Dr Samar Amari holds a PhD in chemical and material engineering from the Queensland University of Technology (QUT).

Samar specialises in the adoption of innovative solutions to improve the mining value chain with a specific focus on carbon footprint analyses, energy audit and decarbonisation techniques in the mining sector.
During her PhD studies, Samar worked on the novel geopolymerisation technology, circular economy and sustainable use of mineral resources and synthesising more valuable products using minerals tailings, which was beneficial for both industry and academia. She developed a wide range of new eco-friendly robust materials using mine wastes that are suitable for different applications including water treatment, encapsulation of hazardous wastes, fire-resistant applications, and surface coating for corrosion control purposes.
Before joining the JKMRC Samar worked as an R&D engineer and an applied researcher for Directional Studies and Innovation (DS&I) team at Newcrest Mining where she acquainted with several high-level technology developments occurring within the mining sector throughout the world. Working with the DS&I team provided opportunities to be more creative and resourceful in formulating a solution to challenges presented.

Samar has been collaboratively working with several industries and universities including Zeolite Australia Pty Ltd, Newcrest Mining Ltd, Metso Outotec, CSIRO and Western Sydney University.