Dr Pratheep Annamalai


Dr Pratheep Annamalai
NameDr Pratheep Annamalai
Email Addresspratheep.annamalai@unisq.edu.au
Job TitlePostdoctoral Research Fellow (Circular Polymer Products)
QualificationsBSc University of Madras, MSc University of Madras, PhD Pune
DepartmentCentre for Future Materials (Research)
AffiliationsSchool of Agriculture and Environmental Science
ORCIDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-7284-0813
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Biography

Dr PK Annamalai is a polymer and nanomaterials scientist working as research fellow leading the collaborative research projects on ‘circular polymer products’. Currently his research focuses on ‘polymer recycling, renewable polymers and sustainable food processing’. Prior to joining USQ, he has background in chemistry and extensive research background on both fundamental and translational research on polymers and nanomaterials engineering.

Employment

PositionOrganisationFromTo
SIMPLE Hub Research FellowCentre for Future Materials2023

Expertise

Polymer Recycling, Nanomaterials, Sustainable Polymers, Biomass Valorization, Food Processing

Teaching

BIO3811 Food Product Development

BIO3821 Food Quality Assurance

Fields of Research

  • 300604. Food packaging, preservation and processing
  • 300606. Food sustainability
  • 300607. Food technology
  • 340302. Macromolecular materials
  • 340305. Physical properties of materials
  • 340399. Macromolecular and materials chemistry not elsewhere classified
  • 401602. Composite and hybrid materials
  • 401605. Functional materials
  • 401609. Polymers and plastics
BSc
University of Madras
1999
MSc
University of Madras
2001
PhD
Pune
2009

Supervision Interests

Renewable nanomaterials, food nanomaterials, circular polymers, building materials

Current Supervisions

Research TitleSupervisor TypeLevel of StudyCommenced
A systematic investigation on the valorisation of carbon from non-wood biomass sources for energy storage materialsAssociate SupervisorDoctoral2019
Structural and functional properties of plant-based cream emulsionsAssociate SupervisorDoctoral2021
Sustainable processing of plant-based meat analoguesAssociate SupervisorDoctoral2021
Project titleDetailsYear
Composites Innovation Centre Manitoba IncAddressing bio-composite technology gaps2019
GOI-UGC SPARC grant 2019Preparation of Nanocellulose & Nanocomposites as Multifunctional Materials derived from Biomass towards Sustainable Developments (SPARC grant administered by Jamia Millia Islamia)2019
Advance Queensland Research FellowshipsAdvance Queensland Research Fellowship (Mid): Easily deconstructed spinifex nanofibres for the enhancement of high performance construction materials2016
ARC Discovery ProjectsHigh performance sustainable carbon fibres from Australian spinifex grass2015
DateNameAwarding organisationUnderpinning research
Associate EditorFrontiers in Materials

Enhancement of emulsion stability and functional properties of hemp protein-based dairy alternative by different treatments after cellulase hydrolysis

Rawal, Kirti, Annamalai, Pratheep Kumar, Ningtyas, Dian Widya and Prakash, Sangeeta. 2024. "Enhancement of emulsion stability and functional properties of hemp protein-based dairy alternative by different treatments after cellulase hydrolysis." International Journal of Food Science and Technology. 59 (1), pp. 639-648. https://doi.org/10.1111/ijfs.16735

X-ray Tomographic Reconstruction for Understanding Lignin-Induced Changes in the Microstructure and Properties of Polyurethane Insulation Foam

Haridevan, Hima, Barkauskas, Deborah, Sokolowski, Kamil A., Evans, David A.C., Martin, Darren J. and Annamalai, Pratheep K.. 2023. "X-ray Tomographic Reconstruction for Understanding Lignin-Induced Changes in the Microstructure and Properties of Polyurethane Insulation Foam." ACS Applied Polymer Materials. 5 (9), pp. 6772-6780. https://doi.org/10.1021/acsapm.3c00380

Oat flour as a novel stabiliser for designing plant-based Pickering emulsion

Rawal, Kirti, Annamalai, Pratheep K., Bhandari, Bhesh and Prakash, Sangeeta. 2023. "Oat flour as a novel stabiliser for designing plant-based Pickering emulsion." Journal of Food Engineering. 340, p. 111300. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jfoodeng.2022.111300

Synthesis and characterization of cellulose nanocrystals as reinforcing agent in solely palm based polyurethane foam

Septevani, Athanasia Amanda, Annamalai, Pratheep K. and Martin, Darren J.. 2017. "Synthesis and characterization of cellulose nanocrystals as reinforcing agent in solely palm based polyurethane foam." 3rd International Symposium on Applied Chemistry (ISAC) 2017. Jakarta, Indonesia 23 - 24 Oct 2017 AIP Publishing. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.5011899

Innovation in nano-polysaccharides for eco-sustainability: From science to industrial applications

Singh, Preeti, Manzoor, Kaiser, Ikram, Saiqa and Annamalai, Pratheep Kumar. 2022. Innovation in nano-polysaccharides for eco-sustainability: From science to industrial applications. India. Elsevier.

Nanocellulose: a sustainable nanomaterial for controlled drug delivery applications

Pennells, Jordan, Martin, Darren J. and Annamalai, Pratheep Kumar. 2022. "Nanocellulose: a sustainable nanomaterial for controlled drug delivery applications." Singh, Preeti and Manzoor, Kaiser (ed.) Innovation in Nano-polysaccharides for Eco-sustainability: From Science to Industrial Applications. India. Elsevier. pp. 217-253

hydrothermal co-liquefaction of biomass and plastic wastes into biofuel: Study on catalyst property, product distribution and synergistic effects

Mukundan, Swathi, Wagner, Jonathan L., Annamalai, Pratheep K., Ravindran, Devika Sudha, Krishnapillai, Girish Kumar and Beltramini, Jorge. 2022. "hydrothermal co-liquefaction of biomass and plastic wastes into biofuel: Study on catalyst property, product distribution and synergistic effects." Fuel Processing Technology. 238. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.fuproc.2022.107523

A cleaner processing approach for cellulose reinforced thermoplastic polyurethane nanocomposites

Amin, Khairatun Najwa Mohd, Chaleat, Celine, Edwards, Grant, Martin, Darren J. and Annamalai, ratheep Kumar. 2022. "A cleaner processing approach for cellulose reinforced thermoplastic polyurethane nanocomposites." Polymer Engineering and Science. 62 (3), pp. 949-961. https://doi.org/10.1002/pen.25899

Tailored production of lignin-containing cellulose nanofibrils from sugarcane bagasse pretreated by acid-catalyzed alcohol solutions

Liu, Yiting, Li, Wen, Li, Kai, Annamalai, Pratheep Kumar, Pratt, Steven, Hassanpour, Morteza, Lu, Haiqin and Zhang, Zhanying. 2022. "Tailored production of lignin-containing cellulose nanofibrils from sugarcane bagasse pretreated by acid-catalyzed alcohol solutions." Carbohydrate Polymers. 291. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.carbpol.2022.119602

A mixed acid methodology to produce thermally stable cellulose nanocrystal at high yield using phosphoric acid

Amin, Khairatun Najwa, Hosseinmardi, Alireza, Martin, Darren J. and Annamalai, Pratheep K.. 2022. "A mixed acid methodology to produce thermally stable cellulose nanocrystal at high yield using phosphoric acid." Journal of Bioresources and Bioproducts. 7 (2), pp. 99-108. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jobab.2021.12.002

Lignocellulosic plant cell wall variation influences the structure and properties of hard carbon derived from sorghum biomass

Afzal, Rana Arslan, Pennells, Jordan, Yamauchi, Yusuke, Annamalai, Pratheep K., Nanjundan, Ashok Kumar and Martin, Darren J.. 2022. "Lignocellulosic plant cell wall variation influences the structure and properties of hard carbon derived from sorghum biomass." Carbon Trends. 7, pp. 1-12. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cartre.2022.100168

An Overview of Cellulose-Based Nanogenerators

Annamalai, Pratheep K., Nanjundan, Ashok Kumar, Dubal, Deepak P. and Baek, Jong-Beom. 2021. "An Overview of Cellulose-Based Nanogenerators." Advanced Materials Technologies. 6 (3). https://doi.org/10.1002/admt.202001164

Pyrolysis of brominated polyethylene as an alternative carbon fibre precursor

Laycock, Bronwyn, Wang, Xiaoyu, Liu, Ru-Fen, Annamalai, Pratheep Kumar, Cork, Jorja, Derstine, Chris, Mills, Michael and McFarland, Eric W.. 2020. "Pyrolysis of brominated polyethylene as an alternative carbon fibre precursor." Polymer Degradation and Stability. 172. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.polymdegradstab.2019.109057

Hybrid polyether-palm oil polyester polyol based rigid polyurethane foam reinforced with cellulose nanocrystal

Septevani, Athanasia A., Evans, David A.C., Martin, Darren J. and Annamalai, Pratheep K.. 2018. "Hybrid polyether-palm oil polyester polyol based rigid polyurethane foam reinforced with cellulose nanocrystal." Industrial Crops and Products. 112, pp. 378-388. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.indcrop.2017.12.032

Atomic Layer Deposition of Metal Oxide on Nanocellulose for Enabling Microscopic Characterization of Polymer Nanocomposites

Septevani, Athanasia A., Evans, David A. C., Hosseini, Alireza, Martin, Darren J., Simonsen, John, Conley Jr., John F. and Annamalai, Pratheep K.. 2018. "Atomic Layer Deposition of Metal Oxide on Nanocellulose for Enabling Microscopic Characterization of Polymer Nanocomposites." Small. 14 (46). https://doi.org/10.1002/smll.201803439

Chitosan-based bionanocomposites for biomedical application

Kumari, Sangeeta, Singh, Raj Pal, Chavan, Nayaku N and Annamalai, Pratheep K. 2018. "Chitosan-based bionanocomposites for biomedical application." Bioinspired, Biomimetic and Nanobiomaterials. 7 (4), pp. 219-227. https://doi.org/10.1680/jbibn.15.00015

The use of cellulose nanocrystals to enhance the thermal insulation properties and sustainability of rigid polyurethane foam

Septevani, Athanasia A., Evans, David A.C., Annamalai, Pratheep K. and Martin, Darren J.. 2017. "The use of cellulose nanocrystals to enhance the thermal insulation properties and sustainability of rigid polyurethane foam." Industrial Crops and Products. 107, pp. 114-121. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.indcrop.2017.05.039

Conducting polymer–graphite binary and hybrid composites

Ramanujam, B.T.S. and Annamalai, Pratheep K.. 2017. "Conducting polymer–graphite binary and hybrid composites." Thakur, Vijay Kumar, Thakur, Manju Kumari and Pappu, Asokan (ed.) Hybrid Polymer Composite Materials. India. Elsevier. pp. 1-34

Influence of Moisture Dependency of Pressboard on Transformer Winding Clamping Pressure

Naranpanawe, Lakshitha, Ekanayake, Chandima, Saha, Tapan Kumar and Annamalai, Naranpanawe1, Chandima Ekanayake2, Tapan Kumar Saha1 and Pratheep K.. 2017. "Influence of Moisture Dependency of Pressboard on Transformer Winding Clamping Pressure." IEEE Transactions on Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation. 24 (5), pp. 3191-3200. https://doi.org/10.1109/Tdei.2017.006206

Polymers from Biomass: Characterization, Modification, Degradation, and Applications

Adsul, Mukund, Tuli, Deepak K., Annamalai, Pratheep K., Depan, Dilip and Shankar, Shiv. 2016. "Polymers from Biomass: Characterization, Modification, Degradation, and Applications." International Journal of Polymer Science. 2016. https://doi.org/10.1155/2016/1857297

Production of cellulose nanocrystals via a scalable mechanical method

Amin, Khairatun Najwa Mohd, Annamalai, Pratheep Kumar, Morrow, Isabel Catherine and Martin, Darren. 2015. "Production of cellulose nanocrystals via a scalable mechanical method." RSC Advances: an international journal to further the chemical sciences. 5 (70), pp. 57133-57140. https://doi.org/10.1039/c5ra06862b

Studies on the feasibility of recycled polystyrene doped with NLO active meta-Nitroaniline for optoelectronics applications

Sureshkumar, M.S., Goyal, R.L., Negi, Y.s., Pratheepkumar, A., Reddy, K. Raghunatha, Singh, R.P., Dadge, J.W. and Aiyer, R.C.. 2011. "Studies on the feasibility of recycled polystyrene doped with NLO active meta-Nitroaniline for optoelectronics applications ." Polymers for Advanced Technologies. 22 (12), pp. 1865-1871. https://doi.org/10.1002/pat.1685

Bioinspired Mechanically Adaptive Polymer Nanocomposites with Water-Activated Shape-Memory Effect

Mendez, Julie, Annamalai, Pratheep K., Eichhorn, Stephen J., Rusli, Rafeadah, Rowan, Stuart J., Foste, E. Johan and Weder, Christoph. 2011. "Bioinspired Mechanically Adaptive Polymer Nanocomposites with Water-Activated Shape-Memory Effect." Macromolecules. 44 (17), pp. 6827-6835. https://doi.org/10.1021/ma201502k

Commercial aspects associated with bio-nanocomposites

Lonkar, Sunil P., Kumar, A. Pratheep and Singh, R. P.. 2011. "Commercial aspects associated with bio-nanocomposites." Nanocomposites with Biodegradable Polymers: Synthesis, Properties, and Future Perspectives. United Kingdom. Oxford University Press. pp. 400-420

Biocomposites of cellulose reinforced starch: improvement of properties by photo-induced crosslinking

Kumar, Annamalai Pratheep and Singh, Raj Pal. 2008. "Biocomposites of cellulose reinforced starch: improvement of properties by photo-induced crosslinking." Bioresource Technology. 99 (18), pp. 8803-8809. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biortech.2008.04.045

Novel hybrid of clay, cellulose, and thermoplastics. I. Preparation and characterization of composites of ethylene–propylene copolymer

Kumar, Annamalai Pratheep and Singh, Raj Pal. 2007. "Novel hybrid of clay, cellulose, and thermoplastics. I. Preparation and characterization of composites of ethylene–propylene copolymer." Journal of Applied Polymer Science. 104 (4), pp. 2672-2682. https://doi.org/10.1002/app.25659

Photo-stabilization of EPDM-clay nanocomposites: effect of antioxidant on the preparation and durability

Lonkar, Sunil P., Annamalai, A. Pratheep and Singh, Raj Pal. 2007. "Photo-stabilization of EPDM-clay nanocomposites: effect of antioxidant on the preparation and durability." Polymers for Advanced Technologies. 18 (11), pp. 891-900. https://doi.org/10.1002/pat.925

Stabilization of γ-sterilized biomedical polyolefins by synergistic mixtures of oligomeric stabilizers. Part II. Polypropylene matrix

Alariqi, Sameh A.S., Kumar, A. Pratheep, Rao, B.S.M. Rao and Singh, R.P.. 2007. "Stabilization of γ-sterilized biomedical polyolefins by synergistic mixtures of oligomeric stabilizers. Part II. Polypropylene matrix ." Polymer Degradation and Stability. 92 (2), pp. 299-309. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.polymdegradstab.2006.10.010

Biodegradation of γ-sterilised biomedical polyolefins under composting and fungal culture environments

Alariqi, Sameh A.S., Kumar, A. Pratheep, Rao, B.S.M. and Singh, R.P.. 2006. "Biodegradation of γ-sterilised biomedical polyolefins under composting and fungal culture environments." Polymer Degradation and Stability. 91 (5), pp. 1105-1116. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.polymdegradstab.2005.07.004

An overview on the degradability of polymer nanocomposites

Pandey, Jitendra K., Reddy, K. Raghunatha, Kumar, A. Pratheep and Singh, R.P.. 2005. "An overview on the degradability of polymer nanocomposites." Polymer Degradation and Stability. 88 (2), pp. 234-250. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.polymdegradstab.2004.09.013

Recent Advances in Biodegradable Nanocomposites

Pandey, Jitendra K., Kumar, A. Pratheep, Misra, Manjusri, Mohanty, Amar K., Drzal, Lawrence T. and Singh, Raj. 2005. "Recent Advances in Biodegradable Nanocomposites ." Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. 5 (4), pp. 497-526. https://doi.org/10.1166/jnn.2005.111

Degradability of composites, prepared from ethylene–propylene copolymer and jute fiber under accelerated aging and biotic environments

Annamalai, Annamalai Pratheep, Singh, Raj Pal and Sarwade, Bhimrao D.. 2005. "Degradability of composites, prepared from ethylene–propylene copolymer and jute fiber under accelerated aging and biotic environments." Materials Chemistry and Physics. 92 (2-3), pp. 458-469. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.matchemphys.2005.01.027

Synthesis, characterization, and performance evaluation of novel stabilized TDI-based polyurethane coatings under accelerated weathering

Kumar, A. Pratheep, Reddy, K. Raghunatha, Rana, Sravendra, Lonkar, Sunil P., Raut, K.G. and Singh, Raj Pal. 2005. "Synthesis, characterization, and performance evaluation of novel stabilized TDI-based polyurethane coatings under accelerated weathering." Journal of Vinyl and Additive Technology. 11 (1), pp. 13-20. https://doi.org/10.1002/vnl.20032

Biodegradation of packaging materials: Composting of polyolefins

Pandey, Jitendra K., Kumar, A. Pratheep and Singh, R.P.. 2003. "Biodegradation of packaging materials: Composting of polyolefins." Macromolecular Symposia. 197 (1), pp. 411-420. https://doi.org/10.1002/masy.200350735

Tuning the microstructure of polyurethane foam using nanocellulose for improved thermal insulation properties through an efficient dispersion methodology

Septevani, Athanasia A., Evans, David A.C., Martin, Darren J., Song, Pingan and Annamalai, Pratheep K.. 2023. "Tuning the microstructure of polyurethane foam using nanocellulose for improved thermal insulation properties through an efficient dispersion methodology." Polymer Composites. 44 (12), pp. 8857-8869. https://doi.org/10.1002/pc.27743

Molecularly Engineered Lignin-Derived Additives Enable Fire-Retardant, UV-Shielding, and Mechanically Strong Polylactide Biocomposites

Yang, Haitang, Shi, Bingbing, Xue, Yijiao, Ma, Zhewen, Liu, Lina, Liu, Lei, Yu, Youming, Zhang, Zhanying, Annamalai, Pratheep K. and Song, Pingan. 2021. "Molecularly Engineered Lignin-Derived Additives Enable Fire-Retardant, UV-Shielding, and Mechanically Strong Polylactide Biocomposites." Biomacromolecules. 22 (4), pp. 1432-1444. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.biomac.0c01656

Potassium-Ion Storage in Cellulose-Derived Hard Carbon: The Role of Functional Groups

Nanjundan, Ashok, Gaddam, Rohit Ranganathan, Niaei, Amir H. Farokh, Annamalai, Pratheep K., Dubal, Deepak P., Martin, Darren James, Yamauchi, Yusuke, Searles, Debra J. and Zhao, Xiu Song. 2020. "Potassium-Ion Storage in Cellulose-Derived Hard Carbon: The Role of Functional Groups." Batteries & Supercaps. 3 (9), pp. 953-960. https://doi.org/10.1002/batt.202000116

Nanocellulose-based carbon as electrode materials for sodium-ion batteries

Ramanujam, B.T.S., Nanjundan, Ashok Kumar and Annamalai, Pratheep K.. 2020. "Nanocellulose-based carbon as electrode materials for sodium-ion batteries." Thoma, Sabu and Pottathara, Yasir Beeran (ed.) Nanocellulose Based Composites for Electronics. United Kingdom. Elsevier. pp. 295-312