Higher Degree by Research Candidate
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.
Date Institution name Country Title 2018 University of Adelaide Australia PhD (chemical engineering) 2018 University of Adelaide, Adelaide Australia Master of Philosophy 2013 University of Adelaide Australia Master of Engineering Advanced (Chemical Engineering – Energy & Combustion), Azad University Iran Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical Engineering)
Date Title Institution name Country 2022 Getting Published: Effectively Communicating Your Research Workshop Nature research academies Australia 2016 Diploma of project management TafeSA Australia
Year Citation 2021 de Prinse, T. J., Karami, A., Moffatt, J. E., Payten, T. B., Tsiminis, G., Teixeira, L. D. S., . . . Spooner, N. A. (2021). Dual Laser Study of Non-Degenerate Two Wavelength Upconversion Demonstrated in Sensitizer-Free NaYF4:Pr Nanoparticles. Advanced Optical Materials, 9(7), 1-7.
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2021 Losic, D., Farivar, F., Yap, P. L., & Karami, A. (2021). Accounting carbonaceous counterfeits in graphene materials using the Thermogravimetric Analysis (TGA) approach. Analytical Chemistry, 93(34), 11859-11867.
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2021 Karami, A., Farivar, F., De Prinse, T. J., Rabiee, H., Kidd, S., Sumby, C. J., & Bi, J. (2021). Facile Multistep Synthesis of ZnO-Coated β-NaYF₄:Yb/Tm Upconversion Nanoparticles as an Antimicrobial Photodynamic Therapy for Persistent Staphylococcus aureus Small Colony Variants. ACS Applied Bio Materials, 4(8), 6125-6136.
2020 Karami, A., Xie, Z., Zhang, J., Kabir, M. S., Munroe, P., Kidd, S., & Zhang, H. (2020). Insights into the antimicrobial mechanism of Ag and I incorporated ZnO nanoparticle derivatives under visible light. Materials Science and Engineering C, 107, 1-10.
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2020 Zhang, J., Yun, S., Karami, A., Jing, B., Zannettino, A., Du, Y., & Zhang, H. (2020). 3D printing of a thermosensitive hydrogel for skin tissue engineering: A proof of concept study. Bioprinting, 19, e00089.
2019 Karami, A., Zhang, H., Pederick, V. G., McDevitt, C. A., Kabir, M. S., Xu, S., . . . Xie, Z. (2019). Cr–Ag coatings: synthesis, microstructure and antimicrobial properties. Surface Engineering, 35(7), 596-603.
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Year Citation 2022 Karami, A. (2022). Cobalt-doped ZnO-coated β-NaYbF4:Tm upconversion nanoparticles: toward improved photodynamic antimicrobial therapy for persistent bacteria. In Chemeca 2022. Melbourne, Australia. 2017 Karami, A., Zhang, H., & Xie, Z. (2017). Antimicrobial surface coatings. In Bioprocessing Network Conference. Adelaide, Australia.
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)
Date Role Committee Institution Country 2016 - ongoing Member The Joint Chemical Engineering Committee of South Australia (JCEC SA) The cooperative initiative of members of the Institution of Chemical Engineers, the Engineers Australia Chemical College and the Royal Australian Chemical Institute based in South Australia. Australia
Date Role Membership Country 2015 - ongoing Member The Board of Professional Engineers of Queensland (BPEQ) Australia 2014 - ongoing Member Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) Australia 2014 - ongoing Member CEng - Engineering Council United Kingdom 2008 - 2012 Member Engineers Australia Australia
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