Dr Mandy De Souza

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Senior Research Fellow, Carbon Fibres

Faculty

Instit for Frontier Materials

Department

Instit for Frontier Materials

Campus

Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus

Qualifications

Doctor of Philosophy, Deakin University, 2009
Bachelor of Engineering, Deakin University, 2004

Contact

mandy.desouza@deakin.edu.au
+61 3 522 73203

Biography

Dr Mandy de Souza is a Research Fellow at Carbon Nexus in the field of carbon fibre composites, specialising in out-of-autoclave manufacturing and surface finish. She received her BEng (Hons) and PhD (Engineering) at Deakin University, before becoming a Research Fellow in 2009.

In 2019, Dr de Souza was awarded a Vice-Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Contribution to Industry and Employer Partnerships, a Vice-Chancellor's Award for Industry Engagement in Research in 2016 and a prestigious Victoria Fellowship for her work in surface finish in 2011.

She is currently a CI in the ARC Research Hub for Future Fibres and leads the manufacturing theme at Carbon Nexus. Dr de Souza’s other research interests include rapid curing resins, bonding of dissimilar materials and self-healing composites.

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Awards

2019 Vice-Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Contribution to Industry and Employer Partnerships

2016 Vice-Chancellor's Award for Industry Engagement in Research

2011 Victoria Fellowship awarded by the Victorian Government

2003 Vice-Chancellor Award for the Phantom Engineering Project Team in the category of outstanding contribution to another area of the strategic plan 2003.

Publications

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2020

Water activated healing of thiolene boronic ester coatings

M de Souza, Charlotte Dubois, J Zhang, R Varley

(2020), Vol. 139, pp. 1-8, Progress in Organic Coatings, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

New approaches to bonding thermoplastic and thermoset polymer composites

J Zhang, M de Souza, C Creighton, R Varley

(2020), Vol. 133, pp. 1-8, Composites Part A: applied science and manufacturing, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

Rapid Cross-Linking of Epoxy Thermosets Induced by Solvate Ionic Liquids

Nishar Hameed, Daniel Eyckens, Benjamin Long, Nisa Salim, Jaworski Capricho, Linden Servinis, Mandy De Souza, Magenta Perus, Russell Varley, Luke Henderson

(2020), Vol. 2, pp. 2651-2657, ACS APPLIED POLYMER MATERIALS, C1

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2019

Understanding the effects of in-service temperature and functional fluid on the ageing of silicone rubber

Sima Kashi, Mandy De Souza, Salwan Al-Assafi, Russell Varley

(2019), Vol. 11, Polymers, Basel, Switzerland, C1

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Development of a light-weight seat structure using a hybrid material approach

Claudia Creighton, Mandy De Souza, Russell Varley, John Antony

(2019), pp. 61-67, Technologies for economical and functional lightweight design : Conference proceedings 2018, Wolfsburg, Germany, E1

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2018

Mechanical, thermal, and morphological behavior of silicone rubber during accelerated aging

S Kashi, R Varley, M De Souza, S Al-Assafi, A Di Pietro, C De Lavigne, B Fox

(2018), Vol. 57, pp. 1687-1696, Polymer - plastics technology and engineering, Abingdon, Eng., C1

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2017

An investigation into the surface heterogeneity of nitric acid oxidized carbon fiber

A Woodhead, M de Souza, J Church

(2017), Vol. 401, pp. 79-88, Applied surface science, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article
2015

The surface finish of thermally aged carbon fibre reinforced composites using E-glass as a surface barrier

M De Souza, B Fox

(2015), Vol. 22, pp. 573-582, Applied composite materials, Berlin, Germany, C1

journal article

Resin fillet formation in honeycomb sandwich structures

M Jennings, M De Souza, C Creighton, S Agius, A Pierlot, B Fox

(2015), Vol. 2015-July, pp. 1-1, ICCM 2015 : Proceedings of the 20th International Conferences on Composite Materials, Copenhagen, Denmark, E1

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2014

Characterisation of composite honeycomb sandwich structures cured using the quickstep process

M Jennings, M de Souza, C Creighton, S Agius, T Pierlot, B Fox

(2014), pp. 71-72, Proceedings of the 2013 Fiber Society Spring Technical Conference, Geelong, Vic., E1

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2013

Hygrothermal effects on painted carbon fibre composite surfaces

M De Souza, J Mardel, B Fox

(2013), Vol. 47, pp. 539-547, Journal of Composite Materials, C1

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Effect of manufacturing method and aging environment on painted automotive carbon fibre composite surfaces

M De Souza, J Mardel, B Fox

(2013), Vol. 20, pp. 747-759, Applied composite materials, Berlin, Germany, C1

journal article
2011

The effect of a rapid curing process on the surface finish of a carbon fibre epoxy composite

M Herring, B Fox

(2011), Vol. 42, pp. 1035-1043, Composites Part B: Engineering, C1

journal article
2010

The effect of material selection and manufacturing process on the surface finish of carbon fibre composites

M Herring, J Mardel, B Fox

(2010), Vol. 210, pp. 926-940, Journal of Materials Processing Technology, C1

journal article
2006

Surface analysis of carbon fibre composite laminates for automotive body panels

M Herring, G Kelly, J Mardel, J Hodgkin, B Fox

(2006), pp. 590-595, Developments in composites : advanced, infrastructural, natural & nano-composites, Sydney, Australia, E1

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2005

Surface analysis of environmentally exposed painted composites manufactured from Quickstep and autoclave processes

M Herring, G Kelly, J Mardel, B Fox

(2005), pp. 220-225, SAMPE Europe 2005 : Proceedings of the 26th International SAMPE Europe Conference 2005, Paris, France, E1-1

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Funded Projects at Deakin

Australian Competitive Grants

A World Class Future Fibre Industry Transformation Research Hub

Prof Xungai Wang, Prof Bronwyn Fox, Prof Tong Lin, Prof Joselito Razal, A/Prof Jingliang Li, Prof Luke Henderson, A/Prof Nolene Byrne, A/Prof Rangam Rajkhowa, A/Prof Alessandra Sutti, A/Prof Minoo Naebe, Dr Christopher Hurren, Dr Murray Height, Dr Ashley Denmead, Dr Rodney Dilley, Prof Marcus Atlas, 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 Salwan Al-Assafi, Dr Linda Hillbrick, Dr Andrew Parratt, Mr Thomas Hussey

ARC Industrial Transformation Research Hubs

  • 2019: $500,069
  • 2018: $982,400
  • 2017: $986,915
  • 2016: $990,154
  • 2015: $1,434,570

Other Public Sector Funding

Next Generation Prepregs for Advanced Composite Materials Phase II.

Prof Russell Varley, Dr Jerry Gan, Dr Mandy De Souza

  • 2020: $16,033

Industry and Other Funding

A World Class Future Fibre Industry Transformation Research Hub

Prof Xungai Wang, Prof Bronwyn Fox, Prof Tong Lin, Prof Joselito Razal, A/Prof Jingliang Li, Prof Luke Henderson, A/Prof Nolene Byrne, A/Prof Rangam Rajkhowa, A/Prof Alessandra Sutti, A/Prof Minoo Naebe, Dr Christopher Hurren, Dr Murray Height, Dr Ashley Denmead, Dr Rodney Dilley, Prof Marcus Atlas, 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 Salwan Al-Assafi, Dr Linda Hillbrick, Dr Andrew Parratt, Mr Thomas Hussey

  • 2019: $600,000
  • 2018: $600,000
  • 2017: $600,000
  • 2016: $450,000

Next Generation Prepregs for Advanced Composite Materials Phase II.

Prof Russell Varley, Dr Jerry Gan, Dr Mandy De Souza

  • 2019: $16,000

Next Generation Carbon Fibre Reinforced Compostite Tray Body.

Prof Russell Varley, Mr Rodney Macaulay, Dr Yanan Wang, Dr Johannes Reiner, Prof Bernard Rolfe, Dr Mandy De Souza

  • 2020: $27,771

Other Funding Sources

3-139 Composite Seat Structure Development

Dr Tim De Souza, Prof Bronwyn Fox, Dr Mandy De Souza, Dr Claudia Creighton

  • 2016: $33,300

3-149 - Improved Design of a Composite Front Seat Back for Higher Production at Lower Cost

Prof Russell Varley, Dr Mandy De Souza, Dr Claudia Creighton

  • 2017: $279,017

Supervisions

Co-supervisor
2019

Andrea Louise Wilde

Thesis entitled: Novel Raman spectroscopic approaches for the characterisation of carbon fibre.

Doctor of Philosophy (Engineering), Institute for Frontier Materials