Past Members

Dr Nicole Fong

Dr Nicole Fong

Dr Nicole Fong

Nicole obtained her Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical)/Master of Biomedical Engineering from UNSW in 2005. She then continued her studies at the Graduate School of Biomedical Engineering, UNSW, completing her PhD with Prof. Laura Poole-Warren in 2009. Nicole’s PhD research focussed on the development and characterisation of antibacterial polyurethane nanocomposite biomaterials. During her PhD, Nicole spent 9 months at Columbia University, New York, USA in the Department of Physicians and Surgeons with Dr Shanta Modak’s group, working on the characterisation of her antibacterial biomaterials.


Dr Voss Gibson

Dr Voss Gibson

Dr Voss Gibson

Voss Gibson obtained his Master's degree from the University of Bristol in 2005. He investigated the synthesis and characterisation of graft copolymers for their inclusion into chewing gum formulations for enhanced biodegradability. The results led to the establishment of a university spin-off company called Revolymer, Ltd. He went on to complete his PhD in the same field under the supervision of Professor Terence Cosgrove in 2009. The chewing gum is currently in commercial production in Europe and America.

Voss is presently a postdoctoral research fellow in Professor Greg Warr's group at the University of Sydney. He is investigating the synthesis and properties of polymerisable alkylpyridinium surfactants as well as fluorinated non-ionic surfactants.


Natalie Baptista

Ms Natalie Baptista

Ms Natalie Baptista

Natalie completed a Bachelor of Science (Advanced) at the University of Sydney in 2009. She is currently undertaking her Honours year in Chemistry under the supervision of Professor Gregory Warr. Her research focuses on the synthesis and self-assembly behaviour of polymerizable alkylpyridinium surfactants.


Dr Raphael Barbey

Dr Raphael Barbey

Dr Raphael Barbey

Raph received his M.Sc. degree in chemical and biochemical engineering from the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland) in 2004. After a one year academic internship working on the development of reaction calorimetry applied to polymerisation reactions in supercritical fluids, he joined the group of Prof. H.-A. Klok (EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland) for his doctoral studies. His PhD focused on the preparation of functionalised polymer brushes via surface-initiated controlled polymerisation and their use as platforms for biomedical and bioanalytical applications.

In 2011, Raph has been granted by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) to conduct research at the University of Sydney with A/Prof. Sébastien Perrier. His project at the Key Centre for Polymers and Colloids mainly concentrates on the synthesis, characterisation and applications of hyperbranched polymers prepared by combining RAFT polymerisation and “click” chemistry.


Angus Bowan

Mr Angus Bowan

Mr Angus Bowan

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Andrew Danos

Mr Andrew Danos

Mr Andrew Danos

Andrew completed a Bachelor of Science (Advanced) at the University of Sydney in 2009. He is undertaking an Honours year in Chemistry under the supervision of Professor Gregory Warr, using heat from magnetic nanoparticles to cause phase changes in nonionic surfactants.


Dr Isidro Cobo

Dr Isidro Cobo

Dr Isidro Cobo

After completing his PhD in March 2012, Isidro was sponsored by Henkel Ltd. to carry out his Postdoctoral Research under the supervision of Prof. Sébastien Perrier at the Key Centre for Polymers and Colloids at the University of Sydney. Here, Isidro worked on the development of new adhesives using RAFT polymerisation. After completing his project in September 2013, Isidro collaborated with Henkel's Hot Melt platform (Slough, UK) and Henkel's Acrylate platform (Dublin, Ireland) to transfer such knowledge and develop further applications. In November 2014, he became a permanent researcher at Henkel AR Acrylate platform (Dublin, Ireland), and his current research focuses on the design and development of new cyanoacrylate monomers.


Dr Sabrina Dehn

Dr Sabrina Dehn

Dr Sabrina Dehn

Sabrina obtained her diploma in chemistry in 2002 from the Westfaelische Wilhelms University Muenster, where she has been working in organometallic chemistry in the group of HD Dr. M. Tamm. She developed and investigated various donorfunctionalised cyclohepatrienyl ligands and their correspondent molybdenum coordination complexes. She continued working as a research assistant at the WWU and as a graduated diploma chemist in industry. After that she started her PhD in 2004 at the Rheinisch Westfaelische Technische University of Aachen in the group of Prof. Dr. M. Albrecht, where she specialised in supramolecular chemistry. During her PhD she developed and investigated enantiomerically pure beta-diketonates for helicate type complexes and their correspondent metal complexes. Her particular interest has been in lanthanides as coordinating metals.

She continued working in the field of supramolecular chemistry and lanthanides as a postdoctoral fellow with a two years grant by the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) under the supervision of Dr. P. Thordarson (USYD and UNSW). Her project was the development and investigation of anion-sensitive luminescent self-assembled gels.

Since March 2010, she has been working as a postdoctoral fellow with A/Prof. Dr. Sebastien Perrier, where she is working in supramolecular polymerization and the impact of lanthanides towards the supramolecular architectures.


Jessica Ellerm

Ms Jessica Ellerm

Ms Jessica Ellerm

Jessica Ellerm completed the first three years of her undergraduate chemistry degree at the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. She is currently completing her final honours year at the University of Sydney within the field of polymer chemistry, in particular the kinetic and mechanistic aspects of Single-Electron-Transfer Living Radical Polymerisation (SET-LRP) under the supervision of Associate Professor Sebastien Perrier.


Janine Hall

Mrs Janine Hall

Mrs Janine Hall

Janine did an apprenticeship to become a chemical technician at the University Hospital of the Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg (Germany). She worked in the pediatric division where she did newborn screenings on genetically caused metabolic diseases. She also cultivated cells from human tissues to determine genetical dispositions.

After finishing her apprenticeship Janine moved to the R&D department of LOSAN Pharma GmbH. She was responsible to set up new analytical methods for the quality control of manufactured pharmaceuticals mainly based on HPLC.

Janine joined KCPC in May 2008 as a Research Assistant in a ferrofluid project in Brian Hawkett's group.


Dr Ulrich Hall

Dr Ulrich Hall

Dr Ulrich Hall

Ulrich obtained his diploma in chemistry in 2003 from Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg, Germany, where he specialised in macromolecular chemistry. During his diploma thesis he investigated the influence of structural variations on lyotropic liquid crystalline polymers in the group of Prof. Heino Finkelmann. He continued working with Prof. Finkelmann during his PhD while he studied the phase behaviour of protonated liquid crystalline polymers and elastomers.

Since 2007, he has worked as a postdoctoral research fellow under the supervision of Dr. Brian Hawkett where he works on applications of RAFT mediated miniemulsion polymerisations for paint industry applications.


Dr Ben Hornby

Dr Ben Hornby

Dr Ben Hornby

Ben obtained his MChem. degree in Chemistry with a Year in Industry from the Department of Chemistry at the University of York (UK), graduating in 2006. His industrial placement year was spent at Infineum.

He is currently studying for his PhD. in polymer chemistry under the supervision of Associate Professor Sébastien Perrier. His studies involve using RAFT technology to control the polydispersity and molecular weight of copolymer systems and to form interesting architectures that aren’t possible using conventional free-radical polymerisation, such as blocks. He is also investigating SET-LRP, trying to optimise the system to work in a range of media.


Dr Varangkana

Dr Varangkana 'Aoi' Jitchum

Dr Varangkana 'Aoi' Jitchum

Aoi obtained her BSc. degree in Chemistry from the Department of Science at Mahidol University, Thailand, in 1998. She undertook her Masters degree in Polymer Science at the Petroleum and Petrochemical College, Chulalongkorn University and graduated in 2000 after which she joined the Department of Arts and Science at Kasetsart University as a lecturer.

She is currently undertaking a PhD. in Polymer Chemistry with sponsorship from the Royal Thai Government under the supervision of Associate Professor Sébastien Perrier. Her project involves the creation of micelles and self organizing structures from amphiphilic block copolymers which are synthesized by RAFT polymerization.


Kyle Reece Joseph

Mr Kyle Reece Joseph

Mr Kyle Reece Joseph

Kyle obtained his Bachelor of Science (Advanced) at the University of Sydney, majoring in Advanced Chemistry and Neurophysiology. Kyle is currently working on an Honours project under the supervision of Dr Chiara Neto. His work involves the synthesis and characterisation of patterned surfaces for the purpose of biological patterning, as well as the the production of superhydrophobic surfaces.


Dr Hamilton Kakwere

Dr Hamilton Kakwere

Dr Hamilton Kakwere

Hamilton obtained his BSc. in Applied Chemistry in 2002 from the National University of Science and Technology in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. He then undertook an MSc. in Polymer and Surface Coatings Science and Technology from the Department of Colour and Polymer Chemistry at the University of Leeds, in UK graduating in 2005.

Hamilton is currently working towards his PhD. under the supervision of Associate Professor Sébastien Perrier. His work involves the synthesis and application of hydroxyl functionalised polymers of various architectures made using RAFT polymerisation.


Dr Dominik Konkolewicz

Dr Dominik Konkolewicz

Dr Dominik Konkolewicz

Dominik obtained his combined science and commerce bachelor degree in 2005 from the University of Sydney. Dominik then went on to complete Honours under the supervision of Dr. Angus Gray-Weale and Prof. Bob Gilbert in 2006 developing models for the structure of highly branched polymers in the School of Chemistry at the University of Sydney before undertaking a Doctorate with Prof. Sébastien Perrier at the Key Centre for Polymer and Colloids until 2011. His work focussed on the synthesis of hyperbranched polymers made using a combination of RAFT polymerisation and thiol-alkyne chemistry. In addition to this, he investigated the mechanism of RAFT polymerisation and developed models for the structure of hyperbranched polymers.

From 2011 to 2014, Dominik worked with Prof. Krzysztof Matyjaszewski at Carnegie Mellon University. His project involved mechanistic studies of atom transfer living radical polymerisation in the presence of zerovalent copper, under biologically relevant conditions, and using visible and UV radiation for catalysis. He also worked on materials projects including the synthesis of multiblock copolymers and materials for CO2 capture.

Since August 2014, Dominik has started an independent career as an Assistant Professor at Miami Univeristy in Ohio. His research focuses on the application of RAFT polymerisation to tailor-make biorelevant surfactants, the synthesis of active polymer-enzyme conjugates, and self-healing materials. In this role, Dominik also teaches intermediate Organic Chemistry, to advanced courses in organic principles, organic mechanisms and materials chemistry.


Dr Vincent Ladmiral

Dr Vincent Ladmiral

Dr Vincent Ladmiral

Vincent obtained his diplome d’ingénieur in 1998 from the Chemistry School of Montpellier (France), where he specialised in catalysis. In 2006, he completed his PhD. under the supervision of Professor D.M. Haddleton at the University of Warwick, UK, where he studied and developed living radical polymerisation in combination with click chemistry. He then joined Professor Fukuda’s laboratory, Kyoto University, Japan, and applied surface-initiated polymerization to the synthesis of hybrid nanoparticles. In October 2007, he started a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Leeds, UK, to examine the effect of polydispersity on the behaviour of block copolymers in thin film. He was a visiting scholar at KCPC from 2008 to 2009.


Dr Thomas Lee

Dr Thomas Lee

Dr Thomas Lee
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Tom joined the KCPC for his Honours project in 2009, and remained with the group for his PhD until 2014. His PhD research involved the use of molecular simulations to study tunable patterns formed by polymer brushes, and the application of these patterns for nanofluidic flow control and surface nanoparticle nucleation. He is now a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and is studying the impact of interface formation on the flow of fluids in porous materials.


Dr Damia Mawad

Dr Damia Mawad

Dr Damia Mawad

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Eline Mol

Ms Eline Mol

Ms Eline Mol

Eline obtained her BSc. in Chemistry in 2006 from the Radboud University Nijmegen in the Netherlands. She started her MSc. in Chemistry also from the Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands.

Eline is currently in second year towards her MSc. working on a five months internship under the supervision of Associate Professor Sébastien Perrier. Her work involves the creation of a block copolymer by RAFT polymerization, used to create polymer particles.


Mr Loïc Mourey

Mr Loïc Mourey

Mr Loïc Mourey

Loïc is currently completing a Bachelors Degree at the Ecole Nationale de Chimie et Physique de Bordeaux (ENSCPB), France.

He is undertaking a placement in Polymer Chemistry at the University of Sydney, under the supervision of Associate Professor Sébastien Perrier. His work involves the synthesis and application of functionalised soft nanoparticles made using RAFT polymerisation.


Dr Jennifer O

Dr Jennifer O'Donnell

Dr Jennifer O'Donnell

Jen received her B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Bucknell University in 2001 and her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Delaware in 2007. Her Ph.D. work with Dr. Eric Kaler identified key features of the reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) mechanism in microemulsion polymerizations by examining the impact of monomer and RAFT agent solubility, and developing a kinetic model of RAFT microemulsion polymerization. Jen is currently a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Prof. Greg Warr's group and is studying the self-assembly of low molecular weight amphiphilic block copolymers in aqueous solutions.


Mr Eh Hau Pan

Mr Eh Hau Pan

Mr Eh Hau Pan

Pan obtained his BE(Hons) Degree in Industrial Chemistry from the School of Chemical Sciences and Engineering at the University of New South Wales, graduating in 2006.

In 2007, Pan began working as a Research Assistant at the KCPC under the supervision of Associate Professor Brian Hawkett. His work focussed on the synthesis of magnetic microspheres for the hyperthermia treatment of liver cancer.

In 2013, Pan moved to the University of New South Wales where he works as a Technical Officer in the School of Chemical Engineering.


Tanushan Samuel-Thambiah

Mr Tanushan Samuel-Thambiah

Mr Tanushan Samuel-Thambiah

Tanushan is currently completing his honours in Electrical Engineering with the KCPC. He is investigating the properties of nickel nanowire and the synthesis of polymers under the supervision of Dr Chiara Neto and Associate Professor Sébastien Perrier.

In 2008 he completed a Bachelor of Science degree, also at the University of Sydney, majoring in Mathematics and Chemistry.


Dr Mona Semsarilar

Dr Mona Semsarilar

Dr Mona Semsarilar

Mona obtained her BSc. in Pure Chemistry from Azad University in Iran, graduating in 2003. She then undertook a MSc. in Physical Chemistry and Polymer Science from the Eastern Mediterranean University in Northern Cyprus, graduating in 2006.

Mona is currently working towards her PhD. in Polymer Chemistry under the supervision of Associate Professor Sébastien Perrier. Her work involves the grafting of polymers onto cellulose using RAFT polymerization.


Dr Meiliana Siauw

Dr Meiliana Siauw

Dr Meiliana Siauw

Meiliana completed her BE (Hons) in Industrial Chemistry from the School of Chemical Engineering and Industrial Chemistry at the University of New South Wales, graduating in 2004. For her honours work, she studied on light induced conversion of an insulating calcium aluminium oxide into a transparent conductor.

Meiliana spent some time working as a research assistant within KCPC before taking up study for a PhD under the supervision of Associate Professor Sébastien Perrier and Associate Professor Brian Hawkett. Her research focuses on oligomers involving synthesis, characterisation, and self-assembly behaviour.


Fátima Cristina Torres de Souza

Dr Fátima Cristina Torres de Souza

Dr Fátima Cristina Torres de Souza

Fátima obtained her BA (Hons) Degree on Chemical Engineering, graduating in 1986. She did her MSc in Materials Engineering: Recycling tires: “Mortar modified with latex and tire rubber” under supervision Dr. Herman Jacobus Cornelis Voorwald, from 2002 to 2004 with funding awarded by the Brazilian Federal Agency for Support and Evaluation of Graduate Education (Ministry of Education of Brazil) – CAPES Foundation. Both Degrees were from the Faculty of Chemical Engineering of Lorena – FAENQUIL, São Paulo – Brazil.

She is currently studying her PhD. in Materials Engineering from University of São Paulo- Brazil, under supervision of Dr. Amilton Martins dos Santos and with Funding awarded by the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development – CNPq.

Her research in Synthesis of polymer clay hybrid lattices has focus in exfoliation/encapsulation of clay. In order to obtain the complete clay encapsulation, she has been working with different routes, as clay modified by quaternary ammonium salt by Emulsion and miniemulsion polymerizations, clay modified by surfmer using emulsion polymerization. After these steps in which no efficient encapsulation was obtained, she is working with an approach used to pigments encapsulation (Brain S. Hackett et al. # WO 20061037161) in clay encapsulation, under Dr Brian Hawkett’s supervison.


Dr Wilasinee Sriprom

Dr Wilasinee Sriprom

Dr Wilasinee Sriprom

Wi obtained her BSc. degree in Chemistry from the Department of Chemistry at Prince of Songkla University, Thailand in 2002.

In 2004, she attained an MS in Polymer Science at the Petroleum and Petrochemical College, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand .

She is currently studying her PhD. under the supervision of Associate Professor Sébastien Perrier, sponsored by a Royal Thai Government Scholarship. Her work involves the study of block copolymerization of photochromic monomers by living radical polymerization.


Dr Natthapon

Dr Natthapon 'Mint' Suchao-in

Dr Natthapon 'Mint' Suchao-in

Mint attained her B.Sc. in Agro-industry (Physico-chemical Processing Technology) from Kasetsart University, Thailand, in 2004. She started an MS- Ph. D program at the Petroleum and Petrochemical College, Chulalongkorn University, in 2004 under supervision of Associate Professor Suwabun Chirachanchai. She was a visiting student at KCPC for nine months under the supervision of Associate Professor Sébastien Perrier, sponsored by the Royal Golden Jubilee Scholarship, Thailand Research Fund. Her project involves the creation of micelles/vesicles and self –assembly structures from amphiphilic fluorescent block copolymers which are synthesized via RAFT polymerisation.


Dr Pittaya Takolpuckdee

Dr Pittaya Takolpuckdee

Dr Pittaya Takolpuckdee

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Dr Andrew Telford

Dr Andrew Telford

Dr Andrew Telford

Andrew obtained his Bachelor Degree in Chemistry in 2004 at the University of Siena (Italy) before completing his Masters Degree in Chemistry for Environment and Cultural Heritage in 2007 at the University of Florence (Italy). His thesis focused on the electrochemical and AFM characterisation of nanostructured semiconductors.

Andrew then joined the Key Centre for Polymers and Colloids to complete his Ph.D. under the supervision of Dr. Chiara Neto. He was awarded a full scholarship from Sydney University, and a top-up scholarship from the CSIRO in the Niche Manufacturing Flagship. His research project focused on the development of new surface patterning routes based on self-assembling mechanisms, such as polymer film dewetting.

After completing his Ph.D. in 2011, he remained in the KCPC as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow working on surface coatings. His work was funded under a Linkage Grant from the University of Sydney and Dulux Australia.

Currently, Andrew is a Junior Research Fellow at Imperial College in London (United Kingdom), where he is working on solution-processed solar cells and light-emitting diodes, predominantly based on semiconducting nanoparticles.


Dr Stuart Thickett

Dr Stuart Thickett

Dr Stuart Thickett

Stuart is a former student of The University of Sydney, completing his Bachelor of Science (with First Class Honours) in 2003 and his Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry in 2007. His PhD was supervised by Professor Robert Gilbert, and his work focussed on the kinetics of emulsion polymerization systems, investigating the role of water-soluble polymeric stabilizers. He was the Le Févre Student Lecturer in 2006 for his work during his post-graduate studies.

Since graduating he has spent time as a post-doctoral research fellow at The University of Queensland and The University of Toronto, Canada. His main research interests lie in applications of heterogeneous polymerization and soft matter, such as biomedical applications for emulsion polymers. He is currently working for Dr Chiara Neto on the development of biocompatible surface coatings prepared by the dewetting of thin polymer films.


Dr Andy West

Dr Andy West

Dr Andy West

Andy obtained his BSc. (Hons.) Degree in Applied Chemistry from the Department of Colour and Polymer Chemistry at the University of Leeds (UK), graduating in 2006.

He is currently studying towards his PhD. in polymer chemistry under the supervision of Associate Professor Sébastien Perrier. His research includes the study of the effects of viscosity on rates of propagation in RAFT polymerisation. Andy is currently working on determining the kinetics of reaction, as well as how viscosity affects the rate of propagation of metal-mediated living radical polymerization.


Dr Wei Zhao

Dr Wei Zhao

Dr Wei Zhao

Wei obtained two PhD Degrees in the fields of Science and Engineering. She completed her first PhD in material science at the Beijing Institute of Technology in 2009. Her work focused on the fabrication of photonic thin films based on phthalocyanine ruthenium (II) via Layer-by-Layer technique. In 2010-2014, she was awarded an industry scholarship from Colgate-Palmolive and undertook another PhD in Polymer Chemistry at the University of Sydney, working on polymer synthesis and self-assembly under the supervision of Prof. Sébastien Perrier. In 2014, Wei worked as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow on water capture with Dr. Chiara Neto. This work focused on thermo-responsive polymer design and synthesis with versatile polymer architectures.