Past Members

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.

Following the completion of her PhD, she conducted some research in nanotoxicology at the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) and in November 2010 she joined the KCPC group as a postdoctoral fellow in A/Prof Brian Hawkett’s group. Her current research interests include the development and characterisation of nanoparticles for drug delivery.

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

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.

Angus Bowan

Angus Bowan

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Andrew Danos

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.

Jessica Ellerm

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

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

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

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 'Aoi' Jitchum

Dr Varangkana

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

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

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

Dominik obtained his BSc/BCom degree in 2005 from the University of Sydney, and his BSc (Hons) in 2006 from the University of Sydney for developing models for the structure of highly branched polymers under the supervision of Dr Angus Gray-Weale and Prof Bob Gilbert.

He is undertaking a PhD with Associate Professor Sébastien Perrier and Dr Angus Gray-Weale, focusing on synthesis, characterisation and theoretical models for highly branched polymers. He has developed models for the structure of highly branched polymers and the kinetics of RAFT polymerisation. More recently, he is focusing on new syntheses of hyperbranched polymers by combining RAFT and 'click'-like reactions, and developing new materials based on these highly branched polymers.

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 Damia Mawad

Dr Damia Mawad

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Eline Mol

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.

Loïc Mourey

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'Donnell

Dr Jennifer O

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.

Tanushan Samuel-Thambiah

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

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

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

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

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 'Mint' Suchao-in

Dr Natthapon

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

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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

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.