Research Associate

Dr Mojtaba Taseidifar

PhD in Chemistry, The University of New South Wales, Canberra, Australia, 2019.

UNSW Canberra
School of Science

I obtained my PhD at UNSW with a thesis entitled, Novel Water Technologies in 2019. I taught different chemistry units such as General Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Organic Chemistry and Basic Principles & Calculations in Industrial Chemistry at Azad University (Iran - Shahrekord). In 2016, I was awarded Postgraduate Research Scholarship at UNSW Canberra. Co-invented 5 PCT applications, internationally examined, and more than 20 published articles in peer-reviewed journals. I was awarded a scholarship to attend Water Innovation Lab in Porto, Portugal in 2017 and was among ACT Water Leaders Finalists in 2019 (Australian Capital Territory, Australia). I’d received $400,000.00 industrial grant to develop new techniques that I co-invented in different areas of Environmental Science/Engineering like Water/Wastewater Treatment, Mineral Extraction and Purification, Green based Surfactants and PFAS de-contamination. I have been a principal contributor to technical reports on the development of a new laboratory for PFAS decontamination at UNSW Canberra in 2019, Copper Recovery in Acid Mine Drainage (AMD) for a local mining company in 2021, PFAS removal using biodegradable amino acid-based surfactants for a local company in 2021, New Ion Exchange method and a novel process for its sustainable regeneration for a local mining company in 2022.

  • Journal articles | 2023
    2023, 'Size control of precipitated particles of amino acids using a bubble column evaporator', Heliyon, 9, pp. e13516 - e13516,
    Journal articles | 2023
    2023, 'The effect of amino acids on bubble coalescence in aqueous solution', Journal of Molecular Liquids, 369, pp. 120963 - 120963,
    Journal articles | 2022
    2022, 'Removal of hazardous ions from aqueous solutions: Current methods, with a focus on green ion flotation', Journal of Environmental Management, 319,
    Journal articles | 2021
    2021, 'A Study of the Bubble Column Evaporator Method for Improved Ammonium Bicarbonate Decomposition in Aqueous Solutions: Desalination and Other Techniques', Substantia, 4, pp. 49 - 55,
    Journal articles | 2021
    2021, 'Controlled Growth of Strontium Sulfate Particles in Aqueous Solution: Inhibition Effects of a Bubble Column Evaporator', Substantia, 4, pp. 95 - 107,
    Journal articles | 2021
    2021, 'Efficient Dewatering of Slimes and Sludges with a Bubble Column Evaporator', Substantia, 4, pp. 89 - 94,
    Journal articles | 2021
    2021, 'New Resins for Ion Exchange Applications and a Process for Their Sustainable Regeneration', Substantia, 4, pp. 33 - 37,
    Journal articles | 2021
    2021, 'Novel Resins for Efficient Desalination', Substantia, 4, pp. 39 - 48,
    Journal articles | 2021
    2021, 'Prevention of Cavitation in Propellers', Substantia, 4, pp. 109 - 117,
    Journal articles | 2021
    2021, 'Selective Removal of Toxic Ions from Water/Wastewater: Using a Novel Surfactant', Substantia, 4, pp. 79 - 88,
    Journal articles | 2021
    2021, 'Synthesis and application of a green surfactant for the treatment of water containing PFAS/ hazardous metal ions', Journal of Hazardous Materials, 407,
    Journal articles | 2020
    2020, 'Environmental applications of a biodegradable cysteine-based surfactant', Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety, 206,
    Journal articles | 2019
    2019, 'Ion flotation removal of a range of contaminant ions from drinking water', Journal of Environmental Chemical Engineering, 7,
    Journal articles | 2019
    2019, 'Novel water treatment processes', Substantia, 3,
    Journal articles | 2018
    Taseidifar M; Shahid M; Pashley RM, 2018, 'A study of the bubble column evaporator method for improved thermal desalination', Desalination, 432, pp. 97 - 103,
    Journal articles | 2018
    2018, 'A Novel Method for Decomposing and Recycling Ammonium Bicarbonate Solutions', International Journal of Membrane Science and Technology, V5, pp. 24 - 29,
    Journal articles | 2017
    Nikafshar S; Zabihi O; Ahmadi M; Mirmohseni A; Taseidifar M; Naebe M, 2017, 'The effects of UV light on the chemical and mechanical properties of a transparent epoxy-diamine system in the presence of an organic UV absorber', Materials, 10,
    Journal articles | 2017
    Taseidifar M; Makavipour F; Pashley RM; Rahman AF M M, 2017, 'Removal of heavy metal ions from water using ion flotation', Environmental Technology and Innovation, 8, pp. 182 - 190,
    Journal articles | 2016
    Khataee A; Taseidifar M; Sheydaei M; Khorram S; Joo SW, 2016, 'Sonocatalytic degradation of basic blue 3 using plasma-treated magnetite nanostructures', Current Nanoscience, 12, pp. 125 - 134,
    Journal articles | 2015
    Khataee A; Sheydaei M; Hassani A; Taseidifar M; Karaca S, 2015, 'Sonocatalytic removal of an organic dye using TiO2/ Montmorillonite nanocomposite', Ultrasonics Sonochemistry, 22, pp. 404 - 411,
    Journal articles | 2015
    Khataee A; Taseidifar M; Khorram S; Sheydaei M; Joo SW, 2015, 'Preparation of nanostructured magnetite with plasma for degradation of a cationic textile dye by the heterogeneous Fenton process', Journal of the Taiwan Institute of Chemical Engineers, 53, pp. 132 - 139,
    Journal articles | 2015
    Taseidifar M; Khataee A; Vahid B; Khorram S; Joo SW, 2015, 'Production of nanocatalyst from natural magnetite by glow discharge plasma for enhanced catalytic ozonation of an oxazine dye in aqueous solution', Journal of Molecular Catalysis A: Chemical, 404-405, pp. 218 - 226,
  • Patents | 2022
    2022, Method for removing heavy metals from an aqueous solution, Patent No. ARIPO - AP6166; Australia - 2017346939; China - ZL201780071212.0; Europe, France, United Kingdom - 3528958; India - 406236; South Korea - 10-2479604; United States - 11472723
    Patents | 2021
    2021, Prevention of cavitation, Patent No. Europe pat no.3612443; Germany pat no. 602018020192;

  1. Breakthrough Technology - Ion Exchange, RG201388; Pashley R.M., Taseidifar, M., $343,654.
  2. Breakthrough Technology – Heavy Metal Removal Technology, RG192920; Pashley R.M., Taseidifar, M., $ 49,57.

  • ACT Water Leaders Finalist 2019 (Australian Capital Territory, Australia)
  • Tuition Fees Scholarship and Study at UNSW Canberra Scholarship, UNSW Canberra, 2016.
  • Water Innovation Lab (WIL), Porto (Portugal) scholarship, 2017

My research area includes, but is not limited to, Water and Wastewater Treatment, Novel zwitterionic Resins, Colloid Science for Environmental Applications, Desalination, Geen-based Surfactants, Selective Extraction of Ions and Environmental Remediation of PFASs compounds, Heavy Metal ions and other contaminants.

My Research Supervision

Currently, I am:

  1. Joint supervisor: Mrs. Haji Wan Nafi,Wan Nur Atikah Binti (PhD UNSW Canberra),  Research area: The controlled growth of nanoparticles in aqueous salt solution using the Bubble Column Evaporator (BCE) method.
  2. Joint supervisor: Mr. Arnold, Satis Gooneratne (PhD UNSW Canberra), Research area: Some Novel Technologies for a Sustainable Future: 1 - High-temperature solar concentrator technology for C fibre production; 2 - Cavitation prevention technology: prediction theory and experimental investigation.
  3. Joint supervisor: Mrs. Monowara Jahangiri, Farah (PhD at UNSW Canberra), Research area: Development of an improved seawater desalination and heavy metal ion removal process for industrial wastewaters.


Currently, I am teaching:

1. ZPEM1102-Chemistry 1B

2. ZPEM2113-Inorganic Chem & Spectroscopy