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Dr Nishar Hameed

ARC DECRA Fellow and Senior Research Fellow


Dr Nishar Hameed joined Swinburne in July 2016. Prior to joining Swinburne, Nishar was a Research Fellow at Carbon Nexus, Deakin University, where he completed his PhD and Alfred Deakin Post Doc Fellowship.

Nishar’s research is mainly focused on the novel and faster processing of next generation 'smart' polymers and composite materials. He has published more than 70 high impact journal papers, 6 book chapters, 3 edited books and 2 patents. He was invited to edit the first ever Hand Book on Epoxy Blends which was published in two volumes in 2017. His several achievements include many “firsts” in the field, inspiring many follow-up studies. Nishar recently developed a new method to produce flexible, toughened and fast cure resins that can be integrated to make formable and rapid cure fibre reinforced composites, concrete preforms and graphene nanocomposites. His research has also led to the development of a new, environmentally processing route to make plastics films and fibres from natural polymers (cellulose, wool, silk) and biomass.

Nishar won many awards as he advances his research career including AINSE Post Graduate Research Award, Smart Geelong Early Researcher award, Young Tall Poppy Award, Phillip Law Award and Deakin’s Best Doctoral Thesis Award. He has been awarded a number of prestigious fellowships including the highly esteemed Victoria Fellowship, Famelab State Finalist and two Endeavour Fellowships.

He has held visiting appointments at Rice University, University of California Los Angeles, University of Southern Mississippi, University of Kentucky, CNRS Montpellier, Indian Institute of Technology Madras and Indian Institute of Science Bangalore.

Research interests

Nanostructured Materials; Nanostructured Materials; composites; polymers; carbon fibre; graphene; smart materials; biomass; ionic liquids; resins

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Supervisor.

PhD topics and outlines

Automated Composite Manufacturing: 

Composite Sensors for Structural Health Monitoring: 

Graphene nanocomposites and functional materials:

Ionic liquid synthesis and applications: 

Nanostructured Polymers: 

Novel Rapid Cure Resins: 

Smart Composite Materials: 

Valorization of Industrial Biomass: 


Available to supervise honours students.

Fields of Research

  • Composite And Hybrid Materials - 091202
  • Polymers And Plastics - 091209
  • Macromolecular And Materials Chemistry - 030300

Teaching areas

Nanomaterials;Engineering Materials;Polymers;Composites


  • 2018, National, Young Tall Poppy Award, Australian Institute of Policy and Science
  • 2018, Swinburne, Vice-Chancellor's Industry Engagement Award, Swinburne University
  • 2018, National, Phillip Law Award 2018 , The Royal Society of Victoria
  • 2018, National, Best Innovation Pitch Award from Hon Christopher Pyne 2018 (Swinburne-Imagine team), Land Forces 2018
  • 2016, Swinburne, • Vice-Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Contribution to Research: Early Career Researcher (Highly Commended), Swinburne
  • 2016, Other, ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award, Australian Research Council
  • 2015, National, Endeavour Research Fellowship 2016, Federal Government
  • 2014, National, FASIC (France–Australia Science Innovation Collaboration) Fellowship, Australian Academy of Science
  • 2014, International, FameLab Australia 2014 (Vic State Heat Finalist), British Council and Cheltenham Festivals
  • 2014, National, Endeavour Research Fellowship, Federal Government
  • 2013, National, The Victoria Fellowship, Government of Victoria
  • 2013, National, Fresh Science Vic State Finalist , Science In Public
  • 2013, National, CASS Foundation Travel Award, Contributing to Australian Scholarship and Science Foundation
  • 2012, Other, Vice-Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Contribution to Research: Early Career Researcher , Deakin University
  • 2012, National, Australia-India Fellowship , Australian Academy of Science
  • 2011, Other, The Alfred Deakin Medal for Outstanding Academic Achievement - The Best Doctoral Thesis , Deakin University
  • 2011, International, Alfred Deakin Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Deakin University
  • 2011, National, AINSE Travel Award , Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering
  • 2010, Other, Smart Geelong Researcher of the Year – Early Researcher Award , Smart Geelong Network
  • 2009, National, AINSE Post Graduate Research Award , Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering

Professional memberships

  • 2017 (current): Chair, RACI Carbon Division , Australia
  • 2017 (current): Board Member, Australian Carbon Society, Australia
  • 2013 (current): Board Member, RACI Vic Polymer Division , Australia


Also published as: Hameed, Nishar; Hameed, N.
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2019: ARC Training Centre in Surface Engineering for Advanced Materials *; ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centres
  • 2019: High Value Carbon Materials from Brown Coal *; GrapheneX Pty Ltd
  • 2019: Industry 4.0 manufacturing of high-volume lightweight composites *; Global Innovation Linkages Program
  • 2018: Automation of High Volume Composite Component Manufacture *; Ford Motor Company Fund Scheme
  • 2017: Graphene Supply Chain Certification *; Agilent Technologies Australia Pty Ltd
  • 2017: Hybrid Composite Materials and Structures *; DMTC
  • 2017: Polymers with controllable networks *; ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA)
  • 2017: Virtual Digitalisation with RFID Technology for Steel Fabrication *; Innovation Connections
  • 2016: Thermoset materials scoping studyDMTC Project 9.45 *; DMTC

* Chief Investigator

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