People

Director

Professor Ajayan Vinu

Global Innovation Chair Professor and Director

Prof. Vinu is the Global Innovation Chair and Director of the Global Innovative Center for Advanced Nanomaterials at the University of Newcastle, a position he has held since October 2017.

T: +61 2 4921 8669

E: ajayan.vinu@newcastle.edu.au

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Ms Natalie Downing

Deputy Director

Natalie Downing’s experience at the University of Newcastle is extensive spanning more than 20 years in various positions including Deputy Director  - Global Innovation Centre for Advanced Nanomaterials (GICAN), Associate Director – Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, General Manager - Campus Life, Manager - Residential Life, Head of College - Edwards Hall and Assistant Academic Registrar in a number of faculties. Natalie has a particular interests in research support, student and staff engagement, internationalisation, and student recruitment.

T: +61 2 4921 7994

E: natalie.downing@newcastle.edu.au

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Centre staff and researchers

Alisha-Jane Laney

Executive Assistant

Working for University of Newcastle for over 7 years now, Alisha-jane is an experienced Administration and Events officer with a demonstrated history of working in the higher education industry, research and wider community engagements . Reporting directly to Prof. Ajayan Vinu she also offers support to current GICAN staff and students.

T: 02 49218901

E: Alisha.Laney@newcastle.edu.au

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Ms Lisa Nelson

Communication Manager

The primary goal of Lisa’s role as Communication Manager for GICAN is to raise the profile of the Centre and raise awareness of the innovative work being undertaken here to address some important global challenges. With a background in communications, developing educational materials and teaching, Lisa brings her strong skills in translating and communicating technical material to laypeople to help a wider audience understand and appreciate GICAN’s work.

E: l.nelson@newcastle.edu.au

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Associate Professor Jiabao Yi

A/P Jiabao Yi’s research is focusing on oxides and oxide based magnetic semiconductors, 2D materials and their magnetic properties, soft and hard magnetic materials, magnetic nanoparticles for bioapplications as well as advanced techniques, such as X-ray absorption spectroscopy, X-ray magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD), neutron scattering and neutron reflectometry as well as muon spin relaxation.

T: 02 4926 1625

E: Jiabao.yi@newcastle.edu.au

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Associate Professor Ajay Karakoti

Dr. Ajay Karakoti is a broad based materials researcher focused on the synthesis of novel bare and functionalized nanoparticles for applications in biology, catalysis and sensing. His research is focused on both the applications and detailed surface and bulk characterization of these materials. A significant portion of his research deals with developing a detailed understanding of the reaction of cerium oxide nanoparticles with reactive oxygen species and the consequence of size, structure, doping and surface functional groups on its enzyme like activity.

E: Ajay.Karakoti@newcastle.edu.au

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Dr Jae-Hun Yang

Coordinator

Dr Jae-Hun Yang’s research interests lie in nanoporous materials and 2D nanohybrids between layered inorganics and organics or bio-molecules or inorganics as heterogeneous catalysts (especially photocatalysts), drug delivery carriers, nano-filler in polymer nanocomposites for green energy and environmental application and bio-medical application.

T: +61 2 4033 9632

E: jaehun.yang@newcastle.edu.au

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Dr Thava Palanisami

Senior Research Fellow

Dr. Thava Palanisami completed his PhD on the Risk assessment and Remediation of mixed contaminants in 2010, at the University of South Australia. Over the past ten years, Thava’s mixed contaminant (PAHs & metals) research has led him towards a new research theme - contaminant transformation products (CTPs). Recently, his research focus is on adding new dimensions in the risk assessment and remediation of emerging contaminants such as microplastics and Perfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS). With an emphasis on plastics as an emerging contaminant, Thava’s team initiated plastics research at The University of Newcastle in 2015. Their principal aim was to develop fundamental knowledge on the ageing and weathering of microplastics in the environment to improve the accuracy of ecological and human health risk assessment and develop solutions.

T: +61 2 4033 9411

E: thava.palanisami@newcastle.edu.au

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Dr Prashant Kumar

Senior Lecturer

He is involved in developing deeper understanding of exotic field-matter interactions and its exploitations for novel synthetic strategies for 2D materials, their controlled doping and their hybrid systems. Applications envisaged include energy generation and storage, photo/electro/microwave catalysis, SERS based molecular sensing, light sensing, straintronics, spintronics, oxidation/corrosion resistant lamination, mechanical reinforcements of polymers and soft metals.

Dr Kavitha Ramadass

Dr Kavitha Ramadass received her PhD degree in 2011 from the Centre for Environmental Risk Assessment and Remediation at the University of South Australia. She worked as a postdoctoral research associate at the Future Industries Institute, University of South Australia. Her research interests focus on the design of multifunctional nanoporous materials for energy and environmental applications. She was awarded the International Postgraduate Scholarship (IPRS) award for PhD Studies, and the Research Encouragement award by IUMRS-ICAM held at Kyoto, Japan in 2017.

T: +61 2 4033 9604

E: kavitha.ramadass@newcastle.edu.au

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Dr Gurwinder Singh

Dr. Gurwinder’s research interest is mainly focused on converting waste products such as biomass, e-waste and industrial wastes into highly functional nanomaterials that can be used in different energy and environmental applications.

E: gurwinder.singh@newcastle.edu.au

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Dr Stalin Joseph

Dr. Stalin Joseph’s research interests are primarily focused on engineering of advanced nanomaterials for various applications. He is an expert in utilizing these novel nanomaterials in the field of supercapacitors, batteries and fuel cells.

E: stalin.joseph@newcastle.edu.au

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Dr. Jangmee Lee

Dr Jangmee Lee received her Ph. D. degree in 2018 from Department of Chemistry and Nanoscience at Ewha Womans University under the supervision of prof. Seong-Ju Hwang.  Dr Jangmee Lee is currently working on the synthesis and characterization of 2-dimensional inorganic nanosheet-based nanohybrid for diverse applications such as photocatalysis, secondary batteries, and electrocatalysis.  Especially, she is interested in the in-situ analyses to demonstrate the operating mechanism based on the local structure/symmetry alteration of nano crystalline materials.

E: jangmee.lee@newcastle.edu.au

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Dr. Sathish Clastinrusselraj Indirathankam

Dr Sathish’s research expertise is in the area of material science, nanomaterials, high-pressure studies, superconductivity and magnetism. He is interested mainly in the synthesis of novel materials, studying their structural, electronic, magnetic and superconducting properties. Recently he moved into design and development of multifunctional nanoporous materials such as mesoporous carbon nitrides, hybrid inorganic materials, metal carbonitrides for energy storage, sensors, CO2 capture and conversion, catalysis and environmental applications.

E: sathish.ci@newcastle.edu.au

Dr. Kim Tran

Dr. Kim Tran received her PhD in Environmental Sciences from the University of Newcastle, Australia (2017). Kim begun her academic career as a lecturer at the School of Agriculture and Resources, Vinh University, Vietnam (2004). Kim’s previous and current research are interdisciplinary, utilising environmental science and molecular biology techniques to assess the impacts of environmental contaminants (EDCs, heavy metals, PAHs, PFAS and microplastics) on ecosystems and the development of bio-monitoring and remediation methods. Her expertise covers the bioaccumulation of heavy metals and EDCs in aquatic organisms and environments; risk assessment of contaminant transformation products and their metabolites; microplastics as vectors for microbes and environmental contaminants; as well as practical technologies for the remediation of perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) using carbon materials in aquaculture and wastewater applications.

E: ThiKimAnh.Tran@uon.edu.au

Dr Arun Vijay Baskar

Dr. Arun Vijay Baskar received his PhD in Materials Science and Engineering at The University of Newcastle, Australia. Before his doctorate, he finished his masters in Nano Science and Technology at the Anna University Trichy, India. His research interest is on the development of advanced porous materials and their functionalization. The materials he has worked on are used in applications such as supercapacitors and battery.

E: arun.baskar@newcastle.edu.au

Dr Geetika Bhagwat

Geetika is currently investigating the role of plastic-associated microbial biofilms in altering the biological and physicochemical interactions of MPs in the marine environment and the possible implications to human health. She has employed a metagenomics approach to identify the structure and functions of plastic-associated microbial biofilms on various types of consumer plastics to investigate the possible environmental ramifications of the microbial genes enriched on plastics. Her future research seeks to investigate the leaching of contaminants from MPs in the human gut environment (in-vitro) and explore the associated cytotoxicity to understand the human health risks of MP ingestion.

E: Geetika.Bhagwat@uon.edu.au

Dr Xinwei Guan

Dr. Xinwei Guan is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Newcastle. He received his Ph.D. degree in 2021 from Materials Science & Engineering department at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) under the supervision of prof. Tom Wu. During the Ph.D. period, he mainly worked on halide perovskite-based memories and optoelectronic devices. In GICAN, his current research focuses on porous carbon- and carbon nitride-based materials for energy and environmental applications.

E: Xinwei.Guan@newcastle.edu.au

Dr Rex Geng

Dr. Geng completed his doctoral degree in the school of material science and engineering, UNSW. He was working on halide perovskite quantum dots (QDs), promising photovoltaic devices, energy-saving smart windows, and optoelectronic applications. He also has senior experience in the field of 2D thermochromic material, vanadium dioxide (VO2), which is famous for its phase transition and has strong potential in the same area as QDs. In addition, Dr. Geng has strong background in the mining industry, relating to corrosion prevention of the oil storage and mining environment investigation. In GICAN, his research area includes not only nonporous carbon, but also carbon nitride and MoS2 QDs.

E: Rex.Geng@newcastle.edu.au

Research students

Steffi Tiburcius

PhD Student

Steffi Tiburcius is currently pursuing her PhD in Engineering under the guidance of Professor Ajayan Vinu. Her current research focus includes developing new types of smart multifunctional drug delivery systems for prostate cancer. Before moving to Australia, Steffi completed her Bachelors and Master’s degrees in Biotechnology from Anna University, India and worked as a Research Fellow.

E: steffi.tiburcius@uon.edu.au

Trung Hoang Trinh

PhD Student

Trung Hoang Trinh is interested in the application of nanomaterials in medical fields, especially the drug delivery carriers. Trung graduated from the Department of Biomedicine and Drug development at the University of Montpellier in France. He is currently completing his PhD in order to search for further achievement within nanomaterials and their application in combating against cancer diseases.

E: HoangTrung.Trinh@uon.edu.au

Harpreet Singh Gujral

PhD Student

Harpreet’s research interests are to develop photocatalysts that can decompose water into hydrogen and oxygen by sunlight. Apart from this, he is also interested in infrastructure and project management of the manufacturing industries

E: harpreetsingh.gujral@uon.edu.au

Deepika Radhakrishnan

PhD Student

Deepika Radhakrishnan is a PhD Research Scholar, mainly researching in the field of drug delivery and nanotechnology. Her area of interests include development of innovative coreshell and layered double hydroxide nanoparticles as a drug carrier. In time, Deepika’s studies will extend to invitro and invivo carcinogenic studies. She completed her Bachelors and Master’s degrees in India, and has two years of experience in invivo carcinogenic studies in mice and rats using natural plant extracts.

E: Deepika.Radhakrishnan@uon.edu.au

Xueze Chu

PhD Student

Xueze CHu studied mechanical engineering at Beijing university of technology and electrical engineering at the university of Sydney. Now he is focusing on developing nanoporous metal oxide semiconductor materials for flammable and toxic gas detaction.

E: Xueze.Chu@uon.edu.au

Sungho Kim

PhD Student

Sungho Kim has previously worked on synthesis and characterisation of layered double hydroxide and the use of it as a stabilizing agent of plastics within industry. Currently, he is pursuing research at GICAN, with his research interests mainly focused on the hybridisation of nanomaterials and their applications in energy storage.

E: SKim4@uon.edu.au

Juan Jeffery

PhD Student

Juan Jeffery has extensive global Fintech, IIOT, mining, resources and oil & gas, M&A and management consulting expertise. Experienced in resources, investment, development, operations, corporate and board governance, Australian accredited finance advisor, KYC, AML. Juan is a PHD Scholar working on commercialising the sustainable manufacturing of Functionalised Porous Biocarbons from biomass at an industrial scale for Energy and Environmental Applications.  Juan’s research interests lie in utilising functionalised porous biocarbons as an industrial product for downstream integration into super capacitors, specialist filtration and hydrogen generation applications. Before entering the resources industry Juan was a research fellow working on digital optical identification of coal maserals in industrial applications such as carbon electrodes in furnaces.

E: juan.jeffery@aefin.com.au

Mohammed Fawaz

PhD Student

Fawas is a doctoral student under the guidance of Dr. Inyoung Kim and Prof. Ajayan Vinu.  Fawas completed an integrated Bachelors & Masters from Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Pune, India. His main research focus is on developing novel nanomaterials as electrode materials/electrocatalysts for electrochemical energy storage devices such as Batteries, Fuel cells and Supercapacitors.

E: MohammedFawaz.PalakkatAlihassan@uon.edu.au

Shan Mohanan

PhD Student

Shan Mohanan, joined GICAN in 2019 and pursuing his PhD in Engineering. His current research focussing on development of novel targeted theranostic nanomaterial systems for cancer. Before moving to Australia he was working as senior lecturer in India. He has completed his Bachelor of Pharmacy from University of Calicut and Master of Pharmacy (Pharmaceutics) from Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala, India. He has done research works in Nano particulate drug delivery systems (Dendrimer drug delivery, Solid lipid or polymer based nanoparticles, Copper nanoparticle, PEG-PLGA nanoparticle), Transdermal and non-invasive drug delivery (Liposomes, Neosomes, Proneosomes), Drug delivery systems using isolated and characterized natural polymers.

Belinda Oliveira Fontinha

PhD Student

Belinda Oliveira Fontinha has a Master in Biological Engineering with leadership training and experience with academic training at University of Minho. She has industrial work experience where she has successfully delivered a number of highly complex projects to private customers and Governmental Institutions, as well as managing the implementation of a large number of complex organizational change programs. Some of her achievements are selling her company, winning Public Tenders, publishing a research paper and implementing environmental procedures in pollutant companies. Currently, she is enrolled in a High Degree by Research Program at the University of Newcastle. Supervised by Prof. Ajayan Vinu, her research is focused on the "Novel Design of Controlled Drug Delivery System Based on Nanoporous Materials for Cancer Therapy".

E: belinda.oliveirafontinha@uon.edu.au

Sujanya Maria Ruban

PhD Student

Sujanya Maria Ruban is a visiting research scholar at GICAN, under the guidance of Prof. Ajayan Vinu. In GICAN, Sujanya’s main research focus is on the utilisation and conversion of naturally occurring Halloysite into multi-functional nanomaterials.

E: sujanya.mariaruban@newcastle.edu.au

Zhihao Lei

PhD Student

Zhihao Lei obtained his dual bachelor degree in Mechanical engineering from Deakin University and Wuhan University of Science and Technology. Now, his research interests mainly focus on the ferromagnetism in 2D nanomaterials and synthesis of 2D transition metal oxides and dichalcogenides for electrocatalyst, next-generation rechargeable batteries and supercapacitors.

E: Zhihao.Lei@uon.edu.au

Rohan Bahadur

PhD Student

Rohan Bahadur completed his Master’s in Chemistry from Vellore Institute of Technology, Vellore in 2016. After his master’s he worked in Indian Institute of Technology Bombay on various 2D materials and their 0D derivatives such as graphene, MoS2 and MXene for cancer theranostics and biosensing application. Currently, he is pursuing Ph.D. and working on development of functionalised mesoporous carbon nitrides, under the guidance of Prof. Ajayan Vinu.

E: rohan.bahadur@uon.edu.au

Ahmad Tabish

PhD Student

Ahmad received a MS in Chemical Engineering in 2017 from The Petroleum Institute Research Center of ADNOC as an ADNOC fellow, Abu Dhabi, UAE where he worked on synthesis of self-healing anti corrosion coatings based on nano-materials for oil/gas industry. He holds a Bachelors degree (2014) in Chemical Engineering from the Aligarh Muslim University, India. He also visited as an undergrad Winter Research Scholar at The Sustainable Minerals Institute, The University of Queensland in 2013 on project related to risks in coal mining industry.

After his MS he worked at the Khalifa University's Research Center in UAE from 2017-2019 on projects related to metal recovery from wastes etc.
Presently he is pursuing his PhD at GICAN and working on finding novel pathways for synthesis of Mesoporous Silica.

E: AhmadTabish@uon.edu.au

Vaishwik Patel

PhD Student

Vaishwik Patel's research area is mainly focussed on the synthesis of bare and functionalized metal, metal oxide and lipid nanoparticles. His work also includes an assessment of the biological properties of synthesized nanoparticles as well as their application in drug delivery.

E: Vaishwik.Patel@uon.edu.au

Nithinraj P.D.

PhD Student

Nithinraj P.D. completed his integrated Bachelors & Masters from Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Pune, India. His research interest broadly lies in Material science and Electrochemistry. He has been working in the field of energy storage and conversion devices. Currently he is pursuing his doctoral studies under the guidance of Prof. Ajayan Vinu and Dr. Siddulu Naidu Talapaneni.

Jefrin Marykala Davidraj

PhD Student

Jefrin Marykala Davidraj completed her Master’s degree in organic chemistry from Vels University, India. She joined GICAN in 2019 as a visiting researcher and currently pursuing her Ph.D. in material science under the guidance of Prof. Jiabao Yi. Her current research interest is focused on the synthesis of mesoporous carbon nitride using SBA-1 as a template and administer it for energy  storage and conversion applications.

E: Jefrin.MarykalaDavidraj@uon.edu.au

Nethaji “Subash” Chandra Bose Raju

PhD Student

Subash Raju is currently pursuing his final year PhD in Materials Science and Engineering under the guidance of Dr.Thava Palanisami and  supported by the Hunter Water Corporation and The University of Newcastle, Australia through the Industry-University Engagement Scholarship (2017-21).  His PhD research focuses on the emerging threat- fate and behaviour of microplastics in the wastewater treatment plants and its implications for wastewater reuse and biosolids for agriculture. The recognition of his research achievements, over the years, as well as his Ph.D. research led to the award of an Association Commonwealth Universities Blue Charter Fellowship in January 2019. He worked with Eminent Prof. Richard Thompson (renowned microplastics Researcher) at the University of Plymouth, UK and interacted with industry experts, research fellows and investigated effluent and biosolid microplastic profiles of wastewater plants.

E: Nethaji.Raju@uon.edu.au

Maddison Carbery

PhD Student

Maddison is currently researching the interaction of Microplastics (MPs) and chemical contaminants in the Australian marine environment to understand the impacts of plastic pollution on marine food webs and human health. Since 2017, she has been surveying the surface waters and sediments of multiple locations in NSW and QLD to build the knowledge base of the occurrence, spatial distribution and chemical fingerprint of MPs in Australian aquatic environments. Her research is supported by The City of Newcastle, NSW Fisheries, EPA Victoria and The University of Newcastle.

E: Maddison.Carbery@uon.edu.au

Lakshmi Vandana Daggubati

PhD Student

Lakshmi Vandana Daggubati currently pursuing her  Ph.D. in Material Sciences and Engineering, under the guidance of Dr. Thava Palanisami.  Her current research focus on the Risk Assessment of Plastics.  She completed her Bachelors in Environmental Management and Master’s degrees in Environmental Studies from Andhra University and also worked as a senior research associate in  India

E: lakshmi.daggubati@uon.edu.au

Aathira Sadanandan

PhD Student

Aathira completed her Bachelors and Masters in chemistry from the University of Calicut. She just joined for the PhD programme at GICAN. Prior to joining for the PhD programme, she was working as a research assistant at the CSIR-Indian Institute of Petroleum at Dehradun, India. Her research project is on the design of advanced porous carbon nitrides for CO2 conversion through the photocatalytic approach

E: Aathira.MankuzhySadanandan@uon.edu.au

Jolitta John

PhD Student

Jolitta obtained her Master of Philosophy from Manonmanium Sundarnar University, Trinelveli, India. She also completed her post graduate diploma in Criminology and forensic science from Annamalai University, Chidambaram. Her research is related on the design of advanced nanomaterials and the naturally available nanostructures for bio-sensing applications.

E: Jolittasheri.Johnbritto@uon.edu.au

Vijayakumar Manavalan

PhD Student

Vijayakumar completed his B.Tech and M.Tech from Pondicherry University, India. After spending a few years of research at the Center of Nanomaterials, International Advanced Research Centre for Powder Metallurgy and New Materials (ARCI), Hyberabad, India, he joined for the PhD in Materials Science and Engineering at GICAN. His research is focussed on the design and the development of MXene hybrids for the li-ion capacitors.

E: Vijayakumar.Manavalan@uon.edu.au

Sania Afrose

PhD Student

Sania is currently working to generate baseline data on the sorption behaviour of different sizes of MPs and NPs in freshwater environments. Her research will contribute towards the risk assessment of MPs and NPs in freshwater environments, including drinking water sources, which represent one of the most important routes of MPs and NPs to the human body. Her research is supported by NSW Fisheries and The University of Newcastle.

E: Sania.Afrose@uon.edu.au

Kala Senathirajah

PhD Student

As an experienced water industry engineer, the significance of the provision of a safe water supply cycle underpins Kala’s research focus on the development of strategies to reduce and remove microplastics from the water supply (from catchment to discharge). The outcomes of Kala’s research will provide water utilities and other “microplastics waste generators” with a toolkit of management options to reduce and remove microplastics from various pathways and sources. Kala’s research is supported by Water Research Australia, Water Corporation of WA and The University of Newcastle, and she is in collaboration with Shinshu University and the National University of Singapore.

E: kala.senathirajah@uon.edu.au

Malelili Naulivou Rokomatu

PhD Student

Malelili is currently investigating the occurrence and distribution of microplastic in the Fiji environment and its various sources. The proposed project will also include chemical analysis to observe the fate of these plastic pollutants and spatial patterns of aged microplastic in aquatic environments, to determine the direct and indirect implications to human health. WWF Pacific has partnered on this topic with UoN in the attempt to work together and investigate the extent of plastic impacts to the human health system in Fiji and the South Pacific.

E: Malelili.Rokomatu@fijiwater.com

Zhixuan Li

PhD Student

Zhixuan Li is a PhD student under the supervision of Prof. Ajayan Vinu and A/Prof. Jiabao Yi. She completed her bachelor's in chemistry at University of Science and Technology of China, and master's in chemical engineering at Monash University. Currently, Zhixuan Li is working on the development of nanocarbon materials for energy and environmental applications.

E: Zhixuan.Li@uon.edu.au

Marjana Yeasmin

PhD Student

Marjana is currently pursuing her PhD on improving crop nutrition through nanomaterials modification. She has been investigating the proteomics and metabolomics enhance insight on wheat response to foliar application of selenium nanoparticles. Her research interest on nutrition and productivity of crops.

E: Marjana.Yeasmin@uon.edu.au

Linta Jose

Masters Student

Linta Jose is pursuing her master’s degree in materials science and engineering, at University of Newcastle. Along with studies, she is also working as a part-time research assistant working in the research of developing nanomaterials for chemotherapeutic drug delivery. She also researches on the synthesis of metal oxide nano particles and its application in sensing.

E: Linta.Jose@uon.edu.au

Vibin Perumalsamy

Masters Student

Vibin completed his Bachelor of Engineering in Materials Science from Anna University, Chennai. He is currently pursuing Master of Materials Science and Engineering – Research Specialisation at the University of Newcastle, Australia. His research focuses on the Development of Functionalized Porous Carbon for Energy Storage Applications under the guidance of Prof. Ajayan Vinu and Dr. Gurwinder Singh.

E: Vibin.Perumalsamy@newcastle.edu.au

Ian Chirchir Bargoria

Masters Student

Ian is currently studying Master of Materials science in engineering. He received a Bachelor of Chemical and Process engineering in 2015 at Moi University – Kenya. He is working as a casual research assistant at the University of Newcastle, focusing on developing novel hybrid electrode materials for energy storage and conversion devices. The current research focus is on developing bimetallic sulphides decorated on carbon nitride electrodes for Lithium and Sodium-ion batteries.

E: IanChirchir.Bargoria@uon.edu.au

Brodie Morrison

Masters Student

Brodie is currently researching on novel nanoporous carbon nitride materials for oxidase and peroxidase activity as well as exfoliation of bulk carbon nitride into nanosheets and analyzing their properties. These nanosheets will then be incorporated with precious metals and molecular beacons into a sensor for prostate cancer detection.

E: Brodie.Morrison@uon.edu.au

Visiting researchers

Prof. Yoshihiro Sugi

Visiting professor

Prof Sugi focuses his research on the catalysis by solid catalysts. His interests are in solid acid and base catalyses for energy scenes. Particularly, he is interested in the rein zeolite catalysis for petrochemical and fine-chemical applications.

E: yoshihiro.sugi@newcastle.edu.au

Dr. Premkumar Selvarajan

Visiting Researcher

Dr. Premkumar’s expertise is in the area of first principal calculation and molecular dynamics on material science. He also has research interest in synthesis of  perovskite based materials for solar cell applications.

E: premkumar.selvarajan@newcastle.edu.au

Dr. Chhinder S Bilen

Visiting Researcher

Dr. Chhinder's current research in GICAN focuses on pelletizing various forms of nanoporous carbons and testing various properties of those pellets. Some of the other research intersts are CO2 adsorption, conversion of CO2 into value added hydrocarbon, degradation and stability testing of OPV devices.

Ajanya Maria Ruban

Visiting Researcher

Ajanya Maria Ruban is a PhD candidate at GICAN, under the guidance of Prof. Ajayan Vinu. In GICAN, Ajanya’s main research focus is on the mesoporous super acid nano catalysts for non-oxidative cracking of paraffins.

E: ajanya.mariaruban@newcastle.edu.au

Prasanthi Sooriyakumar

Visiting Researcher

Ms. Prasanthi Sooriyakumar completed her Master of Environmental Management in 2019 from the University of Queensland and attained her Bachelor of Science with a major in Environmental & Landscape Science and a minor in Water Science and Policy from the Australian National University in 2013. Ms. Sooriyakumar has gained a diverse skillset in research, field work, laboratory analysis and environmental data analysis from her internships at the Australian National University and the University of Technology Sydney. Ms. Sooriyakumar has recently joined GICAN as a research assistant and is currently working on coconut shell based porous carbon for CO2 adsorption.

E: Prasanthi.Sooriyakumar@newcastle.edu.au

GICAN Affiliates

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.