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

Biography summary

Dr Rangam Rajkhowa received his bachelor degree in Textile Technology from Anna University, master degree in Fibre Science and Technology from Indian Institute of Technology Delhi and PhD in Engineering from Deakin University. He leads the silk and natural fibre particle stream of research at the Institute for Frontier Materials.  His research interests are silk based biomaterials, value addition and new applications from natural fibres and fibre wastes, sustainable fibre and textile processing, and circular economy. He set up the fibre powder research facility at Deakin and his group investigates sustainable production and advanced applications of particles from silk and other natural fibres. The group works on fundamental understanding of fibre and particle structures and properties but also has strong focus on  interdisciplinary research applications using fibres.

Career highlights

2019 Deakin Vice Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Contribution to Industry and Employer Partnerships (as part of ARC ITRH team)

2018 Australian Academy of Science AISRF Mid Career Research Fellowship

2017 H&M Foundation Global Change Award 2017 for Denim Dyed Denim 

2016 Australian Academy of Technology and Enginering Travel Award

2013 Australan Academy of Science AISRF Early Career Research Fellowship

2008 Australian Institue of Nuclear Science and Engineering Post Graduate Award

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

Patents: WO2017165922A1 and WO2017177281A1

Research interests

Silk Biomaterials

Silk and Natural Fibre Powdering and Fibrillation Technologies

Advanced Applications of Natural Fibres and wastes

Recycling, Upcycling of textiles and fibres

Sustainable Processing of cotton 

Spinning of New Fibres

3D printing of organic powders

Teaching interests

Design of Firbre and Textile Design for Circular Economy, Textile Recycling, Silk Biomaterials for Tissue Engineering, Milling of Soft organic materials, Fibre Structures, Fibre and Yarn Spinning, Fibre Testing, Sustainable Proessing of Fibres, 

Knowledge areas

Silk Biomaterials

Silk and Natural Fibre Powdering and Fibrillation Technologies

Advanced Applications of Natural Fibres and Fibre wastes

Circular Economy Design of Fibres and Textiles, Repurpose, Recycle, Upcycle

Sustainable Processing of Textiles and Fibres

Strctures of Fibres

Spinning of New Fibres

3D printing of soft materials and organic powders

Media appearances

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AyfAj6W4XlY

https://globalchangeaward.com/winners/denim-dyed-denim/

https://www.deakin.edu.au/about-deakin/media-releases/articles/denim-goes-green-thanks-to-deakin-innovation

http://creativebharat.com/six-new-deakin-university-research-projects-to-benefit-india/

Research groups

Textile and Fibre group

Silk group

Natural Fibre powder Group

Circular Economy Research group

Awards

2019 Deakin Vice Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Contribution to Industry and Employer Partnerships (as part of ARC ITRH team)

2017 H&M Foundation Global Change Award 2017 for Denim Dyed Denim

2018 Australian Academy of Science AISRF Mid Career Research Fellowship 2

2013 Australan Academy of Science AISRF Early Career Research Fellowship 

2008 Australian Nuclear Science and Engineering Post Graduate Award

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

Travel Awards from Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering, Australian Research Network for Advanced Materials, and Australsian Society for Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering 

Projects

Chief Investigator, ARC Industrial Training Centre for Green Chemistry in Manufacturing (https://tcgcm.com.au/); 2019-2024; $3.6m
Chief Investigator, ARC Industrial Transformation Research Hub for Future  (https://futurefibreshub.com.au/); 2016-2021; $4.7m
Principal Investigator, Scheme for Promotion of Academic and Research Collaboration (SPARC) India, Recycling Industrial Textiles for Value added applications; INR 6.2m
Lead consultant: Wool Powder pilot plant, Lincoln Agritech NZ, 2019; $80K
Team member: Silk Clear Drum to repair human perforated Tympanic membrane (Ear drum) Wellcome Foundation funded Translation project; 2017; $4m
Lead Chief Investigator Industry Funded project: Functional wool powders, 2017, $135K
Lead Chief Investigator: ASTE Bridging grant for Wound Healing Protein Powder, 2017; 49.5K
Lead Chief Investigator, Cotton Research and Development Corporation Australia and Cotton Incorporated: Bio-mercerizaion of Cotton, 2016-2018; $222K+$80K in two projects
Chief Investigator: Fibre Deconstruction Polymer Addition Material Reasembly and Applications with wool, Lincoln Agritech NZ, 2017-2018; $675K
Improving length, strength and fineness of cotton fibre, Cotton Research and Development Corporation Australia, 2014-2017; $138K
Chief Investigator, ARC Linkage, Short silk nanofibre based 3D scaffolds with enhanced biomimicry 2015-2017, $470K
Lead Chief Investigator ARC Discovery Project on Understanding the composite structures and properties of wild silk cocoons 2012-2015; $321K
Chief Investigator ARC Linkage Project: Engineering a silk fibroin based ear drum with optimum acoustic properties, 2012-2016; $415K
Associate Investigator NHMRC Development grant: Novel silk devices for reconstructive surgery and repair of tympanic membrane perforations 2012-2013; $366K
6 Projects funded under Deakin University competitive grants (CRGS, IFM Impact grant, IFM small grant), 2012-2019; ~$100K

Publications

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2020

Preparing Bombyx mori Silk Nanofibers Using a Sustainable and Scalable Approach

M Uddin, W Batchelor, B Allardyce, N Byrne, C Barrow, X Wang, R Rajkhowa

(2020), Vol. 8, pp. 1155-1162, ACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering, Washington D.C., C1

journal article

Protein Paper from Exfoliated Eri Silk Nanofibers

Yujia Liang, Benjamin Allardyce, Sanjeeb Kalita, Mohammad Uddin, Sajjad Shafei, Dinidu Perera, Rechana Remadevi, Sharon Redmond, Warren Batchelor, Colin Barrow, Rodney Dilley, Hannes Schniepp, Xungai Wang, Rangam Rajkhowa

(2020), Vol. 21, pp. 1303-1314, Biomacromolecules, Washington, DC., C1

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Enhancing Resistance of Silk Fibroin Material to Enzymatic Degradation by Cross-Linking Both Crystalline and Amorphous Domains

F Valente, B Allardyce, M Hepburn, P Wijesinghe, S Redmond, J Chen, B Kennedy, R Rajkhowa, M Atlas, X Wang, R Dilley

(2020), Vol. 6, pp. 2459-2468, ACS Biomaterials Science and Engineering, Washington, D.C., C1

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Tunable biodegradable silk-based memory foams with controlled release of antibiotics

L Chambre, R Parker, B Allardyce, F Valente, R Rajkhowa, R Dilley, X Wang, D Kaplan

(2020), Vol. 3, pp. 2466-2472, ACS applied bio materials, Washington, D.C., C1

journal article

Improving the tensile properties of wet spun silk fibers using rapid Bayesian algorithm

Ya Yao, Benjamin Allardyce, Rangam Rajkhowa, Dylan Hegh, Alessandra Sutti, Surya Subianto, Sunil Gupta, Santu Rana, S Greenhill, Svetha Venkatesh, Xungai Wang, Joselito Razal

(2020), Vol. 6, pp. 3197-3207, ACS biomaterials science and engineering, Washington, D.C., C1

journal article

Exfoliating B. mori silk into high aspect ratio nanofibrils facilitated by response surface methodology

Mohammad Uddin, Benjamin Allardyce, D Rubin de Celis Leal, Nolene Byrne, Xungai Wang, Warren Batchelor, Rangam Rajkhowa

(2020), Vol. 164, pp. 2389-2398, International Journal of Biological Macromolecules, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article
2019

Silk particles, microfibres and nanofibres: a comparative study of their functions in 3D printing hydrogel scaffolds

J Zhang, B Allardyce, R Rajkhowa, S Kalita, R Dilley, X Wang, X Liu

(2019), Vol. 103, pp. 1-10, Materials science and engineering C, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

A review on the challenges of 3D printing of organic powders

D Whyte, R Rajkhowa, B Allardyce, A Kouzani

(2019), Vol. 16, pp. 1-10, Bioprinting, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article
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

journal article

3D printing of silk particle-reinforced chitosan hydrogel structures and their properties

J Zhang, B Allardyce, R Rajkhowa, Y Zhao, R Dilley, S Redmond, X Wang, X Liu

(2018), Vol. 4, pp. 3036-3046, ACS biomaterials science and engineering, Washington, D.C., C1

journal article

Effect of aqueous glycine treatment on the fine structure and dyeing ability of cotton

R Chandrasekharan Nair Remadevi, R Rajkhowa, G Crowle, X Wang, H Zhu, Stuart Gordon

(2018), Vol. 202, pp. 365-371, Carbohydrate polymers, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

Facile and versatile solid state surface modification of silk fibroin membranes using click chemistry

L Raynal, B Allardyce, X Wang, R Dilley, R Rajkhowa, L Henderson

(2018), Vol. 6, pp. 8037-8042, Journal of materials chemistry B, Cambridge, Eng., C1

journal article
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

journal article

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

journal article

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

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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

journal article

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

journal article

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

journal article

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

journal article

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

journal article

Structure-property relationships of elementary bamboo fibers

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

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

journal article
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 article

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

journal article

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 article

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 article

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

journal article

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 article
2014

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

book chapter

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, C1

journal article

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 article

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

journal article

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 article
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, C1

journal article

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, C1

journal article

Silkworm cocoon as natural material and structure for thermal insulation

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

(2013), Vol. 49, pp. 842-849, Materials and Design, C1

journal article

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, C1

journal article

Production of submicron silk particles by milling

M Kazemimostaghim, R Rajkhowa, T Tsuzuki, X Wang

(2013), Vol. 241, pp. 230-235, Powder Technology, C1

journal article

Ultrafine silk powder from biocompatible surfactant-assisted milling

M Kazemimostaghim, R Rajkhowa, T Tsuzuki, X Wang

(2013), Vol. 249, pp. 253-257, Powder Technology, C1

journal article

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, C1

journal article

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, C1

journal article

Photoprotection by silk cocoons

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

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

journal article

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

journal article

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

(2013), Vol. 443, Journal of Physics: Conference Series, E1

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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
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, C1

journal article

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, C1

journal article

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, C1

journal article

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, C1

journal article

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, C1

journal article
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, C1

journal article

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 Vunjak-Novakovic, D Kaplan

(2011), Vol. 7, pp. 144-151, Acta Biomaterialia, C1

journal article

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. 97 A, pp. 37-45, Journal of Biomedical Materials Research - Part A, C1

journal article

Mechanical improvements to reinforced porous silk scaffolds

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

(2011), Vol. 99 A, pp. 16-28, Journal of Biomedical Materials Research - Part A, C1

journal article

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, C1

journal article
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, C1

journal article

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, C1

journal article

Recent Innovations in Silk Biomaterials

Rangam Rajkhowa, Takuya Tsuzuki, Xun-Gai Wang

(2010), pp. 583-593, TEXTILE BIOENGINEERING AND INFORMATICS SYMPOSIUM PROCEEDINGS, VOLS 1-3, Coll Textiles, Shanghai, PEOPLES R CHINA, C1-1

journal article
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, C1

journal article

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, C1

journal article
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, C1

journal article
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

journal article
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

journal article

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

journal article

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

Short silk nanofibre based 3D scaffolds with enhanced biomimicry

Prof Xungai Wang, A/Prof 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, Prof Joselito Razal, A/Prof Jingliang Li, Prof Luke Henderson, A/Prof Nolene Byrne, A/Prof Alessandra Sutti, Dr Rangam Rajkhowa, 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 Salwan Al-Assafi, Dr Mandy De Souza, Dr Andrew Parratt, Dr Linda Hillbrick, Mr Thomas Hussey

ARC Industrial Transformation Research Hubs

  • 2019: $500,069
  • 2018: $982,400
  • 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

  • 2019: $10,856
  • 2017: $138,242

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

Dr Rangam Rajkhowa

Australia/India Strategic Research Fund (AISRF) Early- and Mid-Career Researcher (EMCR) Fellowships

  • 2018: $24,000

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

Dr Rangam Rajkhowa

CRDC Grant - Research - Cotton Research and Development Corporation

  • 2019: $15,000
  • 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

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

Dr Rangam Rajkhowa, Prof Xungai Wang

  • 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, A/Prof 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, Prof Joselito Razal, A/Prof Jingliang Li, Prof Luke Henderson, A/Prof Nolene Byrne, A/Prof Alessandra Sutti, Dr Rangam Rajkhowa, 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 Salwan Al-Assafi, Dr Mandy De Souza, Dr Andrew Parratt, Dr Linda Hillbrick, Mr Thomas Hussey

  • 2020: $378,833
  • 2019: $600,000
  • 2018: $600,000
  • 2017: $600,000
  • 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: $13,525
  • 2016: $121,725

Fibre Deconstruction Polymer Addition Material Reassembly and Applications

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

  • 2018: $225,044
  • 2017: $300,193
  • 2016: $80,627

Circular Denim

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

  • 2017: $222,850

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

Dr Rangam Rajkhowa

  • 2019: $14,089
  • 2018: $25,022

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

Co-supervisor
2019

Jun Zhang

Thesis entitled: Investigation of Silk Particles in 3D Printing of Bio-scaffolds

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