Dr Damia Mawad
Senior Lecturer

Dr Damia Mawad

School of Materials Science & Engineering

Dr. Mawad has been appointed a lecturer at the School of Materials Science and Engineering, UNSW Australia in August 2015 after completing her Marie Curie International Incoming Fellowship in Imperial College London, UK. From 2008 to 2012, she was a Research Fellow at the Intelligent Polymer Research Institute (IPRI), University of Wollongong.

Her research interests are in polymeric bioelectronics applied in tissue engineering. Current projects include:

  • Enhancing the electronic stability of conducting polymers in physiological conditions by tailoring the chemistry of conjugated polymers and developing fabrication techniques that allow the dopant to be retained in the matrix.
  • 3D electroactive scaffolds for cell seeding, proliferation and differentiation.
  • Sutureless conductive patches for cardiac regeneration with micropatterned surfaces for cell alignment and photo-adhesion to tissue
  • Investigations of the effect of electrically bio stable conjugated systems on the electro-physiology of electro-responsive tissues. 
  • Development of conjugated nanoparticles for photo-thermal therapy and on-demand drug delivery.
  • 3D printing of biological scaffolds. 



Room 246, Building E10
  • Journal articles | 2021
    Amin ML; Mawad D; Dokos S; Koshy P; Martens PJ; Sorrell CC, 2021, 'Fucoidan- and carrageenan-based biosynthetic poly(vinyl alcohol) hydrogels for controlled permeation', Materials Science and Engineering C, vol. 121, pp. 111821 - 111821, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.msec.2020.111821
    Journal articles | 2021
    Monfared M; Mawad D; Rnjak-Kovacina J; Stenzel MH, 2021, '3D bioprinting of dual-crosslinked nanocellulose hydrogels for tissue engineering applications', Journal of Materials Chemistry B, vol. 9, pp. 6163 - 6175, http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/d1tb00624j
    Journal articles | 2020
    Amin ML; Mawad D; Dokos S; Koshy P; Martens PJ; Sorrell CC, 2020, 'Immunomodulatory properties of photopolymerizable fucoidan and carrageenans', Carbohydrate Polymers, vol. 230, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.carbpol.2019.115691
    Journal articles | 2020
    Eslami M; Zeglio E; Alosaimi G; Yan Y; Ruprai H; Macmillan A; Seidel J; Lauto A; Joukhdar H; Rnjak-Kovacina J; Mawad D, 2020, 'A One Step Procedure toward Conductive Suspensions of Liposome-Polyaniline Complexes', Macromolecular Bioscience, vol. 20, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/mabi.202000103
    Journal articles | 2019
    Hoang AP; Ruprai H; Fidanovski K; Eslami M; Lauto A; Daniels J; Mawad D, 2019, 'Porous and sutureless bioelectronic patch with retained electronic properties under cyclic stretching', Applied Materials Today, vol. 15, pp. 315 - 322, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.apmt.2019.02.013
    Journal articles | 2019
    Hopkins J; Travaglini L; Lauto A; Cramer T; Fraboni B; Seidel J; Mawad D, 2019, 'Photoactive Organic Substrates for Cell Stimulation: Progress and Perspectives', Advanced Materials Technologies, vol. 4, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/admt.201800744
    Journal articles | 2019
    Morsalin S; Phung TB; Danikas M; Mawad D, 2019, 'Diagnostic challenges in dielectric loss assessment and interpretation: A review', IET Science, Measurement and Technology, vol. 13, pp. 767 - 782, http://dx.doi.org/10.1049/iet-smt.2018.5597
    Journal articles | 2018
    Cui C; Faraji N; Lauto A; Travaglini L; Tonkin J; Mahns D; Humphrey E; Terracciano C; Gooding JJ; Seidel J; Mawad D, 2018, 'A flexible polyaniline-based bioelectronic patch', Biomaterials Science, vol. 6, pp. 493 - 500, http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/c7bm00880e
    Journal articles | 2018
    Kapnisi M; Mansfield C; Marijon C; Guex AG; Perbellini F; Bardi I; Humphrey EJ; Puetzer JL; Mawad D; Koutsogeorgis DC; Stuckey DJ; Terracciano CM; Harding SE; Stevens MM, 2018, 'Auxetic Cardiac Patches with Tunable Mechanical and Conductive Properties toward Treating Myocardial Infarction', Advanced Functional Materials, vol. 28, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/adfm.201800618
    Journal articles | 2016
    Frost SJ; Mawad D; Hook J; Lauto A, 2016, 'Micro-and Nanostructured Biomaterials for Sutureless Tissue Repair', Advanced Healthcare Materials, vol. 5, pp. 401 - 414, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/adhm.201500589
    Journal articles | 2015
    Mawad D; Warren C; Barton M; Mahns D; Morley J; Pham BTT; Pham NTH; Kueh S; Lauto A, 2015, 'Lysozyme depolymerization of photo-activated chitosan adhesive films', Carbohydrate Polymers, vol. 121, pp. 56 - 63, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.carbpol.2014.12.008
    Journal articles | 2009
    Mawad D; Odell RA; Poole-Warren LA, 2009, 'Network structure and macromolecular drug release from poly(vinyl alcohol) hydrogels fabricated via two crosslinking strategies', International Journal of Pharmaceutics, vol. 366, pp. 31 - 37, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijpharm.2008.08.038
    Journal articles | 2008
    Mawad D; Poole-Warren LA; Martens P; Koole LH; Slots T; van Hoy-Corstjens C, 2008, 'Synthesis and characterization of radiopaque iodine-containing degradable PVA hydrogels', Biomacromolecules, vol. 9, pp. 263 - 268, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/bm700754m
    Journal articles | 2007
    Mawad D; Martens P; Odell RA; Poole-Warren LA, 2007, 'The effect of redox polymerisation on degradation and cell responses to poly (vinlyl alcohol) hydrogels', Biomaterials, vol. 28, pp. 947 - 955, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.biomaterials.2006.10.007