Engineering Research Seminar 18, 2011: Halloysite Nanotubes: Their Use in Manufacturing, Biology and the Environment

Dr Pooria Pabakhsh, School of Engineering, Monash University Sunway Campus

Date: 2011-05-24
Time: 12:00 to 13:00
Venue: Classroom 9-3-06


Halloysite nanotubes (HNTs) are efficient nano-containers and nanofillers which can be used in applied nanotechnology as a microfibre functional filler in paint and plastic, as nanometre-scale containers for the controlled release of active agents and as fillers for polymer nanocomposites. Halloysite is a green environmentally friendly and naturaly occuring clay nanotubes available in commercial quantities.

About the Speaker

Dr Pooria Pabakhsh’s background and expertise lie in the general area of polymer nanocomposites and fiber reinforced composites. In the course of MS studies Dr. Pasbakhsh acquired experience in production and characterization of carbon fiber/ phenolic composites for application in the aerospace industry. His thesis focused on ablation and microstructural properties of these composites. During his PhD work (2007-2010) he has been working on the development of a novel polymer nanocomposite based on the EPDM and halloysite nanotubes (HNTs). This research effort resulted in design of a nanocomposite material that exhibited simultaneous improvement in tensile strength, stiffness and toughness  – properties that are traditionally considered to be difficult (if not impossible) to achieve at the same time. Dr. Pabakhsh has accumulated extensive experience in preparation, characterization of polymer nanocomposites and investigation of their mechanical, rheological, thermal and morphological properties. Dr. Pabakhsh has more than 25 publications in refereed journals and conference proceedings in both areas.