Researcher biography

Dr Nasim Amiralian is an Advance Queensland Research Fellow in the area of Nanomaterials Engineering. She discovered a unique high-quality cellulose nanofibre from spinifex, an Australian native arid grass, using simpler and more environmentally friendly methods. The outcome of this work has resulted in substantial new research thrust at UQ, three patent applications, several commercial opportunities, and most importantly the establishment of Australia's first nanocellulose pilot production plant.

Building on her innovations in spinifex nanocellulose, she is combining her expertise in materials engineering, nanotechnology and textile engineering and utilising the unique properties of nanocellulose to produce novel conductive hydrogel systems which could lead to improved conductive hydrogel technology.

In recognition of her contribution to the field of nanomaterials engineering and research excellence she has received a number of awards including; one of Australia's Top 5 Scientists (ABC/UNSW, 2018), Queensland Women in STEM Prize- judges choice award (2017), Women in Technology Life Sciences and/or Infotech Rising Star Award (2016), AIBN Research Excellence Award (2016), a Class of 2014 Future Leader award and Best poster prize at the Australian Nanotechnology Network ECR Entrepreneurship workshop(2015).

Dr Amiralian has been instrumental in the development of a culture of collaboration and career support for the next generation of research leaders, in particular women in science. She has been engaged in communities such as Early Career Researcher committee, Women in Technology (WiT) Life science committee, and conferences committee and also play role as a Queensland Flying Scientist. Dr Amiralian also has been an invited committee member of Standards Australia and Joint Standards Australia/Standards New Zealand, contributing to the preliminary work item for ISO/TC229 JWG2 on the characterisation of nanoparticles, and serving as the treasurer of the RACI Queensland polymer division.

Featured projects Duration
Nanocellulose extraction from microalgae