Project Summary

This project involves the application of our patented spinifex nanocellulose technology for the reinforcement of ultra-thin and strong condoms and surgical gloves, and more durable compounded rubber materials. Achieving the optimal chemistry and formulation to enhance the unique properties of these materials for commercial applications presents a lucrative commercial opportunity.

Patents and Publications

PCT Patent - D.J. Martin and N. Amiralian, The University of Queensland, “Nanocomposite Elastomers” – Priority 8 Dec, 2014, PCT 7 Dec, 2015 (PCT/AU2015/050773)

Research Group

Martin Group

Keywords

Spinifex, cellulose nanocomposites, rubber, latex, polyurethanes

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

Project members

Lead Investigators


Professor Darren Martin

Senior Group Leader
Martin Group

Dr Nasim Amiralian

Advance QLD Research Fellow (Early)
Martin Group

Dr Pratheep Kumar Annamalai 

Advance QLD Research Fellow (Mid)
Martin Group

Researchers Involved


Dr Céline Chaléat

Research Fellow
Martin Group

Dr Grant Edwards

Laboratory Manager
Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology

Mr Benoit Martine

Casual Research Assistant
Chemical Engineering
Research Engineer
Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology