Section: Overview
Key publications
Research funding
Supervising & teaching

Key details

Areas of expertise

  • Environmental engineering
  • Flow-based applications in analytical chemistry
  • Chemical engineering
  • Scalable reactor technology
  • Spectroscopic and electrochemical sensor technology

Available to supervise research students

Available for media queries

About Parvez Mahbub

Parvez completed his PhD in environmental engineering from QUT Brisbane in 2011 and received post-doctoral training at Australian Centre for Research on Separation Science at UTAS Hobart. His principal research aim is to develop low-cost and portable solutions using advanced analytical techniques and to incorporate such solutions within food, agriculture, defence and medical sciences areas.

His research interests include:

  • advanced oxidation processes for sustainable remediation of contaminants
  • continuous-flow reactor technology
  • contaminant fate
  • chemometrics
  • UV-visible-infrared spectrophotometry with LEDs for environmental hazard monitoring
  • water-quality engineering.

Current research projects

  1. Advanced Oxidation Techniques for Microbial Remediation in Industrial Scale (Industry Partner: Huon Aquaculture Pty Ltd and Food Innovation Australia Ltd)- $200,000
  2. Detection and Remediation of Organic Peroxide Explosives Using Advanced Light Sources (Defence Science Institute, Australia) - $15,000

Current research interests

  1. Upscaling and downscaling of continuous-flow based reactors for industrial applications
  2. Development of low-cost and portable gas sensors using spectroscopic technologies for indoor and outdoor use


  • PhD (Environmental Engineering), Queensland University of Technology, Australia, 2011

Key publications

Year Citation
2020 Mahbub, P., Noori, A., Parry, J. S., Davis, J., Lucieer, A., & Macka, M. (201001). Continuous and real-time indoor and outdoor methane sensing with portable optical sensor using rapidly pulsed IR LEDs. Talanta, 218

doi: 10.1016/j.talanta.2020.121144

2020 Mahbub, P., & Macka, M. (200801). Radiometric characterisation of light sources used in analytical chemistry - A review. Analytica Chimica Acta, 1123 (113-127).

doi: 10.1016/j.aca.2020.04.048

2019 Islam, M. A., Koreshkova, A. N., Gupta, V., Lewis, T., Macka, M., Paull, B., & Mahbub, P. (191220). Fast pulsed amperometric waveform for miniaturised flow-through electrochemical detection: Application in monitoring graphene oxide reduction. Electrochimica Acta, 328

doi: 10.1016/j.electacta.2019.135087

2019 Mahbub, P., & Sharma, A. (191201). Investigation of alternative water sources for fish farming using life cycle costing approach: A case study in North West Tasmania. Journal of Hydrology, 579

doi: 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2019.124215

2019 Noori, A., Mahbub, P., Parry, J. S., Davis, J., Lucieer, A., & Macka, M. (191101). Portable device for continuous sensing with rapidly pulsed LEDs - Part 1: Rapid on-the-fly processing of large data streams using an open source microcontroller with field programmable gate array. Measurement: Journal of the International Measurement Confederation, 146 (749-757).

doi: 10.1016/j.measurement.2019.05.034

2019 Islam, M. A., Atia, M. A., Macka, M., Paull, B., & Mahbub, P. (190920). Electrochemical characterisation of nanoparticulate zirconium dioxide-on-gold electrode for electrochemical detection in flow-based analytical systems. Electrochimica Acta, 318 (61-68).

doi: 10.1016/j.electacta.2019.06.031

2019 Islam, M. A., Lam, S. C., Li, Y., Atia, M. A., Mahbub, P., Nesterenko, P. N., Paull, B., & Macka, M. (190420). Capillary gap flow cell as capillary-end electrochemical detector in flow-based analysis. Electrochimica Acta, 303 (85-93).

doi: 10.1016/j.electacta.2019.02.026

2019 Islam, M. A., Mahbub, P., Nesterenko, P. N., Paull, B., & Macka, M. (190404). Prospects of pulsed amperometric detection in flow-based analytical systems - A review. Analytica Chimica Acta, 1052 (10-26).

doi: 10.1016/j.aca.2018.10.066

2018 Noori, A., Mahbub, P., Dvoak, M., Lucieer, A., & Macka, M. (180601). Radiometric analysis of UV to near infrared LEDs for optical sensing and radiometric measurements in photochemical systems. Sensors and Actuators, B: Chemical, 262 (171-179).

doi: 10.1016/j.snb.2018.01.179

2018 Mahbub, P., Leis, J., & Macka, M. (180515). Chemometric Approach to the Calibration of Light Emitting Diode Based Optical Gas Sensors Using High-Resolution Transmission Molecular Absorption Data. Analytical Chemistry, 90(10), (5973-5976).

doi: 10.1021/acs.analchem.8b01295

Research funding for the past 5 years

Please note:

  • Funding is ordered by the year the project commenced and may continue over several years.
  • Funding amounts for contact research are not disclosed to maintain commercial confidentiality.
  • The order of investigators is not indicative of the role they played in the research project.

Rapid Screening of Home-Made Explosives in Public Places using Safe Light Source
From: Defence Science Institute
For period: 2020-2021

Peroxide-Based Sustainable Treatment of Salmonid Aquaculture
From: Enterprise Solutions Centre Program
Other investigators: Aspr Thomas Yeager
For period: 2019-2020
Not disclosed

Supervision of research students at VU

Available to supervise research students

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Other supervision of research students

Parvez Supervised VU Honours Student: 1. Asjid Irtassam : Internship completed June 2021 (Report title: Design of a Submergible UV Light Photoreactor. Project Title: Peroxide-based Sustainable Treatment Strategy for Salmonid Aquaculture, Quest ID: 2019000269) , Supervision Load 100%. Co-supervised PhD students at University of Tasmania: 1. Ansara Noori : PhD completed in 2018. Project Title: Radiometric analysis of LEDs and the use of rapidly pulsed infra-red LEDs for portable sensing of gases, Supervision Load 40% 2. Muhammed Ariful Islam: PhD completed in 2020. Project Title: Advanced Miniaturised Electrochemical Detection for Flow-Based Analytical Systems, Supervision Load 30%

Teaching activities & experience

Parvez undertook lecture, and sessional classes in Solid Mechanics Unit (NEC 2102) at VU from 02/2019 to 12/2019.

Parvez undertook sessional classes in Australian Engineering Practice (ENEG 20001) and Sustainability Studio (ENEG 20003) at Central Queensland University (CQU) at Melbourne campus from 22/03/2018 to 31/12/2020. In 2019, he received an excellence in teaching award in ENEG 20003 at CQU.


Year Award

Excellence in teaching award - Central Queensland University


Law and Order Innovations: Politics, Governance and Security category - INNOVATIVE TASMANIA AWARDS

Professional memberships

  • Professional member, Institute of Engineers Australia