Doctor Bob Abtahi

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Babak (Bob) Abtahi obtained his Bachelor's degree from Amirkabir University of Technology (Tehran Polytechnic) in 2000 and his Master's degree from Iran Polymer and Petrochemical Institute (IPPI) in 2003, both in Polymer Engineering . He then worked as an academic staff member at polymer processing group of IPPI for 6 years. He has won several prestigious awards including: The Best Polymer Student Award, Iran Polymer Society (IPS), First class honour, MSc, Iran Polymer and Petrochemical Institute (IPPI), 2003 and Member of Distinguished Research Group at Iran Polymer and Petrochemical Institute (IPPI), 2005.

Receiving an EIPRS scholarship at 2009 he started his PhD at the University of Sydney and obtained his PhD in 2013 in Mechanical Engineering. He received first prize in Conversazione for poster presentation in the field of mechanical engineering over 2 consecutive years (2009-2010) and also awarded Dean's Commendation for Tutoring (Lab demonstrator for material testing) and William & Catherine McIlrath Scholarship, Grants-in-Aid, 2011 .

Bob has since then worked as a research fellow at the University of Sydney and later joined the industry as a research principal scientist for designing new polymeric binder in pavement industry. After that Dr Abtahi became head of research and development with a private sector of the mining industry (Global Road Technology).

Areas of Research/Teaching Expertise

Dr Abtahi has more than five years teaching experience in various polymer engineering courses. He started his professional career as a polymer engineer at 2000 and had been involved in several national/international projects in different areas of polymer engineering, product development and commercialization for 12 years.

His research interests include:

  • New polymer formulations for soil stabilization/remediation and dust suppression
  • New polymer formulations for civil industry
  • Nanocomposites
  • Bio- mimicking and Bio- inspiration
  • Sustainable designs and formulations

Selected Publications


Science and Technology of Polymeric Soil Stabilizers: From Kilometers to Nano-Meters - 16th AAPA International Flexible Pavements Conference ,Gold Coast,Australia.13-16 September 2015

Polymeric soil stabilisers: present state of science and future developments. International Road Federation (IRF) & Roads Australia Regional Conference Sydney, Australia. 4-6 May 2015

New Soil Stabilization Techniques for Pavement Design, 35th Australasian Polymer Symposium (35APS), Gold Coast's QT Hotel, Australia, 12-15 July, 2015


A.Baji, M. Abtahi, S .Ramakrishna. "Bio-inspired electrospun fibers with special wettability" Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology 14 (2014), 1-18

A .Baji, M. Abtahi. "Fabrication of barium titanate-bismuth ferrite fibers using electrospinning" Advances in Nano Research,1 (2013), 183-192.

A .Baji, Y-W. Mai, M. Abtahi, SC. Wong, Y. Liu, Q .Li. "Microstructure development in electrospun carbon nanotube reinforced polyvinylidene fluoride fibres and its influence on tensile strength and dielectric permittivity" Composites Science and Technology 88 (2013), 1-8.