Dr Alessandra Sutti

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Senior Research Fellow

Faculty

Instit for Frontier Materials

Department

Instit for Frontier Materials

Campus

Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus

Qualifications

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Parma, 2007

Contact

Biography

Dr Sutti graduated from the University of Parma in 2007, with a PhD thesis in materials science (nanostructured materials for sensing: inverse opals, gas and DNA sensors). Dr Sutti had previously been awarded a Laurea in Materials Science (MSc+BSc) from the University of Parma in 2003. 
Since 2008, Dr Sutti has been working at Deakin, where she heads the Short Polymer Fibres team at the Institute for Frontier Materials. Dr Sutti's research interests include polymer chemistry, polymer physics, fluid-dynamics and biomaterials for stem cell and cancer immunotherapies.

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Career highlights

Highlights

• 2018 : Industrial partner HeiQ Australia establishes production site in ManuFutures, in Geelong, VIC
• 2017: Vice-Chancellor Award for Outstanding Contribution through Innovation that spans the Value Promise, Deakin University
• 2017: Excellence in Research Award, Institute for Frontier Materials (IFM) - Deakin University
• 2017: HeiQ NoFuzz product, developed in collaboration with the short polymer fibres team, launched by HeiQ Australia and HeiQ Materials AG 
• 2016: Vice-Chancellor Award for Outstanding Contribution to Partnerships, Deakin University
• 2016: HeiQ Australia and HeiQ Materials AG launch first short polymer fibre product Real Silk
• 2016 - current: Senior Research Fellow. Team Leader Short Polymer Fibres, IFM, Deakin University.
• 2015: Research, Entrepreneurship, and Cross University Collaboration Awards, IFM, Deakin University
• 2015 - 2021: Chief Investigator ARC Industrial Transformation Research Hub for a World Class Future Fibre Industry (ARC - $4.7m, Industry contribution $3m)
• 2014: Vice-Chancellor Award for Excellence in Industry Engagement, Deakin University
• 2014: Winner, Victorian Engineering Excellence Award, Institute of Engineers Australia
• 2014: Finalist Australian Engineering Excellence Awards, Institute of Engineers Australia
• 2014: HeiQ Australia Founded
• 2014-2018: Chief Investigator ARC Linkage Project “Short silk nanofibre based 3D scaffolds with enhanced biomimicry” (ARC - $470k, Industry contribution $210k)
• 2013-2015: Chief Investigator, Skilling the Bay grant “Production of a pilot manufacturing plant for the manufacture of short nanofibres” (Industry contribution $244k)
• 2012-2015: Research Fellow, biomaterials and short nanofibres, IFM, Deakin University
• 2008-2012: Associate Research Fellow, IFM, Deakin University

 

Patents

• Sutti, Lin, Kirkland “Fibre-forming process and fibres produced by the process”, AU2012325679, US9920454, CN104024494B, EP2748359,
• Sutti, Kirkland, Collins, George “An apparatus for producing nano-bodies”, AU2014225283, JP6238176
• Sutti, Kirkland, Parhizkar, et al., “Process for providing water repellency”, Australian Provisional Patent Application No. 2015904197
• Height, Salathe, Sutti, Bassanese, “Process for Treatment of Fabrics”, Australian Provisional Patent Application No. 2015904197
• Rana, Gupta, Venkatesh, Sutti "Systems and methods for making a product", International Patent Application No. PCT/AU2017/050291
• Sutti, Height, Slezak et al. “Coating composition and method”, Australian Provisional Patent Application No. 2018900730

Research interests

Nanofibres, short polymer fibres, textile science.

Soft matter - multicomponent microstructured hydrogels for cell culture, responsive hydrogels, suspensions of anisotropic particles.

Polymer science - coordination gels, polyelectrolyte nanomaterials

Biomaterials - nanostructured and hierarchical polymer scaffolds for cell culture

Affiliations

Materials Research Society (MRS)

American Chemical Society (ACS)

Knowledge areas

Soft matter sciences, nanomaterials synthesis and self-assembly, colloid chemistry and physics, colloidal crystal assembly and characterisation, hydrogel synthesis, hydrogel nanostructuring, nanofibres, polymer chemistry and physical chemistry, responsive polymer systems, biomaterials.

Inorganic semiconducting nanomaterials for gas sensing and photonics.

Characterisation techniques: electron microscopy, optical microscopy, confocal laser microscopy, thermal analysis techniques, x-ray diffraction, UV-VIS spectroscopy, FTIR spectroscopy.

Expertise

Polymer science, fibre science, colloid chemistry, nanomaterials, gels and hydrogels, self-assembly.

Awards

• 2017: Vice-Chancellor Award for Outstanding Contribution through Innovation that spans the Value Promise, Deakin University (Team award - Adaptive Experimental Optimisation)
• 2017: Excellence in Research Award, Institute for Frontier Materials (IFM) - Deakin University
• 2016: Vice-Chancellor Award for Outstanding Contribution to Partnerships, Deakin University (Team award - Short Polymer Fibres)
• 2015: Research, Entrepreneurship, and Cross University Collaboration Awards, IFM, Deakin University
• 2014: Vice-Chancellor Award for Excellence in Industry Engagement, Deakin University
• 2014: Winner, Victorian Engineering Excellence Award, Institute of Engineers Australia (Deakin University, Cytomatrix, Austeng)
• 2014: Finalist Australian Engineering Excellence Awards, Institute of Engineers Australia (Deakin University, Cytomatrix, Austeng)

Publications

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2018

Norbornene chaotropic salts as low molecular mass ionic organogelators (LMIOGs)

J Engstrom, J Aramballi, M Parhizkar, A Sutti, C Hawes, J White, T Gunnlaugsson, F Pfeffer

(2018), pp. 1-9, Chemical science, Cambridge, Eng., C1

journal
2017

Metal ion type significantly affects the morphology but not the activity of lipase-metal-phosphate nanoflowers

N Sharma, M Parhizkar, W Cong, S Mateti, M Kirkland, M Puri, A Sutti

(2017), Vol. 7, pp. 25437-25443, RSC advances, Cambridge, Eng., C1

journal

Rapid Bayesian optimisation for synthesis of short polymer fiber materials

C Li, D Rubín de Celis Leal, S Rana, S Gupta, A Sutti, S Greenhill, T Slezak, M Height, S Venkatesh

(2017), Vol. 7, pp. 1-10, Scientific reports, London, Eng., C1

journal

Process-constrained batch Bayesian optimisation

P Vellanki, S Rana, S Gupta, D Rubin, A Sutti, T Dorin, M Height, P Sandars, S Venkatesh

(2017), Vol. 2017-December, pp. 3415-3424, NIPS 2017 : Proceedings of the 31st Conference of Neural Information Processing Systems, Long Beach, California, E1

conference
2016

Nano-capsules of amphiphilic poly (ethylene glycol)-block-poly (bisphenol A carbonate) copolymers via thermodynamic entrapment

A Sutti, T Chaffraix, A Voda, A Taylor, K Magniez

(2016), Vol. 6, pp. 6065-6071, RSC Advances, London, Eng., C1

journal
2015

A simple and effective method to ameliorate the interfacial properties of cellulosic fibre based bio-composites using poly (ethylene glycol) based amphiphiles

J Church, A Voda, A Sutti, J George, B Fox, K Magniez

(2015), Vol. 64, pp. 70-78, European polymer journal, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

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2013

Bending and abrasion fatigue of common suture materials used in arthroscopic and open orthopedic surgery

E Savage, C Hurren, S Slader, L Khan, A Sutti, R Page

(2013), Vol. 31, pp. 132-138, Journal of orthopaedic research, Hoboken, N. J., C1

journal

Understanding in-vivo abrasion fatigue or common suture materials used in arthroscopic and open shoulder surgery

C Hurren, A Sutti, E Savage, S Slader, R Page

(2013), Vol. 86, pp. 34-39, Advances in science and technology, Stafa-Zuerich, Switzerland, C1

journal

Phase transition of Poly(N -isopropylacrylamide) in aqueous protic ionic liquids : kosmotropic versus chaotropic anions and their interaction with water

N Debeljuh, A Sutti, C Barrow, N Byrne

(2013), Vol. 117, pp. 8430-8435, Journal of physical chemistry B, Washington, D.C., C1

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Temperature-responsive self-assemblies of 'kinked' amphiphiles

J Squire, G Durand, L Waddington, A Sutti, L Henderson

(2013), Vol. 66, pp. 899-909, Australian journal of chemistry, Melbourne, Vic., C1

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Synthesis and preliminary investigations into norbornane-based amphiphiles and their self-assembly

J Squire, A Sutti, G Durand, X Conlan, L Henderson

(2013), Vol. 37, pp. 1895-1905, New journal of chemistry, London, Eng., C1-1

journal
2012

Thermo-responsive Hercosett/poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) films : a new, fast, optically responsive coating

J Wang, A Sutti, X Wang, T Lin

(2012), Vol. 369, pp. 231-237, Journal of colloid and interface science, Maryland Heights, Mo., C1

journal

Biofunctionalization of 3D nylon 6,6 scaffolds using a two-step surface modification

E Nuhiji, C Wong, A Sutti, L Tong, M Kirkland, X Wang

(2012), Vol. 4, pp. 2912-2919, ACS applied materials and interfaces, Washington, D.C., C1

journal

Enhanced cell growth using non-woven scaffolds of multilobal fibres

C Wong, E Nuhiji, A Sutti, G Keating, X Liu, M Kirkland, X Wang

(2012), Vol. 82, pp. 1371-1381, Textile research journal, London, England, C1

journal
2011

Three-dimensional tissue scaffolds from interbonded poly(e-caprolactone) fibrous matrices with controlled porosity

Y Tang, C Wong, H Wang, A Sutti, M Kirkland, X Wang, T Lin

(2011), Vol. 17, pp. 209-217, Tissue engineering. Part C. methods, New Rochelle, N.Y., C1

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Fast responsive and morphologically robust thermo-responsive hydrogel nanofibres from poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) and POSS crosslinker

J Wang, A Sutti, X Wang, T Lin

(2011), Vol. 7, pp. 4364-4369, Soft matter, London, England, C1

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A new way to nanostructure hydrogels : electrospun thermo-responsive islands-in-the-sea nanofibres

J Wang, A Sutti, X Wang, T Lin

(2011), MRS Fall 2011 : Proceedings of the Materials Research Society 2011 Fall meeting & exhibit, Boston, Mass., E1

conference

Shear-enhanced solution precipitation : a simple process to produce short polymeric nanofibers

A Sutti, T Lin, X Wang

(2011), Vol. 11, pp. 8947-8952, Journal of nanoscience and nanotechnology, Valencia, Calif., C1

journal

Electrospinning of nanofibres with parallel line surface texture for improvement of nerve cell growth

C Huang, Y Tang, X Liu, A Sutti, Q Ke, X Mo, X Wang, Y Morsi, T Lin

(2011), Vol. 7, pp. 10812-10817, Soft matter, Cambridge, U. K., C1

journal
2008

Inverse opal gas sensors : Zn(II)-doped tin dioxide systems for low temperature detection of pollutant gases

A Sutti, C Baratto, G Calestani, C Dionigi, M Ferroni, G Faglia, G Sberveglieri

(2008), Vol. 130, pp. 567-573, Sensors and actuators B : chemical : international journal devoted to research and development of physical and chemical transducers, Lausanne, Switzerland, C1-1

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2006

Inverse opal nanoassemblies : novel architectures for gas sensors the SnO2:Zn case

A Sutti, G Calestani, C Dionigi, C Baratto, M Ferroni, G Faglia, G Sberveglieri

(2006), pp. 257-263, Nanostructured Materials and Hybrid Composites for Gas Sensors and Biomedical Applications, San Francisco, California, E1-1

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2005

Inverse opal structure of SnO2 and SnO2 : Zn for gas sensing

C Baratto, G Faglia, G Sberveglieri, A Sutti, G Calestani, C Dionigi

(2005), pp. 1196-1200, IEEE Sensors 2005 : 30 October - 3 November 2005, Irvine, California, Irvine, California, E1-1

conference
2003

Flux-assisted self-assembly of monodisperse colloids

L Cademartiri, A Sutti, G Calestani, C Dionigi, P Nozar, A Migliori

(2003), Vol. 19, pp. 7944-7947, Langmuir, Washington, D.C., C1-1

journal

Funded Projects at Deakin

Australian Competitive Grants

Short silk nanofibre based 3D scaffolds with enhanced biomimicry

Prof Xungai Wang, Dr Alessandra Sutti, Dr Rangam Rajkhowa, Dr Andrew Parratt

ARC Linkage - Projects

  • 2017: $84,708
  • 2016: $166,908
  • 2015: $164,634
  • 2014: $81,124

A World Class Future Fibre Industry Transformation Research Hub

Prof Xungai Wang, Prof Bronwyn Fox, Prof Tong Lin, A/Prof Joselito Razal, A/Prof Jingliang Li, A/Prof Luke Henderson, Dr Nolene Byrne, Dr Rangam Rajkhowa, Dr Alessandra Sutti, Dr Minoo Naebe, Dr Christopher Hurren, Dr Murray Height, Dr Ashley Denmead, Dr Rodney Dilley, Prof Marcus Atlas, Mr Grant Mackintosh, Prof Gregory Rutledge, A/Prof Friedrich Vollrath, Prof David Kaplan, Prof Uwe Pieles, Dr Rudolf Hufenus, A/Prof Jeffrey Wiggins, Dr Ian Blanchonette, Prof Russell Varley, Dr Tony Pierlot, Dr Salwan Al-Assafi, Dr Linda Hillbrick, Dr Mandy De Souza

ARC Industrial Transformation Research Hubs

  • 2018: $668,032
  • 2017: $986,915
  • 2016: $990,154
  • 2015: $1,434,570

Industry and Other Funding

Short silk nanofibre based 3D scaffolds with enhanced biomimicry

Prof Xungai Wang, Dr Alessandra Sutti, Dr Rangam Rajkhowa, Dr Andrew Parratt

  • 2017: $70,000
  • 2016: $70,000
  • 2015: $70,000

Production of a pilot manufacturing plant for the manufacture of short nanofibres

Dr Alessandra Sutti, Dr Paul Collins, Dr Marzieh Parhizkar

  • 2014: $210,906
  • 2013: $33,182

A World Class Future Fibre Industry Transformation Research Hub

Prof Xungai Wang, Prof Bronwyn Fox, Prof Tong Lin, A/Prof Joselito Razal, A/Prof Jingliang Li, A/Prof Luke Henderson, Dr Nolene Byrne, Dr Rangam Rajkhowa, Dr Alessandra Sutti, Dr Minoo Naebe, Dr Christopher Hurren, Dr Murray Height, Dr Ashley Denmead, Dr Rodney Dilley, Prof Marcus Atlas, Mr Grant Mackintosh, Prof Gregory Rutledge, A/Prof Friedrich Vollrath, Prof David Kaplan, Prof Uwe Pieles, Dr Rudolf Hufenus, A/Prof Jeffrey Wiggins, Dr Ian Blanchonette, Prof Russell Varley, Dr Tony Pierlot, Dr Salwan Al-Assafi, Dr Linda Hillbrick, Dr Mandy De Souza

  • 2018: $262,500
  • 2017: $350,000
  • 2016: $262,500

HeiQ Australia Research Program 2014/15

Dr Alessandra Sutti, Dr Paul Collins

  • 2018: $50,000
  • 2017: $135,408
  • 2016: $259,898
  • 2015: $400,000

Production of short fibres from melt and process modelling - Martina Di Venere

Dr Alessandra Sutti

  • 2018: $3,000
  • 2017: $3,000
  • 2016: $3,000

Other Funding Sources

Novel self-healing fibre-reinforced composites

Dr Kevin Magniez, Dr Alessandra Sutti

  • 2014: $19,874
  • 2013: $55,143
  • 2012: $1,002
  • 2011: $37,872

Supervisions

Associate Supervisor
2018

Nishat Sharma

Thesis entitled: Short-nanofibre-based hierarchical structures for enzyme immobilisation

Doctor of Philosophy (Life & Env), Institute for Frontier Materials

2012

Jing Wang

Thesis entitled: Electrospinning of Thermo-responsive PNIPAM based Hydrogel Nanofibres

Doctor of Philosophy (Engineering), Institute for Frontier Materials