Dr Sina Naficy
Research Fellow, Materials Program
Intelligent Polymer Research Institute, University of Wollongong
PhD (Materials Engineering), University of Wollongong
MSc (Polymer Engineering and Science), Amirkabir University of Technology
BSc (Chemical Engineering, Polymer Engineering), Isfahan University of Technology
My PhD (2007-2011) mainly focused on the development of conductive tough hydrogels. The tough hydrogels were based on the double network concept, where two polymer networks with different crosslinking ratio were formed within each other. A third conducting polymer network was introduced to provide electrical conductivity. The achieved hydrogel system was capable of sustaining high external forces while remained highly conductive and pH sensitive.
Between 2007 and 2008 my research was mainly concerned with studying the modulated drug release from carbon nanotube/hydrogel films. Controlled drug release was achieved by tuning the polarity and strength of the applied voltage.
Since 2011 till present my research has focused on the development of soft actuators based on hydrogels and other polymer networks. I am also working on encapsulation of actuators and development of stretchable polyelectrolytes.
Interested in the ACES Materials Program? Contact Dr Naficy
Phone: +61 2 4298 0700