The Amiralian Group, led by Group Leader Dr Nasim Amiralian, is interested in using materials observed in nature and applying them in multidisciplinary areas of engineering and science to develop versatile and reliable approaches towards new type of products with desirable properties.  

Specifically, our research focuses on using nanocellulose platform technology to develop innovative materials. The application of nanocellulose for advanced materials is an emerging field in Australia, and our Group aims to further expand this technology as a reliable source of green and high-performance materials. In doing so, we work on the translation of the fundamental science into practical and widely adopted technologies through collaboration with industry.

Our research has provided exceptional opportunities to forge collaborations with Indigenous Australian peoples and industry partners. We have built trust in these relationships through positive outcomes and considerate navigation of complex landscapes that genuinely connect research with the community and industry.

The Group has access to Australia’s first commercial nanocellulose pilot plant co-funded by the Indigenous partner, Dugalunji Aboriginal Corporation. This plant is one of the few nanocellulose production facilities in the world that focuses on extracting nanocellulose from non-wood resources.



PhD Students

  • Smart and active packaging

    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.

  • Sustainable biosensors

    Conductive hydrogel is a 3D structural gel with high water content and electrically conductive materials e.g. metallic nanoparticles.

  • Intelligent medical textiles

    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.

  • Biodegradable filtration membrane

    Single-use plastics, such as those used for filtration, are a significant contributor to the plastic waste problem. Plant-derived nanofibres have many advantages, such as being natural, abundant, biodegradable, and are exceptionally light and strong.