals, Wollongong, Australia

Confernce Organiser, RACI Polymer Division, 21st Australian Polymer Symposium, Wollongong, Australia.

Editor/Editorial Board Member

Progress in Organic Coatings

Honorary Position/Residency
Visiting Scientist, Allied Signal Inc., New Jersey, USA

Visiting Scientist, BHP Research, Port Kembla, Australia.

Current Positions:

Leader, Manufacturing Innovation Global Challenge Program, University of Wollongong
ARC Professorial Fellow (2011-2015)
Professor, School of Mechanical, Materials and Mechatronic Engineering
Chief Investigator, ARC Centre of Excellence in Electromaterials Science


Geoffrey Spinks was appointed as Lecturer at the University of Wollongong in December 1989 and was subsequently promoted to Senior Lecturer, Associate Professor and Professor (2004). He received his PhD from the University of Melbourne in 1990 for his work on the mechanical behaviour of polymers and has maintained a research interest in this area specialising in mechanical actuator materials. He has published over 180 journal papers, including five papers in Science, five papers in Nature family journals and 9 papers in Advanced Materials. As at June 2014, he had a total of 6800 citations and an "h-index" of 37. He is ranked in the top 1% of scientists included in the Thomson Reuters Essential Science Indicators Scientist Rankings (all fields). During his academic career, Prof Spinks has been actively involved in teaching and administration. He was the co-founder of the Bachelor of Nanotechnology degree courses and has served as Discipline Advisor and Research Centre Director. Geoff has worked closely with industry including sabbatical leave with BHP Research and Allied Signal Inc. (USA) and collaborative projects funded through the ARC Linkage and CRC schemes. His current interests include new product development (such as the ¿Lymph Sleeve¿) and new manufacturing methods (such as 3D printing) that utilise his artificial muscle materials. He is currently engaged in full time research as an ARC Professorial Research Fellow and is also Leader, Manufacturing Innovation in the University of Wollongong¿s Global Challenge Program. The publication list below is from 2000 onwards.

Research Interests:

Polymer actuators / artificial muscles
Fabrication of actuated devices, including additive manufacturing
Mechanical properties of functional polymers & hydrogels
Nanocomposite polymers
Development of various applications for actuating polymers including for the cochlear implant; an electronic Braille screen; a robotic fish for environmental sensing; and a massage sleeve.

Professional Activities:

Member, Royal Australian Chemical Institute
Member, Materials Research Society
Co-Chair for SPIE Symposium for Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices, USA, 2005
Scientific Committee for and 23rd Australian Polymer Symposium 2005
Editorial Board for Progress in Organic Coatings (2001-2008)


2013: Vice-Chancellor's Award for Inter-Disciplinary Research
2009: Vice-Chancellor's Award for Senior Researchers (Highly Commended), University of Wollongong.
2008: Polymer Citation- for scientific achievements and services to the Division; Polymer Division, Royal Australian Chemical Institute
2001: Australian Polymer Science and Technology Achievement Award; Polymer Division, Royal Australian Chemical Institute

Research Students