Naras is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the School of Chemical Engineering, UNSW. Prior to his appointment, he undertook his PhD in Chemical Engineering (Project title: Elucidation of underlying mechanisms governing cyanobacteria separation via the PosiDAF process) under the guidance of Associate Professor Rita Henderson, Dr Tony Granville, and Professor Richard Stuetz.
Research Interests: Naras' research interests span several fields but are predominantly related to water resources management, conventional and advanced water treatment techniques, and water reuse. These encompass the design, optimisation, and monitoring of solid-liquid separation processes such as coagulation-flocculation, flotation, depth filtration and membrane systems, and are tailored for microalgae and organic matter for both water treatment and biotechnology based applications. Additionally, he is also interested in the improved understanding of existing online monitoring tools and the development of novel adaptations to push boundaries in these technologies for monitoring algae, natural organic matter, and the fate of toxic contaminants.
Current work: As a Postdoctoral Research Associate, Naras is involved in two Australian Research Council's Linkage Projects:
ARC LP160100600 Adapting catchment management monitoring and potable water treatment to climate change – Here, he is tasked with developing methods for the advanced characterisation of different fractions of natural organic matter.
ARC LP130100033 On-line monitoring of cyanobacteria to predict coagulant doses and powdered activated carbon application in water treatment – His responsibilities here include the supervision of two PhD students working on developing novel tools and upgrading existing methods for the online monitoring and detection of algae and cyanobacteria.
Collaboration: 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).