Dr Rangam Rajkhowa

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Senior Research Fellow

Faculty

Instit for Frontier Materials

Department

Instit for Frontier Materials

Campus

Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus

Contact

Career highlights

Australia India Early Career Research Fellowship from Australian Academy of Science, 2013

AINSE Post-graduate Research Award, 2008-2009

Australian Research Network for Advanced Materials (ARNAM) Award for research visit to Tissue Engineering Resource Centre at Tufts University, MA, ,2008

Endeavour International Post Graduate Research Scholarship, Department of Education Science and Technology, Australia, 2006-2009

Ministry of Human Resource Development, India, Post Graduate Award based on All India 2nd Rank in Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (Textile Engineering & Fibre Science)

Research interests

Silk fibre spinning and structures

Silk based biomaterials

Fibre powder and processing

Fibre structure  property correlations

Advanced applications of natural fibres

Teaching interests

Fibre Structures, Yarn spinning and mechanics, Man made fibres, Materials Testing, Biomimicking structures

Knowledge areas

Natural fbre porcessing

Structure and Properties of fibres

Silk based biomaterials

Fibre Powders

Tenxtile Testing

Spinning

Media appearances

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kW6WGi1X528

http://www.geelongadvertiser.com.au/article/2012/10/22/353413_news_pf.html

Research groups

Silk group

Functional fibre group

Awards

Australia India Early Career Research Fellowship from Australian Academy of Science, 2013

AINSE Post-graduate Research Award, 2008-2009

Australian Research Network for Advanced Materials (ARNAM) Award for research visit to Tissue Engineering Resource Centre at Tufts University, MA, ,2008

Endeavour International Post Graduate Research Scholarship, Department of Education Science and Technology, Australia, 2006-2009

Ministry of Human Resource Development, India, Post Graduate Award based on All India 2nd Rank in Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (Textile Engineering & Fibre Science)

Publications

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2016

The impact of degumming conditions on the properties of silk films for biomedical applications

Dr Ben Allardyce, Dr Rangam Rajkhowa, Dr Rodney Dilley, Prof Marcus Atlas, Mrs Jasjeet Kaur, Prof Xungai Wang

(2016), Vol. 86, pp. 275-287, Textile research journal, London, Eng., C1

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Biodegradable Eri silk nanoparticles as a delivery vehicle for bovine lactoferrin against MDA-MB-231 and MCF-7 breast cancer cells

Dr Kislay Roy, Mr Yogesh Patel, Dr Rupinder Kanwar, Dr Rangam Rajkhowa, Prof Xungai Wang, Prof Jagat Kanwar

(2016), Vol. 11, pp. 25-44, International journal of nanomedicine, Macclesfield, Eng., C1

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Functionality of nano and 3D-microhierarchical TiO₂ particles as coagulants for sericin extraction from the silk degumming wastewater

Dr Esfandiar Pakdel, Dr Jinfeng Wang, Mr Benjamin James Allardyce, Dr Rangam Rajkhowa, Prof Xungai Wang

(2016), Vol. 170, pp. 92-101, Separation and purification technology, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

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Comparative acoustic performance and mechanical properties of silk membranes for the repair of chronic tympanic membrane perforations

Dr Ben Allardyce, Dr Rangam Rajkhowa, Dr Rodney Dilley, Mr Armstrong Xie, Luke Campbell, A/Prof Adrian Keating, Prof Marcus Atlas, Magnus von Unge, Prof Xungai Wang

(2016), Vol. 64, pp. 65-74, Journal of thev mechanical behavior of biomedical materials, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

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The effect of fibrous structural difference on thermal insulation properties of biological composites: silkworm cocoons

Mr Jin Jin, Dr Jin Zhang, Dr Christopher Hurren, A/Prof Jingliang Li, Dr Rangam Rajkhowa, Prof Xungai Wang

(2016), Vol. 86, pp. 1935-1946, Textile research journal, London, Eng., C1

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2015

Drug loading and release studies for milled silk particles of different sizes

Mr Mehdi Kazemimostaghim, Dr Rangam Rajkhowa, Prof Xungai Wang

(2015), Vol. 283, pp. 321-327, Powder technology, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

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Milled non-mulberry silk fibroin microparticles as biomaterial for biomedical applications

Nandana Bhardwaj, Dr Rangam Rajkhowa, Prof Xungai Wang, Dr Dipali Devi

(2015), Vol. 81, pp. 31-40, International journal of biological macromolecules, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

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Relationship between processing, surface energy and bulk properties of ultrafine silk particles

Dr Rangam Rajkhowa, Dr Abdullah Al Kafi, Qi Tony Zhou, Anett Kondor, David A. V. Morton, Prof Xungai Wang

(2015), Vol. 270, pp. 112-120, Powder technology, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

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Crystals in Antheraea assamensis silkworm cocoon: their removal, recovery and roles

Mrs Jasjeet Kaur, Dr Rangam Rajkhowa, Dr Takuya Tsuzuki, Prof Xungai Wang

(2015), Vol. 88, pp. 236-244, Materials and design, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

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Intrinsic tensile properties of cocoon silk fibres can be estimated by removing flaws through repeated tensile tests

Dr Rangam Rajkhowa, Mrs Jasjeet Kaur, Prof Xungai Wang, Dr Warren Batchelor

(2015), Vol. 12, pp. 1-10, Journal of the royal society interface, London, Eng., C1

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Surface energy of silk fibroin and mechanical properties of silk cocoon composites

Dr Jin Zhang, Ms Shan Du, Dr Abdullah Al Kafi, Prof Bronwyn Fox, A/Prof Jingliang Li, Xinwang Liu, Dr Rangam Rajkhowa, Prof Xungai Wang

(2015), Vol. 5, pp. 1640-1647, RSC Advances, Cambridge, Eng., C1

journal
2014

Facts and myths of antibacterial properties of silk

Mrs Jasjeet Kaur, Dr Rangam Rajkhowa, Ms Tara Afrin, Dr Takuya Tsuzuki, Prof Xungai Wang

(2014), Vol. 101, pp. 237-245, Biopolymers, London, England, C1

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Comparison of milling and solution approach for production of silk particles

Mr Mehdi Kazemimostaghim, Dr Rangam Rajkhowa, Prof Xungai Wang

(2014), Vol. 262, pp. 156-161, Powder technology, Amsterdam, Netherlands, C1

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Review on fabrication and applications of ultrafine particles from animal protein fibres

Mr Kiran Patil, Dr Rangam Rajkhowa, Prof Xungai Wang, Prof Tong Lin

(2014), Vol. 15, pp. 187-194, Fibers and polymers, Dordrecht, Netherlands, C1

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Structure and characteristics of milled silk particles

Mr Mehdi Kazemimostaghim, Dr Rangam Rajkhowa, Mr Kiran Patil, Dr Takuya Tsuzuki, Prof Xungai Wang

(2014), Vol. 254, pp. 488-493, Powder technology, Amsterdam, Netherlands, C1

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2013

Silk fibroin biomaterials for tissue regenerations

Banani Kundu, Dr Rangam Rajkhowa, Subhas C. Kundu, Prof Xungai Wang

(2013), Vol. 65, pp. 457-470, Advanced drug delivery reviews, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

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Utilising silk fibroin membranes as scaffolds for the growth of tympanic membrane keratinocytes, and application to myringoplasty surgery

Brett Levin, Sharon Leanne Redmond, Dr Rangam Rajkhowa, Robert Henry Eikelboom, Prof Marcus Atlas, Dr Robert Marano

(2013), Vol. 127, pp. S13-S20, Journal of laryngology and otology, Cambridge, England, C1

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Silkworm cocoon as natural material and structure for thermal insulation

Dr Jin Zhang, Dr Rangam Rajkhowa, A/Prof Jingliang Li, Xiang-Yang Liu, Prof Xungai Wang

(2013), Vol. 49, pp. 842-849, Materials & design, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

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Mechanical properties and structure of silkworm cocoons : a comparative study of Bombyx mori, Antheraea assamensis, Antheraea pernyi and Antheraea mylitta silkworm cocoons

Dr Jin Zhang, Mrs Jasjeet Kaur, Dr Rangam Rajkhowa, A/Prof Jingliang Li, Xiang-Yang Liu, Prof Xungai Wang

(2013), Vol. 33, pp. 3206-3213, Materials science and engineering C, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

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Wild silkworm cocoon as a natural tough biological composite structure

Dr Jin Zhang, Mrs Jasjeet Kaur, Dr Rangam Rajkhowa, A/Prof Jingliang Li, Xiang-Yang Liu, Prof Xungai Wang

(2013), pp. 1-4, Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Structural Integrity and Fracture 2013, Melbourne, Vic., E1

conference

Ultrafine silk powder from biocompatible surfactant-assisted milling

Mr Mehdi Kazemimostaghim, Dr Rangam Rajkhowa, Dr Takuya Tsuzuki, Prof Xungai Wang

(2013), Vol. 249, pp. 253-257, Powder technology, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

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Production of submicron silk particles by milling

Mr Mehdi Kazemimostaghim, Dr Rangam Rajkhowa, Dr Takuya Tsuzuki, Prof Xungai Wang

(2013), Vol. 241, pp. 230-235, Powder technology, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

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Exploring novel ultrafine Eri silk bioscaffold for enzyme stabilisation in cellobiose hydrolysis

Dr Madan Verma, Dr Rangam Rajkhowa, Prof Xungai Wang, Prof Colin Barrow, Dr Munish Puri

(2013), Vol. 145, pp. 302-306, Bioresource technology, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

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Fabrication and characterization of biomaterial film from gland silk of muga and eri silkworms

Saranga Dutta, Bijit Talukdar, Rupjyoti Bharali, Dr Rangam Rajkhowa, Dr Dipali Devi

(2013), Vol. 99, pp. 326-333, Biopolymers, London, England, C1

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Photoprotection by silk cocoons

Mrs Jasjeet Kaur, Dr Rangam Rajkhowa, Dr Takuya Tsuzuki, Dr Keith Millington, Dr Jin Zhang, Prof Xungai Wang

(2013), Vol. 14, pp. 3660-3667, Biomacromolecules, Washington, D.C., C1

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Effect of solvent on ionic liquid dissolved regenerated antheraea assamensis silk fibroin

Dr Nicolas Goujon, Dr Rangam Rajkhowa, Prof Xungai Wang, Dr Nolene Byrne

(2013), Vol. 128, pp. 4411-4416, Journal of applied polymer science, London, Eng., C1-1

journal
2012

Milled cashmere guard hair powders : absorption properties to heavy metal ions

Mr Kiran Patil, Dr Suzanne V Smith, Dr Rangam Rajkhowa, Dr Takuya Tsuzuki, Prof Xungai Wang, Prof Tong Lin

(2012), Vol. 218, pp. 162-168, Powder technology, Lausanne, Switzerland, C1

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Ultrafine wool powders and their bulk properties

Dr Rangam Rajkhowa, Qi Zhou, Dr Takuya Tsuzuki, David A. V. Morton, Prof Xungai Wang

(2012), Vol. 224, pp. 183-188, Powder technology, Lausanne, Switzerland, C1

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Preparation and surface properties of cashmere guard hair powders

Mr Kiran Patil, Dr Rangam Rajkhowa, Dr Jane Dai, Dr Takuya Tsuzuki, Prof Tong Lin, Prof Xungai Wang

(2012), Vol. 219, pp. 179-185, Powder technology, Lausanne, Switzerland, C1

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Regenerated silk fibroin using protic ionic liquids solvents : towards an all-ionic-liquid process for producing silk with tunable properties

Dr Nicolas Goujon, Prof Xungai Wang, Dr Rangam Rajkhowa, Dr Nolene Byrne

(2012), Vol. 48, pp. 1278-1280, Chemical communications, Cambridge, England, C1

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Positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy of mechanically milled protein fibre powders and their free volume aspects

Mr Kiran Patil, S Sellaiyan, Dr Rangam Rajkhowa, Dr Takuya Tsuzuki, Prof Tong Lin, Dr Suzanne Smith, Prof Xungai Wang, Akira Uedono

(2012), pp. 1-6, ICPA-16 2012 : Proceedings of the 16th International Conference on Positron Annihilation, Bristol, England, E1

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Structure and biodegradation mechanism of milled Bombyx mori silk particles

Dr Rangam Rajkhowa, Xiao Hu, Dr Takuya Tsuzuki, Prof David Kaplan, Prof Xungai Wang

(2012), Vol. 13, pp. 2503-2512, Biomacromolecules, Washington, D.C., C1

journal
2011

Mechanical improvements to reinforced porous silk scaffolds

Eun Seok Gil, Jonathan Kluge, Danielle N Rockwood, Dr Rangam Rajkhowa, Dr Lijing Wang, Prof Xungai Wang, Prof David Kaplan

(2011), Vol. 99A, pp. 16-28, Journal of biomedical materials research. Part a, Hoboken, N. J., C1

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Molecular weight and secondary structure change in eri silk during alkali degumming and powdering

Dr Rangam Rajkhowa, Dr Lijing Wang, Prof Jagat Kanwar, Prof Xungai Wang

(2011), Vol. 119, pp. 1339-1347, Journal of applied polymer science, Hoboken, N. J., C1

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Ingrowth of human mesenchymal stem cells into porous silk particle reinforced silk composite scaffolds : an in vitro study

Danielle N Rockwood, Eun Seok Gil, S. H. Park, Jonathan Kluge, Warren Grayson, Sarindr Bhumiratana, Dr Rangam Rajkhowa, Prof Xungai Wang, Sung Jun Kim, Gordana Vunjack-Novakovic, Prof David Kaplan

(2011), Vol. 7, pp. 144-151, Acta biomaterialia, Amsterdam, Netherlands, C1

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An investigation into transition metal ion binding properties of silk fibers and particles using radioisotopes

Dr Rangam Rajkhowa, Radhika Naik, Dr Lijing Wang, Dr Suzanne V Smith, Prof Xungai Wang

(2011), Vol. 119, pp. 3630-3639, Journal of applied polymer science, New York, N.Y., C1

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Structure and properties of biomedical films prepared from aqueous and acidic silk fibroin solutions

Dr Rangam Rajkhowa, Brett Levin, Sharon Leanne Redmond, Dr Luhua Li, Dr Lijing Wang, Prof Jagat Kanwar, Prof Marcus Atlas, Prof Xungai Wang

(2011), Vol. 97A, pp. 37-45, Journal of biomedical materials research : Part A, Hoboken, N.J., C1

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2010

Reinforcing silk scaffolds with silk particles

Dr Rangam Rajkhowa, Eun Seok Gil, Jonathan Kluge, Keiji Numata, Dr Lijing Wang, Prof Xungai Wang, Prof David Kaplan

(2010), Vol. 10, pp. 599-611, Macromolecular bioscience, Weinheim, Germany, C1

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Preliminary results of the application of a silk fibroin scaffold to otology

Brett Levin, Sharon Leanne Redmond, Dr Rangam Rajkhowa, Robert Henry Eikelboom, Dr Robert Marano, Prof Marcus Atlas

(2010), Vol. 142, pp. S33-S35, Otolaryngology¿head and neck surgery, Philadelphia, Pa., C1

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Recent innovations in silk biomaterials

Dr Rangam Rajkhowa, Dr Takuya Tsuzuki, Prof Xungai Wang

(2010), Vol. 2, pp. 202-213, Journal of fiber bioengineering and informatics, Bethel, Conn., C1-1

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2009

Fabrication of ultrafine powder from eri silk through attritor and jet milling

Dr Rangam Rajkhowa, Dr Lijing Wang, Prof Jagat Kanwar, Prof Xungai Wang

(2009), Vol. 191, pp. 155-163, Powder technology, Lausanne, Switzerland, C1

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Grafts in myringoplasty : utilizing a silk fibroin scaffold as a novel device

Brett Levin, Dr Rangam Rajkhowa, Sharon Leanne Redmond, Prof Marcus Atlas

(2009), Vol. 6, pp. 653-664, Expert review of medical devices, London, England, C1

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2008

Ultra-fine silk powder preparation through rotary and ball milling

Dr Rangam Rajkhowa, Dr Lijing Wang, Prof Xungai Wang

(2008), Vol. 185, pp. 87-95, Powder technology, Lausanne, Switzerland, C1

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Grants

Australian Competitive Grants

AWI ES044: Blending of Eri silk and wool

Dr Lijing Wang, Dr Rangam Rajkhowa

AWI Grant - Research - Australian Wool Innovation Limited

  • 2006: $15,000

Engineering a silk fibroin based ear drum with optimum acoustic properties

Prof Xungai Wang, Dr Rangam Rajkhowa, Dr Robert Marano, Prof Marcus Atlas, Dr Ben Allardyce

ARC Linkage - Projects Rnd 2

  • 2015: $66,906
  • 2014: $118,494
  • 2013: $116,114
  • 2012: $108,120
  • 2011: $51,803

Understanding the composite structures and properties of wild silk cocoons

Dr Rangam Rajkhowa, A/Prof Jingliang Li, Prof Xiangyang Liu

ARC - Discovery Projects

  • 2014: $111,102
  • 2013: $107,843
  • 2012: $114,232

Improving length, strength and fineness of cotton fibre: A PhD study

Dr Rangam Rajkhowa, Prof Xungai Wang

CRDC Grant - Research - Cotton Research and Development Corporation

  • 2016: $33,750
  • 2015: $34,750
  • 2014: $46,500
  • 2013: $23,000

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: $42,354
  • 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 Alessandra Sutti, Dr Rangam Rajkhowa, Dr Minoo Naebe, Dr Christopher Hurren, Dr Murray Height, Prof Mark Kirkland, Dr Ashley Denmead, Dr Rodney Dilley, Prof Marcus Atlas, Mr Grant Mackintosh, Dr Keith Millington, Dr Mickey Huson, Prof Gregory Rutledge, Dr Jeff Church, A/Prof Friedrich Vollrath, Prof David Kaplan, Prof Uwe Pieles, Dr Rudolf Hufenus, A/Prof Jeffrey Wiggins, Prof Russell Varley, Salwan Al-Assafi, Dr Mandy De Souza

ARC Industrial Transformation Research Hubs

  • 2017: $493,457
  • 2016: $990,154
  • 2015: $1,434,570

An eco-friendly treatment to improve look and handle of cotton fabric

Dr Rangam Rajkhowa, Dr Stuart Gordon

CRDC Grant - Research - Cotton Research and Development Corporation

  • 2017: $54,187

Other Public Sector Funding

Advanced Materials from Wild Silk Protein

Dr Rangam Rajkhowa

  • 2012: $20,500

Exploring new products combining Australian Animal fibre and eri silk

Dr Rangam Rajkhowa

  • 2016: $7,000

Industry and Other Funding

Engineering a silk fibroin based ear drum with optimum acoustic properties

Prof Xungai Wang, Dr Rangam Rajkhowa, Dr Robert Marano, Prof Marcus Atlas, Dr Ben Allardyce

  • 2015: $30,040
  • 2014: $12,500
  • 2013: $33,392
  • 2012: $66,858

Short silk nanofibre based 3D scaffolds with enhanced biomimicry

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

  • 2016: $70,000
  • 2015: $70,000

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 Alessandra Sutti, Dr Rangam Rajkhowa, Dr Minoo Naebe, Dr Christopher Hurren, Dr Murray Height, Prof Mark Kirkland, Dr Ashley Denmead, Dr Rodney Dilley, Prof Marcus Atlas, Mr Grant Mackintosh, Dr Keith Millington, Dr Mickey Huson, Prof Gregory Rutledge, Dr Jeff Church, A/Prof Friedrich Vollrath, Prof David Kaplan, Prof Uwe Pieles, Dr Rudolf Hufenus, A/Prof Jeffrey Wiggins, Prof Russell Varley, Salwan Al-Assafi, Dr Mandy De Souza

  • 2017: $300,000
  • 2016: $450,000

Functional wool powder with Indian Sandal wood oil and ultrafine sandalwood powder for skin care applications

Dr Rangam Rajkhowa, Prof Xungai Wang, Prof Colin Barrow

  • 2017: $10,000
  • 2016: $121,725

Fibre Deconstruction Polymer Addition Material Reassembly and Applications

Prof Xungai Wang, Dr Rangam Rajkhowa, Dr Christopher Hurren, A/Prof Joselito Razal

  • 2017: $97,682
  • 2016: $80,627

Circular Denim

Prof Xungai Wang, Dr Rangam Rajkhowa, Dr Rebecca Van Amber, Dr Nolene Byrne, Dr Christopher Hurren

  • 2017: $112,361

Supervisions

Principal Supervisor
2017

Rechana Chandrasekharan Nair Remadevi

Thesis entitled: Improving the properties of cotton by amino acid treatment

Doctor of Philosophy (Engineering), Institute for Frontier Materials

Associate Supervisor
2015

Jasjeet Kaur

Thesis entitled: Silk Cocoon: Structure and Properties

Doctor of Philosophy (Engineering), Institute for Frontier Materials

2014

Mehdi Kazemimostaghim

Thesis entitled: Silk powder production,Characterization and application

Doctor of Philosophy (Engineering), Institute for Frontier Materials