Doctor Mariam Darestani

Doctor Mariam Darestani

Senior Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering,
Dean's Unit School of Engineering

Senior Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering,
Engineering

Biography

Dr Darestani is a material engineer passionate about the environment and focused on developing new materials and products for sustainable use of resources, especially water. She is a fellow of Higher Education Academy (HEA) and has though into several subjects at QUT and USYD. Currently, she is working on the development of an innovative Work Integrated Learning (WIL) framework for engineering students at WSU.

She first joined WSU as a visiting academic from Queensland University of Technology (QUT). At QUT she was an Advance Queensland Research Fellow (2016-2020) and her research is sponsored by an industry partner and QLD Ministry of Fishery and Agriculture. Before joining QUT in 2019 in 2014, Dr. Darestani worked at University of Technology Sydney (UTS) and the University of Sydney as a postdoctoral research fellow (2012-2014). In addition to working on innovative solutions and scholarly work, Dr Darestani has experience working with various industry partners and has received funding for all her academic roles.  She also worked as Applications Engineer and Research and Development Engineer at a company (2009-2013) before coming back to academia. Dr Darestani has published over 25 papers in high impact journals and her applied research has resulted in a patent, several products, and commercial processes used by industry partners.

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Qualifications

  • PhD University of Sydney
  • MPolEng Amirkabir University of Technology
  • BPolEng Amirkabir University of Technology

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Dean's Unit School of Engineering
  • Engineering

Contact

Email: M.Darestani@westernsydney.edu.au
Phone: (02) 47360 946
Mobile:
Location: XB.3.34
Penrith (Kingswood)

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Publications

Journal Articles

  • Sarmadi, N., Gharabaghi, M., Saray, M., Darestani, M., Garman, D., Koshy, P., Mofarah, S. and Sorrell, C. (2021), 'Highly mesoporous hybrid transition metal oxide nanowires for enhanced adsorption of rare earth elements from wastewater', Inorganic Chemistry, vol 60, no 1 , pp 175 - 184.
  • Darestani, M., Locq, J. and Millar, G. (2019), 'Powering reversible actuators using forward osmosis membranes : feasibility study and modeling', Separation Science and Technology (Philadelphia), vol 54, no 1 , pp 128 - 142.
  • Amari, S., Darestani, M., Millar, G., Rintoul, L. and Samali, B. (2019), 'Microchemistry and microstructure of sustainable mined zeolite-geopolymer', Journal of Cleaner Production, vol 234 , pp 1165 - 1177.
  • Blair, D., Alexander, D., Couperthwaite, S., Darestani, M. and Millar, G. (2017), 'Enhanced water recovery in the coal seam gas industry using a dual reverse osmosis system', Environmental Science: Water Research & Technology, vol 3, no 2 , pp 278 - 292.
  • Zalnezhad, A., Javanbakht, S., Darestani, M. and Shakeri, A. (2017), 'Fabrication of superhydrophobic unplasticized poly(vinyl chloride)/nanosilica sheets using Taguchi design methodology', Polymer International, vol 66, no 5 , pp 672 - 678.
  • Darestani, M., Haigh, V., Couperthwaite, S., Millar, G. and Nghiem, L. (2017), 'Hollow fibre membrane contactors for ammonia recovery : current status and future developments', Journal of Environmental Chemical Engineering, vol 5, no 2 , pp 1349 - 1359.
  • Ghasemi, S., Darestani, M., Abdollahi, Z. and Gomes, V. (2015), 'Online monitoring of emulsion polymerization using electrical impedance spectroscopy', Polymer International, vol 64, no 1 , pp 66 - 75.
  • Bannwarth, S., Darestani, M., Coster, H. and Wessling, M. (2015), 'Characterization of hollow fiber membranes by impedance spectroscopy', Journal of Membrane Science, vol 473 , pp 318 - 326.
  • Khan, M., Darestani, M. and Gomes, V. (2015), 'Structure and electrochemical properties of polystyrene/CNT nanocomposites', Journal of Solid State Electrochemistry, vol 19, no 10 , pp 3145 - 3156.
  • Abdollahi, Z., Darestani, M., Ghasemi, S. and Gomes, V. (2015), 'Monitoring inverse-phase emulsion polymerization using electrical impedance spectroscopy', Polymer International, vol 64, no 6 , pp 787 - 794.
  • Darestani, M., Chilcott, T. and Coster, H. (2014), 'Changing the microstructure of membranes using an intense electric field : filtration performance', Journal of Membrane Science, vol 449 , pp 158 - 168.
  • Darestani, M., Chilcott, T. and Coster, H. (2014), 'Electrical impedance spectroscopy study of piezoelectric PVDF membranes', Journal of Solid State Electrochemistry, vol 18, no 3 , pp 595 - 605.
  • Abdollahi, Z., Darestani, M., Ghasemi, S. and Gomes, V. (2014), 'Characterizing colloidal behavior of non-ionic emulsifiers in non-polar solvents using electrical impedance spectroscopy', Colloid and Polymer Science, vol 292, no 10 , pp 2695 - 2705.
  • Ghasemi, S., Darestani, M., Abdollahi, Z., Hawkett, B. and Gomes, V. (2014), 'Electrical impedance spectroscopy for determining critical micelle concentration of ionic emulsifiers', Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects, vol 441 , pp 195 - 203.
  • Darestani, M., Chilcott, T. and Coster, H. (2014), 'Changing the microstructure of membranes using intense electric fields : dielectric strength studies', Journal of Membrane Science, vol 452 , pp 367 - 378.
  • Darestani, M., Chilcott, T. and Coster, H. (2014), 'Effect of poling time on filtration properties of PVDF membranes treated in intense electric fields', Polymer Bulletin, vol 71, no 4 , pp 951 - 964.
  • Darestani, M., Coster, H. and Chilcott, T. (2013), 'Piezoelectric membranes for separation processes : operating conditions and filtration performance', Journal of Membrane Science, vol 435 , pp 226 - 232.
  • Darestani, M., Chilcott, T. and Coster, H. (2013), 'Separation performance of PVDF membranes poled in intense electric fields', Separation and Purification Technology, vol 118 , pp 604 - 611.
  • Darestani, M., Coster, H., Chilcott, T., Fleming, S., Nagarajan, V. and An, H. (2013), 'Piezoelectric membranes for separation processes : fabrication and piezoelectric properties', Journal of Membrane Science, vol 434 , pp 184 - 192.
  • Coster, H., Darestani, M. and Chilcott, T. (2011), 'Production and characterization of piezo-electric membranes', Desalination, vol 283 , pp 52 - 57.

Conference Papers

  • Darestani, M. and Yang, C. (2019), 'Implementation of embedded work integrated learning in mechanical engineering courses at Western Sydney University', International Conference on Advancements in Engineering Education, Sydney, N.S.W..
  • Darestani, M., Coster, H. and Chilcott, T. (2011), 'The performance of low-fouling, piezoelectrically vibrating membranes', Chemeca 2011, Sydney, N.S.W..

Other Publications

  • 2014, 'Characterising the Performance and Fouling of Hollow Fibre Membranes: Final Report', Report

Scientific & Technical Expertise:

  • Sustainable engineering: Waste management, Waste water recycling, Desalination
  • Polymer engineering: Molecular design, Polymerisation engineering, Processing design, Testing
  • Product design: Polymer emulsions, Membrane and filters, Electrochemical sensors

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Current Projects

Title: SmartCrete CRC [Via MQ] - CRC Core Partner Agreement - No funds to WSU
Funder:
  • Department of Industry, Innovation and Science (CRC)
Western Researchers: Bijan Samali, Zhong Tao, Vivian Tam, Sarah Zhang, Olivia Mirza, Qinghua Zeng, Zhu Pan, Mariam Darestani, Md Abdul Alim and Nassim Ghosni
Years: 2020-03-01 - 2027-02-28
ID: P00026177

Previous Projects

Title: Evaluation anti-corrosion and antibacterial properties of zeolite coatings in water
Funder:
  • Zeolite Australia Pty Ltd
Western Researchers: Bob Abtahi, Bijan Samali and Mariam Darestani
Years: 2018-10-20 - 2019-02-20
ID: P00025316
Title: Membrane technology for producing potable water
Funder:
  • Envirodyne Group Pty Ltd
  • University of Western Sydney
Western Researchers: Mariam Darestani
Years: 2019-11-18 - 2020-12-31
ID: P00026202
Title: Women in Research grant: Feasibility study of measuring available nutrients in the soil using osmotically driven actuators [via QUT]
Funder:
  • Queensland University of Technology
Western Researchers: Mariam Darestani
Years: 2018-09-15 - 2019-10-13
ID: P00025280
Title: Build an invention that mimics the way plants detect soil nutrients, to reduce over-fertilisation [via QUT]
Funder:
  • AMP Foundation Limited
Western Researchers: Mariam Darestani
Years: 2019-05-01 - 2020-07-01
ID: P00025731
Title: Investigating efficacy of modified zeolites in removing Amine and Ammonia from water
Funder:
  • Envirodyne Group Pty Ltd
Western Researchers: Mariam Darestani
Years: 2021-04-30 - 2021-07-30
ID: P00027306
Title: Experimental Scale Up for Production of Nano-modified Aluminasilicate for Water Treatment
Funder:
  • Envirowise Australia Pty Ltd
Western Researchers: Mariam Darestani and Richard Yang
Years: 2021-02-01 - 2021-07-30
ID: P00026947

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