Dr Diana Tran

Dr Diana Tran
 Position Postdoctoral Fellow
 Org Unit School of Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials
 Email diana.tran@adelaide.edu.au
 Telephone +61 8 8313 2902
 Location Floor/Room N1 15 ,  Engineering Annex ,   North Terrace
  • Biography/ Background

    Jul 2017-present               ARC Senior Research Associate (B) for ARC Graphene Enabled Industry Transformation Research Hub

                                              The School of Chemical Engineering, The University of Adelaide, SA

     

    Feb-Jul 2017                     Teaching Assistant for CHEM ENG 4056 Research Practice Course, 4th Year Undergraduate

                                             The School of Chemical Engineering, The University of Adelaide, SA

     

    Aug 2016-Feb 2017          Interim Hub Manager for ARC Graphene Enabled Industry Transformation Research Hub

                                             The School of Chemical Engineering, The University of Adelaide, SA

     

    Mar 2014-Aug 2016          Postdoctoral Research Fellow (A), Leader of Graphene Research team

                                             School of Chemical Engineering, The University of Adelaide, SA

     

    Jul 2013-Mar 2014            Visiting Postdoctoral Research Fellow (A)

                                             School of Chemical Engineering, The University of Adelaide, SA

     

    2010-2012                        Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Level A

                                              The University of Melbourne, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, VIC

     

    Oct 2012                           Technology Transfer Engineer

                                              Baxter Laboratories, VIC

    Apr-Jul 2010                      Technical Research Assistant

                                              Ian Wark Research Institute, The University of South Australia, SA

    2006-2010                         Postgraduate Research Student (PhD)

                                              Ian Wark Research Institute, The University of South Australia, SA

     

  • Qualifications

    2010  Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering (Minerals and Materials), The University of South Australia, Ian Wark Research Institute

     

      2005  Bachelor of Chemical Engineering with Honours (II class), The University of Adelaide, School of Chemical Engineering

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Awards & Achievements

    2016          Promotion to Lecturer (Level B), The University of Adelaide, Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematics Sciences (ECMS)

    2015          Monash Engineering Women’s Leadership Award to attend Monash Future Women Leaders Conference, VIC

    2015        Nanoscale Poster Prize at GRAPCHINA2015-International Graphene Innovation Conference, China

    2014          Industry Partner Travel Award, Oral presentation and poster at NanoTech conference, Washington, USA

    2009          IWRI Travel award, 2 Oral presentations at 83rd ACS Colloid & Surface Science Symposium, New York, USA            

    2006          Australian Postgraduate Award (Industry) and IWRI Top Up Scholarship, The University of South Australia, Ian Wark Research Institute, SA

    2004          Chem-E-Car competition - CHEMECA 2004, 1st prize & best poster, local heats (Adelaide), 3rd prize & poster, national heats (Sydney)

  • Research Funding

    2014-2016    Industry funding from SA largest graphite companies Valence Industries and Archer Exploration (total $800K), and several other industry projects with Talga Resources, Adiden, MRL Corporation, IMO and SA Water (total funding >$150K)

    2015    The University of Adelaide, Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematics Sciences (ECMS) Research Support Scheme, Cobwebs and cocoons for biomedicine: Investigating silk proteins for biomedical applications ($26,400), Chief Investigator: Dr Gretal Png

    ·    2015     The University of Adelaide, Interdisciplinary Research Grant, Graphene terahertz metamaterials for biological sensing ($27,000), Chief Investigator: Prof. Derek Abbott, Other investigators: Dr Alex Dinovitsoer, Prof. Dusan Losic

    2014     The University of Adelaide, Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematics Sciences (ECMS) Research Support Scheme for capital equipment ($20K) for Particle Sizer Analyser           


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  • Publications

    Book Chapters

    1. Md J Nine, D. N.H. Tran, M. A. Cole, D. Losic, Graphene and graphene based materials for surface protection, Eds: M. Aliofkhazraei, Handbook of Modern Coating Technologies: VOL 4, Elsevier, 2016
    2. Md J. Nine, T. Tran, D. Losic, Building complex graphene architecture by self-assembly, Eds. C. Raston et al, Comprehensive Supramolecular Chemistry II, Elsevier, 2016

    Peer Reviewed Papers

    1. R. Karunagaran, C. Coghlan, T. T. Tran, S. Kabiri, D. N. H. Tran, C. Doonan, D. Losic, Electrocatalytic Activity of Iron Oxide Nanoparticle Phases in Graphene Aerogels, New Journal of Chemistry, 2017 (in review).
    2. S. Kabiri, F. Degryse, D. N. H. Tran, R. da Silva, M. McLaughlin, D. Losic, Graphene Oxide a New Carrier for Slow Release of Plant Micronutrients, ACS Applied Materials & Interface, 2017 (in review).
    3. S. Kabiri, R. Baird, D. N. H. Tran, I. Andelkovic, M. McLaughlin, D. Losic, Co-granulation of Low Rates of Graphene and Graphene Oxide with Macronutrient Fertilizers Remarkably Improves Their Physical Properties, ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, 2017 (in review).
    4. A. Gholampour, M. V. Kiamahalleh, D. N. H. Tran, T. Ozbakkaloglu, D. Losic, Influence of Graphene Oxide Contents on the Physicochemical and Mechanical Properties of Cement Mortar Composites, Cement and Concrete Research, 2017 (in review).
    5.  F. Alotabi, T. T. Tran, M. D. Nine, S. Kabiri, D. N. H. Tran, D. Losic, Ultrafast and High Performing Reduction of Graphene Oxide Films Using Atmospheric Pressure Plasma Jet Method, Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics, 2017 (in review).
    6. S. Lath, D. A. Navarro, D. N. H. Tran, A. Kumar, D. Losic, M. McLaughlin, Sorption of Cadmium and Arsenate Ions onto Graphene-Based Materials: Towards Mixed-Mode Remediation of Heavy Metals, Journal of Hazardous Materials, 2017 (in review).
    7. T. T. Tran, M. J. Nine, M. Krebsz, T. Pasinszki, C. Coghlan, D. N. H. Tran, D. Losic, Recent Advances in Sensing Applications of Graphene Assemblies and Their Composites, Advanced Functional Materials, 2017 (in press).
    8.  M. J. Nine, Md Ayub, A. C. Zander, D. N. H. Tran, B. S. Cazzolato, D. Losic, Graphene Based Lamella Network for Enhanced Sound Adsorption, Advanced Functional Materials, 2017 (in press).
    9. R. Karunagaran, T. T. Tran, C. Shearer, D. N. H. Tran, C. Coghlan, C. Doonan, D. Losic, A Unique 3D Nitrogen-Doped Carbon Composite as High-Performance Oxygen Reduction Catalyst, Materials, 2017, 10, 921-930.
    10. M. J. Nine, T. T. Tran, S. Kabiri, D. N. H. Tran, D. Losic, Graphene-Borate as an Efficient Fire Retardant for Cellulosic Materials with Multiple and Synergetic Modes of Action, ACS Applied Materials & Interface, 2017, 9, 10160-101168.
    11. M. J. Nine, T. T. Tung, F. K. Alotaibi, D. N. H. Tran, D. Losic, Facile Adhesion-Tuning of Superhydrophobic Surfaces Between “Lotus” and “Petal” Effect and Their Influence on Icing and De-icing Properties, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 2017, 9, 8393-8402.
    12. M. J. Nine, D. N. H. Tran, A. ElMekawy, D. Losic, Interlayer Growth of Borates for Highly Adhesive Graphene Coatings with Enhanced Abrasion Resistance, Fire-Retardant and Antibacterial Performance, Carbon, 2017, 117, 252-262.
    13. M. J. Nine, M. A. Cole, L. Johnson, D. N. H. Tran, D. Losic, Robust Superhydrophobic Graphene-Based Composite Coatings with Self-Cleaning and Corrosion Barrier Properties, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 2017, 7, 28482-28493
    14.  Q. J. Le, T. Wang. D. N. H. Tran, F. Dong, Y. X. Zhang, D. Losic, Morphology-Controlled MnO2 Modified Silicon Diatoms for High-Performance Asymmetric Supercapacitors, Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 2017, 5, 10856-10865.
    15. T. T. Tran, J. Yoo, F. K. Alotaibi, Md. J. Nine, R. Karunagaran, M. Krebsz, G. T. Nguyen, D. N. H. Tran, J-F. Feller, D. Losic Graphene Oxide-Assisted Liquid Phase Exfoliation of Graphite into Graphene for Highly Conductive Film and Electrochemical Sensors, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 2016, 8, 16521-16532.
    16.  S. Kabiri, D. H. N. Tran, M. A. Cole, D. Losic, Functionalized Three-dimensional (3D) Graphene Composite for High Efficiency Removal of Mercury, Environmental Science: Water Research & Technology, 2016, 2, 390-402
    17. S. Kabiri, D. H. N. Tran, S. Azari, D. Losic, Graphene-Diatom Silica Aerogels for Efficient Removal Of Mercury Ions from Water, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 2015, 7, 11815-11823.
    18. I. Andjelkovic, D. H. N. Tran, S. Kabiri, S. Azari, M. Markovic, D. Losic, Graphene Aerogels Decorated with α-FeOOH Nanoparticles for Efficient Adsorption of Arsenic From Contaminated Waters, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 2015, 7, 9758-9766.
    19. D. H. N. Tran, S. Kabiri, L. Wang, D. Losic, Engineered Graphene-Nanoparticle Aerogel Composites for Efficient Removal of Phosphate From Water, Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 2015, 3, 6844-6852.
    20.  M. J. Nine, M. A. Cole, D. H. N. Tran, D. Losic, Graphene: A Multipurpose Material for Protective Coatings, Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 2015, 3, 12580-12602.
    21.  D. H. N. Tran, S. Kabiri, T. R. Wang, D. Losic, Selective Adsorption of Oil-Water Mixtures Using Polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS)-Graphene Sponges, Environmental Science: Water Research & Technology, 2016, 2, 390-402, Featured as Journal Cover
    22. S. Kabiri, D. H. N. Tran, T. Altalhi, D. Losic, Outstanding Adsorption Performance of Graphene-Carbon Nanotube Aerogels for Continuous Oil Removal, Carbon, 2014, 80, 523-533.
    23.  D. H. N. Tran, S. Kabiri, D. Losic, A Green Approach for the Reduction of Graphene Oxide Nanosheets Using Non-Aromatic Amino Acids, Carbon, 2014, 76, 193-202.
    24. A. H. Leung, E. L. Prime, D.N.H. Tran, Q. Fu, A.J. Christofferson, G.Yiapanis, I. Yarovsky, G.G. Qiao, D. H. Solomon, Dynamic performance of duolayers at the air/water interface. 1. Experimental analysis, Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 2014, 118, 10919-10926.
    25. A. J. Christofferson, G. Yiapanis, A. H. Leung, E. L. Prime, D. N. H. Tran, G.G. Qiao, D. H. Solomon, I. Yarovsky, Dynamic performance of duolayers at the air/water interface. 2. Mechanistic insights from all-atom simulations, Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 2014, 118, 10927-10933.
    26. D.N.H. Tran, E. L. Prime, M. Plazzer, A.H.M. Leung,  I. Yarovsky, G.G. Qiao, D. H. Solomon, D.H. Molecular interactions behind the synergistic effect in mixed monolayers of 1-octadecanol and ethylene glycol monooctadecyl ether, Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 2013, 117, 3603-3612.
    27. E. L. Prime, D.N.H. Tran, A.H.M. Leung, D. Sunartio, G. G. Qiao, D. H. Solomon, Formation of dynamic duolayer systems at the air/water interface by using non-ionic hydrophilic polymers, Australian Journal of Chemistry, 2013, 66, 807-813.
    28. P.W. Schouten, S. Putland, C. J. Lemckert, I. D. Underhill, D. Solomon, D. Sunartio, A. Leung, E. Prime, D.N.H. Tran, G. Qiao, Evaluation of an evaporation suppressing monolayer system in a controlled wave tank environment: A pilot investigation, Australian Journal of Water Resources, 2012, 16, 49-64.
    29. E. Prime, D.N.H. Tran, A. Leung, H. Gill, D. Solomon, G. Qiao, I. Dagley, New technology to reduce evaporation from large water storages, Australian Government National Water Commission, Waterlines Report Series No 80, 2012, 1-40.
    30. E.L. Prime, D.N.H. Tran, M. Plazzer, D. Sunartio, A.H.M. Leung, G. Yiapanis, S. Baoukina, I. Yarovsky, G. G. Qiao, D. H.  Solomon, D.H. Rational design of monolayers for improved water evaporation mitigation, Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects, 2012, 415, 47-58.
    31. D.N.H. Tran, C. P. Whitby, D. Fornasiero, J. Ralston, Selective separation of very fine particles at a planar air-water interface, International Journal of Mineral Processing, 2010, 94, 35-42.
    32. D.N.H. Tran, C. P. Whitby, D. Fornasiero, J. Ralston, J. Foamability in the presence of fine graphite and quartz particles with a triblock copolymer, Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 2010, 348, 460-468.

    Conference Papers

    1. I. Andjelkovic, S. Kabiri, S. Azari, M. Markovic, D.N.H. Tran, R. Karungagaran, D. Losic, Outstanding adsorption of arsenic from contaminated waters using graphene/iron oxide nanoparticles-aerogles, RACI Australian National Congress, 7-12 Dec 2014, Adelaide (oral presentation)
    1. S. Kabiri, D. Tran, D. Losic, Graphene aerogel composite for removal oil from waste waters, RACI Australian National Congress, 7-12 Dec 2014, Adelaide (poster presentation)
    2. H. Dalal, D. Tran, A. Santos, D. Losic, Graphene oxide membranes with advanced controllable properties for ionic and molecular transport , ANN Early Career Workshop, 9 July 2014, Sydney, NSW, (abstract and oral presentation)
    3. S. Kabiri, D.N.H. Tran, D. Losic, Graphene/carbon nanotube hydrogels and aerogels for selective removal of oils and organic contaminants, NanoTech Conference USA, Washington, 15-18 June, 2014 (abstract and oral presentation)
    4. D.N.H. Tran, S.Kabiri, D. Losic, A green approach for the reduction of graphene oxide nanosheets using non-aromatic amino acids, NanoTech Conference USA, Washington, 15-18 June, 2014 (poster presentation)
    5. D.N.H. Tran, S. Karbiri, D. Losic, Reduction of graphene oxide nanosheets via amino acids, ICONN 2014 International conference on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology and ACMM23, 23th Australian conference on Microscopy and Microanalysis, 2-6 Feb 2014 Adelaide, paper 00410, (oral presentation)
    6. D.N.H. Tran, S. Kabiri, D. Losic, Green Approach for Reduction of Graphene Oxide Using Amino Acids, OzCarbon 2013, 1-3 Dec 2013, Melbourne University, Melbourne, (abstract and poster presentation)
    7. P.W. Schouten, S. Putland, C.J. Lemckert, D. Solomon, A. Leung, A., D. Tran, G. Qiao, Assessment of new chemical film monolayers for use as long-term evaporation reduction systems, Urban Water Security Research Alliance 3rd Science Forum, Brisbane, QLDS, Sept 2011 (abstract and oral presentation)
    8. D. Tran, C. Whitby, D. Fornasiero, J. Ralston, Particles in foams, 83rd ACS Colloid and Surface Science Symposium, New York, USA, June 2009 (abstract and oral presentation)
    9. D. Tran, C. Whitby, D. Fornasiero, J. Ralston, Selective separation of fine particles at an air-water interface, 83rd ACS Colloid and Surface Science Symposium, New York, USA, June 2009 (abstract and oral presentation)
    10. D. Tran, C. Whitby, D. Fornasiero, J. Ralston, Novel fine particle separation - Particles at liquid-vapour interfaces, Australian Colloid and Interface Symposium, Adelaide, SA, Feb 2009 (oral presentation) 

    Patent

    1. D. Losic, Md. J. Nine, D. N.H. Tran, Graphene composites for fire retardants, Australian patent application 35254616, 2017
    2. D. Losic, Md. J. Nine, D. N.H. Tran, Multipurpose graphene composites, Australian patent application 35256201, 2017
    3. D. Losic, S. Kabiri, D. N.H. Tran, Graphene for fertilizer applications, Australian patent application 2016905131, 2017
    4. D. Losic, D.N,H. Tran, S. Kabiri, Graphene 3-d composites, Aust Patent Application, 2015
    5. D.N.H. Tran, C.P. Whitby, D. Fornasiero, D. Faulkner, J. Ralston, New Australian Provisional Patent Application “A Process and Device for Effecting Selective Separation of Particles”, Reference number: 2009902629, 2009

  • Professional Associations

    2014-present        Australian Research Council Nanotechnology Network (ARCNN)

    2014-present        University of Adelaide, Centre for Nanotechnology Materials 

    2014-present        Member of Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing (IPAS)

    2004-present        Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE)

     

  • Community Engagement

     

    2014-present        Regular reviewer for Journal papers in materials science including Carbon, Materials Chemistry, ACS Materials & Interface, etc

    2014-present        Reviewer of Honours thesis in the School of Chemical engineering, University of Adelaide

    2014                     Organizing committee for RACI SA Student Polymer and Bionanotechnology Symposium

     

     

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