Polymer science and materials engineering & focuses on sustainable polymer materials, and ‘nano-enabled building and construction materials

His primary research themes are fundamentals, processing, structure-property performance and applications of the 'sustainable polymer materials' and 'nano-enabled building and construction materials'.

​Pratheep K Annamalai is Materials Engineer at Australian institute for bioengineering and nanotechnology (AIBN), the University of Queensland (UQ). 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 postdoctoral researcher on polymer membranes at Université Montpellier II (France) and on smart polymer nanocomposites at Adolphe Merkle Institute - Université de Fribourg (Switzerland).

Industry Engagement and Collaborations

  • Department of Transports and Main Roads (2016 - )
  • Australian Road Research Board (2016 - )
  • Duglanji Aboriginal Corporation (2016 -)
  • Dow Chemicals MI, USA through UQ-Dow Centre (2014-2015)
  • TenasiTech Pty Ltd (2012-2014)

Under the ARC sponsored project, the collaboration withDeakin University (IFM-Carbon Nexus) involves for developing spinifex nanocellulose based carbon-fibre presursors. WithANSTO, the collaboration involves in studying the understanding the native spinifex cellulose fibril structure through small angle scattering techniques.

Within UQ, the collaboration involves with School Chemical Engineering and School of Civil Engineering on several engineered polymer and nanomaterials for industrial applications.

Funding

Advance Queensland Research Fellowship (Mid): Easily deconstructed spinifex nanofibres for the enhancement of high performance construction materials (2016–2019) Advance Queensland Research Fellowships

High performance sustainable carbon fibres from Australian spinifex grass (2015–2017) ARC Discovery Project

Key Publications

  1. Scalable processing of thermoplastic polyurethane nanocomposites toughened with nanocellulose Amin, Khairatun Najwa Mohd, Amiralian, Nasim, Annamalai, Pratheep K., Edwards, Grant, Chaleat, Celine and Martin, Darren J. (2016) Scalable processing of thermoplastic polyurethane nanocomposites toughened with nanocellulose.Chemical Engineering Journal302 406-416. doi:10.1016/j.cej.2016.05.067
  2. A systematic study substituting polyether polyol with palm kernel oil based polyester polyol in rigid polyurethane foam Septevani, Athanasia A., Evans, David A. C., Chaleat, Celine, Martin, Darren J. and Annamalai, Pratheep K. (2015) A systematic study substituting polyether polyol with palm kernel oil based polyester polyol in rigid polyurethane foam.Industrial Crops and Products66 16-26. doi:10.1016/j.indcrop.2014.11.053
  3. Easily deconstructed, high aspect ratio cellulose nanofibres from Triodia pungens; an abundant grass of Australia's arid zone Amiralian, Nasim, Annamalai, Pratheep K., Memmott, Paul, Taran, Elena, Schmidt, Susanne and Martin, Darren J. (2015) Easily deconstructed, high aspect ratio cellulose nanofibres from Triodia pungens; an abundant grass of Australia's arid zone. RSC Advances5 41: 32124-32132. doi:10.1039/c5ra02936h
  4. Bioinspired mechanically adaptive polymer nanocomposites with water-activated shape-memory effect Mendez, Julie, Annamalai, Pratheep K., Eichhorn, Stephen J., Rusli, Rafeadah, Rowan, Stuart J., Foster, E. Johan and Weder, Christoph (2011) Bioinspired mechanically adaptive polymer nanocomposites with water-activated shape-memory effect. Macromolecules44 17: 6827-6835. doi:10.1021/ma201502k
  5. Nanoscale particles for polymer degradation and stabilization-Trends and future perspectives Kumar, Annamalai Pratheep, Depan, Dilip, Tomer, Namrata Singh and Singh, Raj Pal (2009) Nanoscale particles for polymer degradation and stabilization-Trends and future perspectives. Progress in Polymer Science34 6: 479-515. doi:10.1016/j.progpolymsci.2009.01.002