Nasim Amiralian specialises in processing and structure-property performance of novel materials, renewable-based polymers and nanocomposites

​Dr Nasim Amiralian is an Advance Queensland Research Fellow in the area of nanomaterials engineering. 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, and compounded rubber materials. 

Dr Amiralian's a key career goal is to translate the strong fundamental science and engineering taking place in her research towards validated value propositions and commercial applications to deliver significant benefits to society. It is her vision to develop a platform for collaborative projects to expand the research work on bio-derived sustainable materials with unique properties transferable to global markets.  

She was awarded two competitive Fellowships (UQ Fellowship and Advance Queensland Fellowship) on January 2016 and received a number of awards including 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).

Dr Amiralian is keen on inspiring the next generation of young scientists through her mentoring programs and engagement in communities such as ECR committee, WiT Life science/Infotech committee, and conferences committee and also her role as a Queensland Flying Scientist.

Industry Engagement and Collaborations

While passionate about fundamental science and engineering, Dr Amiralian is focused on pursuing commercial endeavours. Concurrent with her research, she is seriously engaged in commercialisation activities associated with her projects. This includes working with industry partners to advance and translate her lab-scale research work into products that will benefit the economy and strengthen Australia's position in the global nanotechnology market.

Her research has also been instrumental in fostering linkages and delivering job opportunities for Indigenous Australians by developing remote harvesting production plants for the supply and primary processing of the spinifex grass-derived nanocellulose.Dr Amiralian work has also led to successful collaborations with other universities such as Monash University (Melbourne), Stony Brook University ( New York , USA), Purdue University (West Lafayette, USA), and research and industry organisations including ANSTO, Australian Munitions, DipTech Systems Inc. (Ohio, USA) , Cook Medical (Brisbane), and Derby Rubber (Sydney). 

Key Publications

Nasim Amiralian, Pratheep K. Annamalai, Christopher J. Garvey, Edward Jiang, Paul Memmott, Darren J. Martin. High aspect ratio nanocellulose from an extremophile spinifex grass by controlled acid hydrolysis. Cellulose, 2017, DOI 10.1007/s10570-017-1379-6

Alireza Hosseinmardi, Pratheep K. Annamalai, Lianzhou Wang, Darren Martin, Nasim Amiralian. Reinforcement of natural rubber latex using lignocellulosic nanofibres isolated from spinifex grass. Nanoscale, 2017,9, 9510-9519

Edward Jiang, Nasim Amiralian , Maxime Maghe , Bronwyn Laycock , Eric McFarland , Bronwyn Fox , Darren J. Martin, Pratheep K. Annamalai. Cellulose nanofibres as rheology modifiers and enhancers of carbonization efficiency in polyacrylonitrile. ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng., 2017, 5 (4), pp 3296–3304

Nasim Amiralian, Pratheep K. Annamalai, Paul Memmott, Darren J. Martin. Isolation of cellulose nanofibrils from Triodia pungens via different mechanical methods. Cellulose, 2015, 22 (4) 2483-2498

Nasim Amiralian, Pratheep K. Annamalai, Paul Memmott, Elena Taran, Susanne Schmidt, Darren J. Martin. Easily deconstructed, high aspect ratio cellulose nanofibres from Triodia pungens; an abundant grass of Australia's arid zone. RSC Advances, 2015, 5 (41) 32124-32132

Full list of publications available on UQ e-space

Funding

To date her research has been supported by an Australian Research Council, an Advance Queensland, a University of Queensland Fellowship, UniQuest Pathfinder and the Australian Opal Neutron Beam Facility And National Deuteration Facility grants.