Dr Samane Maroufi

Dr Samane Maroufi

School of Materials Science & Engineering

My field of research is high temperature metallurgical processes and iron-steel making where I have used my interdisciplinary skill and knowledge (Materials Science and Engineering, and Chemical Engineering) to develop new science and technology for the  recycling of waste and producing a new generation of green materials, products and resources made entirely, or primarily, from waste.

In 2019, I used my experience and knowledge in the area of sustainability to fully design two new elective courses of MATS6006 (Recycling of waste) and MATS6007 (Sustainable Materials Engineering) for postgraduate students in School of Materials Science and Engineering, based on an entirely new teaching pedagogy which I developed.


2020-Present: EF-Lecturer at School of Materials Sci. & Eng., UNSW, Sydney, Australia.

2018-2020: Lecturer at School of Materials Sci. & Eng., UNSW, Sydney, Australia.

2015-2018: Research Associate, SMaRT Centre, School of Materials Sci. & Eng., UNSW, Sydney, Australia.

2013: Student at CSIRO, Melbourne, Australia.

2012-2015: PhD student, Materials Sci. & Engineering, UNSW, Sydney, Australia.


Room 439, Hilmar Building E10
  • Book Chapters | 2016
    Maroufi S; Amini S; Jahanshahi S; Ostrovski O, 2016, 'Diffusion Coefficients and Structural Parameters of Molten Slags', in Advances in Molten Slags, Fluxes, and Salts, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., pp. 493 - 500, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/9781119333197.ch52
  • Journal articles | 2022
    Khayyam Nekouei R; S. Mofarah S; Maroufi S; Tudela I; Sahajwalla V, 2022, 'Determination of the optimum potential window for super- and pseudocapacitance electrodes via in-depth electrochemical impedance spectroscopy analysis', Journal of Energy Storage, vol. 56, pp. 106137 - 106137, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.est.2022.106137
    Journal articles | 2021
    Khayyam Nekouei R; Tudela I; Mofarah SS; Vahidi E; Maroufi S; Wang K; Pahlevani F; Sahajwalla V, 2021, 'Dual functionality of mixed Cu-based two-dimensional (2D) heterostructures derived from electronic waste', Green Chemistry, vol. 23, pp. 5511 - 5523, http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/d1gc00354b
    Journal articles | 2015
    Maroufi S; Ciezki G; Jahanshahi S; Sun S; Ostrovski O, 2015, 'Dissolution Rate and Diffusivity of Silica in SiMn Slag', Metallurgical and Materials Transactions B: Process Metallurgy and Materials Processing Science, vol. 46, pp. 101 - 108, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11663-014-0215-8
  • Conference Papers | 2016
    Maroufi S; Amini S; Jahanshahi S; Ostrovski O, 2016, 'Diffusion Coefficients and Structural Parameters of Molten Slags', in Reddy R; Chaubal P; Pistorius C; Pal U (eds.), Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Molten Slags, Fluxes and Salts, Seattle, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, New Jersey., Seattle, USA, pp. 493 - 500, presented at The 10th International Conference on Molten Slags, Fluxes and Salts, Seattle, USA, 22 May 2016 - 25 May 2016

2021: Science Faculty Research grant ” Controlled Design of Defective Mn1−x−y(CexLay)O2−δ film as a New Generation of Cathode Materials for Hybrid Batteries” $8000, Samane Maroufi, Rasoul Khayyam Nekouei and Sajjad Mofarah.  

2020: NSW Research Attraction & Acceleration Program, Microrecycling of battery and consumer wastes, Samane Maroufi and Veena Sahajwalla, $100,000.

2020: AMGC C240 Project, Development and Implementation of Next Generation of Polymer Injection Technology in Steelmaking, MolyCop, Samane Maroufi and Veena Sahajwalla $750, 000.  

2019: Chief investigator (CI) in Australian Research Council (ARC) Industrial transformation Hub for “Microrecycling of battery and consumer wastes”, $3,317,500.

2019: Product Improvement Program Grant for “Transforming complicated wastes into value-added products” Samane Maroufi and Veena Sahajwalla, $ 50,000.

2018: Small equipment grant for “Rheolab QC Viscometer for Furnace Integration”, Samane Maroufi, O. Ostrovski, I. Mansuri, F. Pahlevani, V. Sahajwalla, $14,752.30.



2021:  Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)


2017-present: Co-leading hub research project "Microreccyling of battery and consumer waste"

2017-present: Leading industrial research project with Molycop (Arrium Mining Consumables) on “developing zero-coke GRenew pellets derived from 100% waste materials”

2015-present: Research project on electronic waste (e-waste) recycling (ARC Australian Laureate fellowship).

2015-2016: Industrial research project on “polymer injection technology (PIT) and slag foaming” with OneSteel, Sydney.

2015-2016: Industrial research project on “the use of waste materials as the carbon source in iron making” with OneSteel, Whyalla.

2013-2014: Research project on “silicate slag’s physical properties at high temperature (Chemical Diffusivity)”, CSIRO’ Minerals Down Under Flagship in Melbourne, Clayton, Australia.

2012-2015: UNSW-TEMCO (Tasmanian Electro Metallurgical Company) collaborative industrial research project on “the production of silicomanganese”, UNSW, Sydney, Australia.


My Teaching

“Recycling of wastes, MATS6006", 2020-present.

"Sustainable Materials Engineering, MATS6007", 2020-present.  

“Fundamentals of Materials Design, MATS6002” 2018-2019.

Guest lecturing “Fundamental of Materials Processing, MATS6001”, 2016-2020.

Guest Lecturing “Sustainable Materials Processing, MATS2007” 2015-2019.