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Professor Andrew Harris Associate Professor Andrew Minett Dr Tamara Church
Professor Andrew Harris
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Dr Tamara Church
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Research Team

Omar Al-Khayat - PhD Candidate
Biomimetic Carbon Dioxide to fuel conversion
Omar joined us in 2012 following the completion of his undergraduate studies in Mechanical Engineering and Commerce at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. He is developing a process for the conversion of CO2 into a useful fuel product under mild conditions by mimicking the light independent cycles in plants.

Nikki Amos - PhD Candidate
Renewable energy from biomass
Nikki joined the Laboratory for Sustainable Technology in early 2010 after completing her undergraduate studies in Philosophy and Chemistry at the University of Sydney. Her research project focuses on the synthesis of advanced materials for use in the pyrolysis-gasification of biomass.

Mobin Arab - PhD Candidate
Large-scale sorbent-based carbon capture
Mobin Joined SusTech lab in 2012 with a background in chemical engineering. He spent about 4 years working in climate change industry as an expert in energy industry after he successfully finished his master's course in Energy Systems Engineering at Sharif University of Technology, Iran. His PhD work in SusTech lab has a focus on large-scale sorbent base carbon capture technology (including calcium looping). Mobin also has collaborations with Laboratory for Multiscale Systems working on developing methods for working fluid design and optimization, which is based on computer simulations and numerical methods.

Anja Coenen - PhD Candidate
Synthesis of porous nanostructures with biotemplates
Anja joined us in 2009 after graduating with a Diploma in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Applied Sciences Aachen, Germany. She spent 8 months in 2008 researching enzymatic Biosensor at Tohoku University, Japan. Now, Anja is researching the synthesis of porous nanostructures with biotemplates for her PhD. Anja's research is funded by an E.ON AG scholarship.

Anthony Ebert - MPhil Candidate
Carbon nanotube incorporated supercapacitors
Anthony joined us in early 2010 following the completion of his undergraduate thesis in Chemical Engineering with the LST. His project involves developing improved and commercially viable supercapacitors incorporating carbon nanotubes.

Shaikh Nayeem Faisal - PhD Candidate
Graphene-based biosensors
I am Shaikh Nayeem Faisal, graduated in Applied Chemistry & Chemical Engineering from University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. I have completed my Masters from Kyungpook National University, South Korea where I had worked on micro interfacial electrochemistry for developing enzymatic biosensors. Here I am interested on developing Graphene based biosensing & immunosensing devices as well as solid state DNA genome sequencer utilising nano-pore graphene. Beside research, I like traveling, passing time on beaches as well as playing beach sports.

Md Enamul Haque - PhD Candidate
Metal-Organic Frameworks and Derivative Materials
I joined this laboratory in July 2011 as a PhD student with a University of Sydney International Scholarship. I have a Master's degree in Chemistry from Kyungpook National University, South Korea, being awarded the BK (Brain of Korea) award for performance in research. I completed my Bachelor degree in Applied Chemistry & Chemical Technology from University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. During my bachelor degree I got merit awards from the Dhaka University Alumni Association for the top academic result.
My research interest includes Synthesis of Graphitic/porous Carbon from Metal-Organic-frameworks (MOFs) with its applications (Fuel Cell or capacitors) and CNT-MOF's.

Agus Husin - PhD Candidate
Dispersion of nitrogen-doped carbon nanotubes in organic solvents
Supervisor: Professor Andrew Harris, Associate Professor Andrew Minett
Education: 2010-Present, PhD Candidate (Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering), University of Sydney
2008, BE (Chemical), University of Sydney

Alexandra Hutchinson - PhD Candidate

Alice King - PhD Candidate
Development of carbon nanotube scaffolds
Alice King joined us in June 2010 from Surrey (UK). She is working on the development of ordered, hierarchical CNT scaffolds for applications such as catalysis, bio-sensors and nanoscale electronics.

Adrianus Leonardy - PhD Candidate
Carbon Nanotubes Hybrid Photocatalyst
Leo joined us in 2010. He holds Master degree in chemical engineering from National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Taiwan. Leo was awarded the University of Sydney International Scholarship for the duration of his postgraduate studies. He is currently developing the synthesis of carbon nanotubes hybrid photocatalyst.

Audra Lukman - PhD Candidate
Extracellular phytosynthesis of precious metal nanoparticles
Audra joined us in 2007 to assist with the running of the laboratory, and then started a PhD in 2008. She holds double B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering and in Materials Science & Engineering, from the University of California at Berkeley. Audra's project involves the assessment of plant exudates to synthesise precious metal nanoparticles. She was awarded Grains Industry Research Scholarship (GRS) by Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) for the duration of her studies.

Peter Newman - PhD candidate
Using carbon nanostructures to modify cell behaviours in tissue engineering
Peter joined us at the start of 2012. His project combines research between Laboratory of Sustainable Technology and the Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering Research Unit within the School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering . His work aims to understand and manipulate cellular interactions by engineering surfaces with controlled nano-textures. In particular, the control of these textures will be achieved through use of carbon nanostructures.

Nikan Noorbehesht - PhD Candidate
Carbon Nanostructures for Energy Storage
He joined the Laboratory for Sustainable Technology in early 2012 after achieving M.Sc. first class honours in Chemical Engineering from Amirkabir University of Technology (Tehran Polytechnic). He graduated from IAU, Science and Research, Tehran with B.E.(Chem) Hons1. He have been awarded as a top undergraduate and postgraduate student from Iranian Association of Chemical Engineering due to his high academic records. He is funded by CSIRO- Future Manufacturing Flagship. His research interest relates to synthesis of novel carbon nanostructure materials consist of graphene sheets, with application in energy storage devices.

Ehsan Pourazadi - PhD Candidate
Carbon nanotube and graphene oxide inks for electronic devices
Ehsan has joined our laboratory in the mid-2012 after his completion in M.Sc. from Shiraz University, Shiraz, Iran. He is working on "Performing carbon nanotube and graphene oxide inks to make high functional electronic devices, using printing technology". He has been awarded the University of Sydney International Scholarship.

Mohammad Mizanur Rahman - PhD Candidate
Aqueous-phase reforming of biomass for hydrogen production
Rahman joined us in mid-2010 from CUET, Bangladesh. He holds MSc in sustainable energy engineering from KTH, Sweden. He was awarded the University of Sydney International Scholarship for his post-graduate research.

Anup Kumar Roy - PhD Candidate
Synthesis, Characterisation and application of 2D layered materials. (IPRS sourced)
Supervisor: Professor Andrew Harris and Associate Professor Andrew Minett
Education: 2013-Present, PhD Candidate at the University of Sydney.
2012 : Master of Science (M.S) in Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Yuan Ze University, Taiwan.
2009, B.Sc (Engineering) in Chemical Engineering and Polymer Science, Shahjalal University of Science & Technology, Bangladesh.

Meherzad Variava - PhD Candidate
Synthesis of carbon nanotubes
Meherzad joined us in 2009 after obtaining his Bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering from UNSW. His research project focuses on the synthesis of carbon nanotubes.

Xiaoshuang Yang (Henry) - PhD CandidateDevelopment of smart membranes for hydrogen separation
Henry joined us in 2009 after completing a Masters in Tongji University, Shanghai. Henry is developing novel, nanoporous membranes to selectively separate hydrogen from carbon dioxide at high temperatures, and investigating the movement and reaction of hydrogen in porous media. His postgraduate studies are funded jointly by Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) and China Scholarship Council (CSC). He will spend half of the time at ANSTO for his research work.

Jie Zhao - PhD Candidate

Postdoctural Research

Dr Weimin Zhang
Nanostructured materials for energy conversion and storage
Weimin completed his PhD in the field of fuel cells catalysis at the University of Wollongong, Australia. After one and a half years' postdoctoral research at the same University, Weimin moved onto an Associate Research Fellow position in the Laboratory of Sustainable Technology at the University of Sydney in October 2011. Weimin's main interest and research has focused on design and fabrication of nanostructured materials for energy conversion and storage.

Recent Alumni

Dr Rowan Braham - PhD (2012)
Currently at Liang O'Rourke Engineering Excellence Group, Sydney

Dr Oscar Dunens - PhD (2012)
Currently in Germany

Dr Monica Hanus - PhD (2012)
Currently at Liang O'Rourke Engineering Excellence Group, Sydney

Mr Weibin Liang]] - MPhil (Chemical Engineering - 2012)
Currently in the School of Chemistry, University of Sydney

Kieran Mackenzie - PhD (2012)
Currently at Liang O'Rourke Engineering Excellence Group, Sydney

Ms Pola Miralles]] - MPhil (Chemical Engineering - 2011)
Currently at Geociclos, Viña del Mar, Chile.

Dr Stuart Thickett - Postdoctural Research
Currently at the University of New South Wales, Sydney

Rosalia Widyaningrum]] - MPhil (Chemical Engineering - 2011)
Currently at World Vision Indonesia

Dr Lixiang Yuan - Postdocural Research

Dr Ming (Simon) Zhao - Postdoctural Research
Currently at Leeds University, UK

Melina Widyawati