Research Staff


 

Dr Andrew Dolan

Dr Andrew Dolan

Dr Andrew Dolan
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
School of Chemistry
The University of Sydney NSW 2006
Room 407
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Dr Paul FitzGerald

Dr Paul FitzGerald

Dr Paul FitzGerald
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
School of Chemistry
The University of Sydney NSW 2006
Room 331
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Paul obtained his BSc (Hon) in 1999 and PhD in 2003 from The University of Sydney with studies into the nucleation of lyotropic liquid crystaline phases at the solid-solution interface, and the solution properties of non-ionic gemini surfactants respectively. After a year working on polymeric encapsulation of organic particles with a private company he spent 15 months at the Centre for Advanced Materials Research, Tohoku University, Japan working on the polymerisation of surfactant templated structures at solid-solution interfaces. He then spend two years at The University of Newcastle studying stimuli-responsive microgel behaviour at interfaces before returning to The University of Sydney to work with Dyno Nobel on Bubble Stabilisation and Density Control in Self-Supporting Emulsions.


Dr Vien Huynh

Dr Vien Huynh

Dr Vien Huynh
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
School of Chemistry
The University of Sydney NSW 2006
Room 343
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Dr Nirmesh Jain

Dr Nirmesh Jain

Dr Nirmesh Jain
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
School of Chemistry
The University of Sydney NSW 2006
Room 331
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Nirmesh obtained his masters degree in Physical Chemistry from South Gujarat University under the supervision of Prof. P. Bahadur. In 1995, he started his PhD at the same university under the guidance of Prof. P. Bahadur. His work was principally devoted to the study of the surface activity and micellization behaviour of some ethylene oxide-propylene oxide block copolymers in aqueous media in the presence of various additives.

From 2001 he did two-years of postdoctoral research in Prof. Dominique Langevin’s group at the Univeriste de Paris, Orsay, France. His research in France focused on the study of the mixed micellization of polymer-surfactant complexes in aqueous media. From 2003, Nirmesh did three years of postdoctoral research in Prof Gregory Warr’s group at the University of Sydney, Australia where he investigated the stability of explosive emulsions.

Nirmesh is currently a postdoctoral research fellow in Dr. Brian Hawkett’s group and his work involves the preparation of polymer/magnetic particle composite beads for the hyperthermia treatment of liver cancer in a project sponsored by Sirtex Medical Limited.


Dr Duc Nguyen

Dr Duc Nguyen

Dr Duc (David) Nguyen
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
School of Chemistry
The University of Sydney NSW 2006
Room 343
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Duc won an Ausaid scholarship for bright Vietnamese students from the Australian government and undertook all of his chemistry studies at the University of Western Sydney. During his undergraduate years Duc won numerous prizes, graduating with a distinction average and first class honours. For his honours project he studied polypyrrole based biosensors. Duc completed a PhD under Dr Loo-Teck Ng, at the same university, studying the grafting of polymers on natural and synthetic materials.

Duc joined KCPC after completing his PhD in 2002, initially as a research assistant and then as a post doctoral research fellow, as part of a team funded by Dulux Australia and the ARC. Together with his supervisor Dr Brian Hawkett, he has been credited with three patents on pigment encapsulation and polymer vesiculated structures using RAFT. His current interests remain in the area of nanocomposite synthesis towards the development of new advanced water based coating systems.


Dr Binh Pham

Dr Binh Pham

Dr Binh Pham
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
School of Chemistry
The University of Sydney NSW 2006
Room 343
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After the completion of her PhD in 2002 under the supervision of Professor Bob Gilbert at the School of Chemistry, the University of Sydney, Binh was appointed as a research fellow in KCPC, working with Dr Brian Hawkett. Her working experience and Interest covers the following areas: emulsion and miniemulsion polymerisation; RAFT polymerisation; synthesis, characterisation and properties of amphiphilic diblocks; polymeric vesicles/hollow particles; transdermal and oral drug delivery using natural polymers; interfacial, morphological, thermal and mechanical characterisation of polymeric (nano)materials.


Dr Nguyen Pham

Dr Nguyen Pham

Dr Nguyen Pham
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
School of Chemistry
The University of Sydney NSW 2006
Room 343
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Dr Pramith Priyananda

Dr Pramith Priyananda

Dr Pramith Priyananda
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
School of Chemistry
The University of Sydney NSW 2006
Room 331
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Pramith completed his M. App. Sc in Food Engineering at the University of New South Wales in 1988. From 1988 to 2000, Pramith worked as a Senior Research Officer at the Ceylon Institute of Scientific and Industrial Research (CISIR) in Sri Lanka. During this period, he worked on various R&D projects involving food extrusion cooking, food drying, and the thermal treatment of food for pasteurisation and sterilisation. In 1996, Pramith was awarded the United Nations University Fellowship to undergo advanced training and research at the National Food Research Institute (NFRI) in Japan. At the NFRI, he studied the application of membrane filtration methods to separate oil from oil/water emulsions (1996–1997).

In 2006, Pramith was awarded his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of New South Wales. His research focused on protein and fatty acid interactions during ultrafiltration.

Pramith is currently a Research Associate within the Hawkett group at the KCPC. His research involves methods of controlling density, viscosity and crystallisation in emulsion explosives to enhance safety and efficiency of blasting operations. Previously, he carried out research on N2 bubble nucleation mechanisms and their stabilisation in emulsion explosives as a Research Associate within the Warr Group at the KCPC. He also worked on premature detonation mechanisms of ammonium nitrate based emulsions under the supervision of A/Prof. Brian Hawkett. These projects were funded by the ARC and Dyno Nobel.


Mr Hadi Sabouri

Mr Hadi Sabouri

Mr Hadi Sabouri
Research Assistant
School of Chemistry
The University of Sydney NSW 2006
Room 341
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Hadi obtained his BSc (Hon) in Applied Chemistry from The University of Urmia, Iran in 2001. During his undergraduate study, Hadi won multiple prizes, graduating with First Class Honours. His Honours project focused on the extraction of oil from Iranian rice husk, and the analysis of the extracted fatty acids for industrial uses.

After graduating, Hadi worked as a QC Chemist for TCI in Iran before he was appointed as a Refinery Chemist for the Iranian Offshore Oil Company based in Lavan Island in the Persian Gulf. In 2004, Hadi joined AzarGlass as a QA Chemist before immigrating to Sydney in late 2006. He worked in Caltex refinery in Sydney before moving to Melbourne to start a new career in SGE Analytical Science in 2009 as GC/HPLC Chemist. Within one year, Hadi was promoted to Team Leader for the Chromatography unit. He moved back to Sydney in 2012 to complete his Master’s Degree at the KCPC under the supervision of Prof. Sébastien Perrier. His Master’s project focussed on the synthesis and characterisation of RAFT polymers and nanoparticles, as well as the self-assembly of core–shell hybrid particles. During this project, Hadi spent 2 months at the Institute for Chemical Research at Kyoto University under the supervision of A/Prof. Kohji Ohno. He won 2 scholarships from Surface Coatings Association Australia. After completing his Masters in 2014, Hadi was appointed as a Research Assistant with A/Prof. Brian Hawkett at the KCPC. He is currently working on magnetic nanoparticles, polymer diblocks, and a wide range of characterisation techniques for these materials.


Dr Jessica Tom

Dr Jessica Tom

Dr Jessica Tom
Casual Academic
School of Chemistry
The University of Sydney NSW 2006
Room 341
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After Jessica completed a Bachelor of Science (Advanced) in Chemistry and Physics at the University of Sydney in 2008, she went on to complete her Honours Degree under the supervision of Professor Sébastien Perrier at the Key Centre for Polymers and Colloids. After being awarded the CRC for Polymers Prize for her original work investigating the copper(0)-mediated controlled/“living” radical polymerisation of styrene in a non-polar solvent, Jessica decided to continue in research, staying on to complete her Doctorate in Polymer Chemistry. Her Ph.D. project focussed on the modification of materials including cellulose and silica nanoparticles using controlled radical polymerisation techniques.