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Associate Professor Mahnaz Shafiei

Lead, Sensing Technology Research
PhD (Nanomaterials and Sensor Technology), RMIT, Australia; BSci (Electrical and Elctronics Engineering), AmirKabir University of Technology, Iran, Islamic Republic of

Biography

Mahnaz was a Vice Chancellor’s Women in STEM Fellow at Swinburne from 2017 until 2022. She has extensive experience in nanomaterials, gas sensing techniques and device fabrication. Her research focus is on sensors and nanomaterials and their practical use for health and environmental monitoring. She is investigating new technologies to develop reliable, portable gas and liquid sensors with ultra-low power requirements to be embedded in sensor nodes for Internet-of-Things applications or in mobile systems.

Mahnaz collaborates effectively with Australian and overseas experts in the field. In 2015, she was awarded an Australian Endeavour Research Fellowship and successfully completed research on “development of novel nanofibres for gas sensing” at Simon Fraser University, Canada. She has established Sensor Laboratories at QUT, her previous employer, and SUT thanks to the funding support from Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology, ARC Discovery Project (DP150101939) and Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) grants. Mahnaz has been awarded, individually and with colleagues, more than $10 million in research grants/fellowships from research councils, industry and government in Australia (2008-2023). She is a Senior Member of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

In 2023, Mahnaz was awarded an International Hydrogen Research Fellowship as part of the International Hydrogen Research Collaboration Program being led by the CSIRO and funded by the Australian government. Recently, she visited leading researchers and labs in the field of sensing and safety practices in the European community. This understanding will be of substantial benefit to Australia, her peers and to our next generation of scientists and engineers.


Mahnaz’s group has added a research project that aims to develop low-power, portable sensing systems to monitor hydrogen gas as part of an ARENA project to produce hydrogen from renewable energy.  The project will establish a pilot plant to test a range of new technologies in hydrogen production. As well as Swinburne, the project involves QUT, Griffith University and the University of Tokyo, along with industry partners Sumitomo Electric industries (Japan) and Energy Developments Limited (Australia). Mahnaz is also a CI on a Future Energy Exports (FEnEx) CRC project with objectives to 1) Design and implement cyber-physical systems for renewable hydrogen plants of the future and 2) Design and implement a lab-scale Hydrogen plant for Swinburne to evaluate the findings of this project as well as to facilitate future research, education, and training infrastructure.

Visiting Scientist

  • Sensor Laboratory, University of Brescia, Italy, 2012 and 2023.
  • Functional Materials Department, University of Bayreuth, Germany, 2023.
  • Institut de Combustion Aérothermique Réactivité et Environnement (ICARE), CNRS, Orleans, France, 2023.
  • "Gleb Wataghin" Institute of Physics (IFGW), UNICAMP, Brazil, 2019.
  • Nanomechanical Sensors Lab, National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), Japan, 2017 and 2018.
  • Intelligent Sensing Lab, Simon Fraser University, Canada, 2015. 

Research interests

Nanomaterials; Materials Science; Sensor Technology; Nanotechnology

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Supervisor.

Honours

Available to supervise honours students.

Fields of Research

  • Materials Engineering - 401600
  • Nanotechnology - 401800

Awards

  • 2023, Swinburne, Vice-Chancellor’s 2023 Supportive of an Early Career Researcher Award, Swinburne
  • 2023, National, International Hydrogen Fellowship, CSIRO, Australian Government
  • 2019, Swinburne, Travel Award, Swinburne, Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology
  • 2018, National, Travel Award, The CASS Foundation
  • 2017, Swinburne, Visiting Fellowship Scheme, Swinburne, DVCR&D
  • 2017, Swinburne, VC’s Research Fellowship - Women in STEM, Swinburne
  • 2017, Swinburne, Staff Development Initiative Project, Swinburne; School of Software and Electrical Engineering
  • 2015, National, Australian Endeavour Research Fellowship, Australian Government, Department of Education and Training
  • 2010, Other, Travel Award, RMIT PVC (R&I)
  • 2009, International, Travel Award, NanoToday Conference
  • 2008, Other, PhD Scholarship, School of RMIT, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Publications

Also published as: Shafiei, Mahnaz; Shafiei, M.
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2024: Synthesis and Characterisation of 1D Nanomaterials for Hydrogen Gas Sensing Applications *; Future Energy Export CRC - Fund Scheme
  • 2023: International Hydrogen Research Collaboration Program - Hydrogen Sensing and Safety *; Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)
  • 2022: Development of zeolite and MOF based chemoresistive devices for gas sensing applications (Student) *; Future Energy Export CRC - Fund Scheme
  • 2021: Cost Effective Renewable Hydrogen through Materials, Modelling and Process Innovation *; Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA)
  • 2021: Design and Development of the Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) for an Interoperable Renewable Hydrogen Plant *; Future Energy Exports CRC - Fund Scheme
  • 2021: Development of Zeolite and MOF Based Chemoresistive *; Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA)
  • 2021: Victorian Hydrogen Hub (VH2) *; VIC Department of Education and Training
  • 2020: SCOPE 3, collecting and reporting last mile Green House Gas emissions: prototype and field trial *; Scope_FS
  • 2019: Two dimensional (2D) nanomaterials for gas sensing applications *; Swinburne and FAPESP Priority Partnership Fund
  • 2017: 2017 Visiting Fellowships Scheme - A/Prof Behraad Bahreyni *; Swinburne Research, DVCR&D - Internal contributions
  • 2017: Development and trial of a IoT-based system for environmental and corporate compliance monitoring of retail fuel outlets. *; Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
  • 2015: Empowering Early-Stage Medical Diagnostics by Plasmon-Mediated Gas Sensing *; ARC Discovery Projects Scheme

* Chief Investigator


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