Oveis Pourmehran

Dr Oveis Pourmehran

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Adelaide Medical School

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD (as Co-Supervisor) - email supervisor to discuss availability.

Oveis Pourmehran began research in the field of targeted drug delivery during his master program (2013-2015), in which he developed several computational fluid dynamics (CFD) models to computationally simulate magnetic drug targeting to improve the efficiency of drug delivery to the human lungs.

In 2017, Oveis joined the University of Adelaide (Australia) as a PhD candidate and completed his PhD thesis titled "Understanding the flow behaviour in human maxillary sinuses for drug delivery applications" with the School of Mechanical Engineering in 2021. His Ph.D. program has contributed to the development of an advanced technique for drug delivery to the human sinuses using a tailored acoustic wave. In this research program, for the first time, he developed a high-fidelity direct computational aero-acoustic model to investigate the effect of the acoustic wave on drug delivery to the human maxillary sinuses, which shed new insight into the acoustic drug delivery technique. Also, his experiments showed that the acoustic drug delivery technique has the potential to increase drug delivery efficiency >45-fold when compared to the conventional nebulised drug delivery method.

Since June 2021, Oveis has joined the Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, Adelaide Medical School, at the University of Adelaide as a postdoctoral research fellow, and established a Biomedical Engineering Research Node to develop novel drug delivery methods/devices to improve treatment efficiency in human upper airway diseases. Jointly with lead researchers and scientists from the ENT research group at the medical school and professors at the school of mechanical engineering, he, as a co-chief-investigator, has been awarded several research grants totaling >$1.7m (2022-2026), to develop cutting-edge techniques/devices for drug delivery to the upper airways and to the sinuses for CF and CRS treatment.

As a multi-disciplinary research team, the ENT surgery group, managed by Prof Peter-John Wormald, has recently established a Biomedical Engineering research node (mentored by Oveis Pourmehran) to develop novel drug delivery methods/devices toward the improvement of the treatment efficiency in upper airway diseases.

The following research topics are available for PhD applicants, HDR, Honours, and 3rd Year students in 2022:

  • Acoustic drug delivery to paranasal sinuses.
  • Development of a mesh nebuliser for improvement of sinus drug delivery.
  • Virtual endoscopic sinus surgery (ESS) followed by airflow analysis and particle tracking in the nasal cavity and paranasal sinuses.
  • Magnetic & electric-charged particle (drug) delivery to human lung and paranasal sinuses.

The following techniques/skills are exploited to conduct these research projects: Computational fluid dynamics (CFD), particles tracking using DPM-CFD, finite element analysis (FEA), signal processing (acoustics), computer-aided design (CAD) modelling, CT-scan reconstruction (3D Slicer and other potential software), and cutting-edge 3D printing technology (e.g., FUSETEC).


  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2021 Pourmehran, O., Arjomandi, M., Cazzolato, B., Tian, Z., Vreugde, S., Javadiyan, S., . . . Wormald, P. J. (2021). Acoustic drug delivery to the maxillary sinus. International Journal of Pharmaceutics, 606, 15 pages.
    DOI Scopus1
    2021 Islam, M. S., Larpruenrudee, P., Saha, S. C., Pourmehran, O., Paul, A. R., Gemci, T., . . . Gu, Y. (2021). How severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 aerosol propagates through the age-specific upper airways. Physics of Fluids, 33(8), 081911-1-081911-13.
    DOI Scopus4 WoS3 Europe PMC1
    2021 Taheri, M. H., Pourmehran, O., Sarafraz, M. M., Ahookhosh, K., Farnoud, A., & Cui, X. (2021). Effect of swirling flow and particle-release pattern on drug delivery to human tracheobronchial airways. Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology, 20(6), 2451-2469.
    DOI Scopus1 WoS1
    2020 Sarafraz, M. M., Pourmehran, O., Yang, B., Arjomandi, M., & Ellahi, R. (2020). Pool boiling heat transfer characteristics of iron oxide nano-suspension under constant magnetic field. International Journal of Thermal Sciences, 147, 106131.
    DOI Scopus89 WoS88
    2020 Ahookhosh, K., Pourmehran, O., Aminfar, H., Mohammadpourfard, M., Sarafraz, M. M., & Hamishehkar, H. (2020). Development of Human Respiratory Airway Models: A Review.. European journal of pharmaceutical sciences : official journal of the European Federation for Pharmaceutical Sciences, 145, 1-22.
    DOI Scopus18 WoS16 Europe PMC2
    2020 Arya, H., Sarafraz, M. M., Pourmehran, O., & Arjomandi, M. (2020). Performance index improvement of a double-pipe cooler with MgO/water-ethylene glycol (50:50) nano-suspension. Propulsion and Power Research, 9(1), 75-86.
    DOI Scopus2 WoS1
    2020 Pourmehran, O., Cazzolato, B., Tian, Z., & Arjomandi, M. (2020). Acoustically-driven drug delivery to maxillary sinuses: aero-acoustic analysis. European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences, 151, 1-14.
    DOI Scopus6 WoS6 Europe PMC2
    2019 Arya, H., Sarafraz, M. M., Pourmehran, O., & Arjomandi, M. (2019). Heat transfer and pressure drop characteristics of MgO nanofluid in a double pipe heat exchanger. Heat and Mass Transfer, 55(6), 1769-1781.
    DOI Scopus19 WoS12
    2019 Sarafraz, M., Pourmehran, O., Yang, B., & Arjomandi, M. (2019). Assessment of the thermal performance of a thermosyphon heat pipe using zirconia-acetone nanofluids. Renewable Energy, 136, 884-895.
    DOI Scopus74 WoS66
    2019 Sarafraz, M., Yang, B., Pourmehran, O., Arjomandi, M., & Ghomashchi, R. (2019). Fluid and heat transfer characteristics of aqueous graphene nanoplatelet (GNP) nanofluid in a microchannel. International Communications in Heat and Mass Transfer, 107, 24-33.
    DOI Scopus64 WoS61
    2019 Sarafraz, M. M., Silakhori, M., Madani, S. A., Kiamahalleh, M. V., & Pourmehran, O. (2019). Thermal and hydraulic performance of a heat exchanger working with carbon-water nanofluid. Heat and Mass Transfer/Waerme- und Stoffuebertragung, 55(12), 3443-3453.
    DOI Scopus6 WoS5
    2019 Pourmehran, O., Arjomandi, M., Cazzolato, B., Ghanadi, F., & Tian, Z. (2019). The impact of geometrical parameters on acoustically driven drug delivery to maxillary sinuses.. Biomech Model Mechanobiol, 19(2), 557-575.
    DOI Scopus9 WoS9 Europe PMC2
    2018 Tabassum, R., Mehmood, R., Pourmehran, O., Akbar, N. S., & Gorji-Bandpy, M. (2018). Impact of viscosity variation on oblique flow of Cu–H2O nanofluid. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part E: Journal of Process Mechanical Engineering, 232(5), 622-631.
    DOI Scopus23 WoS18
    2018 Mehmood, R., Tabassum, R., Pourmehran, O., & Ganji, D. D. (2018). Crosswise stream of hydrogen-oxide (H2O) through a porous media containing copper nanoparticles. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 43(15), 7562-7569.
    DOI Scopus12 WoS11
    2018 Pourmehran, O., Sarafraz, M., Rahimi-Gorji, M., & Ganji, D. (2018). Rheological behaviour of various metal-based nano-fluids between rotating discs: a new insight. Journal of the Taiwan Institute of Chemical Engineers, 88, 37-48.
    DOI Scopus55 WoS47
    2018 Sarafraz, M., Pourmehran, O., Nikkhah, V., & Arya, A. (2018). Pool boiling heat transfer to zinc oxide-ethylene glycol nano-suspension near the critical heat flux. Journal of Mechanical Science and Technology, 32(5), 2309-2315.
    DOI Scopus8 WoS6
    2018 Tabasum, R., Mehmood, R., & Pourmehran, O. (2018). Velocity slip in mixed convective oblique transport of titanium oxide/water (nano-polymer) with temperature-dependent viscosity. European Physical Journal Plus, 133(9), 1-12.
    DOI Scopus11 WoS11
    2018 Mohammadian, M., Pourmehran, O., & Ju, P. (2018). An Iterative Approach to Obtaining the Nonlinear Frequency of a Conservative Oscillator with Strong Nonlinearities. International Applied Mechanics, 54(4), 470-479.
    DOI Scopus8
    DOI WoS13
    2017 Biglarian, M., Rahimi Gorji, M., Pourmehran, O., & Domairry, G. (2017). H<inf>2</inf>O based different nanofluids with unsteady condition and an external magnetic field on permeable channel heat transfer. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 42(34), 22005-22014.
    DOI Scopus50 WoS53
    2017 Yousefi, M., Pourmehran, O., Gorji-Bandpy, M., Inthavong, K., Yeo, L., & Tu, J. (2017). CFD simulation of aerosol delivery to a human lung via surface acoustic wave nebulization. Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology, 16(6), 2035-2050.
    DOI Scopus44 WoS39 Europe PMC9
    2017 Mosayebidorcheh, S., Rahimi-Gorji, M., Ganji, D. D., Moayebidorcheh, T., Pourmehran, O., & Biglarian, M. (2017). Transient thermal behavior of radial fins of rectangular, triangular and hyperbolic profiles with temperature-dependent properties using DTM-FDM. Journal of Central South University, 24(3), 675-682.
    DOI Scopus40 WoS38
    2016 Pourmehran, O., Rahimi-Gorji, M., & Ganji, D. D. (2016). Heat transfer and flow analysis of nanofluid flow induced by a stretching sheet in the presence of an external magnetic field. Journal of the Taiwan Institute of Chemical Engineers, 65, 162-171.
    DOI Scopus66 WoS56
    2016 Pourmehran, O., Gorji, T. B., & Gorji-Bandpy, M. (2016). Magnetic drug targeting through a realistic model of human tracheobronchial airways using computational fluid and particle dynamics. Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology, 15(5), 1355-1374.
    DOI Scopus59 WoS50 Europe PMC12
    2016 Rahimi-Gorji, M., Pourmehran, O., Gorji-Bandpy, M., & Ganji, D. D. (2016). Unsteady squeezing nanofluid simulation and investigation of its effect on important heat transfer parameters in presence of magnetic field. Journal of the Taiwan Institute of Chemical Engineers, 67, 467-475.
    DOI Scopus90 WoS87
    2015 Pourmehran, O., Rahimi-Gorji, M., Hatami, M., Sahebi, S. A. R., & Domairry, G. (2015). Numerical optimization of microchannel heat sink (MCHS) performance cooled by KKL based nanofluids in saturated porous medium. Journal of the Taiwan Institute of Chemical Engineers, 55, 49-68.
    DOI Scopus122 WoS112
    2015 Pourmehran, O., Rahimi-Gorji, M., Gorji-Bandpy, M., & Gorji, T. B. (2015). Simulation of magnetic drug targeting through tracheobronchial airways in the presence of an external non-uniform magnetic field using Lagrangian magnetic particle tracking. Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials, 393, 380-393.
    DOI Scopus71 WoS64
    2015 Rahimi-Gorji, M., Pourmehran, O., Gorji-Bandpy, M., & Gorji, T. B. (2015). CFD simulation of airflow behavior and particle transport and deposition in different breathing conditions through the realistic model of human airways. Journal of Molecular Liquids, 209, 121-133.
    DOI Scopus121 WoS113
    2015 Rahimi-Gorji, M., Pourmehran, O., Hatami, M., & Ganji, D. D. (2015). Statistical optimization of microchannel heat sink (MCHS) geometry cooled by different nanofluids using RSM analysis. European Physical Journal Plus, 130(2), 1-21.
    DOI Scopus140 WoS130
    2015 Pourmehran, O., Rahimi-Gorji, M., Gorji-Bandpy, M., & Baou, M. (2015). Comparison between the volumetric flow rate and pressure distribution for different kinds of sliding thrust bearing. Propulsion and Power Research, 4(2), 84-90.
    DOI Scopus24
    2015 Tavana, M., Pourmehran, O., Aghaei Khasraghei, A., Gorji-Bandpy, M., & Alipour Sangarab, J. (2015). Numerical analysis of fluid flow and heat transfer in microchannels with various internal fins. International Journal of Artificial Intelligence and Mechatronics, 3(4), 227-230.
  • Conference Papers

    Year Citation
    2020 Pourmehran, O., Cazzolato, B., Tian, Z., & Arjomandi, M. (2020). Acoustic Behaviour of the Human Maxillary Sinus: The Importance of the Middle Meatus and the Ostium on Resonance Frequency Behaviour. In AIP (American Institute of Physics) Conference Proceedings. online: AIP.
    2020 Pourmehran, O., Arjomandi, M., Cazzolato, B., & Tian, Z. (2020). Effect of Particle Diameter and Density on Acoustic Drug Delivery to Maxillary Sinus – a Sensitivity Study. In Proceedings of the 22nd Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference AFMC2020 (pp. 1-4). online: The University of Queensland.

2022-2026: NHMRC Medical Research Future Fund, 'The AIRSPACE Trial: AntI-MRSA PhAge Cocktail treatment via Acoustic Enhanced Nebulisers', (CIs: Wormald, Vreudge, Psaltis, Morales, Pourmehran, Cazzolato, Arjomandi, Louise, Schubert). Role: Chief Investigator E ($1,712,000).

  • Position: Postdoctoral Research Fellow
  • Phone: 81334002
  • Email: oveis.pourmehran@adelaide.edu.au
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: TQEH- Basil Hetzel Institute
  • Org Unit: Adelaide Medical School

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