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Associate Professor Mahnaz Shafiei

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


Mahnaz is currently a Vice Chancellor’s Research Fellow - Women in STEM (2017-2022). 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 (FSET), 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 (2008-2022). Mahnaz has published more than 86 refereed articles. She is a Senior Member of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). 

More recently, 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

  • "Gleb Wataghin" Institute of Physics (IFGW), UNICAMP, Brazil, 2019.
  • Nanomechanical Sensors Lab - International Center for Materials Nanoarchitectonics (MANA), National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), Japan, 2017-18.
  • Intelligent Sensing Lab, Simon Fraser University, Canada, 2015.
  • Sensor Laboratory, University of Brescia, Italy, 2012. 

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.


Available to supervise honours students.

Fields of Research

  • Materials Engineering - 401600
  • Nanotechnology - 401800


  • 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


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

  • 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 - Thilini Thathsara) *; Future Energy Export CRC - Fund Scheme
  • 2021: Cost Effective Renewable Hydrogen through Materials, Modelling and Process Innovation *; Australian Renewable Energy Agency
  • 2021: Design and Development of the Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) for an Interoperable Renewable Hydrogen Plant *; Future Energy Exports CRC Limited Fund Scheme
  • 2021: Development of Zeolite and MOF Based Chemoresistive *; Australian Renewable Energy Agency
  • 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
  • 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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