Dr Pratheep Kumar Annamalai

Advance QLD Research Fellow (Mid)

Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology
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Pratheep K. Annamalai is a mid-career research (MCR) fellow at the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (AIBN), the University of Queensland (UQ), working in the areas encompassing ‘Polymers, Materials and Nanotechnology’. He is broadly interested in both translational and fundamental research with a specific focus on sustainability and renewable raw materials. His current research thematically involves in ‘Sustainable polymer materials (including biopolymers, nanomaterials and composites)’ and ‘Nanoenabled building and construction materials’.

Before joining UQ, Pratheep studied Chemistry in University of Madras, received PhD in Chemistry from University of Pune (India), then went on to work as a postdoctoral researcher on polymer membranes at the Université Montpellier II (France) and on ‘smart polymer nanocomposites’ at the Adolphe Merkle Institute - Université de Fribourg (Switzerland).

His research is supported by Australian Research Council and Queensland state government (Advance Queensland).

Research Interests

  • Sustainable Polymer Materials
    * Biobased polymeric materials (Palm oil, Lignin based polyurethane foams) * Advanced materials from indigenous biomass (Spinifex grass) * Cellulose materials: Nanocellulose from different sources and their nanocomposites * Renewable carbon fibre precursor
  • Nanoenabled Building and Construction Materials
    * Nanoparticles for improving performance and sustainability of cementitious materials * Nano-modified and polymer-modified bituminous materials
  • Polymer Nanocomposites (2012-2014)
    Clay reinforced polymer nanocomposites Polyurethanes: insulation foams, barrier sheets, golf balls and durable seals Acrylics: Anti-scratch materials
  • Other consultative interests
    Spectroscopic, chromatographic and morphological analysis, Thermal and mechanical properties measurements

Research Impacts

IP Disclosure: https://sourceip.ipaustralia.gov.au/patent/nanocellulose-au2014353890/AVEtGYGB5tguNXLCkBYR


  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Pune
  • Master of Science, University of Madras
  • Bachelor of Science, University of Madras


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Featured Publications

Book Chapter

  • Ramanujam, B. T. S. and Annamalai, Pratheep K. (2017). Conducting polymer-graphite binary and hybrid composites: structure, properties, and applications. In Vijay Kumar Thakur, Manju Kumari Thakur and Asokan Pappu (Ed.), Hybrid polymer composite materials applications (pp. 1-34) Cambridge, United Kingdom: Woodhead. doi:10.1016/B978-0-08-100785-3.00001-2

  • Annamalai, Pratheep K. and Depan, Dilip (2015). Nano-cellulose reinforced chitosan nanocomposites for packaging and biomedical applications. In Vijay Kumar Thakur and Michael R. Kessler (Ed.), Green biorenewable biocomposites: from knowledge to industrial applications (pp. 489-506) Boca Raton, FL, United States: CRC Press/Apple Academic Press.

  • Jorfi, Mehdi, Annamalai, Pratheep K. and Weder, Christoph (2014). Preparation of cellulose nanocrystal/polymer nanocomposites via sol-gel processes. In Kristiina Oksman, Aji P. Mathew, Alexander Bismarck, Orlando Rojas and Mohini Sain (Ed.), Handbook of green materials: processing technologies, properties and applications (pp. 23-34) Singapore, Singapore: World Scientific Publishing.

  • 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.

  • Annamalai, P.K. and Singh, R.P. (2011). Biopolymeric nanocomposites as environment benign materials. In Susheel Kalia, B. S. Kaith and Inderjeet Kaur (Ed.), Cellulose Fibers: Bio- and Nano-Polymer Composites (pp. 519-535) Verlag, Germany: Springer Berlin Heidelberg. doi:10.1007/978-3-642-17370-7_20

  • Lonkar, S.P., Kumar, A.P. and Singh, R.P. (2011). Commercial aspects associated with bionanocomposites. In Vikas Mittal (Ed.), Nanocomposites with Biodegradable Polymers: Synthesis, Properties and Future Perspectives (pp. 400-419) Oxford UK: Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199581924.003.0016

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