About

Katia Bazaka holds an Australian Research Council – Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (2013 – 2015) to conduct research on functional nanobio coatings to enhance the biological performance of implantable materials. She received her PhD cum laude in 2012, MBA in 2009, and MEng in 2005.

Katia’s interests broadly include development of novel nanotechnologies that offer maximum efficiency at minimal environmental cost to facilitate sustainable societal and economic development. Where this issue is presently addressed by sustainable materials syntheses, designing bio-degradable products, and exploring sustainable energy sources, Katia’s goal is to apply green chemistry approaches across the entire life cycle of nanotech products, from design and nanomaterial synthesis to utilisation and disposal. Currently, Katia’s research focuses on the development of efficient methods that minimise the process steps and dramatically reduce the use of expensive and/or hazardous reagents to be applied to low-cost natural and waste sources to produce sophisticated, high-value nanomaterials with a wide range of applications.

Interests
Research
  • Polymer thin films; Biomaterials; Antibacterial surfaces; Organic electronics; Biodegradable materials; Green chemistry; Non-equilibrium reactive chemistry; Plasma nanoscience; Nanobioscience; Material characterisation; In vitro material testing
  • Reviewer for: American Journal of Infection Control; Biology; Future Microbiology; Mycoses; Journal of Microbial & Biochemical Technology; Materials Chemistry and Physics
Teaching
  • Economics; Financial Management; Project Planning and Management
Research Disciplines
Honours
Awards
  • 2013 to 2015 - Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award
  • 2012 - Australian Institute for Nuclear Science and Engineering Gold Medal
  • 2012 - James Cook University Medal for Excellence for Doctoral Research Thesis
  • 2008 to 2012 - Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) Scholarship
  • 2008 to 2012 - Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering Postgraduate Research Award
  • 2011 - Inaugural Advanced Manufacturing Cooperative Research Centre Student Prize for James Cook University
  • 2009 to 2010 - Science and Innovation Award for Young People in Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
  • 2008 - Queensland Government Smart Women - Smart State Award
Fellowships
  • 2013 - Endeavour Research Fellowship
  • 2010 - Endeavour Research Fellowship
Memberships
  • 2012 to 2013 - American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • 2011 to 2013 - American Chemical Society
  • 2008 to 2013 - ARC Australian Research Network of Advanced Materials
  • 2008 to 2013 - Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Other
  • 2013 to 2014 - James Cook University Science and Engineering Faculty Grant "Novel polymer drug delivery devices"
  • 2013 - James Cook University Collaboration Across Boundaries "Disposal of surgical waste using microwave pyrolysis "
  • 2011 to 2012 - James Cook University Collaboration Across Boundaries “Antimicrobial and antifouling biomaterials from renewable sources by plasma polymerization”
  • 2011 - James Cook University Graduate Research Scheme Postgraduate Grant "New organic antimicrobial and antifouling coatings"
  • 2010 - James Cook University Graduate Research Scheme Postgraduate Grant "Fabrication of functional organic polymer materials"
  • 2009 - James Cook University Graduate Research Scheme Postgraduate Grant "Fabrication of large area plasma polymerised non-synthetic polymer thin films"
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Australian Research Council - Discovery Early Career Researcher Award

Functional polymer encapsulation to enhance biological performance of implantable materials

Indicative Funding
$375,000 over 3 years
Summary
This project will develop a novel encapsulating technology to directly address sub-optimal biocompatibility, susceptibility to infections and untimely biodegradation of many permanent and biodegradable devices via a cost-effective environmentally-friendly surface modification. Developed materials will impart biocompatibility, tuneable biodegradation kinetics, and antibacterial effectiveness onto commercially available and emerging biomaterials, thus enabling their advancement and in vivo utilisation while avoiding time and costs commonly associated with the conventional biomaterials re-design process. These enhanced materials will significantly improve patient recovery, lessening the burden on the health care system.
Investigators
Katia Bazaka (College of Science & Engineering)
Keywords
thin films; Plasma polymerisation; biocompatibility
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Current
  • Tailoring the properties of PECVD deposited Terpinen-4ol thin films (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Synthesis and Characterization of Carbon Nanostructures Developed from Non-conventional Resources. (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Effect of Substrate Temperature on Pysical Properties of Nanoparticle Sn02 Thin Film Grown by PLD (PhD , Associate Advisor)
Completed
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