UNSW Team Graphene

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We are a team of creative scientists and engineers exploring new ways to develop applications of  GRAPHENE and other 2D materials. Research publications immediately followed by directly working with industry to create an impact is our way of contributing to science and technology. We maintain a strong relationship with our collaborators and industry partners. Currently, we have 4 industry sponsored research projects for developing graphene-based products. Our breakthroughs are Revolutionary graphene filterGraphene superdesiccant;Water SplittingThis highly creative team of  Research Scholars is lead by Dr Rakesh Joshi (Joshi’s interview in Materials Today).  

Recent Publicaion- Effective Separation of CO2 Using Metal‐Incorporated rGO Membranes Advanced Materials, 1907580, 2020.


Graphene Team leader Rakesh is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Materials Science and Engineering and leading  Graphene Research Group. Before joining UNSW as Lecturer, he was a Marie Curie International Fellow at the University of Manchester.

He is the Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC), Associate Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (AFIChemE) and  among a select group of researchers who have been awarded each of the world’s most prestigious relevant International Research Fellowships; the JSPS Invitation Fellowship; the Humboldt Fellowship (Joshi's Humboldt Fellowship) and the Marie Curie International Fellowship.

Dr Joshi has successfully supervised 5 research students and presently supervising 8 research students. He has received 2018 Outstanding Research Supervisor award from UNSW Arc Postgraduate Council.

External Research Grants:

(A) Industry 

  • Development of graphene super desiccant for gas adsorption: SVSR 
  • Gas separation using graphene membrane: Tyre Stewardship Australia (2017-2020)
  • Graphene super-composites: Tyre Stewardship Australia (2016-2019
  • Graphene oxide for filtration: Sydney Water (2016-2020)
  • Application-oriented characterisation of carbon from end-of-life tyres: Green Distillation  Technologies  (2016-2017)

(B) Government  

  • Chief Investigator (CI)  in Australian Research Council Research Hub  ( Lead  Prof. Veena Sahajwalla)
  • Development of Superdesiccant  for gas adsorption: Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
  • Thermal isolation: a novel pathway to transforming complex waste: Australian Research Council - Discovery Project-2018

Contact us 

We have all the engineering capabilities for large-scale production of graphene membranes


Industry Partners

Sydney Water  Tyre Stewardship Australia