Noushin Nasiri

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A/Prof. Noushin Nasiri is the Head of the NanoTech Laboratory at the School of Engineering, Faculty of Science and Engineering (FSE). She is one of Australia’s 2021-2022 Superstars of STEM, 2021 40 under 40: Most Influential Asian-Australians, and the recipient of 2023 NSW Cancer Institute Fellowship, 2022 L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Fellowship, 2021 Royal Society of New South Wales Warren Prize and 2019 NSW Young Tall Poppy Science Award. Her research is focused on design and fabrication of nanostructured materials, miniaturized sensor technologies and wearable electronics for personalised and preventive medicine. She serves on the editorial board of Nanotechnology and Nanomanufacturing journals. She is a passionate science communicator who has received considerable outside recognition for her research including TEDx Sydney Salon 2017, TEDx Macquarie University 2019 and TEDx Bligh Street 2020 and ABC Ockham’s Razor 2018. For more information, please visit 


TEDx Talks

  1. TEDx Bligh Street, 2020, (Link)
  2. TEDx Macquarie University, 2019, (Link)
  3. TEDx Sydney Salon, 2017, (Link


  • 2023, Cancer Institute NSW Early Career Fellowship, Link
  • 2022, L’Oréal-UNESCO Women in Science Fellowship, Link
  • 2022, Top 20 scientific researchers under 40 in Australia, the Herald Sun, Link
  • 2021-2022, Superstars of STEM, Science and Technology Australia, Link
  • 2021, Leadership in Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Award, FSE, Macquarie University, Link
  • 2021, Highly Commended finalist, ECR of the Year, Research Excellence Award, Macquarie University, Link
  • 2021, 40 under 40: Most Influential Asian-Australian Award, Link
  • 2020, ECR of the Year, FSE, Macquarie University, Link
  • 2020, First Prize, Macquarie University ECR Showcase, Link
  • 2019, Young Tall Poppy Science Award, Link 1Link 2

Outreach (selected)

  1. Vogue: “The nanoscientist changing the way we detect disease beyond the naked eye”, 2023, Link
  2. Women’s Health: “Meet The Woman Working On A Non-Invasive Way To Detect Health Issues”, 2023, Link
  3. Cosmos Magazine: “Nano-Disease Detection (the next TINY thing)”, 2023, Link
  4. The Lighthouse: “International Women’s Day prompts calls for tech equity”, 2023, Link
  5. Sydney Morning Herald: “Bad breath net female scientist $25,000 research prizes”, 2022, Link
  6. NSW Smart Sensing Network: “NSSN Ambassador receives Women in Science honour”, 2022, Link
  7. ABC News: “Breaking the bamboo ceiling: Young women share their tips for success”, 2021, Link
  8. The Lighthouse: “UV-detecting 'Sunwatch' a step closer to saving lives”, 2021, Link
  9. NSW Smart Sensing Network: “New "Sunwatch" detects harmful UV in real-time”, 2021, Link
  10. Channel 9 News: “Smart UV device to safeguard you from the Sun”, 2021, Link
  11. NSW Smart Sensing Network: “Wearable UV sensor to ping users out of the sun”, 2020, Link
  12. The Lighthouse: “Smart UV sensor a world first to alert users to over-exposure”, 2020, Link
  13. 2GB 873 AM radio: “World first Australian-made technology tackles skin cancer crisis”, 2020, Link
  14. Channel 10 News First:Smart UV sensor for skin cancer protection”, 2018, Jul 2020, Link
  15. NSW Fresh Science: “Fingertip-sized sensors to help prevent skin cancer”, 2018, Link
  16. The Conversation:Do fluorescent lights emit UV, and can it harm me?”, 2018, Link

Research interests

  • Photodetectors
  • VOC gas sensors 
  • Chemical sensors
  • Functional coatings
  • Membrane technology and applications
  • Nanofabrication
  • Metal oxide semiconductors
  • Miniaturized and wearable devices

Education/Academic qualification

Materials Engineering, PhD, Nanoarchitectonics of Ultraporous Nanoparticle Networks for High Performance UV Photodetectors, Australian National University

Materials Engineering, Master of Engineering, The effect of Ca, Sr, P, and extra Si modification on microstructure & tensile properties of Al-Mg2Si hyper eutectic in-situ composite, University of Tehran

Materials Engineering, Bachelor of Engineering (Honours), Study of stress corrosion cracking on welded 304 stainless steel in 25% MgCl2 solution by electrochemical noise analysis, University of Tehran


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