Ms Rumana Hossain
Research Associate

Ms Rumana Hossain

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) – Materials Science & Engineering (2020)

Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE),

University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney.


Master of Engineering (MEng)- Advanced Engineering Management  (2013)

Department of Industrial and Production Engineering (IPE),

Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), Dhaka, Bangladesh.


Bachelor of Science – Mechanical Engineering (2006)

Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME),

Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), Dhaka, Bangladesh

Centre for Sustainable Materials Research & Technology (SMaRT)


The Recipient of an Australian Postgraduate award in 2015 and UNSW Science PhD Writing Scholarship in 2019, Rumana Hossain has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, a Master of Engineering in Advanced Engineering Management and holds a PhD in Material Science and Engineering. She joined the SMaRT Center in 2015 as a PhD student and research assistant. Before that she was a lecturer in Independent University, Bangladesh (IUB). After finishing her PhD, she joined SMaRT center in 2019 as a MICROfactorie® officer and in 2020, as a Research associate. Rumana is a skilled, professional academic and research specialist with experience across a range of recycling technologies, materials synthesis, and characterisation methods for industrial applications. She is an expert in various analytical, mechanical, and electrochemical characterisation instruments and methods, and materials processing instruments. Her research interest is to utilise waste as a resource in the production of a new generation of green materials/products. Her research also focuses on the solid-state phase transformation mechanism and surface modification of metals and alloys.  


School of Materials Science & Engineering (BuildingE10) UNSW SYDNEY NSW 2052 | AUSTRALIA
  • Journal articles | 2022
    Hossain R; Nekouei RK; Al Mahmood A; Sahajwalla V, 2022, 'Value-added fabrication of NiO-doped CuO nanoflakes from waste flexible printed circuit board for advanced photocatalytic application', Scientific Reports, vol. 12,
    Journal articles | 2022
    Shanker R; Khan D; Hossain R; Islam MT; Locock K; Ghose A; Sahajwalla V; Schandl H; Dhodapkar R, 2022, 'Plastic waste recycling: existing Indian scenario and future opportunities', International Journal of Environmental Science and Technology,
    Journal articles | 2021
    Hemati S; Hossain R; Sahajwalla V, 2021, 'Selective thermal transformation of automotive shredder residues into high-value nano silicon carbide', Nanomaterials, vol. 11,
    Journal articles | 2020
    Hossain R; Pahlevani F; Sahajwalla V, 2020, 'Revealing the mechanism of extraordinary hardness without compensating the toughness in a low alloyed high carbon steel', Scientific Reports, vol. 10, pp. 181,
    Journal articles | 2019
    Hossain R; Pahlevani F; Cholake ST; Privat K; Sahajwalla V, 2019, 'Innovative Surface Engineering of High-Carbon Steel through Formation of Ceramic Surface and Diffused Subsurface Hybrid Layering', ACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering, vol. 7, pp. 9228 - 9236,

At various levels of research career, Dr. Rumana Hossain has developed a variety of disciplines and research topics, including surface modification of metals and alloys, recycling waste for value added materials, energy storage materials and devices from waste, etc. Following are her different research lines of interest:

  1. Surface modification of metal using ceramic elements from waste
  • Surface modification of metal using automotive waste
  • Surface modification of metal using electronic waste
  • Surface modification of metal using metallised plastic packaging waste
  • Microstructural engineering for surface modification
  1. Recycling the automotive shredder residue from end of life vehicles
  • Transforming waste into nano ceramic
  • Transforming waste into metals and alloys
  • Recovery of carbon for energy storage application
  • Transforming waste into the product for infrastructure
  1. Recycling spent lithium-ion batteries
  • Recovery of metals and nonmetals
  • Repurposing the spent battery for second life battery
  • Utilising the spent cathode and anode materials for energy storage application
  1. Recycling the e-waste for valuable materials
  • Recovery of copper-based alloys
  • Recovery of carbon for supercapacitors
  • Transforming the waste into copper reinforced nano ceramic coating application
  • Recovery of rare earth elements
  • Recovery of ZnO nanoparticles from spen Zn-C battery for sensor application
  1. Recycling the packaging waste for valuable material
  • Recycling the waste coffee capsule for high value aluminium
  • Using metallised plastic packaging to produce nano ceramic
  • transforming the plastic packaging into valuable carbon source for energy application
  1. Bio-waste derived carbon
  • Turning organic wastes (e.g. coffee waste, macadamia waste, waste wood, textiles) into value added porous carbon.
  • Surface treatments to prepare different types of porous carbon
  1. Solid-state phase transformation and deformation mechanism of metals
  • Deformation mechanism of high carbon steel under compressive, tensile and impact stress
  • Stability of retained austenite in high carbon steel
  • Effect of microalloying elements on the deformation mechanism and phase transformation of high carbon steel
  • Deformation mechanism of titanium alloy

My Research Supervision


  1. Microrecycling of the polymer-metal multilayered (PMM) flexible waste packaging materials

PhD, Co-Supervisor

Other Supervisor: Professor Veena Sahajwalla

  1. Microrecycling of spent Zn-C batteries: selective synthesis of nanostructured and hybrid materials for real-field application

PhD, Co-Supervisor

Other Supervisor: Professor Veena Sahajwalla

  1. Thermal isolation: a novel pathway to transforming complex waste (ASR)

PhD, Co-Supervisor

Other Supervisor: Professor Veena Sahajwalla

  1. Microrecycling of the Complex Food Packaging Waste by Selective Thermal Transformation (STT)

MSc, Co-Supervisor

Other Supervisor: Professor Veena Sahajwalla