Group Members

Higher degree by research (PhD/MS) students:

Areeb Shehzad

Areeb received his double Master degree in Chemical and Environmental Engineering from University Tunku Abdul Rahman, Malaysia in 2016. After finishing his Master degree, he moved to Finland and Denmark to work on resource recovery (N & P) project from wastewater funded by EU. Prior to his Master, he was working in Shell as a Technical Support Engineer for oil exploration based in Pakistan and United Arab Emirates. In March 2017, he joined the group as a PhD student focusing on design and fabrication of new materials for Li-S batteries.

If not working on batteries, Areeb is playing for Monash University Cricket Club as an opening batsman.

Sally El Meragawi

Sally received her bachelors and masters of science degrees in chemical engineering from Texas A&M University in Qatar. She joined Monash in early 2016 under the joint supervision of Akshat Tanksale and Mainak Majumder to conduct research that focuses on the development of graphene oxide membranes with a an emphasis on determining methods to chemically recover performance after long term use and in modifications aimed at improving overall membrane performance.

In her free time she enjoys many genres of books and her current recommendation for light-hearted reading is What if? by Randall Munroe.

Kazi Imdadul HassanImdadul

Kazi Imdadul Hassan completed his Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Dhaka University of Engineering and Technology in 2014 and Master of Engineering Science from University of Malaya in 2016 under Mechanical Engineering department. In May 2017, he joined in NSEL as a PhD student focusing on the Fabrication and electrochemical characterization of gravure printed microsupercapacitors using graphene oxide liquid crystal.

On his leisure time, he enjoys travelling to different new places, watching movies and playing cricket. 

Muthana Ali

Muthana Ali was born in Babylon, Iraq and completed his bachelor and masters degree in Chemistry at University of Kerbala, Iraq, specialising in the field of inorganic chemistry. At this time, he worked on the preparation, characterization and kinetic study of transition metals complexes as his primary research area. He worked as a lecturer in the department of chemistry at Kerbala University for a couple of years. His current research interests are in exploring the synthesis and applications of graphene oxide nanosheets, and their role in micro/nano-fluidic encapsulation for a variety of fluidic applications.

                                              In his off time, Muthana enjoys the outdoors and is a keen runner and swimmer.

JoynulMd. Joynul Abedin

Md Joynul Abedin completed his graduation in Mechanical Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology in 2012. Prior to joining NSEL for PhD study, he has completed Master of Engineering Science in Mechanical Engineering from University of Malaya, Malaysia in 2015. His research interest includes liquid crystal phase transition of graphene oxide in organic solvents and nanofiber fabrication.

He enjoys watching football, movies, & traveling to new places.

JoynulPetar Jovanovic

Petar received his Masters and Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Monash University, as well as completing a Bachelor of Commerce. Petar’s research is split into two areas. The first of which involves improving graphene oxide processability through the development of novel purification and size fractionation methods, while the second involves developing methods to selectively separate lithium ions from brines. In addition to research, Petar has held numerous teaching assistant positions at the University.

In his free time Petar is an avid adventurer with a passion for hiking, cycling, travelling and learning as much as possible about the world around us.

JoynulEhsan Ghasemiestahbanati

Ehsan was born in Shiraz. He got his bachelor and master degrees in Chemical Engineering at Shiraz University (Shiraz, Iran) and Tarbiat Modares University (Tehran, Iran) in 2014 and 2017, respectively. Having worked on membrane technology and development, he joined the NSEL team at the end of 2018 as a PhD student focusing on flow battery separators for the next generation of batteries.

In his leisure time, he enjoys the outdoors, traveling, watching and playing sports, and listening to music.

Senior Researchers:

Dr. Samuel T. Martin

Sam received his Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering as part of Mainak’s research group NSEL at Monash University in 2017. He is an Endeavour Scholar and part of his Ph.D. in 2016 was spent researching at the Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris. Prior to his Ph.D. he studied a double degree in Mechatronics Engineering and Science at Monash University. He works as a Postdoc in the group developing graphene oxide membranes.

He hopes his brief escape from the research group to Paris went unnoticed by his supervisor. He enjoys riding his bicycle, playing video          games and cooking with friends.

Dr. Mahdokht Shaibani

Mahdokht’s educational background includes a BSc in Materials Engineering from Shiraz University, an MSc in the same discipline from University of Tehran, and a PhD in Mechanical Engineering, with a focus on Energy Storage Devices from Monash University. Before starting her PhD, she had no idea what is happening inside a battery, these days she has no idea what is happening outside a battery.

Aside of her core skills (analyzing tennis and soccer matches), her key drive is the ability to approach opportunities, new and existing, with a strategic mind-set (e.g. to identify practical research problems that are of the immediate interest of industry and scientific community) and not to be constrained by her (very limited) existing knowledge. In her spare time, she enjoys exploreing Google Scholar to find the answer to everything.

Dr. Meysam SharifzadehMeysam

Meysam received his Ph.D. degree in Materials Science and Engineering from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, in 2013. Prior to his PhD, he completed a bachelors degree in Materials Science and Engineering in Shiraz University, Iran. He has spent 5 years at the Institute of Materials Research and Engineering, A*STAR as a Research Scientist. In March 2018, he joined the group as a Postdoc focusing on design and fabrication of supercapacitors. For the last 10 years, he has been focused on materials processing, device fabrication and prototyping.
He spends most of his free time with his family, enjoys watching movies and sport events, and travelling.

Dr. Dilusha Cooray

Having chemistry as the foundation Dilusha Cooray put her stepping stone for research by entering Monash University Australia to pursue her PhD in electroanalyticalchemistry, exploring the field of sensors gaining knowledge and expertise in electrochemistry, nanochemistry and material synthesis. Her combined expertise in material chemistry and electrochemistry led her to explore the field of energy storage after her PhD in 2017 by joining Nanoscale Science and Engineering Laboratory (NSEL) as a postdoctoral research fellow. Her current research interests include graphene oxide chemistry, energy storage device fabrication, sensors, electrocatalysis, electron transfer kinetics and surface electrochemistry. 

During her leisure time, she loves to do shopping, traveling and to explore new recipes

Dr. Tanesh Gamot

Tanesh received his PhD in 2018 jointly from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay, India and Monash University, Australia under IITB-Research Academy graduate program of Monash. Prior to joining PhD, he did masters in materials science and engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur, India and published a couple of papers in international peer-reviewed journals. In February 2018, he joined the group as a Postdoc working on biomass-derived carbon for supercapacitors. He has more than 5 years of experience on synthesis chemistry and interfacial engineering of graphene/graphene oxide in a wide range of colloidal systems from dispersions to gels to the emulsions.

Apart from dancing in the lab, he enjoys watching cricket and movies

Dr. Sebastian Hernandez Sierra

Sebastián Hernández is a Research Fellow of the Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering at Monash University. He received his PhD degree in Chemical Engineering from University of Kentucky, followed by one-year post-doctoral position, also at the University of Kentucky. He completed a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering at the National University of Colombia and a master’s degree in Civil Engineering at University of Los Andes, Colombia. Sebastián joined the group in March 2018 focusing his research activities to the development of commercial – scale nanofiltration and reverse osmosis membranes using Graphene Oxide. His experience encompasses surface functionalization, polymers, environmental processes, water treatment and nanocomposites.

He is an avid audiophile, moviegoer and salsa dancer.

Mr. Shannon Papworth

Shannon graduated from his B.Sc (Chemistry) and M.Sc (Chemistry) from Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, in 2014. Since then he has been heavily focused on industry/academic research programs, with particular focus on developing novel adsorption materials for wastewater treatment. Shannon joined the NSEL team in June 2017 under the umbrella of a CRC-P (Power Efficient Wastewater Treatment Using Graphene Oxide Technology) to further pursue his interest in this area.

His hobbies and interests include rock-climbing, acoustic guitar, football (soccer!), and… science!

Laboratory Assistants:

Mr. Reza Sabet

Reza, graduated from Monash University with double Master of Chemical Engineering and Business (Marketing), is an experienced and passionate analytical chemist specialized in Chromatographic techniques.

His hobbies are watching movies and reading books.

Mr. Dusan Djordjevic

Dusan Djordjevic a.k.a “Douchie” completed his BSc/BEng (Mechanical) from Monash University in 2018. He joined the NSEL team in February 2017 as a laboratory assistant and has been working on a graphene oxide based membrane project since then. He emphasises a strong focus on a balance between both theoretical and practical applications of science and engineering.

He likes to spend his personal time designing a better society; including but not limited to: 
an overhaul of the education structure with a particular focus on the art of teaching mathematics and science to new generations, 
a re-structuring of the financial and judicial systems to promote a fair social structure to the individual, a more precise and modular language structure, a significantly stronger correlation between the governing bodies and governed individuals to facilitate the needs of the individual and utmost transparency in governing bodies as a means to minimise the potential for corruption.
 
Everybody posts likes, but for a change of pace here are some dislikes: movies, wastefulness, lack of awareness of one’s own ignorance, greed, things that try to break the continuity equation! 🙂

Alumni:

Dr. Prasoon Kumar Dr. Kumar earned a PhD from the IITB-Monash research academy in June, 2018i, undertaking part of his work at NSEL. His thesis was entitled “Scalable fabrication of lithography-less, bio-inspired, 3D micro/nanofluidic devices”. He was awarded a national postdoctoral fellowship (Science and Engineering Research Board, Department of Science and Technology, India) which he undertook at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. He will now start as as Assistant Professor at the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research, Ahmedabad, India.   Congratulations to Prasoon for a successful transition to an academic position.

Dr. Tanesh Gamot: Dr. Gamot earned a PhD from the IITB-Monash research academy, in July, 2018, undertaking part of his work at NSEL. His thesis was entitled “Exploring surfactant-like properties of Graphene Oxide for thermal engineering of emulsions”. He is currently in a postdoctoral position at NSEL, Monash University.

Mr. Chinmay Sonawane:  Mr. Sonawane obtained a Masters of Engineering Science (Research) on 4th July, 2018 from NSEL.

Dr. Parama Chakraborty-Banerjee Dr. Banerjee completed her postdoctoral research at NSEL and took up a lecturer position at the Department of Chemical Engineering, Monash University from October 2017.  Congratulations to Parama for a successful transition to an academic position. She is now one of our research collaborators.

Dr. Mahdokht E. Shaibani Dr. Shaibani earned a PhD working at NSEL in May 2017. Her thesis was entitled “Synthesis and application of carbon-based materials for high performance energy storage devices”. Dr. Shaibani is currently in a postdoctoral position in our group developing high performance Li-S batteries, a project she is a co-investigator in.

Dr. Samuel T. Martin Dr. Martin earned a PhD working at NSEL in April  2017.  His thesis was entitled “Nanofluidics of Graphene Oxide”. Sam was awarded the Endeavor fellowship to study fluidics in 2D materials with Professor Lyderic Bocquet at Ecole Normale Superieure, Paris. Sam is now in a postdoctoral position at NSEL working on a Co-operative Research Center (Projects) in developing methods and technologies to up-scale the production of Graphene Oxide membranes via a reel-to-reel process.

Dr. Abozar Akbarivakilbadi Dr. Akbarivakilabadi earned a PhD from Monash University working at NSEL in November 2017. His thesis entitled “Large-Scale Fabrication of graphene based-thin film for water-treatment and energy-storage applications” received the Bill Melbourne award for best PhD dissertation from the Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering of Monash University in 2018.  Currently he is undertaking postdoctoral research with Professor Rodney Ruoff at Center for Multidimmensional Carbon Materials (Institute of Basic Science), Ulsan, South Korea.

Dr. Dhanraj Shinde Dr. Shinde completed his first postdoctoral research position at NSEL and took up a postdoctoral appointment at New Mexico State University, Las Cruces with Prof. Sergei Smirnov in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry in October 2016.

Dr. Phillip Sheath Phillip received his PhD on the topic, “Structure-performance correlations of engineered graphene based materials for water treatment: experimental and theoretical investigations” in May 2016. Currently, he is in working for the government in Department of Industry, Innovation & Science, Canberra.

Dr. Derrek E. Lobo Derrek received his PhD on the topic, “Advances in bottom up and top down fabrication of nano carbon architectures and their applications” in March 2015. Currently, he is working for Agilent Technologies in Melbourne.

Dr. Rachel Tkacz Rachel received her PhD on the topic, “Graphene-based assemblies from colloidal suspensions” in June 2015. Her thesis was awarded the Bill Melbourne Award for the best PhD thesis in the Department in 2016. Currently, she is back in Israel working in a R&D position in a government laboratory. Congratulations on becoming the first PhD student to graduate from NSEL!