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Dr Mariam Darestani

Science and Engineering Faculty,
Chemistry, Physics, Mechanical Engineering,
Energy and Process Engineering

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Name
Dr Mariam Darestani
Position(s)
Advanced Queensland Research Fellow
Science and Engineering Faculty,
Chemistry, Physics, Mechanical Engineering,
Energy and Process Engineering
Discipline *
Materials Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Environmental Engineering
Phone
+61 7 3138 0327
Email
Location
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Qualifications

PhD (University of Sydney)

Professional memberships
and associations
  • Research interests: Materials and methods for sustainable Engineering
  1. Membranes
  2. Water treatment and Desalination
  3. Polymers
  4. Electrochemistry
  5. Lipid Bilayer (cell) membranes
  • Membership of academic societies:
  1. North American Membrane Society (NAMS)
  2. Australian Water Association (AWA)
  3. International Desalination Association (IDA)
  4. The Membrane Society of Australasia (MSA)
  5. The Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI)
  6. Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering Foundation, USYD
Keywords

Materials for sustainable Engineering, Polymers, Membranes, Desalination, Water treatment

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008

Biography

Academic Qualifications

  • PhD. :  Chemical Engineering, 2012, University of Sydney

Project: Piezoelectric membranes to control fouling phenomenon in separation processes

  • M.Sc.:  Polymer Engineering, 2003, Iran Polymer and Petrochemical Institute

Project:Polymeric degradable Naltrexone drug delivery system for addiction treatment

  • B.Sc.:   Polymer Engineering, 2000, Tehran Polytechnic (Amirkabir University of Technology)

Career Summary

  • QUEENSLAND University of Technology (QUT)
  1. Advance Queensland Research Fellow, March 2016 to Present
  2. Research fellow,   November 2014 to March 2016
  • University of Technology Sydney (UTS)

Postdoctoral research fellow,   July 2013- September 2014

  • University of Sydney (USYD)

Honorary research associate, May 2012 to Present

  • INPHAZE Pty Ltd.
  1. Senior Research and development Engineer: September 2011- July 2013
  2. Application Engineer: November 2009-September 2011 (part time)
  • University of Sydney (USYD)

Tutor and teaching assistant: 2009 to 2011 (Part time)

  • Iran Polymer and Petrochemical Institute (IPPI)

Academic Staff of Polymer Processing Faculty, March 2003 – February 2008

  • Publications:
  • Patent: H.G.L. Coster, T. Darestani,  T.C. Chilcott, Membrane and membrane separation system, WIPO Patent Application WO/2011/063458, June 03, 2011
  • Journal publication:
  1. Khan, M., M. Darestani, and V. Gomes, Structure and electrochemical properties of polystyrene/CNT nanocomposites. Journal of Solid State Electrochemistry, 2015: p. 1-12.
  2. Z. Abdollahi, M. T. Darestani, S. Ghasemi, V. G. Gomes, Monitoring inverse-phase emulsion polymerization using electrical impedance spectroscopy. Polymer International, 2015. 64(6): p. 787-794.
  3. S Bannwarth, M Darestani, H Coster, M Wessling, Characterization of hollow fiber membranes by impedance spectroscopy, Journal of Membrane Science, 2014, Volume 473, 1 January 2015, Pages 318–326
  4. S. Ghasemi, M. T. Darestani, Z. Abdollahi, V. G. Gomes, Online monitoring of emulsion polymerization using electrical impedance spectroscopy, Polymer International, published online: 14 OCT 2014, DOI: 10.1002/pi.4810M
  5. Z. Abdollahi, M. T. Darestani, S. Ghasemi, V. G. Gomes, Characterizing colloidal behavior of non-ionic emulsifiers in non-polar solvents using electrical impedance spectroscopy, Colloid and Polymer Science 292 (10), 2695-2705.
  6. M.T. Darestani, H.G.L. Coster, T.C. Chilcott (2014) Changing the microstructure of membranes using an intense electric field: filtration performance, Journal of Membrane Science, Vol.449, 158–168
  7. M. T. Darestani, H.G.L. Coster, T.C. Chilcott (2014) Changing the microstructure of membranes using intense electric fields: Dielectric strength studies, Journal of Membrane Science, V.452, 367–378
  8. M. T. Darestani, H.G.L. Coster, T.C. Chilcott (2014) Electrical impedance spectroscopy study of piezoelectric PVDF membranes,  Journal of Solid State Electrochemistry, V.18, Issue 3, 595-605
  9. M. T. Darestani, H.G.L. Coster, T.C. Chilcott (2014) Effect of poling time on the filtration properties of PVDF membranes, Polymer Bulletin, V. 71, Issue 4, 951-964
  10. S. Ghasemi, M. T. Darestani, Z. Abdollahi, B.S. Hawkett, V.G. Gomes (2014) Electrical impedance spectroscopy for determining critical micelle concentration of ionic emulsifiers, Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects, 441, 195-203
  11. M. T. Darestani, H.G.L. Coster, T.C. Chilcott, S. Fleming, N. Valanoor, H. An (2013) Piezoelectric membrane for separation purposes: fabrication and piezoelectric properties, Journal of membrane science, Vol. 434, 184–192
  12. M. T. Darestani, H.G.L. Coster, T.C. Chilcott (2013) Piezoelectric membrane for separation purposes: operating conditions and filtration performance, Journal of Membrane Science, Vol. 435,  226–232
  13. M. T. Darestani, H.G.L. Coster, T.C. Chilcott (2013) Separation performance of PVDF membranes treated in intense electric fields, Separation and Purification Technology, Vol.118, 604–611
  14. H.G.L. Coster, M.T. Darestani, T.C. Chilcott (2011) Production and characterization of piezo-electric membranes, Desalination, Vol. 283, 52–57
  15. T. Darestani, G. R. Bakhshandeh, M. Abtahi (2006) Mechanical and Viscoelastic Properties of Natural Rubber/ Reclaimed Rubber Blends, Polymer Bulletin, 56, 495-505
  16. A.A Shokri , G.R. Bakhshandeh, T. Darestani  (2006) An Investigation of Mechanical and Rheological Properties of NBR/PVC Blends: Influence of Anhydride Additives, Mixing Procedure and NBR Form, Iranian Polymer Journal,15(3), 227-237
  17. M.Abtahi, G.R.Bakhshandeh, T. Darestani  (2006) Effect of TAC on curing characteristics and mechanical properties of EPDM  Rubber, Polymer-Plastics Technology and Engineering, 45(2) ,183-189
  18. T. Darestani  , A.A. Entezami, H.Mobedi (2005) Degradation of Poly (D,L lactide-Co-glycolide) 50:50 Implant in Aqueous Media,  Iranian Polymer Journal, 14(8),753-763
  19. T. Darestani  , G.R. Bakhshandeh (2005) The Effect of Curing System on Sorption and Diffusion of a Brake Fluid in EPDM Elastomer, e-Polymers, 047-2005

Selected Conference presentations:

  1. M. Darestani, M. Abtahi, T. Dargaville, V. Gomes, S. Couperthwaite, G. Millar, Advanced polymeric binders for soil improvement, 35th Australasian Polymer Symposium, 12-15 July 2015 Gold Coast, Australia.
  2. M. Darestani, H. Coster, S. Vigneswaran, Electrical Sensors for on-Line Monitoring of Fouling in Hollow Fibre Membranes, North American Membrane Society (NAMS), June 2014, Houston, TX, USA
  3. M. Abtahi, M. Darestani, A. Baji, Y.W. Mai, Morphology Switches in Ternary PLA Nanocomposites Characterized by Electrical Impedance Spectroscopy (EIS), 30th Polymer Processing Symposium, June 2014, Cleveland, OH, USA
  4. Z. Abdollahi, M. Darestani, B. Hawkett, V. Gomes, Nano Emulsion Polymerization of Acrylamide at Phase Inversion Point, 34th Australasian Polymer Symposiums, 4-7 July 2013, Darwin, Australia
  5. C. Cranfield, M. Darestani, B. Cornell, H. Coster, Tethered bilayer lipid membranes (tBLMs) investigated by high resolution electrical impedance spectroscopy (EIS), 1-4 July 2013, 4th International Nanomedicine Conference, Sydney, Australia(accepted as invited presentation)
  6. A.L. Parker, C. Hindrich, S. Batty, R.B. Banaty, M. Darestani, H.G.L. Coster, High Resolution Impedance Spectroscopy Studies of Supported DMPC and DMPC/PE Bilayers, July 2012, 3rd International Nanomedicine Conference, Sydney, Australia
  7. M. Darestani, Coster H.G.L., Label -free impedance biosensing of protein/ antibody interaction, July 2012, 3rd International Nanomedicine Conference, Sydney, Australia
  8. M. T. Darestani, H.G. L Coster, T. C. Chilcott,  “Mitigating membrane fouling using vibrating membranes”, May 2012, Ozwater’12, Sydney, Australia
  9. M. T. Darestani, H. Coster, V. Gomes, M. Abtahi, Characterization of polymers using high resolution impedance spectroscopy, The 33rd Australasian Polymer Symposium, February 2012,  Hobart, Australia
  10. M. T. Darestani,  H.G. L. Coster, T. C. Chilcott, The performance of Low-fouling, Piezoelectrically Vibrating Membranes, CHEMECA 2012,  September 2011, Sydney, Australia
  11. M. T. Darestani,  H.G. L. Coster, T. C. Chilcott, Fabrication and Characterization of  Low-fouling Piezoelectric Vibrating Membranes,  International Congress on Membranes and Membrane Processes (ICOM 2011), July 2011, Amsterdam,  The Netherlands
  12. M. T. Darestani,  H.G. L. Coster, T. C. Chilcott, Treatment in an intense electrical field as a new technique for controlling the microstructure and performance of membranes, 7th International Membrane Science and Technology Conference, November 2010, Sydney, Australia
  13. M. T. Darestani,  H.G. L. Coster, T. C. Chilcott, High-resolution AC impedance spectroscopy analysis of the covalently immobilised monolayer of protein-A on SAM for the elaboration of immunosensors, 1st International Nanomedicine Conference, Sydney, 2010
  14. M. T. Darestani,  H.G. L. Coster, T. C. Chilcott, The effect of electrical fields on the structure and subsequent separation performance of on polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) membranes, 17th Regional Symposium on Chemical Engineering (RSCE2010), November 2010, Bangkok, Thailand
  15. M. T. Darestani,  H.G. L. Coster, T. C. Chilcott, Piezoelectric and electrochemical properties of poly(vinylidene fluoride) films, 11 Pacific Polymer Conference (PPC11), December 2009, Cairns, Australia
This information has been contributed by Dr Mariam Darestani.

Teaching

  • Teaching experience
    • 2015               Guest lecturing, Unit Operation (CVB 221), QUT
    •                           Guest lecturing, Membrane Science, (CHNG5601), USYD
    • 2014                Guest lecturing, Membrane Science (CHNG5601), USYD
    •                            Tutoring, Cellular Biophysics (CHNG5604), USYD
    • 2012-2013     Guest lecturing, Membrane Science (CHNG5601), USYD
    • 2009-2011     Tutoring, Membrane Science (CHNG5601), USYD
    •                             Tutoring, Membrane Science Laboratory (CHNG5604), USYD
    •                              Tutoring, Cellular Biophysics (CHNG5604), USYD
    • 2003 -2007    Lecturing, Introduction to Polymers, IPPI
    • 2004- 2007    Lecturing, Rubber formulation and processing, IPPI

 

  •   Professional courses
    • Foundations of Learning and Teaching Academic Development Program (AD), (2015, QUT)
    • Principles and Practice of University Teaching and learning (2014, University of Sydney)
    • Successful Innovation (2010, ATP Innovations Australia)
    • Research Methodology (2008, University of Sydney)
This information has been contributed by Dr Mariam Darestani.

Experience

  • Scientific & Technical Expertise:
  1. Sustainable engineering :    Waste management, Waste water recycling, Desalination
  2. Polymer engineering  :          Molecular design,  Polymerisation engineering, Processing design, Testing
  3. Product design  :                     Polymer emulsions, Membrane and filters , Electrochemical sensors
  4. Analytical capabilities:        Spectroscopy; Electron microscopy; Thermal analysis; Surface  Characterization
  • Honors and awards
  1. Advance Queensland Fellowship, 2016
  2. Industry fellowship, Australian Water Recycling Center of Excellence, 2013
  3.  Engineering Dean’s Awards for Excellence in research, USYD, 2011
  4. Dean’s Awards for Excellence in Tutoring, USYD,2010
  5. Amelia Earhart fellowship award, Zonta International, 2010
  6. William and Catherine McIlrath Scholarship (Travelling grant), USYD, 2010
  7. Engineering Dean’s Awards for Excellence in research, USYD, 2010
  8. Excellence in Innovation Award  in Sydnovate competition, USYD,2010
  9. Best  poster in Research Conversaizione of Engineering and information technology, USYD,2010
  10. Second best poster in Research Conversaizione in Engineering and information technology, USYD,2009
  11. Endeavour for international postgraduate research students (EIPRS), Australian government, 2008
  12. Distinguished Academic Staff of Iran Polymer and Petrochemical Institute, 2007
  13. Member of Distinguished Research Group of Iran Polymer and Petrochemical Institute, 2006
  •  Social activities:
  1. Member of Zonta International, Sydney Breakfast Club (Head of Women in Engineering Committee)
  2. Member of the Australian Federation of Graduate Women – NSW (AFGW-NSW)
This information has been contributed by Dr Mariam Darestani.