Dr Nasim Amiralian

Advance QLD Research Fellow (Early)

Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology
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Dr Amiralian is an Advance Queensland Research Fellow of Nanomaterials Engineering.

The focus of her work is processing and structure-property performance of novel materials, renewable-based polymers and nanocomposites. Dr Amiralian obtained her PhD in Nanomaterials Engineering from the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology/ The University of Queensland, (2014).

During her PhD, she discovered and patented a unique high-quality cellulose nanofibre from spinifex, an Australian native arid grass, using simpler, cost-effective, and more environmentally friendly methods. This patented spinifex-derived cellulose nanofibre technology is now at an early stage of commercialisation and validation for several commercial opportunities including ultra-thin and strong latex membrane for condom and glove applications, compounded rubber, and reinforcement of recycled cardboard.

In recognition of her contribution to the field of nanomaterials engineering and research excellence, she has received a number of awards including: 2018, ABC Top Five program award, 2017 Queensland Women in STEM Prize- Judge’s choice award, 2016 Women in Technology Life Sciences and/or Infotech Rising Star Award, 2016 Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology Research Excellence Award, 2015 Theo Murphy Australian Frontiers of Science Award, a Class of 2014 Future Leader.

While passionate about fundamental science and engineering, Dr Amiralian is strongly focused on pursuing commercial endeavours associated with her research. She is currently working with industry partners to advance and translate the spinifex nanocellulose technology into products that will benefit the economy.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland


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Book Chapter

  • Memmott, Paul, Martin, Darren and Amiralian, Nasim (2017). Nanotechnology and the Dreamtime knowledge of spinifex grass. In Caroline Baillie and Randika Jayasinghe (Ed.), Green composites 2nd ed. (pp. 181-198) 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. In 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. In Rafiqul Islam (Ed.), Research in novel materials (pp. 191-206) New York, 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