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Research Interest

Research Interest

Research Areas

  • Resources and Energy from Waste and Renewable Sources – hydrothermal / supercritical conversion processes, biomass / plastics to fuel, chemicals advanced carbon materials. 
  • Nano-scale engineering for energy and environment – molecular assembly, interface engineering, materials for effluent treatment, resource recovery, waste to energy/resources – carbocatalysts, photocatalysts, membrane systems. 
  • High temperature polymers, polymer composites, inorganic-polymeric hybrids. 
  • Supercritical fluids/hydrothermal processing – environmental and energy applications, adsorbent synthesis, reactions, polymer processing, nanomaterial synthesis and processing, biomass conversion.

Research Mentorship

Master’s thesis supervised (M Eng degree):
  • Regeneration of granular activated carbon with supercritical carbon dioxide:sorption studies with MEK (methyl ethyl ketone) (Chen Ming, 1997) 
  • Ethyl benzene sorption in dense gas media (R. Harikrishnan, 1998) 
  • Reaction and purification in polyimides in a dense gas medium (Gu Yongjian, 2001) 
  • Cu thin film deposition on polyimide by reduction and chemical vapour deposition. (Chen Lina, 2001)
  • Preparation and characterization of polyimide network films. (Xia Jiqiang, 2001) 
  • Synthesis and Characterisation of Polyimides for Internal Dielectric Layer (Yap Kok Siong John Derrick, 2001)
  • Corrosion Inhibition in Microelectronic Copper Thin Film (Tan Yong Siang, 2004) 
  • Synthesis, characterization, application and regeneration of mesoporous carbon-based adsorbent (Levie Lesun, 2005)
  •  Self- Assembly of organic molecules on copper for corrosion inhibition (Ng Su Peng, 2011)
PhD students supervised:
  • Composite Polymeric Materials Based on Polyimide (Wang Jin Wei, 2000). 
  • Subphase entrainment in Langmuir-Blodgett film deposition (Li Yan Zhang, 2002). 
  • Synthesis of Functional Polyimide and its Application in Nanostructured Films (Jia Zhigang, 2006). 
  • Ultrathin Films of Oligoimide, Polyimide and Polyimide Composites on Amine-Terminated Substrates through Covalent Molecular Assembly, (Zhang Fengxiang, 2006). 
  • A modeling study of Ion Implantation in Crystalline Silicon involving Monte Carlo and Molecular Dynamics methods (Chan Hay Yee, Serene, 2006). 
  • Modeling and Simulation of ion implantation induced damage (Caroline Mok, 2007). 
  • Adsorption and diffusion of gases in ETS-4 (Ravi Marathe, 2006) – co-supervision. 
  • Solvation forces and contact mechanics at the nanometre scale in molecular liquids (Nithyanand Gosvami, 2008) – co-supervision. 
  • Nanostructured Ultrathin Films by Covalent Molecular Assembly in Supercritical Carbon Dioxide (Sreenivasa Reddy, 2007). 
  • Defect engineering in the formation of ultra-shallow junctions for advanced nano-metal oxide semiconductor technology (Yeong Sai Hooi, 2009). 
  • Molecular Assembly based Nano-Composite Structures (Raju Kumar Gupta, 2010). 
  • Covalent molecular assembly of conducting polymers on silicon (S. Jayaraman, 2012). 
  • Nano-structured materials for memory applications (Huang Mei Yu, Stella, 2012). 
  • Construction of Functional Nano-Structures by Layer by layer and Self-assembly Techniques (Zhou Ruitao, 2014). 
  • Fabrication and Patterning of Metal and Metal Oxide Nanostructures (Vignesh Suresh, 2014). 
  • Energy and recovery from solid waste by hydrothermal oxidation (Akshay Jain, 2015). 
  • Nano-structured materials for drug delivery systems (Pooya Davoodi, 2017). 
  • Molecular modifications at semiconductor surfaces (Bhavesh Bhartia). 
  • Optimising the design of agitated tanks for mitigating scale formation (Davoody, Meysam). 
  • Microwave-assisted hydrothermal carbonization of rice husk and rice straw for its applications as a solid fuel and a filler for polymer composites (Nizamuddin Sabzoi). 
  • Development of polyimide membranes for gaseous separations and oligoimide membranes for reactive liquid separations (Neha Bighane). 
Currently supervising 9 PhD students.

Recent Research Grants

  • Feasibility study (Phase 1) on Post-Consumer Timber Furniture Waste Recycling into Biochar and Carbonaceous Materials.Funding agency:Illawarra Shoalhaven Joint Organization.AUD $25k. 
  • Recycling of Nitrogen from Urine: A Review on Nitrogen Mapping and Technological Solutions relevant to Wastewater Treatment Plants.Funding agency: Southeast Water Corporation AUD $20k. 
  • Biosolids and Biogas to Carbon Nanomaterials Coated Biochar and Hydrogen.Funding agency: Southeast Water Corporation. AUD $53k. 
  • ARC Research Hub for transformation of reclaimed waste resources to engineered materials and solutions for a circular economy (TREMS), AUD $5,000,000, 2019. 
  • Understanding Nickel and Cobalt Reactions and Speciation during Neutralisation, CleanTeQ Pty Ltd, AUD $113,000, 2019. 
  • Investigating the feasibility of pyrolysis/co-pyrolysis of the Victorian Biosolids and Alum Sludge with other waste streams, Melbourne Water, AUD $60,000.2019. 
  • Energy and Materials Recovery from Paunch Waste Using Novel Hydrothermal and Supercritical Water Gasification Processes, AMP Corporation, AUD $171,000, 2018. 
  • Biosolids to Biochar: An Innovative Solution to Biosolids Management, Southeast Water Corporation, AUD $310,000, 2018. 
  • Hybrid Photocatalytic Nanomaterials for Water Purification, Australian Research Council Discovery Project. AUD $402,934, 2018.

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