Dr Tushar Kumeria
Senior Lecturer

Dr Tushar Kumeria

2012-2015: PhD in Chemical Engineering (nanomaterails) - University of Adelaide, Australia

2005-2011: B.Tech + M. Tech (integrated) Nanotechnology and Nanoscience - Amity Univerity, India

School of Materials Science & Engineering

I am a Scientia Senior Lecturer and an Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Early Career Fellow (ECF) at the School of Materials Science and Engineering, The University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney, Australia. I completed my Ph.D. in 2015 from the University of Adelaide with a Doctoral Thesis Medal and Dean’s Commendation Letter. After that, I spent two years at the University of California-San Diego (UCSD) as a postdoc in Prof. M. J. Sailor’s lab. In 2017, I returned to Australia to the School of Pharmacy, University of Queensland (UQ) as UQ Development Fellow and transitioned to my NHMRC ECF soon after as an independent researcher leader. I have received research grants of ~ AU$3.5 million (AU$1.4 M as Lead Investigator) from various competitive sources. My research expertise lies in porous materials and their composite for biomedical applications with a focus on:

  1. Porous materials-based drug delivery systems for efficient and targeted delivery.
  2. Porous materials/Polymer composite scaffolds and implants for tissue engineering
  3. Porous photonic crystals-based point-of-care sensors for diagnostics and environmental applications.
+61-2-9065 4342
Room 242, Hilmer Building
  • Journal articles | 2022
    Krueger L; Miles JA; Steadman KJ; Kumeria T; Freeman CR; Popat A, 2022, '3D printing: potential clinical applications for personalised solid dose medications', Medical Journal of Australia, vol. 216, pp. 64 - 67, http://dx.doi.org/10.5694/mja2.51381
    Journal articles | 2022
    Ndayishimiye J; Kumeria T; Popat A; Blaskovich MAT; Falconer JR, 2022, 'Understanding the relationship between solubility and permeability of γ-cyclodextrin-based systems embedded with poorly aqueous soluble benznidazole', International Journal of Pharmaceutics, vol. 616, pp. 121487, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijpharm.2022.121487
    Journal articles | 2022
    Xu W; Zhao Z; Falconer J; Whittaker AK; Popat A; Smith MT; Kumeria T; Han FY, 2022, 'Sustained release ketamine-loaded porous silicon-PLGA microparticles prepared by an optimized supercritical CO2 process', Drug Delivery and Translational Research, vol. 12, pp. 676 - 694, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s13346-021-00991-w
    Journal articles | 2021
    Altalhi TA; Ibrahim MM; Mersal GAM; Alsawat M; Mahmoud MHH; Kumeria T; Shahat A; El-Bindary MA, 2021, 'Mesopores silica nanotubes-based sensors for the highly selective and rapid detection of Fe2+ ions in wastewater, boiler system units and biological samples', Analytica Chimica Acta, vol. 1180, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.aca.2021.338860
    Journal articles | 2021
    Cao Y; Rewatkar P; Wang R; Hasnain SZ; Popat A; Kumeria T, 2021, 'Nanocarriers for oral delivery of biologics: small carriers for big payloads', Trends in Pharmacological Sciences, vol. 42, pp. 957 - 972, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tips.2021.08.005
    Journal articles | 2021
    Raza A; Ngieng SC; Sime FB; Cabot PJ; Roberts JA; Popat A; Kumeria T; Falconer JR, 2021, 'Oral meropenem for superbugs: challenges and opportunities', Drug Discovery Today, vol. 26, pp. 551 - 560, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.drudis.2020.11.004
    Journal articles | 2020
    Abeer MM; Rewatkar P; Qu Z; Talekar M; Kleitz F; Schmid R; Lindén M; Kumeria T; Popat A, 2020, 'Silica nanoparticles: A promising platform for enhanced oral delivery of macromolecules', Journal of Controlled Release, vol. 326, pp. 544 - 555, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jconrel.2020.07.021
    Journal articles | 2020
    Mariani S; Robbiano V; Iglio R; La Mattina AA; Nadimi P; Wang J; Kim B; Kumeria T; Sailor MJ; Barillaro G, 2020, 'Moldless Printing of Silicone Lenses with Embedded Nanostructured Optical Filters', Advanced Functional Materials, vol. 30, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/adfm.201906836
    Journal articles | 2020
    Sriram G; Kigga M; Uthappa UT; Rego RM; Thendral V; Kumeria T; Jung HY; Kurkuri MD, 2020, 'Naturally available diatomite and their surface modification for the removal of hazardous dye and metal ions: A review', Advances in Colloid and Interface Science, vol. 282, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cis.2020.102198
    Journal articles | 2019
    Abeer MM; Meka AK; Pujara N; Kumeria T; Strounina E; Nunes R; Costa A; Sarmento B; Hasnain SZ; Ross BP; Popat A, 2019, 'Rationally designed dendritic silica nanoparticles for oral delivery of exenatide', Pharmaceutics, vol. 11, http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/pharmaceutics11080418
    Journal articles | 2019
    Kaur S; Law CS; Williamson NH; Kempson I; Popat A; Kumeria T; Santos A, 2019, 'Environmental Copper Sensor Based on Polyethylenimine-Functionalized Nanoporous Anodic Alumina Interferometers', Analytical Chemistry, vol. 91, pp. 5011 - 5020, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.analchem.8b04963
    Journal articles | 2018
    Kumeria T; Wang J; Chan N; Harris TJ; Sailor MJ, 2018, 'Visual Sensor for Sterilization of Polymer Fixtures Using Embedded Mesoporous Silicon Photonic Crystals', ACS Sensors, vol. 3, pp. 143 - 150, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acssensors.7b00764
    Journal articles | 2018
    Meka AK; Jenkins LJ; Dàvalos-Salas M; Pujara N; Wong KY; Kumeria T; Mariadason JM; Popat A, 2018, 'Enhanced solubility, permeability and anticancer activity of vorinostat using tailored mesoporous silica nanoparticles', Pharmaceutics, vol. 10, http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/pharmaceutics10040283
    Journal articles | 2018
    Wang J; Kumeria T; Bezem MT; Wang J; Sailor MJ, 2018, 'Self-Reporting Photoluminescent Porous Silicon Microparticles for Drug Delivery', ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, vol. 10, pp. 3200 - 3209, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acsami.7b09071
    Journal articles | 2018
    Zuidema JM; Kumeria T; Kim D; Kang J; Wang J; Hollett G; Zhang X; Roberts DS; Chan N; Dowling C; Blanco-Suarez E; Allen NJ; Tuszynski MH; Sailor MJ, 2018, 'Oriented Nanofibrous Polymer Scaffolds Containing Protein-Loaded Porous Silicon Generated by Spray Nebulization', Advanced Materials, vol. 30, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/adma.201706785
    Journal articles | 2017
    Kumeria T; McInnes SJP; Maher S; Santos A, 2017, 'Porous silicon for drug delivery applications and theranostics: recent advances, critical review and perspectives', Expert Opinion on Drug Delivery, vol. 14, pp. 1407 - 1422, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17425247.2017.1317245
    Journal articles | 2016
    Santos A; Yoo JH; Rohatgi CV; Kumeria T; Wang Y; Losic D, 2016, 'Realisation and advanced engineering of true optical rugate filters based on nanoporous anodic alumina by sinusoidal pulse anodisation', Nanoscale, vol. 8, pp. 1360 - 1373, http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/c5nr05462a
    Journal articles | 2016
    Wang L; Kumeria T; Santos A; Forward P; Lambert MF; Losic D, 2016, 'Iron Oxide Nanowires from Bacteria Biofilm as an Efficient Visible-Light Magnetic Photocatalyst', ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, vol. 8, pp. 20110 - 20119, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acsami.6b06486
    Journal articles | 2016
    Wen ZQ; Li M; Li F; Zhu SJ; Liu XY; Zhang YX; Kumeria T; Losic D; Gao Y; Zhang W; He SX, 2016, 'Morphology-controlled MnO2-graphene oxide-diatomaceous earth 3-dimensional (3D) composites for high-performance supercapacitors', Dalton Transactions, vol. 45, pp. 936 - 942, http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/c5dt04082e
    Journal articles | 2015
    Chen Y; Santos A; Wang Y; Kumeria T; Ho D; Li J; Wang C; Losic D, 2015, 'Rational Design of Photonic Dust from Nanoporous Anodic Alumina Films: A Versatile Photonic Nanotool for Visual Sensing', Scientific Reports, vol. 5, http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/srep12893
    Journal articles | 2015
    Chen Y; Santos A; Wang Y; Kumeria T; Wang C; Li J; Losic D, 2015, 'Interferometric nanoporous anodic alumina photonic coatings for optical sensing', Nanoscale, vol. 7, pp. 7770 - 7779, http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/c5nr00369e
    Journal articles | 2015
    Kumeria T; Mon H; Aw MS; Gulati K; Santos A; Griesser HJ; Losic D, 2015, 'Advanced biopolymer-coated drug-releasing titania nanotubes (TNTs) implants with simultaneously enhanced osteoblast adhesion and antibacterial properties', Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces, vol. 130, pp. 255 - 263, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.colsurfb.2015.04.021
    Journal articles | 2015
    Kumeria T; Yu J; Alsawat M; Kurkuri MD; Santos A; Abell AD; Losic D, 2015, 'Photoswitchable membranes based on peptide-modified nanoporous anodic alumina: Toward smart membranes for on-demand molecular transport', Advanced Materials, vol. 27, pp. 3019 - 3024, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/adma.201500473
    Journal articles | 2015
    Law CS; Santos A; Kumeria T; Losic D, 2015, 'Engineered therapeutic-releasing nanoporous anodic alumina-aluminum wires with extended release of therapeutics', ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, vol. 7, pp. 3846 - 3853, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/am5091963
    Journal articles | 2015
    Nemati M; Santos A; Kumeria T; Losic D, 2015, 'Label-Free Real-Time Quantification of Enzyme Levels by Interferometric Spectroscopy Combined with Gelatin-Modified Nanoporous Anodic Alumina Photonic Films', Analytical Chemistry, vol. 87, pp. 9016 - 9024, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.analchem.5b02225
    Journal articles | 2015
    Wang Y; Chen Y; Kumeria T; Ding F; Evdokiou A; Losic D; Santos A, 2015, 'Facile synthesis of optical microcavities by a rationally designed anodization approach: Tailoring photonic signals by nanopore structure', ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, vol. 7, pp. 9879 - 9888, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acsami.5b01885
    Journal articles | 2014
    Kumeria T; Rahman MM; Santos A; Ferré-Borrull J; Marsal LF; Losic D, 2014, 'Nanoporous anodic alumina rugate filters for sensing of ionic mercury: Toward environmental point-of-analysis systems', ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, vol. 6, pp. 12971 - 12978, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/am502882d
    Journal articles | 2014
    Kumeria T; Rahman MM; Santos A; Ferré-Borrull J; Marsal LF; Losic D, 2014, 'Structural and optical nanoengineering of nanoporous anodic alumina rugate filters for real-time and label-free biosensing applications', Analytical Chemistry, vol. 86, pp. 1837 - 1844, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/ac500069f
    Journal articles | 2014
    Kumeria T; Santos A; Losic D, 2014, 'Nanoporous anodic alumina platforms: Engineered surface chemistry and structure for optical sensing applications', Sensors (Switzerland), vol. 14, pp. 11878 - 11918, http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/s140711878
    Journal articles | 2014
    Santos A; Kumeria T; Wang Y; Losic D, 2014, 'In situ monitored engineering of inverted nanoporous anodic alumina funnels: On the precise generation of 3D optical nanostructures', Nanoscale, vol. 6, pp. 9991 - 9999, http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/c4nr01422g
    Journal articles | 2013
    Kumeria T; Gulati K; Santos A; Losic D, 2013, 'Real-time and in situ drug release monitoring from nanoporous implants under dynamic flow conditions by reflectometric interference spectroscopy', ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, vol. 5, pp. 5436 - 5442, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/am4013984
    Journal articles | 2013
    Kumeria T; Santos A; Losic D, 2013, 'Ultrasensitive nanoporous interferometric sensor for label-free detection of gold(III) ions', ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, vol. 5, pp. 11783 - 11790, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/am403465x
    Journal articles | 2013
    Santos A; Kumeria T; Losic D, 2013, 'Optically optimized photoluminescent and interferometric biosensors based on nanoporous anodic alumina: A comparison', Analytical Chemistry, vol. 85, pp. 7904 - 7911, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/ac401609c
    Journal articles | 2012
    Kumeria T; Losic D, 2012, 'Controlling interferometric properties of nanoporous anodic aluminium oxide', Nanoscale Research Letters, vol. 7, pp. 1 - 10, http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1556-276X-7-88
    Journal articles | 2011
    Kumeria T; Parkinson L; Losic D, 2011, 'A nanoporous interferometric micro-sensor for biomedical detection of volatile sulphur compounds', Nanoscale Research Letters, vol. 6, http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1556-276X-6-634





Defense Science Institute-HAC call $402,000 2021-2022 DSTG  
UNSW Industry Network Seed Funding $108,000 (including in-kind) 2021 UNSW  
Australia-India Strategic Research Fund $574,000 2021-2022 Australian Dept. of Business  
US Army Research Program (UNSW CIA) US$200k 2021-2022 US Department of Defence  

Discovery Project (CIA)



Australian Research Council


Discovery Project (CIC)



Australian Research Council


Scientia Academic Fellowship



University of New South Wales


UQ-ECR Grant (CIA)



University of Queensland


ADRF Grant (2x CIB)


2019 & 2021

Australian Dental Research Foundation


Interfaculty Seeding Grant (CIB)



HaBS & Medicine Faculty, UQ


Aus-German Exchange (CIB)



DAAD-German Academic Exchange Service


Early Career Fellowship



National Health and Medical Research Council


Seeding Grant (CIA; 2x CIB; CID)



HaBS Faculty, University of Queensland


Research Strategy Funds (CIA)



School of Pharmacy, UQ


PACE Start-up Funds (CIA)



School of Pharmacy, UQ


UQ Development Fellowship



School of Pharmacy, UQ


Overseas Travel Fellowship



Australian Nanotechnology Network


2019: Awarded $500 performance bonus on CSIRO ON Prime program

2019: Selected as Member of the Young Scientist Committee of the Controlled Release Society (CRS-YSC)

2019: FUJIFILM VisualSonics Travel Award (US$1000) to present my bioimaging work at IUMRS in Perth

2019: Selected for CSIRO ON Prime to develop and commercialize our biosensing tool for prostate cancer

2019: Early Career Researcher of the year award at Princes Alexendra Hospital Health Symposium (1/71)

2019: Best Publication Award from Research Strategies Committee at UQ-School of Pharmacy

2017: Best Business Case Presentation at Australian Nanotechnology Network’s ECR symposium (1 of 4 teams)

2016: University of California San Diego-UCSD finalist for NIH Early Independence award (1 of 2 in UCSD)

2015: Best PhD thesis Medal and Commendation Letter from University of Adelaide, Australia (1 of 15 total)

2012: PhD Scholarship from University of Adelaide (1 of only 15 in ECMS faculty)

2011: Australian Pharmaceutical Science Association Conference APSA best poster nominee (top 10 out of 109)

2011: Silver Medal for Academic Excellence from Amity University, India (2nd in a class of 28)

2010: International Visiting Researcher Scholarship from University of South Australia ($23,000)

My Research Supervision

  • Ayad Saeed: Joint Supervisio - Porous silicon photonic crystals for biosensing
  • Yuxue Cao: Joint Supervision – Porous materials for oral delivery of macromolecules
  • Masood Ali: Joint Supervision – Composite microneedle platform for transdermal delivery
  • Mai Gabr: Co-supervision – Dissolvable silicon structures for topical and transdermal drug delivery
  • John Ndayishimiye: Co-supervision – Oral Nitroimidazole formulations
  • Liam Krueger: Co-supervision – Advanced drug delivery platforms
  • Aun Raza: Co-supervision – Oral Meropenem delivery platforms (Graduated Sept 2021)