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Naficy, Sina Research Fellow

Faculty Member

  • School of Mechanical, Materials & Mechatronics Engineering
  • Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences

Research Overview



  • My PhD (2007-2011) mainly focused on the development of conductive tough hydrogels. The tough hydrogels were based on the double network concept, where two polymer networks with different crosslinking ratio were formed within each other. A third conducting polymer network was introduced to provide electrical conductivity. The achieved hydrogel system was capable of sustaining high external forces while remained highly conductive and pH sensitive.



    Between 2007 and 2008 my research was mainly concerned with studying the modulated drug release from carbon nanotube/hydrogel films. Controlled drug release was achieved by tuning the polarity and strength of the applied voltage.



    Since 2011 till present my research has focused on the development of soft actuators based on hydrogels and other polymer networks. I am also working on encapsulation of actuators and development of stretchable polyelectrolytes.


Selected Publications


Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy Polymer Fibre Artificial Muscles
    Doctor of Philosophy Hydrogel Powered Yarn Type Artificial Muscles Shepherd, David
    Doctor of Philosophy Improving cooling cap performance and compliance through materials development and fabrication HAJI SEYED JAVADI, Mohammad
    Doctor of Philosophy Developing new types of McKibben artificial muscles Sangian, Danial
    Doctor of Philosophy Responsive Hydrogel - Conducting Polymer Systems. Bakarich, Shannon

Research Overview



  • My PhD (2007-2011) mainly focused on the development of conductive tough hydrogels. The tough hydrogels were based on the double network concept, where two polymer networks with different crosslinking ratio were formed within each other. A third conducting polymer network was introduced to provide electrical conductivity. The achieved hydrogel system was capable of sustaining high external forces while remained highly conductive and pH sensitive.



    Between 2007 and 2008 my research was mainly concerned with studying the modulated drug release from carbon nanotube/hydrogel films. Controlled drug release was achieved by tuning the polarity and strength of the applied voltage.



    Since 2011 till present my research has focused on the development of soft actuators based on hydrogels and other polymer networks. I am also working on encapsulation of actuators and development of stretchable polyelectrolytes.


Selected Publications


Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy Polymer Fibre Artificial Muscles
    Doctor of Philosophy Hydrogel Powered Yarn Type Artificial Muscles Shepherd, David
    Doctor of Philosophy Improving cooling cap performance and compliance through materials development and fabrication HAJI SEYED JAVADI, Mohammad
    Doctor of Philosophy Developing new types of McKibben artificial muscles Sangian, Danial
    Doctor of Philosophy Responsive Hydrogel - Conducting Polymer Systems. Bakarich, Shannon
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