Dr Behnam Akhavan

B. Sci. (Hons), M. Sci, Ph.D, CMatP
Research Associate
The Applied and Plasma Physics Research Group

A28 - Physics Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 5961
Fax +61 2 9351 7726

Website The School of Physics

Applied and Plasma Physics Research Group

Biographical details

Behnam Akhavan got his BSc and Msc degrees in Materials Engineering from Isfahan University of Technology (IUT) and Shahid Beheshti University, both amongst the most prestigious universities in Iran. After two years of working in industry as an R&D Materials Engineer, he joined the School of Engineering/Mawson Institute at University of South Australia as a PhD candidate in 2011. His PhD project was focused on plasma surface engineering of particles for water purification. Through his PhD research, new classes of adsorbent materials were developed for facile, rapid, and efficient contaminant removal. Prior to his present appointment as Research Associate at The University of Sydney, Behnam worked as a Visiting Researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research and Fraunhofer Institute of Microtechnology in Germany.

Research interests

  • Surface Engineering
  • Nano-structured coatings
  • Plasma deposition and processing
  • Thin film materials
  • Nanomaterials
  • Biomaterials
  • Colloids and interfaces

Current research students

Project title Research student
The development of novel artificial bone implants Callum STEWART

Current projects

Behnam's current research focuses on surface engineering of bone implants and synthetic blood vessels via plasma polymerization and plasma immersion ion implantation processes.

  • There are a number of projects available for Honours/Masters students, PhD candidates and visiting academics. Potential candidates are welcome to contact me for further information.

Available projects:

Deposition of robust functionalized coatings on pulse-biased substrates

Production of plasma polymer films that are high in desired functional group(s) yet stable in body fluids is of high interest but challenging. This research will be focused on the production of robust functionalized plasma polymer films through judicious choice of plasma deposition parameters.

Development of plasma activated coatings on particulate surfaces

While we have successfully fabricated 2-D plasma activated surfaces that covalently immobilize bioactive molecules, there is great potential to further develop this knowledge for the coating of particulate materials. In comparison with 2-D substrates, plasma polymer-coated 3-D surfaces are of more interest in real-world applications such as protein adsorption/separation and removal of toxic matter from water.

Fabrication of stable sulphur-containing films through plasma-assisted approaches

Sulphur/oxygen-containing surfaces show remarkably high blood compatibility because of their decreased platelet adhesion and anti-inflammatory properties. These surfaces also exhibit enhanced ionic conductivity, which makes them excellent candidates for proton-exchange membranes. This project will look into the fabrication of such surfaces using plasma-assisted approaches.

Plasma ion implantation treatment of porous polymeric materials

Plasma activated membranes and porous materials are of interest for a number of applications including cell culture and tissue engineering. This project will involve plasma immersion ion implantation treatment of porous materials under optimized conditions followed by immobilization/separation of targeted biomolecules.

Associations

  • Materials Australia (Certified Materials Professional Member)
  • Australian Nanotechnology Network
  • American Chemical Society
  • International Desalination Association
  • Engineers Without Borders

Awards and honours

  • Australian Nanotechnology Network Overseas Travel Fellowship
  • 1st Prize Five Minutes Thesis Presentation- University of South Australia
  • High Distinguished Master’s Graduate Award - Iran Ministry of Science, Research, and Technology

In the media

Environmental bridge over troubled waters
Environmental bridge over troubled waters
Environmental bridge over troubled waters

Selected grants

2017

  • 23rd International Symposium on Plasma Chemistry (ISPC23), Montreal, Canada, 30 July - 4 August 2017 - Ian Potter Travel grant; Akhavan B; Ian Potter Foundation/Travel Support.

Selected publications

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Journals

  • Ganesan, R., Akhavan, B., Partridge, J., McCulloch, D., McKenzie, D., Bilek, M. (2017). Evolution of target condition in reactive HiPIMS as a function of duty cycle: An opportunity for refractive index grading. Journal of Applied Physics, 121(17). [More Information]
  • Akhavan, B., Menges, B., Forch, R. (2016). Inhomogeneous Growth of Micrometer Thick Plasma Polymerized Films. Langmuir, 32(19), 4792-4799. [More Information]
  • Akhavan, B., Wise, S., Bilek, M. (2016). Substrate-Regulated Growth of Plasma-Polymerized Films on Carbide-Forming Metals. Langmuir, 32(42), 10835-10843. [More Information]
  • Akhavan, B., Jarvis, K., Majewski, P. (2015). Development of negatively charged particulate surfaces through a dry plasma-assisted approach. RSC Advances, 5(17), 12910-12921. [More Information]
  • Akhavan, B., Jarvis, K., Majewski, P. (2015). Plasma Polymer-Functionalized Silica Particles for Heavy Metals Removal. ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, 7(7), 4265-4274. [More Information]
  • Akhavan, B., Jarvis, K., Majewski, P. (2015). Plasma polymerization of sulfur-rich and water-stable coatings on silica particles. Surface & Coatings Technology, 264, 72-79. [More Information]
  • Akhavan, B., Jarvis, K., Majewski, P. (2014). Development of Oxidized Sulfur Polymer Films through a Combination of Plasma Polymerization and Oxidative Plasma Treatment. Langmuir, 30(5), 1444-1454. [More Information]
  • Akhavan, B., Jarvis, K., Majewski, P. (2013). Evolution of Hydrophobicity in Plasma Polymerised 1,7-Octadiene Films. Plasma Processes and Polymers, 10(11), 1018-1029. [More Information]
  • Akhavan, B., Jarvis, K., Majewski, P. (2013). Hydrophobic Plasma Polymer Coated Silica Particles for Petroleum Hydrocarbon Removal. ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, 5(17), 8563-8571. [More Information]
  • Akhavan, B., Jarvis, K., Majewski, P. (2013). Tuning the hydrophobicity of plasma polymer coated silica particles. Powder Technology, 249, 403-411. [More Information]
  • Akhavan Tabatabae, B., Ashrafizadeh, F., Hassanli, A. (2011). Influence of Retained Austenite on the Mechanical Properties of Low Carbon Martensitic Stainless Steel Castings. ISIJ International, 51(3), 471-475. [More Information]

Conferences

  • Akhavan, B., Bilek, M. (2015). Controlled deposition of plasma activated coatings on zirconium substrates. SPIE Micro+Nano Materials, Devices, and Applications Symposium, Bellingham: SPIE Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers. [More Information]

2017

  • Ganesan, R., Akhavan, B., Partridge, J., McCulloch, D., McKenzie, D., Bilek, M. (2017). Evolution of target condition in reactive HiPIMS as a function of duty cycle: An opportunity for refractive index grading. Journal of Applied Physics, 121(17). [More Information]

2016

  • Akhavan, B., Menges, B., Forch, R. (2016). Inhomogeneous Growth of Micrometer Thick Plasma Polymerized Films. Langmuir, 32(19), 4792-4799. [More Information]
  • Akhavan, B., Wise, S., Bilek, M. (2016). Substrate-Regulated Growth of Plasma-Polymerized Films on Carbide-Forming Metals. Langmuir, 32(42), 10835-10843. [More Information]

2015

  • Akhavan, B., Bilek, M. (2015). Controlled deposition of plasma activated coatings on zirconium substrates. SPIE Micro+Nano Materials, Devices, and Applications Symposium, Bellingham: SPIE Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers. [More Information]
  • Akhavan, B., Jarvis, K., Majewski, P. (2015). Development of negatively charged particulate surfaces through a dry plasma-assisted approach. RSC Advances, 5(17), 12910-12921. [More Information]
  • Akhavan, B., Jarvis, K., Majewski, P. (2015). Plasma Polymer-Functionalized Silica Particles for Heavy Metals Removal. ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, 7(7), 4265-4274. [More Information]
  • Akhavan, B., Jarvis, K., Majewski, P. (2015). Plasma polymerization of sulfur-rich and water-stable coatings on silica particles. Surface & Coatings Technology, 264, 72-79. [More Information]

2014

  • Akhavan, B., Jarvis, K., Majewski, P. (2014). Development of Oxidized Sulfur Polymer Films through a Combination of Plasma Polymerization and Oxidative Plasma Treatment. Langmuir, 30(5), 1444-1454. [More Information]

2013

  • Akhavan, B., Jarvis, K., Majewski, P. (2013). Evolution of Hydrophobicity in Plasma Polymerised 1,7-Octadiene Films. Plasma Processes and Polymers, 10(11), 1018-1029. [More Information]
  • Akhavan, B., Jarvis, K., Majewski, P. (2013). Hydrophobic Plasma Polymer Coated Silica Particles for Petroleum Hydrocarbon Removal. ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, 5(17), 8563-8571. [More Information]
  • Akhavan, B., Jarvis, K., Majewski, P. (2013). Tuning the hydrophobicity of plasma polymer coated silica particles. Powder Technology, 249, 403-411. [More Information]

2011

  • Akhavan Tabatabae, B., Ashrafizadeh, F., Hassanli, A. (2011). Influence of Retained Austenite on the Mechanical Properties of Low Carbon Martensitic Stainless Steel Castings. ISIJ International, 51(3), 471-475. [More Information]

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