Dr Nasim Amiralian

Senior Research Fellow

Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology
n.amiralian@uq.edu.au
+61 7 344 31296

Overview

I am Group Leader of Bio-inspired Materials research at the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology. My pioneering research uses a nanocellulose platform technology to develop innovative materials for diverse applications, including biodegradable packaging materials, protective medical textiles, and bioelectronics. The application of nanocellulose for advanced materials is gaining interest internationally, and my vision is to capitalise on this momentum to spearhead research into new sustainable products that will have global impact.

I am dedicated to inspiring the next generation of scientists through supervision and mentorship, outreach activities such as QLD Flying Scientist and media coverage, working closely with Indigenous Australians and constantly developing my cultural competency, and engagement in committees such as Gender Equity and UQ Ally to promote equality and change.

In recognition of my contribution to the field of nanomaterials engineering and research excellence I have received a number of awards including; The Eight Australian Women Who Are Shaking up the World Of Science (Marie Claire, 2020), one of Australia’s Top 5 Scientists (ABC/UNSW, 2018), Queensland Women in STEM Prize- judges choice award (2017), Women in Technology Life Sciences and/or Infotech Rising Star Award (2016), AIBN Research Excellence Award (2016), a Class of 2014 Future Leader award and Best poster prize at the Australian Nanotechnology Network ECR Entrepreneurship workshop(2015).

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland

Publications

  • Kim, Minjun, Fernando, Joseph F.S., Li, Zhibin, Alowasheeir, Azhar, Ashok, Aditya, Xin, Ruijing, Martin, Darren, Kumar Nanjundan, Ashok, Golberg, Dmitri V., Yamauchi, Yusuke, Amiralian, Nasim and Li, Jinliang (2022). Ultra-stable sodium ion storage of biomass porous carbon derived from sugarcane. Chemical Engineering Journal, 445 136344, 136344. doi: 10.1016/j.cej.2022.136344

  • Kim, Minjun, Fernando, Joseph F. S., Li, Zhibin, Alowasheeir, Azhar, Ashok, Aditya, Xin, Ruijing, Martin, Darren, Nanjundan, Ashok Kumar, Golberg, Dmitri, Yamauchi, Yusuke, Amiralian, Nasim and Li, Jinliang (2022). Ultra-stable sodium ion storage of biomass porous carbon derived from sugarcane.

  • Salahuddin, Bidita, Masud, Mostafa Kamal, Aziz, Shazed, Liu, Chia-Hung, Amiralian, Nasim, Ashok, Aditya, Hossain, S. M. Azad, Park, Hyeongyu, Wahab, Md Abdul, Amin, Mohammed A., Chari, M. Adharvana, Rowan, Alan E., Yamauchi, Yusuke, Hossain, Md. Shahriar A. and Kaneti, Yusuf Valentino (2021). κ-carrageenan gel modified mesoporous gold chronocoulometric sensor for ultrasensitive detection of microRNA. Bulletin of the Chemical Society of Japan, 95 (1), 198-207. doi: 10.1246/bcsj.20210286

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Grants

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Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Available Projects

  • Single-use plastic causes severe health and environmental impacts. It accounts for 25% of all waste generated by hospitals, which ends up in landfill and breaks down into tiny particles (microplastics) that cause severe health issues. Fossil fuel combustion to produce plastics is also a major contributor to air pollution-related deaths. This research aims to harness nature-derived materials to develop sustainable protective nonwoven fabrics for medical clothing such as PPE (face masks and medical gowns), filters (air and water), and wipes. Expected outcomes will transform the way we manufacture, use, and dispose of these materials.

  • Conductive hydrogel is a 3D structural gel with high water content and electrically conductive materials e.g. metallic nanoparticles. This research aims to develop a reliable approach for making a new generation of conductive hydrogels that can serve as building blocks for bioelectronic devices in personalised healthcare and other bioengineering areas, including electronic skins, body matched antennas, and biosensors. This research focuses on the development of a system that demonstrates synergistic outstanding mechanical performance and electrical conductivity, which is currently a significant challenge in the field. Thus, this work is expected to create new paradigms for hydrogel materials fabrication with infinite applications.

  • The use of antiviral materials is not a new approach, however, a major disadvantage with most of the commercially available products such as bleach and alcohol is reduced activity upon drying while ideally, the antiviral material should remain on the surface for a longer time. This project will involve the design and synthesis of nanoparticles with antiviral properties, their characterisation and investigation of their antiviral properties. It will also focus on developing approaches to immobilise the nanoparticles and avoid their release into the environment.

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Publications

Book Chapter

  • Memmott, Paul, Martin, Darren and Amiralian, Nasim (2017). Nanotechnology and the Dreamtime knowledge of spinifex grass. Green composites. (pp. 181-198) edited by Caroline Baillie and Randika Jayasinghe. Duxford, United Kingdom: Woodhead Publishing. doi: 10.1016/B978-0-08-100783-9.00008-3

  • Jorfi, Mehdi, Amiralian, Nasim, Biyani, Mahesh V. and Annamalai, Pratheep K. (2013). Biopolymeric nanocomposites reinforced with nanocrystalline cellulose. Biomass-based biocomposites. (pp. 277-304) Shrewsbury, Shropshire, United Kingdom: Smithers Rapra Technology.

  • Amiralian, N. and Nouri, M. (2013). Circular and ribbon-like silk fibroin nanofibers. Research in novel materials. (pp. 191-206) edited by Rafiqul Islam. New York, United States: Nova Science Publishers.

  • Amiralian, N. and Nouri, M. (2009). Circular and ribbon-like silk fibroin nanofibers by electrospinning process. Electrospun Nanofibers Research: Recent Developments. (pp. 279-296) edited by A.K. Haghi. New York, NY, United States: Nova Science Publishers.

Journal Article

Conference Publication

Other Outputs

  • Martin, Darren James, Annamalai, Pratheep Kumar and Amiralian, Nasim (2015). Nanocellulose. WO2015074120-A1.

  • Amiralian, Nasim (2014). Exploring spinifex biomass for renewable materials building blocks. PhD Thesis, Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology, The University of Queensland. doi: 10.14264/uql.2015.129

  • Martin, Darren James and Amiralian, Nasim (2014). Nanocomposite Elastomers. 2014904956.

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

Possible Research Projects

Note for students: The possible research projects listed on this page may not be comprehensive or up to date. Always feel free to contact the staff for more information, and also with your own research ideas.

  • Single-use plastic causes severe health and environmental impacts. It accounts for 25% of all waste generated by hospitals, which ends up in landfill and breaks down into tiny particles (microplastics) that cause severe health issues. Fossil fuel combustion to produce plastics is also a major contributor to air pollution-related deaths. This research aims to harness nature-derived materials to develop sustainable protective nonwoven fabrics for medical clothing such as PPE (face masks and medical gowns), filters (air and water), and wipes. Expected outcomes will transform the way we manufacture, use, and dispose of these materials.

  • Conductive hydrogel is a 3D structural gel with high water content and electrically conductive materials e.g. metallic nanoparticles. This research aims to develop a reliable approach for making a new generation of conductive hydrogels that can serve as building blocks for bioelectronic devices in personalised healthcare and other bioengineering areas, including electronic skins, body matched antennas, and biosensors. This research focuses on the development of a system that demonstrates synergistic outstanding mechanical performance and electrical conductivity, which is currently a significant challenge in the field. Thus, this work is expected to create new paradigms for hydrogel materials fabrication with infinite applications.

  • The use of antiviral materials is not a new approach, however, a major disadvantage with most of the commercially available products such as bleach and alcohol is reduced activity upon drying while ideally, the antiviral material should remain on the surface for a longer time. This project will involve the design and synthesis of nanoparticles with antiviral properties, their characterisation and investigation of their antiviral properties. It will also focus on developing approaches to immobilise the nanoparticles and avoid their release into the environment.

  • This research project advances our sustainable medical textiles stream to develop intelligent textiles that contain bioactive nanofiber and stimuli-responsive nanomaterials to detect the virus and bacteria and disinfect them. The visionary approach of this concept is based on the possibility of developing a new generation of medical textiles with synergistically combined chemically driven and light-assisted self-disinfection properties. The key in this research direction is the development of low-cost surface functionalities and textile design to enable sustainable industrial development.

  • The higher demand for healthy, safe and fresh products promotes the search for the development of active packaging systems to extend the food shelf life and monitor the quality of packed food. In active packaging, absorber or emitters are added to the packaging, which interacts with the inner environment of the package to enhance the shelf life of the food. This research project is built on the advancement of our biodegradable packaging materials research stream with a specific focus on food packaging. We will also investigate the effect of essential oils extracted from spinifex and other bush plants as active reagents in the development of active packaging.