‚ÄčNanocellulose is the next generation of renewable materials for the development of high-performance products. While nanocelluloses produced from different extraction methods share a common molecular backbone, their structure, properties, surface chemistry, cost, and practical uses can vary greatly. This project investigates novel applications of spinifex, an Australian native arid grass, nanocellulose in collaboration with our indigenous partner, Dugalunji Aboriginal Corporation (DAC) to further develop the spinifex industry in rural and remote northern Queensland. The vision of DAC and UQ is for Indigenous people to be at the forefront of the emergent spinifex nanocellulose industry, not only in harvesting and processing the fibres into nanocellulose-derived products, but also in the new materials science research and development around the Australian Australian native grass.

Project members

Dr Nasim Amiralian

Group Leader and Advance Queensland Research Fellow
Amiralian Group

Dr Alireza Hosseinmardi

Advanced Spinifex Biofutures Materials Centre
Principal Research Technician,

Dr Pratheep Kumar Annamalai 

Advance QLD Research Fellow
Rowan Group
Spinifex postdoctoral researcher

Liam Pooley

Senior Research Technician
Amiralian Group