Meet our Ambassadors

Our Ambassadors

We are delighted to welcome on board our IUMRS-ICA Ambassadors.

Our Ambassadors are helping us to actively promote IUMRS-ICA across the globe. We thank them for their valuable contribution to the Conference.

Dr Vipul Agarwal

Dr Vipul Agarwal graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Chemistry from the University of Delhi, India in 2005, MApplSc in Chemistry from University of Tasmania, Australia in 2010, and PhD in Nanobiotechnology from The University of Western Australia, Australia in 2015. In 2016, he joined the Indian Institute of Science, India on the SERB-DST Postdoctoral Fellowship. He moved to Australia in 2018 on NHMRC Early Career Research Fellowship and joined the Centre for Advanced Macromolecular Design (CAMD) within the School of Chemical Engineering at UNSW Sydney. Vipul’s current research interest is in materials engineering especially transition metal dichalcogenides and polymer/GO based nanocomposites and tissue engineering including neuronal and bone regeneration

Dr. Warren Batchelor

Dr. Warren Batchelor is an Associate Professor and Acting Director of the Bioresource Processing Research Institute of Australia (BioPRIA), part of the Department of Chemical Engineering at Monash University. His major research interests are in cellulose nanofibers (CNFs) with contributions including:

  •  CNF characterisation methods including serving on the TC6 and TC229 committees developing standards for CNFs.
  • Paper mill biorefinery and CNF production.
  • Methods for the rapid preparation of cellulose nanofibre sheets by spray coating and vacuum filtration.
  • Development of renewable, recyclable, cellulose nanofibre barrier layers to displace petroleum-derived polymers in packaging.
  • Nanoparticle-cellulose nanofibre composites for barrier applications, ultrafiltration membranes, antimicrobial functional layers and photocatalytic degradation of organic contaminants.

He is a Fellow of Appita and he has been awarded the Ken Maddern award for outstanding paper published in the Appita Journal in 2013 and the Outstanding paper award for papers published by Tappi Journal in 2008.

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for details of current and completed research student supervision, publications and grants.


Astha Sharma

Astha Sharma is a Ph.D. student at ANU Research School of Electrical, Energy and Materials Engineering, College of Engineering and Computer Science. 

She is a Physicist and finds it closely tailored to her personality.  Of course, she is extremely passionate about applying physics to Energy applications.

She is currently in her second year of Ph.D., supervised by Dr. Fiona J.Beck, Dr. Kylie Catchpole, Dr. Heping Shen, and Dr. Siva Karuturi.  Her Ph.D. research focuses on the design, fabrication, and integration of low-cost Silicon and earth-abundant catalysts for Solar water splitting, as an efficient, clean and cheaper route to hydrogen production. Her Ph.D. work consists of two major elements. Firstly, developing of Si photoelectrodes for PV-PEC system that can achieve both high voltage and stability. This approach has the advantage of a simplified architecture, and the ability to utilize waste heat to increase the rate of catalysis. She is also working on understanding different solar water splitting system configurations and their potential for solar hydrogen generation using PV integration and photoelectrodes.                                              

Astha received her MSc. degree in Physics from Savitribai Phule Pune University in 2016. She was awarded INSPIRE scholarship by Department of Science and Technology, Government of India during her Bachelors and Masters (2011-2016).

Sumeet Walia

Sumeet Walia is a Senior Lecturer and a Vice Chancellor’s Fellow at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia. Sumeet is known for his innovation, impact and leadership in highly cross-disciplinary materials engineering (low-dimensional materials and thin films) for a wide range of applications in electronics, opto-electronics, photonics and sensing. He has several patented technologies and won national and international awards for research excellence, impact and science communication. He is an executive board member of Science and Technology Australia, the peak body representing the interests of the STEM sector in the country.

Sumeet is co-chairing the Electronic and Optical Materials symposium at IUMRS-ICA Perth. This symposium encompasses seven multidisciplinary themes including an Australia-Japan joint forum.


Twitter: @SumeetWalia4


Yanting Yin

Full Name: Yanting Yin
Nationality: China
Live in: Adelaide, South Australia
Title: PhD in Physics
Research and Project Area: Nanoscale Materials Surface Chemical and Electronic Characterization,
Research Associate (Supervisor: Prof. Gunther Andersson)
PhD in Physics, Chemical and Physical Science (Nanotechnology), Flinders University, Australia
Interface Characterization and Charge Transport Modelling on Organic/Inorganic Devices
Master of Science in engineering, Integrated Circuit and Engineering, Shanghai University, China

• Award of Best Publication by Higher Degree Research Student of Flinders University 2018
• Award-winner of Merck Travel Grant, 2018
• Patent of invention: CN102610686B, Fabrication of novel heavily-doped emitter & back contact solar cell
• Volunteering interpreter and negotiator (science cooperative) of Shangdong Province Delegator (China) with Government of South Australia, 2016

• Australasian Community for Advanced Organic Semiconductors -2018, Australia: Poster Presentation
• International Conference on Hybrid and Organic Photovoltaics -2018, Spain: Oral Presentation
• International Conference on Nanoscience and Nanotechnolgoy -2018, Australia: Poster presentation
• Research Symposium for Chinese PhD Students and Scholars -2017, Australia: Oral Presentation
• Australia Institution of Physics Congress-2016, Australia: Oral Presentation
• Nanocentre Annul Conference-2015/2016/2017, Australia: Poster Presentation

1. Yanting, Y.; Alex, S.; Jamie, Q.; David, A. L.; Gunther, G. A., Dipole Formation at the MoO3/Conjugated Polymer Interface. Advanced Functional Materials 2018, 28 (46), adfm.201802825R1 2018.
2. Yanting Yin, D. A. L. a. G. G. A., The Influence of Moisture on the Energy Level Alignment at the MoO3/Organic Interfaces. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 2018, 10 (50).
3. Yanting Yin, D. A. L. a. G. G. A., The Change of Dipole at MoO3/P3HT:PC61BM BHJ Interface for Various Thermal Treatments. (Submitted) 2018.
4. Shrestha, A.; Yin, Y.; Andersson, G., G; Spooner, N. A.; Qiao, S. D., S, Versatile Pbs Quantum Dot Ligand Exchange Systems in the Presence of Pb-Thiolates. Small, 2017, 13.
5. Shrestha, A.; Batmunkh, M.; Shearer, C. J.; Yin, Y., Andersson; Gunther, G.; Shapter, J. G.; Qiao, S.; Dai, S., Nitrogen-Doped Cnx/Cnts Heteroelectrocatalysts for Highly Efficient Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells. Advanced Energy Materials, 2017, 7, 1602276.
6. Krishnan, G.; Al Qahtani, H. S.; Li, J.; Yin, Y.; Eom, N.; Golovko, V.; B, M.; F, G.; Andersson, G. G., Investigation of Ligand-Stabilized Gold Clusters on Defect-Rich Titania. The Journal of Physical Chemistry C 2017, 121, 28007-28016.
7. Worthington, M. J. H., et al., Sustainable Polysulfides for Oil Spill Remediation: Repurposing Industrial Waste for Environmental Benefit. Advanced Sustainable Systems, 2018, 2, 1800024.
8. Heping Shen; Etc; Yanting Yin; Gunther, A.; Kylie, C., In situ recombination junction between p-Si and TiO2 enables high-efficiency monolithic perovskite/Si tandem cells. Science Advances, 2018, 4, 12.
9. Keyun, S.; Jun, K. H.; Elliot, S. W.; James, M. H.; Andrew, N.; Yanting, Y.; Gunther, A.; Antonio, A.; Ullrich, S.; Chiara, N., Ultralow Surface Energy Self-Assembled Monolayers of Iodo-Perfluorinated Alkanes onto Silica driven by Halogen Bonding, . Nanoscale, 2019, 5

Dr. Deepak Dubal

Dr. Deepak Dubal is currently working as Senior Lecturer (ARC Future Fellow) at Queensland University of Technology, Australia. He received his PhD in 2011 from Shivaji University Kolhapur, India and joined as a Post-doctoral Fellow at Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology (GIST), South Korea. In 2012, he was awarded prestigious “Alexander von Humboldt” fellowship to work at Chemnitz University of Technology, Germany. He is also a recipient of “Marie-Curie” fellowship in 2014 to join Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology ICN2 (CSIC-BIST), Spain. In 2017, he was awarded Vice Chancellor Research Fellow to work at University of Adelaide, Australia. His research expertise is in design and development of multifunctional hybrid materials for clean energy conversion and storage technologies with special focus on supercapacitors, lithium-ion batteries, Li-ion capacitors and electrochemical flow cells. He is scientific editor of the book ‘‘Metal Oxides in Supercapacitors” D. P. Dubal, P. Gomez-Romero (Eds.) (Elsevier-2017) and member of Editorial board Scientific Reports (Nature Publishing Group). He was selected as Young Scientist to attend the 63rd Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting in 2013, Germany and recently nominated in top four young scientists for USERN Prize-2017. In 2018, Dr. Deepak has been elected as “Foreign Young Research Associate” of Maharashtra Academy of Sciences, India. So far, he has co-authored more than 140 research articles in refereed journals with over 7191 citations (h-index 46 and i10-index 106), filed 7 Patents (5 Indian, 1 European and 1 Spanish) and author of several book chapters.

 Organisation name and address: School of Chemistry, Physics and Mechanical Engineering, Queensland University of Technology (QUT), 2 George Street, Brisbane, QLD 4001, Australia

Dr Rohan Shah

Dr Rohan Shah is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Chemistry and Biotechnology at Swinburne University of Technology. Rohan graduated with a Bachelor of Pharmacy from University of Pune (India). He moved to Melbourne in 2010 to pursue his postgraduate studies in Biotechnology. He was awarded the prestigious Victoria India Doctoral Scholarship by the Government of Victoria to pursue his doctoral studies in developing novel means of drug delivery at Swinburne. He was also awarded an Early Career Researcher Prize by Sparrho in 2018. His other research interests include nanoparticles for drug delivery, value addition from waste and metabolomics.

In his PhD thesis entitled ‘Microwave-assisted production of solid lipid nanoparticles’, Rohan with his colleagues at Swinburne developed a novel and facile microwave-based technology to produce solid lipid nanoparticles. He has co-authored one book, three book chapters and twelve refereed publications. He has presented approximately 25 presentations at various national and international conferences and symposia. He has successfully supervised Honours PhD students. He has also worked as a sessional lecturer at Swinburne University, Southern School of Natural Therapies (Laureate International Universities) and Endeavour College of Natural Health.

Rohan has enjoyed working collaboratively with other national and international learning and research centres. He is also involved in several industry projects. He has a few research grants to his credit. This includes one Innovations Connections grant funded by the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, Government of Australia. He is also a research partner in the Advanced Manufacturing Early Stage Research Fund provided by the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre. These collaborations have helped Rohan to develop as an academic and researcher. He was also nominated for the Vice-Chancellor’s Research Excellence Award in the early career category for 2017. He has been a special invitee at the reception hosted by the Honourable Governor of Victoria to recognise young leaders building Victoria-India links.

Rohan is a registered pharmacist in the Pharmacy Council of India and Maharashtra State Pharmacy Council. He is a Chartered Chemist and Member of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI). He serves as a committee member of the RACI Victoria Branch’s Young Chemists Group. He is also a member of several professional bodies including the Victoria Infection and Immunity Network (VIIN), Australian Nanotechnology Network and American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists. He has served as a committee member of the VIIN Young Investigator Symposium 2018. He has also served as reviewer for several peer-reviewed journals.

Deepak Dwivedi

Deepak’ PhD project is a joint collaboration between the Curtin University, Perth Australia and Ohio University, USA.  His PhD research aims to develop a mechanism for improved corrosion inhibition, particularly for the oil and gas industries. In  his PhD, he is highlighting the importance of solid (substrate- carbon steel)-liquid (electrolyte- sodium thiosulphate in standard brine) interface and has proposed a new mechanism of screw dislocation driven film growth on substrate and also delineated the importance of defects (such as stacking faults) in propagation of dislocation loop. This (defects nucleation and growth) fundamental phenomenon has a direct relation with the film adherence on substrate which affects the reliability and long term durability of film. He has been trained on various high tech instruments such as small angle neutron scattering (SANS), neutron diffraction and neutron radiography at Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organization, Sydney, synchrotron XRD and synchrotron X ray CT in Melbourne apart from the conventional techniques such as  scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), Fourier transformed infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), Raman spectroscopy, GI-X-Ray diffraction, nanoindentation, Focused ion beam-secondary ion mass spectrometry and electrochemical techniques such as rotating cylindrical electrode method (RCE), electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) and potentiometric techniques including the ideal sample preparation for corrosion characterization.

Before joining in PhD, he has been conferred with various awards including prestigious “Balshree award” (one of the highest award in India for the children under the age group of 16 years) by H.E. The President of India, Child scientist award (2006 and 2007) by H.E. The President of India (Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India) Dr A P J Abdul Kalam and award by Institution of Engineers (India)- Raipur chapter for outstanding contribution in research at early stage. He is also a recipient of Chacha Nehru National talent Scholarship, CSIR-CPYLS scholarship, Ministry of Human Resource Govt of India’s National Merit scholarship for securing merit position in state, Amul Vidya Bhushan Award etc.

During his PhD, he has been awarded with 3 individual fellowship grants (through competitive proposal writing) including “Rideal travel bursary” by Royal Society of Chemistry – Society of Chemical Industries, Australian nanotechnology network research grant (5000$) and Australian Institute of Nuclear Engineering postgraduate research award 2017-19 (7500$ per year) apart from his PhD research fellowship. He is holding a visiting research position at University of Cambridge, UK. His work has always been interdisciplinary in nature. For an example, His research related to locating a new iron ore deposit has been highlighted in various Indian newspapers recently.

Deepak has received various medals including governor of state’s medal and chief minister of state medal for his academic scores in state high school, higher secondary and university examinations.

Dr Nasim Amialian

Dr. Amiralian is a University of Queensland Amplify Fellow of Nanomaterials Engineering at The University of Queensland, Australia. The focus of her work is processing and structure-property performance of novel materials, renewable-based polymers and nanocomposites. In recognition of her contribution to the field of nanomaterials engineering and research excellence, she has received a number of awards including: 2017 Women in STEM Prize, 2016 Women in Technology Life Sciences and/or Infotech Rising Star Award,  2016 Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology Research Excellence Award, and a Class of 2014 Future Leader of University of Queensland. While passionate about fundamental science and engineering, Dr Amiralian is strongly focused on pursuing commercial endeavours associated with her research.



Roong Jien Wong


April 2019 – : Research Fellow, School of Science, RMIT, Melbourne

2018 – Present: Visiting Researcher, UK Catalysis Hub, UK

2017 – Present: ARC Postdoctoral Research Associate, Chemical Engineering, UNSW, Sydney

2013 – 2017: PhD Candidates, Chemical Engineering, UNSW, Sydney

2012: B. Eng (Honours 1), Chemical Engineering, UNSW, Sydney

Research Focus

Catalyst development for renewable energy generation from CO2 and biomass

As the world faces the major challenges of global warming and energy crisis, CO2 mitigation and renewable energy sources have become global necessities. Converting greenhouse gases such as CO2 and biomass to synthetic fuels and value-added chemicals offers a long-term solution to both major challenges by closing the carbon loop.

The aim is to design efficient and selective catalysts for carbon conversion by combinations of photo-, electro-, and thermal catalytic reactions. Catalyst design will take into consideration work function driven electron transfer, valence band engineering, and lattice strain engineering, based on combined electron and vibrational spectroscopy characterisations.

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