Dr Ilias Louis Kyratzis Keynote


Sanderson Building, Classroom 3


Friday, March 15, 2019 - 13:00 to 14:00


This talk will cover work undertaken in the development of sensor, biomaterials, electronic textiles and energy. New materials for energy are required which are light weight and capable storing higher energy densities to power the multitude of devices we use in the modern world. On the other hand new biomaterials are required to keep people healthy for longer at reduced costs. Fibres can play a very useful role in the fabrication of useful devices and components for both of these fast growing areas. For example in the energy domain, specialised battery separators were prepared for use with ionic liquid based metal batteries. These membranes were designed to provide enhanced mechanical, chemical, and temperature properties as well as better electrolyte wetting properties.  In a separate study, a new method developed from composite SPEEK electrospun nanofibres onto direct spun CNT (dsCNT) forests to produce composite proton exchange membranes.

In the biomaterials domain, novel composite fibrous structures, composed from nano- and micro-fibres have been fabricated and demonstrated for both in vivo and in vitro studies. Both single and core-sheath nanofibrous membranes have been prepared from different biodegradable polymers. These techniques were used to a develop drug delivery system for slow delivery of an antibiotic and anitimrobial properties. A protein based nanofibre scaffold was also prepared using the layer by layer specifically for cell growth.

Short Bio

Dr Ilias Louis Kyratzis is currently a Senior Principal Research Consultant (Scientist) at CSIRO. His research interests include nanofibre and nano-architectures in materials especially in their application to environmental remediation, energy, filtration and biomaterials and disease control, as well as flexible electronic textiles, high performance, high strength materials for protective equipment.

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