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Dr Nisa Valiyaveettil Salim

Senior Lecturer


Dr Nisa Salim is currently a Senior Lecturer at the School of Engineering. Her research is focused on engineered materials and composites that provide multiple functionalities such as energy storage, structural health monitoring, and EMI shielding and structural performance. Her research activities are aligned with SUT’s two major research focuses including “Space and Aerospace Technology”, and “The Innovative Planet”. She has published a total of 90+ peer-reviewed research outputs including, 75+ peer-reviewed journal papers (94% in Q1 journals as per SCImago ranking), 4 edited books (in press), 8 book chapters, 3 peer-reviewed conference proceedings, and 1 patent. Nisa won many awards in her research career including the Royal Society of Victoria-Philip Law Award, AINSE Gold Medal for outstanding Ph.D. and Smart Geelong Early Researcher award, Victoria Fellowship, Endeavour Fellowship, Alfred Deakin Fellowship, and many more even with a career break of more than 2 years.  Nisa’s vision is to develop smart, engineered materials that are enablers for digitalization and the internet of things – living materials that sense, actuate, and harvest energy.  Nisa serves as an editorial board member of Elsevier’s Chemical Engineering and also for two MDPI’s Polymers and Journal of Composites Science. She also has been selected for the National Committee for Materials Science and Engineering (NCMSE) of the Australian Academy of Science. She will be representing Early- and mid-career researchers at the National level under the Materials Science and Engineering discipline.

Research interests

Nanomaterials; Graphene; Polymers at Interfaces; Structural batteries and supercapacitors; Carbon Materials; Energy Storage

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

  • Composite And Hybrid Materials - 401602
  • Aerospace Materials - 400101
  • Automotive Engineering Materials - 400202

Teaching areas

Nanofabrication;Nanomaterials;Materials Science;Advanced Structural Engineering;Professional Enginnering


  • 2022, National, University Ambassador, Royal Australian Chemical Institute
  • 2020, National, Philip Law Award , Royal Society of Victoria
  • 2020, National, Fame lab State Semi-finalist, Fame lab
  • 2019, National, • Australia–India Early- and Mid-Career Fellowships , Australian Academy of Science
  • 2018, National, • Veski – Inspiring women STEM side by side program Stamina award , Veski
  • 2018, National, Theo Murphy Award, Australian Academy of Science
  • 2017, Other, • Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Early Career Researcher Award for Research Excellence (Highly commended), Deakin University
  • 2017, National, • Monash Engineering Women’s Leadership Award, Monash University
  • 2016, International, • Alfred Deakin Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Deakin University
  • 2015, National, • Victoria Fellowship, Government of Victoria
  • 2014, National, • Gold Medal for excellence in research , Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering (AINSE)
  • 2014, National, Endeavour Research Fellowship, Federal Government
  • 2013, National, • SPE – ANZ ANTEC Award, Society of Plastics Engineers, Australia & New Zealand Section
  • 2011, National, • Smart Geelong Researcher of the Year – Early Researcher Award, Smart Geelong Network
  • 2011, National, • AINSE Travel Award, Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering (AINSE)


Also published as: Valiyaveettil Salim, Nisa; Valiyaveettil Salim, N.; Salim, N.; Salim, N. V.; Salim, Nisa; Salim, Nisa V.; Salim, Nisa Valiyaveettil
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2024: International Hydrogen Research Collaboration Fellow *; Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)
  • 2024: Stimuli-Responsive Soft Robotics *; Defence Science Institute
  • 2023: Transforming carbon waste – A platform for the continuous production of graphene from carbon waste *; Brown Coal Innovation Australia Limited Fund Scheme
  • 2022: Development of efficient hydrogen storage materials using carbon based hybrid composites *; Future Energy Exports CRC - Fund Scheme
  • 2021: Composite spacers from recycled plastics and rubber *; Recycling Victoria Research and Development Fund
  • 2021: Passive Lunar Dust Mitigation Collaboration *; Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)
  • 2021: Scalable Graphene Enabled Smart Composites *; ARC Linkage Projects Scheme
  • 2019: High Value Carbon Materials from Brown Coal *; GrapheneX Pty Ltd

* Chief Investigator