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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2018

Tensile, physical, and microstructure properties of glycine treated cotton fibers

R Remadevi, S Gordon, X Wang, R Rajkhowa

(2018), Vol. 88, pp. 1356-1366, Textile research journal, London, Eng., C1

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2017

Investigation of the swelling of cotton fibers using aqueous glycine solutions

R Chandrasekharan Nair Remadevi, X Wang, R Rajkhowa, S Gordon

(2017), Vol. 87, pp. 2204-2213, Textile research journal, London, Eng., C1

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Glycerol-plasticised silk membranes made using formic acid are ductile, transparent and degradation-resistant

B Allardyce, R Rajkhowa, R Dilley, S Redmond, M Atlas, X Wang

(2017), Vol. 80, pp. 165-173, Materials science and engineering: C, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

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Eri silk and silk blend protein fiber fabrics: physical properties and consumer acceptability

R Van Amber, R Rajkhowa, M Naebe, R Remadevi, D Barua

(2017), ISMR 2017 : Proceedings of the Fiber Society 2017 Fall Meeting and Technical Conference and International Symposium on Materials from Renewables, Fargo, N.D., E1

conference
2016

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

B Allardyce, R Rajkhowa, R Dilley, M Atlas, J Kaur, X 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

K Roy, Y Patel, R Kanwar, R Rajkhowa, X Wang, J Kanwar

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

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

X Jin, J Zhang, C Hurren, J Li, R Rajkhowa, X Wang

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

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

E Pakdel, J Wang, B Allardyce, R Rajkhowa, X 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

B Allardyce, R Rajkhowa, R Dilley, Z Xie, L Campbell, A Keating, M Atlas, M von Unge, X Wang

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

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Structure-property relationships of elementary bamboo fibers

E Castanet, Q Li, L Dumée, C Garvey, R Rajkhowa, J Zhang, B Rolfe, K Magniez

(2016), Vol. 23, pp. 3521-3534, Cellulose, Berlin, Germany, C1

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2015

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

R Rajkhowa, A Kafi, Q Zhou, A Kondor, D Morton, X Wang

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

journal

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

J Zhang, S Du, A Kafi, B Fox, J Li, X Liu, R Rajkhowa, X Wang

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

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

R Rajkhowa, J Kaur, X Wang, W Batchelor

(2015), Vol. 12, pp. 11-10, Journal of the royal society interface, London, Eng., C1

journal

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

M Kazemimostaghim, R Rajkhowa, X Wang

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

journal

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

N Bhardwaj, R Rajkhowa, X Wang, D Devi

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

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

J Kaur, R Rajkhowa, T Tsuzuki, X Wang

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

journal
2014

Facts and myths of antibacterial properties of silk

J Kaur, R Rajkhowa, T Afrin, T Tsuzuki, X Wang

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

journal

Silk powder for regenerative medicine

R Rajkhowa, X Wang

(2014), pp. 191-216, Silk Biomaterials for Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, B1

chapter

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

K Patil, R Rajkhowa, X Wang, T Lin

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

journal

Comparison of milling and solution approach for production of silk particles

M Kazemimostaghim, R Rajkhowa, X Wang

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

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Structure and characteristics of milled silk particles

M Kazemimostaghim, R Rajkhowa, K Patil, T Tsuzuki, X Wang

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

journal
2013

Silk fibroin biomaterials for tissue regenerations

B Kundu, R Rajkhowa, S Kundu, X Wang

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

journal

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

B Levin, S Redmond, R Rajkhowa, R Eikelboom, M Atlas, R Marano

(2013), Vol. 127, Journal of laryngology and otology, Cambridge, England, C1

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Silkworm cocoon as natural material and structure for thermal insulation

J Zhang, R Rajkhowa, J Li, S Liu, X 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

J Zhang, J Kaur, R Rajkhowa, J Li, X Liu, X Wang

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

journal

Wild silkworm cocoon as a natural tough biological composite structure

J Zhang, J Kaur, R Rajkhowa, J Li, X Liu, X Wang

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

conference

Production of submicron silk particles by milling

M Kazemimostaghim, R Rajkhowa, T Tsuzuki, X Wang

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

journal

Ultrafine silk powder from biocompatible surfactant-assisted milling

M Kazemimostaghim, R Rajkhowa, T Tsuzuki, X Wang

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

journal

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

S Dutta, B Talukdar, R Bharali, R Rajkhowa, D Devi

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

journal

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

M Verma, R Rajkhowa, X Wang, C Barrow, M Puri

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

journal

Photoprotection by silk cocoons

J Kaur, R Rajkhowa, T Tsuzuki, K Millington, J Zhang, X Wang

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

journal

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

N Goujon, R Rajkhowa, X Wang, N Byrne

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

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2012

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

K Patil, S Smith, R Rajkhowa, T Tsuzuki, X Wang, T Lin

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

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Preparation and surface properties of cashmere guard hair powders

K Patil, R Rajkhowa, X Dai, T Tsuzuki, T Lin, X Wang

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

journal

Ultrafine wool powders and their bulk properties

R Rajkhowa, Q Zhou, T Tsuzuki, D Morton, X Wang

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

journal

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

N Goujon, X Wang, R Rajkowa, N Byrne

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

journal

Structure and biodegradation mechanism of milled Bombyx mori silk particles

R Rajkhowa, X Hu, T Tsuzuki, D Kaplan, X Wang

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

journal

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

K Patil, S Sellaiyan, R Rajkhowa, T Tsuzuki, T Lin, S Smith, X Wang, A Uedono

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

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2011

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

R Rajkhowa, R Naik, L Wang, S Smith, X Wang

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

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

D Rockwood, E Gil, S Park, J Kluge, W Grayson, S Bhumiratana, R Rajkhowa, X Wang, S Kim, G Vunjack-Novakovic, D Kaplan

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

journal

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

R Rajkhowa, B Levin, S Redmond, L Li, L Wang, J Kanwar, M Atlas, X Wang

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

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Mechanical improvements to reinforced porous silk scaffolds

E Gil, J Kluge, D Rockwood, R Rajkhowa, L Wang, X Wang, D 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

R Rajkhowa, L Wang, J Kanwar, X Wang

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

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2010

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

B Levin, S Redmond, R Rajkhowa, R Eikelboom, R Marano, M Atlas

(2010), Vol. 142, Otolaryngology?head and neck surgery, Philadelphia, Pa., C1

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Reinforcing silk scaffolds with silk particles

R Rajkhowa, E Gil, J Kluge, K Numata, L Wang, X Wang, D Kaplan

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

journal

Recent innovations in silk biomaterials

R Rajkhowa, T Tsuzuki, X 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

R Rajkhowa, L Wang, J Kanwar, X 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

B Levin, R Rajkhowa, S Redmond, M Atlas

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

journal
2008

Ultra-fine silk powder preparation through rotary and ball milling

R Rajkhowa, L Wang, X Wang

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

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2005

Enzyme-catalyzed copolymerization of oxiranes with dicarboxylic acid anhydrides

R Rajkhowa, I Varma, A Albertsson, U Edlund

(2005), Vol. 97, pp. 697-704, Journal of applied polymer science, Chichester, Eng., C1-1

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2001

Stress relaxation and inverse stress relaxation in silk fibers

V Kothari, R Rajkhowa, V Gupta

(2001), Vol. 82, pp. 1147-1154, Journal of applied polymer science, Chichester, Eng., C1-1

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2000

Tensile stress-strain and recovery behavior of Indian silk fibers and their structural dependence

R Rajkhowa, V Gupta, V Kothari

(2000), Vol. 77, pp. 2418-2429, Journal of applied polymer science, Chichester, Eng., C1-1

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Physical characteristics and structure of Indian silk fibres

V Gupta, R Rajkhowa, V Kothari

(2000), Vol. 25, pp. 14-19, Indian journal of fibre and textile research, New Delhi, India, C1-1

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Funded Projects at Deakin

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

  • 2017: $11,250
  • 2016: $22,500
  • 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: $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 Alessandra Sutti, Dr Rangam Rajkhowa, 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, Dr Tony Pierlot, Prof Russell Varley, Dr Mandy De Souza, Dr Linda Hillbrick, Dr Salwan Al-Assafi

ARC Industrial Transformation Research Hubs

  • 2018: $668,032
  • 2017: $986,915
  • 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: $138,242

Application of aqueous glycine to improve quality and efficiency of cotton dyeing DU1703

Dr Rangam Rajkhowa

CRDC Grant - Research - Cotton Research and Development Corporation

  • 2018: $25,000

Other Public Sector Funding

Advanced Materials from Wild Silk Protein

Dr Rangam Rajkhowa

  • 2012: $20,500

Advanced wound healing protein powder

Dr Rangam Rajkhowa, Prof Jagat Kanwar

  • 2017: $49,541

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

  • 2017: $70,000
  • 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, 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, Dr Tony Pierlot, Prof Russell Varley, Dr Mandy De Souza, Dr Linda Hillbrick, Dr Salwan Al-Assafi

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

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: $13,525
  • 2016: $121,725

Fibre Deconstruction Polymer Addition Material Reassembly and Applications

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

  • 2018: $226,117
  • 2017: $300,193
  • 2016: $80,627

Circular Denim

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

  • 2017: $222,850

Application of aqueous glycine to improve quality and efficiency of cotton dyeing DU1703

Dr Rangam Rajkhowa

  • 2018: $25,022

Other Funding Sources

3D printed functional composites from protein fibre particles for biomedical applications

Dr Rangam Rajkhowa

  • 2018: $24,000

Supervisions

Principal Supervisor
2018

Erwan Castanet

Thesis entitled: Manufacturing of Bio-composites for Automotive Applications

Doctor of Philosophy (Engineering), Institute for Frontier Materials

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
2018

Saeed Dadvar

Thesis entitled: 3D Printing of Carbon Preforms from a Bio-renewable Feedstock

Doctor of Philosophy (Engineering), Institute for Frontier Materials

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