Researcher

Dr Vipul Agarwal

My Expertise

Materials chemistry, Hybrid materials, Nanocomposites, Polymer nanocomposite coatings, Layered materials, Biomedical engineering, Tissue regeneration, Biomaterials, edible coatings

Keywords

Fields of Research (FoR)

Composite and hybrid materials, Functional materials, Polymers and plastics, Nanobiotechnology, Regenerative medicine (incl. stem cells), Regenerative Medicine (incl. Stem Cells and Tissue Engineering), Polymers, Functional Materials

Biography

Lecturer and UNSW Safety Net Fellow

UNSW School of Chemical Engineering

 

Dr Vipul Agarwal graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Chemistry from the University of Delhi, India in 2005, MApplSc in Chemistry from University of Tasmania, Australia in 2010, and PhD in Chemistry from The University of Western Australia, Australia in 2015. In 2016, he joined the Indian Institute of Science, India on the SERB-DST Postdoctoral Fellowship. He returned to...view more

Lecturer and UNSW Safety Net Fellow

UNSW School of Chemical Engineering

 

Dr Vipul Agarwal graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Chemistry from the University of Delhi, India in 2005, MApplSc in Chemistry from University of Tasmania, Australia in 2010, and PhD in Chemistry from The University of Western Australia, Australia in 2015. In 2016, he joined the Indian Institute of Science, India on the SERB-DST Postdoctoral Fellowship. He returned to Australia in 2018 on NHMRC Early Career Research Fellowship and joined the Cluster for Advanced Macromolecular Design (CAMD) within the School of Chemical Engineering at UNSW Sydney. Vipul’s current research interest is in materials chemistry especially in developing multifunctional two-dimensional coatings and three-dimensional foams for a range of applications including in neuronal tissue regeneration.

 

  • PhD, The University of Western Australia, 2015
  • SERB-DST National Postdoctoral Fellow, Indian Institute of Science, 2016-2017
  • NHMRC Peter Doherty Biomedical Research Fellow, The University of New South Wales, 2018-2022
  • Lecturer, University of New South Wales, 2020-present
  • UNSW Safety Net Fellow, University of New South Wales, 2022-2024

 

Dr Agarwal’s current research projects include:

  • Controlling filler arrangement in polymer nanocomposites coatings
  • Nanocomposite foams with tuneable physiochemical properties
  • Self-healing composite coatings
  • Electrically responsive nanocomposite implants for neuronal regeneration

 

Since 2015, he has successfully attracted a total of AUD $4.2M in competitive funding including AUD $3.11M as a Lead Chief Investigator. He has contributed 1 book chapter, 53 journal publications, 2 patents and 14 invited presentations, which received >1500 citations with an H-index of 22 (Google Scholar).

 

Awards and Honors:

2023    ACS Polymer Materials: Science and Engineering (PMSE) Future Faculty Fellow

2022-2023 NSW Nyholm Youth Lectureship (The Royal Australian Chemical Institute)

2021-2023 Young Professional Editorial Board – Journal: Particuology (Elsevier)

2013    Australian Academy of Science Lindau Fellowship

2010    Tasmanian state AusBiotech-GSK Student Research Excellence Award

 

Selected Grants:

2022-2025 AusIndustry Advance Finding and Cooperative Research Centre Project Grant (Lead CI)

2022-2025 ARC National Intelligence and Security Discovery Research Grants Program (co-CI)

2022 Research Contract – Nitto Belgium NV (co-CI)

2022-2023 Research Contract – Kinaltek Pvt Ltd (co-CI)

2022-2024 UNSW Safety Net Fellowship (Lead CI)

2019-2020 Lincoln Centre Seed Grant (Lead CI)

2018-2019 Neurotrauma Research Program Grant (co-CI)

2018-2022 NHMRC Early Career Fellowship (Lead CI)

2016-2018 Science Engineering Research Board-DST National Postdoctoral Fellowship (Lead CI, India)

2016-2018 DST Postdoctoral Fellowship in Nano Science and Technology (Lead CI, India)

 

Editorial Activities:

Editor – Frontiers of Neuroscience

 

Undergraduate and Postgraduate Teaching:

CEIC4951, CEIC4952, CEIC4953 Research Thesis (2018 - present)

CEIC9951, CEIC9952, CEIC9953 Advanced Research Thesis (2018 - present)

GSOE9011-Eng PGCW Research Skills (2021-2022)

CEIC2005 Chemical Reaction Engineering (2021)

CEIC2004 Industrial Chemistry for Chemical Engineering (2019)

 

Current members:

1. Dr Tuan Sang Tran (Postdoctoral Fellow, 2023 - present)

2. Dr Le Ngoc Minh Dinh (Postdoctoral Fellow, 2023 - present)

3. Dr Lutful Amin (Postdoctoral Fellow, 2023 - present)

4. Siti Humairah Binti Harun (PhD candidate, 2022 - present, primary supervisor: Per Zetterlund)

5. Arinola Isa (PhD candidate, 2022 - present, joint supervision with Per Zetterlund)

6. Nasera Rizwana (PhD candidate, 2021 - present, primary supervisor: Manasa Nune (MAHE, India))

 

Graduated students:

Dr Yasemin Fadil – Postdoctoral Fellow at University of New South Wales

Dr Rabiatul 'Adawiah Mat Noor – Era Polymer

Dr Le Ngoc Minh Dinh – Postdoctoral Fellow at University of New South Wales

Dr Bich Ngoc Tran – Era Polymer

Namrata Maslekar (MEng) 

Yiting Cai (MPhil)

Sushma Indrakumar (MSc) – PhD from Indian Institute of Science (India)

Neethu Varghese (MSc) – PhD candidate at University of Genova (Italy)

Rishav Prasad (Honours)

Sayedamin Mohseni (Honours)

Yue Zhang (Honours)

Nurul Nas Alia Binti Azman (Honours)

Amal Fakhira Walid (Honours)

Nicholas Simon (Honours)

Runyu Shi (Honours)

Alice Wan (Honours)

Monique O. Y. Yap (Honours)

Le Ngoc Minh Dinh (Honours) - Postdoc at UNSW

 

Previous research staff:

Dr Maricruz Saborio

Namrata Maslekar – PhD candidate at The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (USA)

 

To prospective students and postdoctoral fellows, please contact vipul.agarwal@unsw.edu.au for more info.


My Research Supervision


Currently supervising

PhD Students:

1. Yasemin Fadil (co-supervision with Prof. Per Zetterlund) - graduated 2020

2. Rabiatul 'Adawiah Mat Noor (2018- present, co-supervision with Prof. Per Zetterlund)

3. Le Ngoc Minh Dinh (2019- present, co-supervision with Prof. Per Zetterlund)

4. Bich Ngoc Tran (2019- present, joint-supervision with Prof. Per Zetterlund)

5. Siti Humairah Binti Harun (2022- present, co-supervision with Prof. Per Zetterlund)

 

Master by Research Students:

1. Yiting Cai (2017- 2019, co-supervision with Prof. Per Zetterlund)

 

Master by Coursework Students:

1. Namrata Maslekar (co-supervised with Prof. Per Zetterlund) - graduated 2019

2. Sushma Indrakumar (co-supervised with Assoc/Prof. Kaushik Chatterjee, Indian Institute of Science) - graduated 2017

3. Neethu Varghese (co-supervised with Assoc/Prof. Kaushik Chatterjee, Indian Institute of Science) - graduated 2016

 

Undergraduate Honours Research Students:

1. Nicholas Simon (2019, co-supervision with Prof. Per Zetterlund)

2. Runyu Shi (2019, co-supervision with Prof. Per Zetterlund)

3. Alice Wan (2019, co-supervision with Prof. Per Zetterlund)

4. Le Ngoc Minh Dinh (co-supervised with Prof. Per Zetterlund) - graduated 2019

5. Monique O. Y. Yap (co-supervised with Prof. Per Zetterlund) - graduated 2019

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