Kourosh Kalantar-Zadeh

Chemical Engineering
Contact details:
+61 2 938 54126

Hilmer building, Room 540

Kourosh Kalantar-Zadeh is a Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Australia and also an Honorary Professor of Electronic Engineering at RMIT, Australia. Professor Kourosh Kalantar-Zadeh is also the Founding Director of the Centre for Advanced Solid and Liquid based Electronics and Optics (CASLEO), UNSW.


Professor Kourosh Kalantar-Zadeh is also one of the 2018 Australian Research Centre (ARC) Laureate Fellows. 


Prof Kalantar-Zadeh has been the co-author of >400 highly cited reviewed scientific papers and books.  He is internationally recognised for his work on sensors, two dimensional semiconductors and liquid metals.


He is a member of the editorial boards of many prestigious journals including: 

Applied Materials Today, ACS Sensors, ACS Applied Nano MaterialsNano-Micro Letters, Advanced Materials Technologies and ACS Nano


Prof Kalantar-Zadeh has received several national and international awards as below:


  • Clarivate Analytics - Highly Cited Researchers, 2018
  • American Chemical Society (ACS), Advances in Measurement Science Lectureship Awards (Asia/Pacific), 2018 (granted in February 2018 at the Pittcon, Orlando, FL, USA)
  • IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) Sensors Council Technical Achievement Award in the area of Sensors (advanced career), 2017 (granted in September at the IEEE Sensors Conference, Glasgow, UK)
  • Academic Sharp Brain, Chemeca 2017, Alan Finkel award (first award), 2017
  • Finalist of the International AMA Sensorik und Messtechnik - AMA Innovation Award, 2016
  • Media Star of the year, RMIT University, 2015
  • Runner up of the Australian Academy of Sciences, Honorific Award in Engineering, 2014
  • RMIT University Award for Research Excellence, 2014
  • RMIT Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Research Supervision Excellence, 2014
  • International Media Star, RMIT University, 2012
  • Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT), Australia, Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning, 2011
  •  RMIT Foundation International Research Exchange Fellowship (with Professor Kaner, UCLA), 2011
  • Australian Academy of Sciences, Travel Award to North America, 2009
  • RMIT Research Leave Award, 2008
  • Endeavour Australia Award, 2005
  • CASS Foundation Travel Awards, 2003, 2004, and 2008
  • IEEE Ultrasonics Society best paper awards, 2004
  • IEEE Ferroelectrics Society Emerging Scientist Award, 2002


Selected current grants:


Re-discovering liquid metals from core to surface, K Kalantar-zadeh

Fellow and leader

ARC Laureate Fellowship,



5 years


Ingestible capsules for sensing gut metabolites, K Kalantar-zadeh, P Gibson, J Muir, C McSweeney


NHMRC Development Grant, APP1154969


2 years


ARC Centre of Excellence in Future Low-Energy Electronics Technologies

M Fuhrer, A Hamilton , E Ostrovskaya, K Helmerson, X Wang, K Kalantar-zadeh, Q Bao, D Culcer, J Davis, M Davis, O Klochan, N Medhekar, M Parish, J Seidel, A Schiffrin, O Sushkov, N Valanoor,  C Vale, L Wang, J. Cole

Chief Investigator

ARC Centre of Excellence, EI170100038



7 years


($170,000 per annum to Kourosh Kalantar-zadeh)



Media engagement:


My work has been constantly featured in Australian and international media (>350 in the past 5 years). Some of the most significant media releases and opinion pieces are as follows:


  1. Daily Mail, Researchers unveil radical 'fart sensor' pill that can monitor the gas inside your body in real-time, 23 January, 2019
  2. South China Morning Post, Smart paints to colour our world – capture energy and stay connected, 3 December 2018
  3. The Engineer, Australian nanofilter promises rapid access to clean water, 23 November, 2018
  4. BBC, Gas detecting pill could diagnose poor gut health, 23 January, 2018
  5. Newsweek, Scientists Invent Incredibly Thin Metal that can be Made in Your Kitchen, 20 October, 2017
  6. NBC, This Paint May Pick Up Where Solar Panels Leave Off, 28 June, 2017
  7. Herald Sun, Colonoscopies are a pain in the backside and could be replaced by a smart pill, 29 April, 2017
  8. The Age and Sydney Morning Herald, Gut feeling: the swallowable gut sensor that could replace a colonoscopy, January, 2107
  9. Live Science, Can Eating Cinnamon Cool Off the Stomach? 5 October 2016
  10. Australian Science, Digestible Gas Sensors Diagnose Irritable Bowel, September, 2016
  11. IEEE Spectrum, Human Life is a Gas, 16 January 2016
  12. Christian Science Monitor, Smartphones could detect pollution, thanks to a sensor breakthrough, 27 October 2015
  13. The Companies and Markets, Global smart pills market researchers have begun developing a pill that measures intestinal gas, 30 April 2015
  14. Time Magazine, Gas-Sensing Pills May Detect Underlying Stomach Problems, 13 March 2015
  15. The Age, Aussie scientists' breakthrough could mean thinner, faster and lighter gadgets, 5 January 2013 
  16. ABC Science, Boost in low-cost solar cell efficiency, 31 May 2012
  17. Australian Manufacturing Technology Magazine, One on one with Dr Kourosh Kalantar-zadeh, May 2012 
  18. Scientific American, Unexpected discovery of new power sources, 13 February 2012