Researcher

Dr Pramod Koshy

My Expertise

Utilisation of Waste Materials

Ceramic Processing

Nanomaterials

Biomaterials

Polymer-Ceramic Composites

Refractories

Field of Research (FoR)

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Biography

ABOUT ME 

Biography

My primary research foci is on the development of photocatalytic materials for environmental and biomedical applications.  I am also experienced in the development of novel refractories for ferrous and non-ferrous metals industries, mineral processing, and the transformation of ceramic and polymeric waste materials for economical and industrially-viable high-performance applications.  This makes me unique in possessing the...view more

ABOUT ME 

Biography

My primary research foci is on the development of photocatalytic materials for environmental and biomedical applications.  I am also experienced in the development of novel refractories for ferrous and non-ferrous metals industries, mineral processing, and the transformation of ceramic and polymeric waste materials for economical and industrially-viable high-performance applications.  This makes me unique in possessing the capabilities to work on any type of material, particularly for industrial applications, through a systematic understanding of the their behaviour on a structural and functional level.  I have co-authored >100 publications and have two international patents of the concept of completely percolated single-crystal mullite microstructures with unique high-temperature capabilities.  My teaching capabilities are well documented as being the only staff in the School to win the Australian Citation award, the Faculty of Science Teaching Excellence award and the Vice Chancellor's Excellence Teaching Awards. 

EDUCATION

  • Ph.D. (Materials Science and Engineering) UNSW, 2009
  • M.Tech. (Materials Science and Technology, NIT-Calicut, India, 2004
  • B.Tech. (Mechanical Engineering, University of Kerala, India, 2002

RESEARCH

Current Research Fields

  • Development of photocatalytic films and nanoparticles for water and air purification
  • Utilisation of waste materials in ceramic and metallurgical applications
  • Development of bioceramic coatings and nanoparticles for cell therapies and implants
  • Development on corrosion-resistant refractory compositions for non-ferrous casting
  • Development of geopolymers as cement substitutes
  • Understanding coke degradation mechanisms in blast furnace operations

Research Grants

  • ACARP grant funding ($300,000, 2019-present) - High temperature properties of blended cokes
  • ARC LP from 2017-present on developing mullite-based composites from topaz
  • ARC DP from 2017-present on developing of photocatalytic bioceramic nanoparticles
  • ARC LP funding from 2015- present on waste material utilisation in partnership with Vecor Pty. Ltd.
  • ACARP grant funding ($200,000 in 2015-present) - High-temperature Coke Strength Testing
  • Industry funding from 2009-2015 on waste material utilisation [Vecor Pty. Ltd., >$ 600,000]
  • Industry funding from POSCO - Value added products from coal tar - 2015
  • AINSE and ANSTO in-kind funding for ion implantation and RBS analysis - 2015-16
  • Industry funding from Cook Medical - Air Purification - 2015-16
  • Industry funding from Angloamerican - Analysis of Steel Plate and Bolt Failure - 2016
  • Industry funding from Aurecon - Refractory Failure Analysis - 2016
  • Faculty of Science research grants - 2009-10
  • Industry research funding from NICTA, Weir Minerals, Komatsu - 2011-2014

Current Student Projects (Ph.D., Masters, and Honours)

  • Photocatalytic Thin Films and Coatings for Water Purification
  • Utilisation of Waste Materials for Fabrication High-Performance Ceramics
  • Photocatalytic TiO2 Nanoparticles for Biomedical Applications
  • Developing Novel Geopolymers for Cement Replacement
  • Thin Films and Coatings for Biomedical Applications
  • Investigation of Braze Joint Failure in Ear Implants (Collaboration with Cochlear)
  • Refractory Interactions with Molten Aluminium
  • Waste Polymer Use in Iron Oxide Reduction

Supervision Opportunities/Areas

I work in partnership with Prof. Sorrell’s and our current research group has ~ 40 students; I have supervised 4 Ph.D, and 5 Masters research students to completion

Advice for prospective students

All prospective students are requested to contact myself or Prof. C.C. Sorrell (c.sorrell@unsw.edu.au) to enquire about projects

TEACHING & OUTREACH

Teaching Awards

  • 2017:  Australian Citation Award for Teaching Ecellence
  • 2016:  Vice Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence UNSW
  • 2015: Faculty of Science Excellence in Teaching Award

Current Courses

  • MATS4002: Design with Advanced Ceramics
  • MATS3004: Polymer Science and Engineering 1
  • MATS6003:  Presentation Skills (Masters)

Laboratory Activity Coordinator

  • MATS1101, MATS1192, MATS2004, MATS3004

Past Courses

  • MATS4006:  Polymer Science and Engineering 2
  • MATS2294: Thermal and Mechanical Properties of Ceramics
  • MATS2183: Refractories

Professional affiliations and service positions

  • Associate Editor: Journal of the Australian Ceramic Society (Springer)
  • Journal referee for: Metallurgical and Materials Transactions; Ceramics International; Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 
  • Member of American and Australian Ceramic Societies

AWARDS & ACHIEVEMENTS

  • Australian Citation Award for Teaching Excellence 2017
  • Vice Chancellors Award for Teaching Excellence 2016
  • Faculty of Science Award for Teaching Excellence 2015
  • Students were awarded prizes for best paper and 2nd best presentation in Nanotechnology Section:  10th Eco-Energy and Materials Science and Engineering (EMSES2012)  5-8 December 2012, Ubon-Ratchathani, Thailand
  • 2006-08 Endeavour International Post-graduate Research Scholarship
  • 2004 Ranked first for Masters (Materials Science and Engineering) at NITC-Calicut India.
  • 2002 First Rank and University Medal in Bachelor of Technology (Mechanical Engg) at University of Kerala India.
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Location

Room 120
School of Materials Science and Engineering (Building E10)
UNSW
NSW 2052

Contact

(02) 9385 6038
(02) 9385 6565

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