Naras Rao

Senior Research Associate
School of Chemical Engineering
Contact details:
+61 2 9385 5373

Naras is a Senior Research Associate at the School of Chemical Engineering, UNSW.  

Naras' research interests span several fields but are predominantly related to the modelling, development and optimisation of conventional and advanced water treatment techniques, novel chemical development and water reuse. These encompass: 1) design, optimisation and modelling of solid-liquid separation processes such as coagulation-flocculation and flotation for microalgae and organic matter separation and harvesting; 2) characterisation of algae and organic matter using basic to advanced molecular-level analysis to help develop better monitoring tools; and 3) application of polymer chemistry towards the development of novel chemicals for improving the separation and harvesting efficiencies of algae and organic matter. 

Throughout his research, Naras has extensively collaborated with several groups both inside and outside UNSW, and with industrial partners. Some of these include: 

Sydney water, South Australia Water, Water New South Wales, Ministry of Environment - Government of India, Water Science Institute - Cranfield University, Proteomics Group - Macquarie University, Particle Fluids Processing Centre (PFPC, Dagastine research group) - University of Melbourne, UNESCO Centre for Membrane Science and Technology, Centre for Advanced Macromolecular Design (CAMD) - UNSW, Water Research Centre - UNSW, Food Science and Technology - UNSW, Mark Wainwright Analytical Centre (MWAC), Bioanalytical Mass Spectrometry Facility (BMSF).