Known for my entertaining and enthusiastic teaching style, I teach into all aspects of fundamental and organic and inorganic chemistry.
An accomplished goal-oriented lecturer and researcher in chemistry with a proven track of record in delivering educational, research & professional services to the higher education institutions as well as firms from diverse industries in Australia and overseas. I am Highly experienced & skilled in developing creating safe, positive, and productive learning environment with students from all backgrounds, ethnicity and cultures.
An accomplished goal-oriented lecturer and researcher in chemistry with a proven track of record in delivering educational, research & professional services to the higher education institutions as well as firms from diverse industries in Australia and overseas. I am Highly experienced & skilled in developing and creating safe, positive, and productive learning environment with students from all backgrounds, ethnicity and cultures.
Teacher and Convener in the Department of Foundation & Pathways at Swinburne University of Technology (September 2016 onwards)
In this role my duties are as follows:
• Teaching of assigned units.
• Development and preparation of unit content.
• Conduct assessment of student unit tasks and marking of examinations.
• Collaboration with teaching staff and course coordinator.
• Administration and compliance related to teaching.
Tutor at University College, University of Melbourne (February 2016 – December 2018)
• Tutor to resident college students. Subjects tutored include Chemistry for Biomedicine and Advanced Chemistry for Biomedicine.
Laboratory Demonstrator in the School of Chemistry, University of Melbourne (February 2014 – December 2017)
• Demonstrator in the undergraduate teaching laboratories at first-year level, with significant teaching experience of laboratory skills and results analysis across organic, inorganic, physical and analytical chemistry.
Research Assistant in the Pharmaceutical Sciences Research Center, Tehran University of Medical Science, Iran (February 2012-August 2013)
• Working under the supervision of Professor Abbas Shafiee, I prepared polymer nanocomposites for use as catalysts, drug vehicles for drug delivery system and as supports for enzyme immobilization in the synthesis of green apple flavor.
Laboratory Technician at the Center for Measurement, Testing and Calibration (September 2008-February 2011)
• I ran a variety of tests based on ISO 17025 for the verification of physical and chemical properties of raw materials, including structural adhesives, (full cure in air, force cure & thermoset), adhesive tapes, cleaning compounds, sealants, elastomers (O-rings and packings), solvents, corrosion preventives, removals and plastics, and the verification of petroleum base/synthetic base materials such as lubricants, greases, hydraulic fluids, fuels and solutions. I also carried out qualification and resistance tests of coatings, thinners and paint removers, and prepared and controlled electroplating solutions.
Guest Presenter at Azad University (February 2008)
I presented a course about basic nanotechnology to undergraduate students.
Internship and Teaching Assistance at the Research Institute of Petroleum Industry (June 2005-September 2005)
• I carried out research into the synthesis of hydantoins. I also taught polymer chemistry and nanotechnology to Master of Science students.
Papers and Presentations
1. Seyed Farshad Motevalizadeh, Masoumeh Alipour, Fatemeh AshoriAlireza Samzade Kermani, Hosein Hamadi, Mohammad Reza Ganjali,Hamideh Aghahosseini, Ali Ramazani, Mehdi Khoobi, Elham Gholibegloo. Heck and oxidative boron Heck reactions employing Pd(II) supported amphiphilized polyethyleneimine‐functionalized MCM‐41 (concealed information) as an efficient and recyclable nanocatalyst. Applied Organometalic Chemistry 2017. (concealed information)
2. Armin Sadighi, Seyed Farshad Motevalizadeh, Morteza Hosseini, Ali Ramazani, Lena Gorgannezhad, Hamid Nadri ,Behnaz Deiham, Mohammad Reza Ganjali, Abbas Shafiee, Mohammad Ali Faramarzi, Mehdi Khoobi. Metal-chelate immobilization of lipase onto polyethylenimine coated MCM-41 for apple flavor synthesis. Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology 2017. DOI 10.1007/s12(concealed information)
3. Seyed Farshad Motevalizadeh, Mehdi Khoobi, Niloofar Babanejad, Elham Mohit, Pouya Dehghankelishadi, Hamid Akbari Javar, Farid A. Dorkoosh, Mohammad Ali Faramarzi, Abbas Shafiee. Novel pH-responsive multilayer magnetic nanoparticles for controlled drug delivery. Journal of the Iranian Chemical Society 13 (2016) 1653.
4. Seyed Farshad Motevalizadeh, Mehdi Khoobi, Armin Sadighi, Masoud Khalilvand-Sedagheh, Mehrdad Pazhouhandeh, Ali Ramazanid, Mohammad Ali Faramarzi, Abbas Shafiee. Polyethyleneimine-modified superparamagnetic Fe3O4 nanoparticles for lipase immobilization: Lipase immobilization onto polyethylenimine coated magnetic nanoparticles assisted by divalent metal chelated ions. Journal of Molecular Catalysis B: Enzymatic 120 (2015) 75–83.
5. Mehdi Khoobi, Seyed Farshad Motevalizadeh, Zahra Asadgol, Hamid Forootanfar, Abbas Shafiee, Mohammad Ali Faramarzi. Polyethyleneimine-modified superparamagnetic Fe3O4 nanoparticles for lipase immobilization: Characterization and application. Materials Chemistry and Physics 149-150 (2015) 77-86.
6. Mehdi Khoobi, Seyed Farshad Motevalizadeh, Zahra Asadgol, Hamid Forootanfar, Abbas Shafiee, Mohammad Ali Faramarzi. Synthesis of functionalized polyethylenimine-grafted mesoporous silica spheres and the effect of side arms on lipase immobilization and application. Biochemical Engineering Journal 88 (2014) 131-141.
7. Seyed Farshad Motevalizadeh, Mehdi Khoobi, Meisam Shabanian, Zahra Asadgol, Mohammad Ali Faramarzi, Abbas Shafiee. Polyacrolein/mesoporous silica nanocomposite: synthesis, thermal stability, and covalent lipase immobilization. Materials Chemistry and Physics 143 (2013) 76-84.
8. Oral presentation at Catalyzed Energy Storage in Chemicals Symposium at CSIRO center Clayton, April 2017.
9. Oral presentation at Particulate Fluids Processing Centre, University of Melbourne September 2017.
Doctor of Philosophy in the School of Chemistry, University of Melbourne (June 2014- November 2018)
o My PhD is supervised by Professor Rachel Caruso in the School of Chemistry (now Professor Caruso, Enabling Capability Platform Director, Advanced Materials at RMIT University). My research includes identifying gaps in the solid acid catalysts field, a scientific literature review, collaborative work, materials synthesis and instrumental analysis, report writing and presentations.
Thesis title: Functionalized mesoporous zirconium titanium oxide spheres as acid catalysts for the conversion of carbohydrates into 5-hydroxymethylfurfural.
Master of Science in the School of Chemistry, University of Tehran, Iran (September 2005-September 2008)
o Polymer Chemistry
o My Master of science is supervised by Professor Naser Sharifi in the School of Chemistry, University of Tehran. Master’s thesis title was preparing and characterizing the nanocomposite of montmorillonite/ styrene-methyl methacrylate copolymer. My Master studies also included a scientific literature review, report writing, presentations and general laboratory duties.
o Average Total score: 16.54 (out of 20)
Bachelor of Science, Arak University, Iran (Feb. 2002-June 2005)
o Applied Chemistry.
o Average Total score: 16.59 (out of 20)
Awards and Achievements
Faculty of Science Postgraduate Writing-Up Award from the University of Melbourne 2018.
Awarded the Melbourne International Research Scholarship (MIRS) and Melbourne. International Fee Remission Scholarship (MIFRS) scholarships from the University of Melbourne between 2014 and 2017.
Ranked 190th out of 15,000 participants in the Iran University Entrance Exam (post-graduate level), 2005.
Ranked in the top 5% of 70 university students at the undergraduate level at Arak University 2005.
Ranked 2700 out of 400,000 participants in the Iran University Entrance Exam (undergraduate level), 2001.
Significant experience with:
• Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR).
• High performance liquid chromatography (HLPC).
• Nitrogen gas sorption.
• Powder X-ray diffraction (XRD).
• Scanning electron microscopy (SEM).
• Thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) and differential thermal analysis (DTA).
• scanning electron microscopy (SEM).
• transmission electron microscopy (TEM).
• X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS).
• temperature programmed desorption of ammonia (TPD-NH3).
Some experience with:
• 1H and 13C NMR
• vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM).
• Dynamic light scattering (DLS).
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