Completed Theses

Conferred in 2019

Name Thesis title Principal Supervisor
Stefani Griesser Antimicrobial coatings for biomedical and wound healing devices Professor Krasi Vasilev
Simarpreet Kaur Fundamental understanding, development and industrial applications of copper binding glutaraldehyde-polyethyleneimine coatings: antifouling, remediation, and sensing Associate Professor Ivan Kempson
Keith Quast Characterisation and processing of lateritic mineral ores for enhanced recovery of values Professor William Skinner
Hannah Thomas Flightless I regulation of pericyte function in acute and diabetic wound healing Professor Allison Cowin
Satriyo Wahono Natural zeolites and plasma surface engineering for innovating biogas purification and advanced adsorbents Professor Krasi Vasilev
Qing Xiao Heavy metal accumulation and bioaccessibility in traditional Chinese medicines Dr Gary Owens

Conferred in 2018

Name Thesis title Principal Supervisor
Richmond Asamoah Improving the understanding of the fundamentals and applied aspects of leaching refractory gold ores Professor Jonas Addai-Mensah
Mercy Benzigar Fabrication of mesoporous fullerenes with ordered porous structures for energy applications Professor Ajayan Vinu
Stephen Blundell Enhanced degradation of persistent organic pollutants by nanoscale zero-valent iron Dr Gary Owens
Maria Faustorilla Determination of total petroleum hydrocarbons in soil and groundwater through improved analytical techniques Associate Professor Zuliang Chen
Rajni Garg Work function modification of carbon-based materials Professor Mats Andersson
Andrew Harris Solar-power enhanced electroosmotic dewatering and consolidation of model clay mineral tailings Professor Jonas Addai-Mensah
Hamid Ilbeygi Design and synthesis of multifunctional nanoporous heteropolyacids for energy storage applications Professor Ajayan Vinu
Stalin Joseph Design of multifunctional nanoporous electrodes for energy storage applications Professor Ajayan Vinu
Sophia Joseph Soly Improving the dewaterability of complex mineral dispersions through pulp chemistry modification and superabsorbent reagent mediation Professor Jonas Addai-Mensah
Ohene Karikari-Yeboah Effects of surcharge on the redox dynamics of pyritic sediment Professor William Skinner
Muhammed Khan Comparison of the ecotoxicity of fresh and weathered hydrocarbon contaminated soils using wheat and Australian native grasses Professor Megh Mallavarapu
Chunli Lu Crystallization of gold crystals at ethylene glycol-room temperature ionic liquid interfaces over a wide temperature range Professor Peter Majewski
Sanchita Mandal The importance of biochar characteristics for its environmental applications Professor Enzo Lombi
Scott McCormick High throughput screening of nanotoxicity using microfluidics Associate Professor Craig Priest
Nazanin Nikoo Jamal Interactions of engineered nanoparticles with economically important food crops Dr Gary Owens
Cameron Ollson The influence of co-contaminants on the bioavailability and bioaccessibility of arsenic, cadmium and lead Associate Professor Albert Juhasz
Roya Rudd Fabrication of quantum dots and investigation of size and matrix material effects on optical properties of quantum dot nanocomposites Professor Peter Murphy
Sam Rudd Impact of doping on semi-metallic polymers Associate Professor Drew Evans
Pasindu Sellapperumage Droplet-surface collisions of relevance for flotation of composite particles Dr Marta Krasowska
Gurwinder Singh Novel activated porous biocarbons: synthesis, characterization and application for CO2 adsorption Professor Ajayan Vinu
My Truong Rec1-resilin: an advanced multi-stimuli responsive protein polymer Professor Nabu Dutta
Tyron Turnbull Radiosensitization of cell sub-populations by gold nanoparticles: cross-correlative microscopy for elucidating fundamental mechanisms Associate Professor Ivan Kempson

Conferred in 2017

Name Thesis title Principal Supervisor
Bhabananda Biswas Microbial degradation of environmental contaminants in clay and modified clay minerals-modulated systems Professor Ravi Naidu
Iliana Delcheva How do ionic liquids interact with and wet surfaces Dr Marta Krasowska 
Paula Facal Marina Pickering emulsion formation with hydrophilic silica nanoparticles Associate Professor David Beattie 
Jessica Jackson The role of Flightless I (Flii) in the healing of digital flexor tendon adhesions Professor Allison Cowin 
Kripal Lakhi Design of novel functionalized carbon nitride nanostructures for carbon capture and photocatalytic applications Professor Ajayan Vinu 
Andrew Lo Structural characteristics and column leaching behaviour dynamics of limonitic nickel laterite ore agglomerates Professor Jonas Addai-Mensah 
Keith McAuliffe An evaluation of critical elements for optimising performance of major multi-use sports playing surfaces Professor Nanthi Bolan 
Promil Mehra Return to tillage under no-till system: impacts on soil carbon dynamics Dr Jack Desboilles 
Kyall Pocock Microfluidic intestine-on-a-chip in vitro models for improved mechanistic understanding of intestinal drug and particulate carrier uptake Associate Professor Benjamin Thierry 
Gayathri Rajeev Nanoporous anodic alumina-based biosensors for detection of biomarkers in chronic wound Professor Nico Voelcker 
Nekane Reta Murua Electrochemical biosensors based on porous nanostructured materials for label-free detection of pathogens and their toxins in water Professor Nico Voelcker 
Ruhaida Rusmin Modification of palygorskite for remediation of lead contaminated water Professor Ravi Naidu 
 Hanieh Safizadeh Shirazi Development of novel plasma polymer surfaces for stem cell expansion Associate Professor Jason Whittle 
Mandeep Singh  Role of clay minerals in carbon stabilisation in soils Associate Professor Jock Churchman 
Bastian Stoehr  Investigation of interactions between fingerprints, surfaces and cleaning implements Professor Peter Murphy 
Nathan Williamson  Unraveling material heterogeneity: Combining nuclear magnetic resonance with statistical modeling Professor Magnus Nyden 
Marnie Winter  Detection and characterisation of rare disseminated cancer cells; towards improved patient prognostication Associate Professor Benjamin Thierry 
Limin Wu  Synthesis of noble metal nanoparticles and their application in colloid and interface sciences Dr Haolan Xu 
Xuan Wu  Cost effective photo-thermal materials: synthesis and applications Dr Haolan Xu 
Chih-Tsung Yang  Amplification of surface plasmon resonance biomolecular binding events: towards improved biosensing based cancer prognostics Associate Professor Benjamin Thierry 

Conferred in 2016

Name Thesis title Principal Supervisor
Mahmoud Moussa Mohamed Abdelsadik Development of conducting polymer/graphene composites for electrochemical capacitors Professor Peter Majewski
Samuel Aleer Metagenomics: screening of organisms and functional profiles associated with polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon bioremediation in contaminated soils Associate Professor Albert Juhasz
Israt Biva  Discovery of antibacterial compounds from Australian Eremophila plants Professor Hans Griesser 
Vimal Kumar Ganesh Kumar  A cost effective method for remediating wastewater using algae coupled with simultaneous production of biofuels Professor Megh Mallavarapu 
Paul Joyce  Designing nanostructured biomaterials with specific activities towards digestive enzymes for controlled lipid hydrolysis Professor Clive Prestidge 
Johan LindĂ©n A new generation biocide-free marine antifouling coatings Professor Magnus Nyden 
Yatin Mange  Photocatalytic nanomaterials  Professor Thomas Nann 
Ramkrishna Nirola  Revegetation and ecotoxicological assessment of abandoned copper mine for improved remediation utilizing native plant species Professor Megh Mallavarapu 
Xanthe Strudwick  The role of Flightless I in tissue regeneration Professor Allison Cowin 
Mona Taghavikish  Polymerizable ionic liquid based inhibitors; synthesis, characterization and application Professor Namita Roy Choudhury 
Li Yu  Polyelectrolyte complexes for water decontamination and oil-repellent coatings Dr Haolan Xu