The primary objective of this project is to address several current barriers that impede the reliability and performance of conductive hydrogels: lack of a reliable organic template for the controlled growth of metal nanorods; limited knowledge on the fabrication of metal-based nanocomposite system with controlled dispersion and performance; and limited understanding of the dynamics of nanorods in a hydrogel system and its effect on the overall properties of the hydrogel.

Research Group

Amiralian Group


Conductive hydrogels, organic, metal nanorods, nanocomposites,



Project members


Professor Alan Rowan

AIBN Institute Director
Senior Group Leader
Rowan Group

Dr Nasim Amiralian

Group Leader and Advance Queensland Research Fellow
Amiralian Group

Lauren Geurds

PhD Student
Rowan Group & Amiralian Group