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Argha Chakraborty

School of Engineering

Telephone: +618 830 23557


About me

Argha Chakraborty is a PhD researcher at University of South Australia (UniSA) working with Professor Hans Griesser, on tackling microbial infections and bio-compatibility issues arising from implant surfaces. The project is funded through cooperative research centre for cell therapy manufacturing. Before Argha started his PhD research, he worked in an inter-disciplinary project which investigated the relationship between clay particles and microbial life-forms for improving bioremediation on poly-aromatic-hydrocarbon contaminated soil-sites during his Master's thesis work at UniSA. After graduating with a Master of Science degree, Argha joined Edward Food Research and Analysis Centre in India for overseeing 'bench-to-bedside' regulation and approvals process for new food and drug development. Almost after a year of working with regulatory affairs, Argha started his PhD at UniSA involving design and development of anti-infective biomaterial surfaces. Argha designs biomaterial surfaces by utilizing clean-room, micro/nano-fabrication technologies (that helps devise surface topographies with precise and particular geometry,) followed by plasma polymerisation, which confers anti-infective surface properties to biomaterials. Argha utilizes a custom designed plasma reactor to deposit novel thin plasma polymeric coatings on implant surfaces. Plasma polymerization provides a blend of stable and crosslinked polymers containing highly reactive functional groups such as aldehyde, epoxide, hydroxide, carboxide, etc., which allows functional flexibility of anti-infective properties on implant surfaces. Hence, with a streamlined implant surface development process, Argha is advancing our current understanding of implant surface design and tissue compatibility that can generate a whole new class of anti-infective implants to combat biomaterial infection.

Research publications

Biswas, B., Chakraborty, A., Sarkar, B. and Naidu, R., 2017. Structural changes in smectite due to interaction with a biosurfactant-producing bacterium Pseudoxanthomonas kaohsiungensis. Applied Clay Science136, pp.51-57.

Chakraborty, A., Biswas, B., Sarkar, B. and Naidu, R., 2015. Pseudoxanthomonas kaohsiungensis – nanoclay interaction for polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon degradation in soil. Euroclay 2015, Edinburgh, UK.


Cooperative Research Centre for Cell Therapy Manufacturing (CRC-CTM).

Australasian Society for Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering (ASBTE).

Australian Nanotechnology Network (ANN).

Online resources

Structural changes in smectite due to interaction with a biosurfactant-producing bacterium Pseudoxanthomonas kaohsiungensis


Australian Nanotechnology Network