Personal details

Name
Dr Phong Tran
Position(s)
Senior Research Fellow
Science and Engineering Faculty,
School of Mechanical Medical & Process Engineering
IHBI Membership
Institute of Health Biomedical Innovation (IHBI),
IHBI Science and Engineering Projects,
IHBI Chem Physics Mech Engineering - IPTM
Discipline *
Biomedical Engineering, Other Physical Sciences
Phone
+61 7 3138 6452
Email
Location
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Identifiers and profiles
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Qualifications

PhD in Physics (Brown University)

Professional memberships
and associations

Fellow of Engineers Australia (EA)

Member of the Engineers Australia Biomedical Queensland

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

Biography

Dr Phong Tran – Fellow of Engineers Australia, Advance Queensland Research Fellow (mid-career) – is well recognized as one of the world’s pioneers in investigating the antimicrobial properties of selenium nanoparticles. His most significant works also include (i) in situ synthesis and stabilization of nanoparticles in polymeric matrices to create new composite materials with multi-functionalities and (ii) recent development of a new type of 3D printed scaffolds having dual macro-micro porosity.

Dr Tran is an emerging mid-career scientist with more than 50 publications, 1 granted patent, more than 1200 citations and an h-index of 15 (Google scholar). As a Chief Investigator, he has been awarded research grants totalled more than $4.5M from funding bodies such as Australian Research Council (ARC), Queensland Government, Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering and Defence Health Foundation. He is serving on the Editorial Board of the Australasian Physical & Engineering Sciences in Medicine, frequent reviewers for leading biomedical/biomaterial research journals and as a detailed assessor for ARC’s National Competitive Grants Program (NCGP).

Dr Tran has deep interest and rich experience in industry-linked biomaterials research and technology commercialization stemming from his PhD studies at Brown University (Rhode Island, USA) and his fellowship in the Department of Orthopaedic Research at Rhode Island Hospital (2005-2011). He was a co-founder of Nanoseleno – a spinoff company from Brown University to commercialize selenium nanoparticle based antimicrobial formulations and a scientific board member of Axena Technologies (RI, USA) – a start-up focusing on antimicrobial coatings of catheters.

Dr Tran moved to the University of Melbourne in late 2011 to accept the McKenzie Fellowship and formed a team of experts in polymer chemistry, microbiology and reconstructive surgery to develop antimicrobial nanocomposite materials. In 2015, he was awarded the Vice Chancellor’s Research Fellowship and moved to Queensland University of Technology where he formed and is currently leading the Interface Science and Materials Engineering group to research into the design, development and translation of biomaterials. In 2017 he was awarded the mid-career Advance Queensland Research Fellowship to work with a Queensland-based medical device company to translate his antimicrobial surface treatment and biomaterials research toward commercialization.

Dr Tran is also passionate about teaching. He has been lecturing in Biomaterials, Biophysics, Biocellular Systems and Electrodynamics. Dr Tran’s on-class demonstrations and real-life examples are highly rated by his students. Dr Tran is also a strong advocate of public outreach in science, he was featured on several media channels including ABC news https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-12-24/christmas-prawn-shells-used-to-fight-superbugs-qut/10612634.; https://www.qut.edu.au/institute-of-health-and-biomedical-innovation/about/news/news?news-id=135714.

This information has been contributed by Dr Phong Tran.

Teaching

Lecturing experience:

2019: PVB204 – Electromagnetisms; EGH438 – Biomaterials

2018: PVB204 – Electromagnetisms; EGH438 – Biomaterials

2017: PVB204  – Electromagnetisms

2013: Biocellular Systems Engineering

University teaching training:
2018: ExPREP (Expert peer review in education practice) Certificate, Queensland University of Technology
2013: Graduate Certificate in University Teaching, the University of Melbourne
Focus: curriculum design, assessment and feedback strategies, e-learning, class planning
2010: University Teaching Certificate, Brown University (USA)
Focus: course design, constructive alignment, effective communication

This information has been contributed by Dr Phong Tran.

Publications

For publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.

Awards

Awards and recognition

Type
Funding Award
Reference year
2018
Details
2018-2023 ARC Training Centre for Multiscale 3D Imaging, Modelling and Manufacturing $AUD 3.9M (Chief Investigator)
Type
Fellowships
Reference year
2017
Details
Mid-career Advance Queensland Research Fellowship
Type
Funding Award
Reference year
2017
Details
Global Connection Fund (Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering, Australia) 2017 "Advanced Surface Treatment for Orthopaedic Implants";(Lead Chief Investigator)
Type
Funding Award
Reference year
2016
Details
CASS Foundation Science and Medicine Grant 2016-2017 "3D printed diamond implants: Investigations into a new hybrid material" (Chief Investigator)
Type
Fellowships
Reference year
2015
Details
Vice Chancellor's Research Fellowship, Queensland University of Technology 2015-2018
Type
Funding Award
Reference year
2015
Details
Australian Dental Research Foundation 2015-2016 "Developing versatile nanoparticle decoration technologies for antimicrobial barrier membranes in guided tissue regeneration applications" ; (Lead Chief Investigator)
Type
Funding Award
Reference year
2014
Details
CASS Foundation Science and Medicine Grant 2014 (Australia) "Superbullets for Superbugs: Toward Solutions for Antibiotic Resistance and Bacterial Infections"; (Lead Chief Investigator)
Type
Funding Award
Reference year
2014
Details
Defence Health Foundation Establishment Grant 2014 "Developing Nanocomposite Material Processing Technologies for Anti-infective Medical Devices"; (Chief Investigator)
Type
Funding Award
Reference year
2012
Details
Interdisciplinary Seed Funding, Melbourne Materials Institute and Bio21 Institute 2012 (Australia), "Developing Nanocomposites for Soft Tissue Regeneration"; (Lead Chief Investigator)
Type
Fellowships
Reference year
2011
Details
McKenzie Fellowship, University of Melbourne 2011-2014

Research projects

Grants and projects (Category 1: Australian Competitive Grants only)

Title
ARC Training Centre for (M3D) Multiscale 3D Imaging, Modelling and Manufacturing
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
IC180100008
Start year
2019
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