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


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

Dr Nasim Amiralian

Group Leader and Advance Queensland Research Fellow
Amiralian Group

Dr Pratheep Kumar Annamalai 

Advance QLD Research Fellow
Advanced Spinifex Biofutures Materials Centre

Researchers Involved

Dr Alireza Hosseinmardi

Principal Research Technician
Advanced Spinifex Biofutures Materials Centre