Dr Vipul Agarwal
Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr Vipul Agarwal

Engineering
School of Chemical Engineering

My Expertise

  • Materials Chemistry
  • Bioengineering
  • Tissue regeneration (incl. bone, cartilage and neuronal)
  • Multidimensional materials (incl. 0D quantum dots,1D nanorods/tubes, 2D sheets)
  • Polymer/2D materials nanocomposites
  • Nanocomposite coatings
  • Cell-matrix interactions
  • Surface chemistry
  • Analytical techniques

Biography

Lecturer and UNSW Safety Net Fellow

UNSW School of Chemical Engineering

 

Dr Vipul Agarwal graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Chemistry from the University of Delhi, India in 2005, MApplSc in Chemistry from University of Tasmania, Australia in 2010, and PhD in Nanobiotechnology from The University of Western Australia, Australia in 2015. In 2016, he joined the Indian Institute of Science, India on the SERB-DST Postdoctoral Fellowship. He returned to Australia in 2018 on NHMRC Early Career Research Fellowship and joined the Centre for Advanced Macromolecular Design (CAMD) within the School of Chemical Engineering at UNSW Sydney. Vipul’s current research interest is in materials engineering especially transition metal dichalcogenides and polymer/GO based nanocomposites and tissue engineering including neuronal and bone regeneration. 

 

  • PhD, The University of Western Australia, 2015
  • DST National Postdoctoral Fellow, Indian Institute of Science, 2016-2017
  • NHMRC Fellow, The University of New South Wales, 2018-2022
  • UNSW Safety Net Fellow, The University of New South Wales, 2022-2024

 

Since 2015, he has successfully attracted over AUD $1.2M in competitive funding as a Chief Investigator. He has published in high impact journals including ACS Nano, Nanoscale, ACS Applied Materials and Interface and Carbon.

 

Awards and Honors:

2022    NSW Nyholm Youth Lectureship (The Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI))

2021    Young Professional Editorial Board - Particuology (Elsevier)

2018    NHMRC Peter Doherty Biomedical Research Fellowship

2016    SERB DST National Postdoctoral Fellowship

2016    DST Postdoctoral Fellowship in Nano Science and Technology

2013    Australian Academy of Science Lindau Fellowship

2010    Tasmanian state AusBiotech-GSK Student Research Excellence Award

 

Grants:

2022-2024       UNSW Safety Net Fellowship, Australia, main CI

2019-2020       Lincoln Centre Seed Grant, Australia, main CI

2019-2020       UNSW-Manipal Academy of Higher Education Collaborative Seed Grant, Australia, main CI

2019                UNSW Research Infrastructure Scheme, Australia, co-CI

2018-2019       Neurotrauma Research Program Grant, Australia co-CI

2018                Australian Nanotechnology Network (ANN) long term visit grant, Australia, main CI

2018-2019       UNSW-India Collaborative Research Seed Fund, Australia, main CI

2018                UNSW Research Infrastructure Scheme, Australia, co-CI

2018-2022       NHMRC Peter Doherty - Australian Biomedical Early Career Fellowship, Australia, main CI

2016-2019       Science Engineering Research Board- Department of Science and Technology (SERB-DST) National Postdoctoral Fellowship, India, main CI (relinquished for NHMRC ECR Fellowship)

2016-2019       DST Postdoctoral Fellowship in Nano Science and Technology, India, main CI (declined for SERB-DST Postdoctoral Fellowship)

2012                ANN long term visit grant, Australia, main CI

2011- 2012      UQ-UWA Bilateral Research Collaboration Grant, Australia, co-CI

2010                Allied Health Professional Development Grants, Australia, co-CI

 

Undergraduate and Postgraduate Teaching:

CEIC2004 Industrial Chemistry for Chemical Engineers (T3 2019)

CEIC4003, CEIC4952 Research Thesis

CEIC9003, CEIC9952 Advanced Research Thesis

Location
Room 218, Hilmer Building E10
  • Journal articles | 2022
    Al-Hilifi SA; Al-Ali RM; Al-Ibresam OT; Kumar N; Paidari S; Trajkovska Petkoska A; Agarwal V, 2022, 'Physicochemical, Morphological, and Functional Characterization of Edible Anthocyanin-Enriched Aloe vera Coatings on Fresh Figs (Ficus carica L.)', Gels, vol. 8, pp. 645 - 645, http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/gels8100645
    Journal articles | 2022
    Dinh LNM; Tran BN; Agarwal V; Zetterlund PB, 2022, 'Synthesis of Highly Stretchable and Electrically Conductive Multiwalled Carbon Nanotube/Polymer Nanocomposite Films', ACS Applied Polymer Materials, vol. 4, pp. 1867 - 1877, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acsapm.1c01738
    Journal articles | 2022
    Fadil Y; Thickett SC; Agarwal V; Zetterlund PB, 2022, 'Synthesis of graphene-based polymeric nanocomposites using emulsion techniques', Progress in Polymer Science, vol. 125, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.progpolymsci.2021.101476
    Journal articles | 2022
    Railian S; Fadil Y; Agarwal V; Junkers T; Zetterlund PB, 2022, 'Synthesis of electrically conducting nanocomposites via Pickering miniemulsion polymerization: Effect of graphene oxide functionalized with different capping agents', European Polymer Journal, vol. 178, pp. 111498 - 111498, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.eurpolymj.2022.111498
    Journal articles | 2022
    Rizwana N; Agarwal V; Nune M, 2022, 'Antioxidant for neurological diseases and neurotrauma and bioengineering approaches', Antioxidants, vol. 11, pp. 72 - 72, http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/antiox11010072
    Journal articles | 2022
    Saborio MG; Privat K; Tran BN; Zetterlund PB; Agarwal V; Estrany F, 2022, 'Polymer/Reduced Graphene Oxide/Lignosulfonate Nanocomposite Films as Pseudocapacitor Cathodes', ACS Applied Nano Materials, vol. 5, pp. 3686 - 3700, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acsanm.1c04358
    Journal articles | 2021
    Agarwal V; Fadil Y; Wan A; Maslekar N; Tran BN; Mat Noor RA; Bhattacharyya S; Biazik J; Lim S; Zetterlund PB, 2021, 'Influence of Anionic Surfactants on the Fundamental Properties of Polymer/Reduced Graphene Oxide Nanocomposite Films', ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, vol. 13, pp. 18338 - 18347, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acsami.1c02379
    Journal articles | 2021
    Agarwal V; Zetterlund PB, 2021, 'Strategies for reduction of graphene oxide – A comprehensive review', Chemical Engineering Journal, vol. 405, pp. 127018 - 127018, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cej.2020.127018
    Journal articles | 2021
    Maslekar N; Zetterlund PB; Kumar PV; Agarwal V, 2021, 'Erratum: Mechanistic Aspects of the Functionalization of Graphene Oxide with Ethylene Diamine: Implications for Energy Storage Applications (ACS Appl. Nano Mater. (2021) 4:3 (3232-3240) DOI: 10.1021/acsanm.1c00412)', ACS Applied Nano Materials, vol. 4, pp. 8637 - 8640, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acsanm.1c01645
    Journal articles | 2021
    Maslekar N; Zetterlund PB; Kumar PV; Agarwal V, 2021, 'Mechanistic Aspects of the Functionalization of Graphene Oxide with Ethylene Diamine: Implications for Energy Storage Applications', ACS Applied Nano Materials, vol. 4, pp. 3232 - 3240, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acsanm.1c00412
    Journal articles | 2021
    Ramana LN; Agarwal V, 2021, 'Nanodiamonds synthesis using sustainable concentrated solar thermal energy: Applications in bioimaging and phototherapy', Nanotechnology, vol. 32, http://dx.doi.org/10.1088/1361-6528/ac1cbd
    Journal articles | 2021
    Ramana LN; Dinh LNM; Agarwal V, 2021, 'Influence of surface charge of graphene quantum dots on their uptake and clearance in melanoma cells', Nanoscale Advances, vol. 3, pp. 3513 - 3521, http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/d0na00935k
    Journal articles | 2021
    Rawal A; Che Man SH; Agarwal V; Yao Y; Thickett SC; Zetterlund PB, 2021, 'Structural Complexity of Graphene Oxide: The Kirigami Model', ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, vol. 13, pp. 18255 - 18263, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acsami.1c01157
    Journal articles | 2021
    Tran BN; Bhattacharyya S; Yao Y; Agarwal V; Zetterlund PB, 2021, 'In Situ Surfactant Effects on Polymer/Reduced Graphene Oxide Nanocomposite Films: Implications for Coating and Biomedical Applications', ACS Applied Nano Materials, vol. 4, pp. 12461 - 12471, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acsanm.1c02950
    Journal articles | 2021
    Tran BN; Thickett SC; Agarwal V; Zetterlund PB, 2021, 'Influence of Polymer Matrix on Polymer/Graphene Oxide Nanocomposite Intrinsic Properties', ACS Applied Polymer Materials, vol. 3, pp. 5145 - 5154, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acsapm.1c00897
    Journal articles | 2021
    Villalva MD; Agarwal V; Ulanova M; Sachdev PS; Braidy N, 2021, 'Quantum dots as a theranostic approach in Alzheimer's disease: A systematic review', Nanomedicine, vol. 16, pp. 1595 - 1611, http://dx.doi.org/10.2217/nnm-2021-0104
    Journal articles | 2020
    Dinh LNM; Ramana LN; Agarwal V; Zetterlund PB, 2020, 'Miniemulsion polymerization of styrene using carboxylated graphene quantum dots as surfactant', Polymer Chemistry, vol. 11, pp. 3217 - 3224, http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/d0py00404a
    Journal articles | 2020
    Dinh LNM; Ramana LN; Kuchel RP; Agarwal V; Zetterlund PB, 2020, 'Miniemulsion polymerization using carboxylated graphene quantum dots as surfactants: Effects of monomer and initiator type', Polymer Chemistry, vol. 11, pp. 5790 - 5799, http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/d0py00925c
    Journal articles | 2020
    Maslekar N; Mat Noor RA; Kuchel RP; Yao Y; Zetterlund PB; Agarwal V, 2020, 'Synthesis of diamine functionalised graphene oxide and its application in the fabrication of electrically conducting reduced graphene oxide/polymer nanocomposite films', Nanoscale Advances, vol. 2, pp. 4702 - 4712, http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/d0na00534g
    Journal articles | 2020
    Samantaray PK; Indrakumar S; Chatterjee K; Agarwal V; Bose S, 2020, ''Template-free' hierarchical MoS2foam as a sustainable 'green' scavenger of heavy metals and bacteria in point of use water purification', Nanoscale Advances, vol. 2, pp. 2824 - 2834, http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/c9na00747d
    Journal articles | 2019
    Agarwal V; Panicker AG; Indrakumar S; Chatterjee K, 2019, 'Comparative study of keratin extraction from human hair', International Journal of Biological Macromolecules, vol. 133, pp. 382 - 390, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijbiomac.2019.04.098
    Journal articles | 2019
    Agarwal V; Varghese N; Dasgupta S; Sood AK; Chatterjee K, 2019, 'Engineering a 3D MoS2 foam using keratin exfoliated nanosheets', Chemical Engineering Journal, vol. 374, pp. 254 - 262, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cej.2019.05.185
    Journal articles | 2019
    Cai Y; Fadil Y; Jasinski F; Thickett SC; Agarwal V; Zetterlund PB, 2019, 'Miniemulsion polymerization using graphene oxide as surfactant: In situ grafting of polymer', Carbon, vol. 149, pp. 445 - 451, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.carbon.2019.04.063
    Journal articles | 2019
    Fadil Y; Agarwal V; Jasinski F; Thickett SC; Minami H; Zetterlund PB, 2019, 'Electrically conductive polymer/rGO nanocomposite films at ambient temperature: Via miniemulsion polymerization using GO as surfactant', Nanoscale, vol. 11, pp. 6566 - 6570, http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/c9nr00816k
    Journal articles | 2019
    Fadil Y; Dinh LNM; Yap MOY; Kuchel RP; Yao Y; Omura T; Aregueta-Robles UA; Song N; Huang S; Jasinski F; Thickett SC; Minami H; Agarwal V; Zetterlund PB, 2019, 'Ambient-Temperature Waterborne Polymer/rGO Nanocomposite Films: Effect of rGO Distribution on Electrical Conductivity', ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, vol. 11, pp. 48450 - 48458, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acsami.9b19183
    Journal articles | 2019
    Meka SRK; Agarwal V; Chatterjee K, 2019, 'In situ preparation of multicomponent polymer composite nanofibrous scaffolds with enhanced osteogenic and angiogenic activities', Materials Science and Engineering C, vol. 94, pp. 565 - 579, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.msec.2018.09.055
    Journal articles | 2018
    Agarwal V; Chatterjee K, 2018, 'Recent advances in the field of transition metal dichalcogenides for biomedical applications', Nanoscale, vol. 10, pp. 16365 - 16397, http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/c8nr04284e
    Journal articles | 2018
    Li B; Agarwal V; Ho D; Vede JP; Iyer KS, 2018, 'Systematic assessment of surface functionality on nanoscale patterns for topographic contact guidance of cells', New Journal of Chemistry, vol. 42, pp. 7237 - 7240, http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/c7nj04914e
    Journal articles | 2018
    Meka SRK; Kumar Verma S; Agarwal V; Chatterjee K, 2018, 'In Situ Silication of Polymer Nanofibers to Engineer Multi-Biofunctional Composites', ChemistrySelect, vol. 3, pp. 3762 - 3773, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/slct.201703124
    Journal articles | 2017
    Agarwal V; Newbery S, 2017, 'Paediatric radiation dose measurements undergoing X-ray examination in Tasmania', Radiation Protection Dosimetry, vol. 174, pp. 382 - 386, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/rpd/ncw143
    Journal articles | 2017
    Agarwal V; Wood FM; Fear M; Iyer KS, 2017, 'Polymeric nanofibre scaffold for the delivery of a transforming growth factor β1 Inhibitor', Australian Journal of Chemistry, vol. 70, pp. 280 - 285, http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/CH16332
    Journal articles | 2017
    Izza Taib N; Agarwal V; Smith NM; Woodward RC; St Pierre TG; Iyer KS, 2017, 'Direct correlation of PNIPAM thermal transition and magnetic resonance relaxation of iron oxide nanoparticles', Materials Chemistry Frontiers, vol. 1, pp. 2335 - 2340, http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/c7qm00202e
    Journal articles | 2016
    Agarwal V; Ho D; Ho D; Galabura Y; Yasin F; Gong P; Ye W; Singh R; Munshi A; Saunders M; Woodward RC; St. Pierre T; Wood FM; Fear M; Lorenser D; Sampson DD; Zdyrko B; Luzinov I; Smith NM; Iyer KS, 2016, 'Functional Reactive Polymer Electrospun Matrix', ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, vol. 8, pp. 4934 - 4939, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acsami.5b11447
    Journal articles | 2016
    Agarwal V; Toshniwal P; Smith NE; Smith NM; Li B; Clemons TD; Byrne LT; Kakulas F; Wood FM; Fear M; Corry B; Swaminathan Iyer K, 2016, 'Enhancing the efficacy of cation-independent mannose 6-phosphate receptor inhibitors by intracellular delivery', Chemical Communications, vol. 52, pp. 327 - 330, http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/c5cc06826f
    Journal articles | 2016
    Li B; Clemons TD; Agarwal V; Kretzmann J; Bradshaw M; Toshniwal P; Smith NM; Li S; Fear M; Wood FM; Swaminathan Iyer K, 2016, 'Regulation of collagen expression using nanoparticle mediated inhibition of TGF-β activation', New Journal of Chemistry, vol. 40, pp. 1091 - 1095, http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/c5nj03115j
    Journal articles | 2016
    Munshi AM; Agarwal V; Ho D; Raston CL; Saunders M; Smith NM; Iyer KS, 2016, 'Magnetically Directed Assembly of Nanocrystals for Catalytic Control of a Three-Component Coupling Reaction', Crystal Growth and Design, vol. 16, pp. 4773 - 4776, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.cgd.6b00582
    Journal articles | 2016
    Munshi AM; Ho D; Saunders M; Agarwal V; Raston CL; Iyer KS, 2016, 'Influence of aspect ratio of magnetite coated gold nanorods in hydrogen peroxide sensing', Sensors and Actuators, B: Chemical, vol. 235, pp. 492 - 497, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.snb.2016.05.090
    Journal articles | 2015
    Ho D; Zou J; Chen X; Munshi A; Smith NM; Agarwal V; Hodgetts SI; Plant GW; Bakker AJ; Harvey AR; Luzinov I; Iyer KS, 2015, 'Hierarchical patterning of multifunctional conducting polymer nanoparticles as a bionic platform for topographic contact guidance', ACS Nano, vol. 9, pp. 1767 - 1774, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/nn506607x
    Journal articles | 2014
    Agarwal V; Tjandra ES; Iyer KS; Humfrey B; Fear M; Wood FM; Dunlop S; Raston CL, 2014, 'Evaluating the effects of nacre on human skin and scar cells in culture', Toxicology Research, vol. 3, pp. 223 - 227, http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/c4tx00004h
    Journal articles | 2013
    Agarwal V; McLean D; Horne J; Richardson D; Stack K, 2013, 'Chemometric study of graft copolymerization of guar-g-(acrylamide-co- diallyl dimethylammonium chloride)', Journal of Applied Polymer Science, vol. 127, pp. 3970 - 3979, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/app.37716
    Journal articles | 2013
    Eroglu E; Chen X; Bradshaw M; Agarwal V; Zou J; Stewart SG; Duan X; Lamb RN; Smith SM; Raston CL; Iyer KS, 2013, 'Biogenic production of palladium nanocrystals using microalgae and their immobilization on chitosan nanofibers for catalytic applications', RSC Advances, vol. 3, pp. 1009 - 1012, http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/c2ra22402j
    Journal articles | 2012
    Eroglu E; Agarwal V; Bradshaw M; Chen X; Smith SM; Raston CL; Swaminathan Iyer K, 2012, 'Nitrate removal from liquid effluents using microalgae immobilized on chitosan nanofiber mats', Green Chemistry, vol. 14, pp. 2682 - 2685, http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/c2gc35970g
    Journal articles | 2011
    Mclean D; Agarwal V; Stack K; Horne J; Richardson D, 2011, 'Synthesis of guar gum-graft-poly(acrylamide-codiallyldimethylammonium chloride) and its application in the pulp and paper industry', BioResources, vol. 6, pp. 4168 - 4180
  • Conference Papers | 2019
    Fadil Y; Agarwal V; Jasinski F; Thickett S; Minami H; Zetterlund P, 2019, 'Electrically conductive polymer/rGO nanocomposite films at ambient temperature via miniemulsion polymerization using GO as surfactant', in ABSTRACTS OF PAPERS OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY, AMER CHEMICAL SOC, San Diego, CA, presented at Fall National Meeting and Exposition of the American-Chemical-Society (ACS), San Diego, CA, 25 August 2019 - 29 August 2019, http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/C9NR00816K
    Conference Papers | 2011
    McLean D; Agarwal V; Stack K; Richardson D, 2011, 'Use of a new novel grafted Guar Gum-copolymer as a pitch fixative', in Appita Annual Conference, pp. 65 - 69

My Research Supervision

PhD Students:

1. Yasemin Fadil (co-supervision with Prof. Per Zetterlund) - graduated 2020

2. Rabiatul 'Adawiah Mat Noor (2018- present, co-supervision with Prof. Per Zetterlund)

3. Le Ngoc Minh Dinh (2019- present, co-supervision with Prof. Per Zetterlund)

4. Bich Ngoc Tran (2019- present, joint-supervision with Prof. Per Zetterlund)

5. Siti Humairah Binti Harun (2022- present, co-supervision with Prof. Per Zetterlund)

 

Master by Research Students:

1. Yiting Cai (2017- 2019, co-supervision with Prof. Per Zetterlund)

 

Master by Coursework Students:

1. Namrata Maslekar (co-supervised with Prof. Per Zetterlund) - graduated 2019

2. Sushma Indrakumar (co-supervised with Assoc/Prof. Kaushik Chatterjee, Indian Institute of Science) - graduated 2017

3. Neethu Varghese (co-supervised with Assoc/Prof. Kaushik Chatterjee, Indian Institute of Science) - graduated 2016

 

Undergraduate Honours Research Students:

1. Nicholas Simon (2019, co-supervision with Prof. Per Zetterlund)

2. Runyu Shi (2019, co-supervision with Prof. Per Zetterlund)

3. Alice Wan (2019, co-supervision with Prof. Per Zetterlund)

4. Le Ngoc Minh Dinh (co-supervised with Prof. Per Zetterlund) - graduated 2019

5. Monique O. Y. Yap (co-supervised with Prof. Per Zetterlund) - graduated 2019