Project Summary

As part of the ARC funded project, this research involves in exploring the application of our patented spinifex nanocellulose technology for developing low cost and biobased precursors for high-performing carbon fibre. In addition, we are also exploring other possible applications such as energy-storage batteries from the low-cost and biomass derived carbon materials.


Gaddam, Rohit Ranganathan, Jiang, Edward, Amiralian, Nasim, Annamalai, Pratheep K., Martin, Darren J., Kumar, Nanjundan Ashok and Zhao, X. S. (2017) Spinifex nanocellulose derived hard carbon anodes for high-performance sodium-ion batteries. Sustainable Energy & Fuels, 1 5: 1090-1097. doi:10.1039/c7se00169j

Jiang, Edward , Amiralian, Nasim, Maghe, Maxime, Laycock, Bronwyn, McFarland, Eric, Fox, Bronwyn, Martin, Darren J. and Annamalai, Pratheep K. (2017) Cellulose nanofibers as rheology modifiers and enhancers of carbonization efficiency in polyacrylonitrile. ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, 5 4: 3296-3304. doi:10.1021/acssuschemeng.6b03144

Research Group

Martin Group


Nanocellulose, carbon, spinning, fibre, battery


Project members

Lead Investigators

Dr Pratheep Kumar Annamalai 

Advance QLD Research Fellow
Advanced Spinifex Biofutures Materials Centre

Researchers Involved

Dr Nasim Amiralian

Group Leader and Advance Queensland Research Fellow
Amiralian Group


Bronwyn Laycock