Dr Duy Quang Pham

Research Associate in Mechanical Engineering and Biomedical Nanotechnology

College of Medicine and Public Health

place Bedford Park (4.15, Health Sciences Building)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Dr. Duy Quang Pham is a Professional Mechanical Engineer with expertise in surface engineering and coating characterisations, especially in biomaterials coatings for biomedical applications. He has significant hands-on experience in surface engineering using atmospheric plasma spray from designing to operating perspectives. His area of research involves applying emerging surface engineering methods and process innovations to generate new generations of coatings for medical devices. His expertise also associates with material characterisation, mechanical testing, fatigue & durability analysis, robot programming and automation system.

Dr. Duy Quang Pham is currently working as a Postdoctoral Researcher in College of Medicine and Public Health, Flinders University, while holding the position as an Adjunct Research Fellow in the area of thermal spray coatings at Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia; where he completed his PhD in thermal spray coatings, especially in plasma spray technology. He is a certified Mechanical Engineer and Member of the Institution of Engineers Australia (MIEAust) in the school of mechanical and biomedical engineering. He also serves as an Associate Investigator at the Australian Research Council Industrial Transformation Training Center (ARC ITTC) of Surface Engineering for Advanced Materials (SEAM).

He is currently working on cold plasma technology and plasma-made nanostructure, microbial sterilization, and other applications by building various cold plasma systems. These novel made-plasma systems generate novel antibacterial surfaces in combination with biomaterials to treat and prevent infectious diseases. His research focuses on the utilization of plasma technology as a useful nonthermal technique for applications in biology and medicine. The implementations for using cold plasma can be applied in various fields including: (i) Medicine: sterilization, wound healing, and disease treatment; (ii) Food: decontamination, enzyme inactivation, and toxin degradation; (iii) Polymer: sterilization, surface modification, and surface functionalization.

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia
  • Master of Professional Engineering, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia
  • Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering-Mechatronics, Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology (HCMUT), Viet Nam
Honours, awards and grants
  • 2021 Vice-Chancellor's Research Excellence Award
  • Swinburne nomination to participate in 2021 Borland Forum-Materials Australia
  • 2021 Innovation Connections DIIS Grant ~AUD $70K

  Project: ICF004794_ Developing and optimizing of SOFC components

  • 2021 Innovative Manufacturing CRC (IMCRC) Grant ~AUD $120K (Chief Investigator)

  Project: Improving manufacturability of bioceramic coated orthopaedic implants

  • Honor for Reviewer from the Journal of Thermal Spray Technology 2020, 2021
  • Certified as Professional Mechanical Engineer by Engineers Australia
  • Member of the Institution of Engineers Australia (MIEAust)
  • ARC ITTC PhD scholarship from Australian Research Council-Industrial Transformation and Training Centre for Innovative BioEngineering
  • Top 15% of students with the highest academic achievement at Swinburne University of Technology
  • Golden Key International Honour Society Certificate for high academic achievement
Key responsibilities
  • Developing novel antimicrobial-resistant surfaces and biomaterials to treat and prevent infectious diseases.
  • Designing and construction of cold plasma as a novel method of treating infections for medical devices.
  • Fabrication and characterisation of coatings, including for biomedical applications.
  • Undertaking collaborative research and establishing and maintaining effective relationships with staff and industry.
Teaching interests

Materials Engineering

Surface Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Materials and Manufacturing

Topic lecturer
BTEC9006 Professional Skills for Biotechnology
Supervisory interests
Functional polymeric materials
Mechanical properties of materials
Nanostructured architectures