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Dr Esfandiar Pakdel



Associate Research Fellow


Instit for Frontier Materials


Instit for Frontier Materials


Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus

Biography summary

Dr. Esfandiar Pakdel received his PhD in October 2015 from Deakin University in Australia. His research expertise covers broad fields including smart textiles, multifunctional coatings, photocatalysis, functional nanomaterials, and wastewater treatment. He has conducted in-depth studies on novel characteristics such as self-cleaning, superhydrophobicity/superhydrophilicity, thermoregulation, antibacterial activity and UV-protection on textiles and fibrous materials. He currently conducts his research on up-recycling dry carbon fibre waste for developing value-added products in the Institute for Frontier Materials (IFM). Dr. Pakdel is the recipient of numerous scholarships and awards such as Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Research Fellowship 2017 (Deakin University) and PhotoCite A-Award-2014 (American Society for Photobiology).

Research interests

Multifunctional (Smart) textiles 


Surfaces with special wettability

Photocatalytic nanomaterials

Carbon fibre surface modification

Carbon fibre waste recycling

Professional activities

  • Guest Editor of the special issue “Advances in developing functional coatings on fibrous materials”, Materials (MDPI):
  • Review Editor- journal of Frontier in Materials.
  • Member of the ARC Research Hub for Future Fibers, Deakin University


  • (2017-2019) Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, Deakin University.
  • (2015) Research Degree Publication Scholarship, Deakin University.
  • (2014) ASP Photocite A Award 2014 (Most cited original research article 2011-2014) awarded by American Society for Photobiology.
  • (2012) Deakin University Postgraduate Research Scholarship (DUPRS)
  • (2011) Australian Postgraduate Award (APA)
  • (2011) Endeavour International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (IPRS)


  • (2020- present) Flame retardant fibres and textiles.
  • (2019-present) Developing value added products from carbon fibre waste.
  • (2017-2019) Developing visible-light-active photocatalysts and TiO2-based nanocomposites for selective photocatalytic activity.
  • (2017-2019) Natural melanin and its novel applications.
  • (2018) Denim-dyed denim (Global Change Award).
  • (2017-2019) Developing thermoregulating, heat blocking, flame retardant, and UV protective textiles using functional hollow glass microspheres.
  • (2016) Surface modification of carbon fibres with metal organic frameworks.
  • (2016) Powder production and processing from natural fibres waste.
  • (2015) Sericin protein recovery from silk degumming wastewater.
  • (2011-2015) Surface functionalisation of textiles using TiO2-based nanocomposites.
  • (2011) Synthesising stable colloids of TiO2 nanoparticles doped with noble metals.
  • (2010) Reducing photoyellowing of wool fabrics using TiO2 nanoparticles.
  • (2009-2010) Surface modification of protein fibres using cross-linking method.
  • (2009) Self-cleaning wool fabrics.