Mr Afshin Karami

Higher Degree by Research Candidate

HDR Student

School of Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials

Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology

I am a PhD candidate studying chemical engineering (advanced materials for bio-applications) at the University of Adelaide. My research is focused on nanomaterials such as metal oxide nanoparticles (e.g. ZnO NPs), rare earth doped upconversion nanoparticles (UCNPs), and metal-organic framework (MOF, ZIF-8 etc) for bio-applications such as antimicrobial against chronic infections (MRSA superbug and SCVs).
I am also an experienced process engineer with over 10 years of work experience in design consulting and oil and gas operating environments. I am a chartered engineer, CEng MIChemE, and RPEQ.

The nosocomial bacterial infections are a major cause of mortality mainly because overuse and/or inappropriate usage of antibiotic agents leads to the development of antimicrobial resistant bacteria. The antimicrobial resistance is less likely to occur for nanomaterials due to their nature and mechanism of fighting against bacteria. In my research study, two strategies were evaluated for the antimicrobial applications including nanostructured coatings and nanoparticles. My research project is focused on synthesizing of effective nanocomposites/nanomaterials with novel characteristics such as rapidness, multi-mode mechanisms and induction in the visible light range.

Teaching assistant for the following courses:

  • CHEM ENG 3030/7054 - Simulation and Concept Design- 3rd year (2016-19)
  • CHEM ENG 4053/7039 - Pinch Analysis - 4rd year elective (2017-20)
  • CHEM ENG 4050 - Advanced Chemical Engineering - 4th year (2017-20)
  • CHEM ENG 3031/7056 - Process Control & Instrumentation - 3rd year (2017-19)
  • Position: HDR Student
  • Phone: 83131260
  • Email:
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Engineering North, floor 2
  • Org Unit: Research Scholars (Positions)

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