Dr Sina Naficy

PhD Materials Engineering 2011 (University of Wollongong)

J01 - Chemical Engineering Building
The University of Sydney


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Food Processing

School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Research interests

The aim of Dr Sina Naficy's research is to develop novel polymer-based materials that have properties similar to those of human tissues and will replicate aspects of their behaviour. These materials can then be used to create artificial tissues or enhance cell growth, for applications such as wound healing, tissue regeneration, cell culturing and 3D disease modelling.

"The development of complex biocompatible polymer-based materials that replicate the biological aspects of human tissues will enable numerous biomedical applications, including building scaffolds for new cell growth, delivering drugs into the body, creating artificial limbs and helping to regenerate damaged nerves.

"I also develop functional materials that will respond to specific external stimuli, such as changes in pH, temperature, light or chemical environment. I then use these materials to construct 3D structures and functional devices for medical research.

"I enjoy creating new materials, and using my experience and time to further develop the field of biomedicine. In this way I feel I can contribute to the wellbeing of others.

"I first became interested in polymer science when I was in high school, and later decided to pursue a career in this area. I started making hydrogels in my undergraduate research and have continued working in this area since then. I have now been active in the area of polymer engineering for more than 15 years.

"I joined the University of Sydney in 2016, and have found it to be a very dynamic place. I enjoy the stimulating environment and the fact that collaboration is promoted, and I like the cooperative nature of the team I work in."

Current research students

Project title Research student
Skin � On � Chip: A New Approach for Wound Healing Study Sahar BIGLARI

Awards and honours

  • University of Wollongong VC's Award for Excellence in Interdisciplinary Research, 2017

Other grants

2015

  • McArthur, J., Gorkin, R., Naficy, S., Spinks, G.M. Identifying suitable compliance testing procedures for the use of tough hydrogel materials as a latex replacement in Medical Devices, University of Wollongong – SMAH Research Partnership Grant

2014-2015


  • Gorkin, R., Naficy, McArthur, J., Magee, C., Moulton, S., Spinks, G.M. Development of next generation condom: safety in new materials and engagement with target cultures on sensitive issues, University of Wollongong – Global Challenges Project Grant

2014


  • Naficy, S. Beyond 3D printing: stimulus-responsive hydrogels for 4D printing, University of Wollongong – Small Grants

Selected grants

2014

  • Next generation condoms; Gorkin III R, Naficy S, Spinks G, Moulton S; Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation/Grand Challenges Explorations.

Selected publications

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Book Chapters

  • Naficy, S., Spinks, G., Baughman, R. (2017). Bio-inspired Polymer Artificial Muscles. In Nico Bruns, Andreas F M Kilbinger (Eds.), Bio-inspired Polymers, (pp. 429-459). Cambridge, UK: Royal Society of Chemistry. [More Information]

Journals

  • Naficy, S., Gately, R., Gorkin III, R., Xin, H., Spinks, G. (2017). 4D Printing of Reversible Shape Morphing Hydrogel Structures. Macromolecular Materials and Engineering, 302(1). [More Information]
  • Javadi, M., Naficy, S., Beirne, S., Sayyar, S., Jalili, R., Moulton, S. (2017). Ionic interactions to tune mechanical and electrical properties of hydrated liquid crystal graphene oxide films. Materials Chemistry and Physics, 186, 90-97. [More Information]
  • Dicker, M., Baker, A., Iredale, R., Naficy, S., Bond, I., Faul, C., Rossiter, J., Spinks, G., Weaver, P. (2017). Light-triggered soft artificial muscles: Molecular-level amplification of actuation control signals. Scientific Reports, 7(1), 1-8. [More Information]
  • Aziz, S., Naficy, S., Foroughi, J., Brown, H., Spinks, G. (2017). Thermomechanical effects in the torsional actuation of twisted nylon 6 fiber. Journal of Applied Polymer Science, 134(47), 1-7. [More Information]
  • Bakarich, S., Gorkin III, R., Naficy, S., Gately, R., in het Panhuis, M., Spinks, G. (2016). 3D/4D Printing Hydrogel Composites: A Pathway to Functional Devices. MRS Advances, 1(8), 521-526. [More Information]
  • Yu, C., Wang, C., Liu, X., JIa, Z., Naficy, S., Shu, K., Forsyth, M., Wallace, G. (2016). A Cytocompatible Robust Hybrid Conducting Polymer Hydrogel for Use in a Magnesium Battery. Advanced Materials, 28(42), 9349-9355. [More Information]
  • Aziz, S., Naficy, S., Foroughi, J., Brown, H., Spinks, G. (2016). Controlled and scalable torsional actuation of twisted nylon 6 fiber. Journal of Polymer Science Part B-Polymer Physics, 54(13), 1278-1286. [More Information]
  • Chung, J., Naficy, S., Wallace, G., O'Leary, S. (2016). Inkjet-Printed Alginate Microspheres as Additional Drug Carriers for Injectable Hydrogels. Advances in Polymer Technology, 35(4), 439-446. [More Information]
  • Xin, H., Brown, H., Naficy, S., Spinks, G. (2016). Mechanical recoverability and damage process of ionic-covalent PAAm-alginate hybrid hydrogels. Journal of Polymer Science Part B-Polymer Physics, 54(1), 53-63. [More Information]
  • Sangian, D., Naficy, S., Spinks, G. (2016). Thermally activated paraffin-filled McKibben muscles. Journal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures, 27(18), 2508-2516. [More Information]
  • Aziz, S., Naficy, S., Foroughi, J., Brown, H., Spinks, G. (2015). Characterisation of torsional actuation in highly twisted yarns and fibres. Polymer Testing, 46, 88-97. [More Information]
  • Xiao, F., Naficy, S., Casillas, G., Khan, M., Katkus, T., Jiang, L., Liu, H., Li, H., Huang, Z. (2015). Edge-Hydroxylated Boron Nitride Nanosheets as an Effective Additive to Improve the Thermal Response of Hydrogels. Advanced Materials, 27(44), 7196-7203. [More Information]
  • Naficy, S., Spinks, G. (2015). Effect of tensile load on the actuation performance of pH-sensitive hydrogels. Journal of Polymer Science Part B-Polymer Physics, 53(3), 218-225. [More Information]
  • Lima, M., Hussain, M., Spinks, G., Naficy, S., Hagenasr, D., Bykova, J., Tolly, D., Baughman, R. (2015). Efficient, Absorption-Powered Artificial Muscles Based on Carbon Nanotube Hybrid Yarns. Small, 11(26), 3113-3118. [More Information]
  • Sangian, D., Naficy, S., Spinks, G., Tondu, B. (2015). The effect of geometry and material properties on the performance of a small hydraulic McKibben muscle system. Sensors and Actuators A: Physical, 234, 150-157. [More Information]
  • Xin, H., Brown, H., Naficy, S., Spinks, G. (2015). Time-dependent mechanical properties of tough ionic-covalent hybrid hydrogels. Polymer, 65, 253-261. [More Information]
  • Haines, C., Lima, M., Li, N., Spinks, G., Foroughi, J., Madden, J., Kim, S., Fang, S., de Andrade, M., Naficy, S., et al (2014). Artificial muscles from fishing line and sewing thread. Science, 343(6173), 868-872. [More Information]
  • Naficy, S., Jalili, R., Aboutalebi, S., Gorkin III, R., Konstantinov, K., Innis, P., Spinks, G., Poulin, P., Wallace, G. (2014). Graphene oxide dispersions: Tuning rheology to enable fabrication. Materials Horizons, 1(3), 326-331. [More Information]
  • Naficy, S., Spinks, G., Wallace, G. (2014). Thin, tough, pH-sensitive hydrogel films with rapid load recovery. ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, 6(6), 4109-4114. [More Information]
  • Chung, J., Naficy, S., Yue, Z., Kapsa, R., Quigley, A., Moulton, S., Wallace, G. (2013). Bio-ink properties and printability for extrusion printing living cells. Biomaterials Science, 1(7), 763-773. [More Information]
  • Naficy, S., Stoboi, N., Whitten, P., Spinks, G., Wallace, G. (2013). Evaluation of encapsulating coatings on the performance of polypyrrole actuators. Smart Materials and Structures, 22(7), 1-8. [More Information]
  • Naficy, S., Kawakami, S., Sadegholvaad, S., Wakisaka, M., Spinks, G. (2013). Mechanical properties of interpenetrating polymer network hydrogels based on hybrid ionically and covalently crosslinked networks. Journal of Applied Polymer Science, 130(4), 2504-2513. [More Information]
  • Naficy, S., Razal, J., Whitten, P., Wallace, G., Spinks, G. (2012). A pH-sensitive, strong double-network hydrogel: Poly(ethylene glycol) methyl ether methacrylates-poly(acrylic acid). Journal of Polymer Science Part B-Polymer Physics, 50(6), 423-430. [More Information]
  • Naficy, S., Razal, J., Spinks, G., Wallace, G., Whitten, P. (2012). Electrically conductive, tough hydrogels with pH sensitivity. Chemistry of Materials, 24(17), 3425-3433. [More Information]
  • Naficy, S., Brown, H., Razal, J., Spinks, G., Whitten, P. (2011). Progress toward robust polymer hydrogels. Australian Journal of Chemistry, 64(8), 1007-1025. [More Information]

Conferences

  • Mirvakili, S., Ravandi, A., Hunter, I., Haines, C., Li, N., Foroughi, J., Naficy, S., Spinks, G., Baughman, R., Madden, J. (2014). Simple and strong: Twisted silver painted nylon artificial muscle actuated by Joule heating. Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD 2014), San Diego: SPIE Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers. [More Information]

2017

  • Naficy, S., Gately, R., Gorkin III, R., Xin, H., Spinks, G. (2017). 4D Printing of Reversible Shape Morphing Hydrogel Structures. Macromolecular Materials and Engineering, 302(1). [More Information]
  • Naficy, S., Spinks, G., Baughman, R. (2017). Bio-inspired Polymer Artificial Muscles. In Nico Bruns, Andreas F M Kilbinger (Eds.), Bio-inspired Polymers, (pp. 429-459). Cambridge, UK: Royal Society of Chemistry. [More Information]
  • Javadi, M., Naficy, S., Beirne, S., Sayyar, S., Jalili, R., Moulton, S. (2017). Ionic interactions to tune mechanical and electrical properties of hydrated liquid crystal graphene oxide films. Materials Chemistry and Physics, 186, 90-97. [More Information]
  • Dicker, M., Baker, A., Iredale, R., Naficy, S., Bond, I., Faul, C., Rossiter, J., Spinks, G., Weaver, P. (2017). Light-triggered soft artificial muscles: Molecular-level amplification of actuation control signals. Scientific Reports, 7(1), 1-8. [More Information]
  • Aziz, S., Naficy, S., Foroughi, J., Brown, H., Spinks, G. (2017). Thermomechanical effects in the torsional actuation of twisted nylon 6 fiber. Journal of Applied Polymer Science, 134(47), 1-7. [More Information]

2016

  • Bakarich, S., Gorkin III, R., Naficy, S., Gately, R., in het Panhuis, M., Spinks, G. (2016). 3D/4D Printing Hydrogel Composites: A Pathway to Functional Devices. MRS Advances, 1(8), 521-526. [More Information]
  • Yu, C., Wang, C., Liu, X., JIa, Z., Naficy, S., Shu, K., Forsyth, M., Wallace, G. (2016). A Cytocompatible Robust Hybrid Conducting Polymer Hydrogel for Use in a Magnesium Battery. Advanced Materials, 28(42), 9349-9355. [More Information]
  • Aziz, S., Naficy, S., Foroughi, J., Brown, H., Spinks, G. (2016). Controlled and scalable torsional actuation of twisted nylon 6 fiber. Journal of Polymer Science Part B-Polymer Physics, 54(13), 1278-1286. [More Information]
  • Chung, J., Naficy, S., Wallace, G., O'Leary, S. (2016). Inkjet-Printed Alginate Microspheres as Additional Drug Carriers for Injectable Hydrogels. Advances in Polymer Technology, 35(4), 439-446. [More Information]
  • Xin, H., Brown, H., Naficy, S., Spinks, G. (2016). Mechanical recoverability and damage process of ionic-covalent PAAm-alginate hybrid hydrogels. Journal of Polymer Science Part B-Polymer Physics, 54(1), 53-63. [More Information]
  • Sangian, D., Naficy, S., Spinks, G. (2016). Thermally activated paraffin-filled McKibben muscles. Journal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures, 27(18), 2508-2516. [More Information]

2015

  • Aziz, S., Naficy, S., Foroughi, J., Brown, H., Spinks, G. (2015). Characterisation of torsional actuation in highly twisted yarns and fibres. Polymer Testing, 46, 88-97. [More Information]
  • Xiao, F., Naficy, S., Casillas, G., Khan, M., Katkus, T., Jiang, L., Liu, H., Li, H., Huang, Z. (2015). Edge-Hydroxylated Boron Nitride Nanosheets as an Effective Additive to Improve the Thermal Response of Hydrogels. Advanced Materials, 27(44), 7196-7203. [More Information]
  • Naficy, S., Spinks, G. (2015). Effect of tensile load on the actuation performance of pH-sensitive hydrogels. Journal of Polymer Science Part B-Polymer Physics, 53(3), 218-225. [More Information]
  • Lima, M., Hussain, M., Spinks, G., Naficy, S., Hagenasr, D., Bykova, J., Tolly, D., Baughman, R. (2015). Efficient, Absorption-Powered Artificial Muscles Based on Carbon Nanotube Hybrid Yarns. Small, 11(26), 3113-3118. [More Information]
  • Sangian, D., Naficy, S., Spinks, G., Tondu, B. (2015). The effect of geometry and material properties on the performance of a small hydraulic McKibben muscle system. Sensors and Actuators A: Physical, 234, 150-157. [More Information]
  • Xin, H., Brown, H., Naficy, S., Spinks, G. (2015). Time-dependent mechanical properties of tough ionic-covalent hybrid hydrogels. Polymer, 65, 253-261. [More Information]

2014

  • Haines, C., Lima, M., Li, N., Spinks, G., Foroughi, J., Madden, J., Kim, S., Fang, S., de Andrade, M., Naficy, S., et al (2014). Artificial muscles from fishing line and sewing thread. Science, 343(6173), 868-872. [More Information]
  • Naficy, S., Jalili, R., Aboutalebi, S., Gorkin III, R., Konstantinov, K., Innis, P., Spinks, G., Poulin, P., Wallace, G. (2014). Graphene oxide dispersions: Tuning rheology to enable fabrication. Materials Horizons, 1(3), 326-331. [More Information]
  • Mirvakili, S., Ravandi, A., Hunter, I., Haines, C., Li, N., Foroughi, J., Naficy, S., Spinks, G., Baughman, R., Madden, J. (2014). Simple and strong: Twisted silver painted nylon artificial muscle actuated by Joule heating. Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD 2014), San Diego: SPIE Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers. [More Information]
  • Naficy, S., Spinks, G., Wallace, G. (2014). Thin, tough, pH-sensitive hydrogel films with rapid load recovery. ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, 6(6), 4109-4114. [More Information]

2013

  • Chung, J., Naficy, S., Yue, Z., Kapsa, R., Quigley, A., Moulton, S., Wallace, G. (2013). Bio-ink properties and printability for extrusion printing living cells. Biomaterials Science, 1(7), 763-773. [More Information]
  • Naficy, S., Stoboi, N., Whitten, P., Spinks, G., Wallace, G. (2013). Evaluation of encapsulating coatings on the performance of polypyrrole actuators. Smart Materials and Structures, 22(7), 1-8. [More Information]
  • Naficy, S., Kawakami, S., Sadegholvaad, S., Wakisaka, M., Spinks, G. (2013). Mechanical properties of interpenetrating polymer network hydrogels based on hybrid ionically and covalently crosslinked networks. Journal of Applied Polymer Science, 130(4), 2504-2513. [More Information]

2012

  • Naficy, S., Razal, J., Whitten, P., Wallace, G., Spinks, G. (2012). A pH-sensitive, strong double-network hydrogel: Poly(ethylene glycol) methyl ether methacrylates-poly(acrylic acid). Journal of Polymer Science Part B-Polymer Physics, 50(6), 423-430. [More Information]
  • Naficy, S., Razal, J., Spinks, G., Wallace, G., Whitten, P. (2012). Electrically conductive, tough hydrogels with pH sensitivity. Chemistry of Materials, 24(17), 3425-3433. [More Information]

2011

  • Naficy, S., Brown, H., Razal, J., Spinks, G., Whitten, P. (2011). Progress toward robust polymer hydrogels. Australian Journal of Chemistry, 64(8), 1007-1025. [More Information]

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