Neto Research Group


Neto Research Group, 2016

Neto Research Group, November 2016: Top (L-R): Ming Chiu, Nan Gao, Liam Scarratt, Ahmed Ahmed; Bottom (L-R): Jun Ki Hong, Cameron Ware, Chiara Neto, Liwen Zhu, Truis Smith-Palmer.

Associate Professor Chiara Neto

A/Prof Chiara Neto

A/Prof Chiara Neto

Associate Professor
School of Chemistry
The University of Sydney NSW 2006
Room 349
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Chiara Neto received her Masters degree in Chemistry (1998) and PhD (2001) at the University of Florence, Italy. Her PhD work focused on experiments on surface forces and interfaces using the atomic force microscope. In 2002-2003 she worked as a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Ulm in the Department of Applied Physics, headed by Prof. Stephan Herminghaus and at Saarland University, in the group of Prof. Karin Jacobs, working on the dewetting of thin polymer films. Between 2003 and 2006 she worked as an Australian Research Council postdoctoral fellow at the Australian National University in the Department of Applied Mathematics, working on nanorheology and micropatterning. In 2007 she moved to the University of Sydney, where she is currently Associate Professor in Physical Chemistry. Since 2012 Chiara Neto is on the Board of Directors of the Australasian Colloid and Interface Society.

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Dr Liwen Zhu

Dr Liwen Zhu

Dr Liwen Zhu

Postdoctoral Research Associate
School of Chemistry
The University of Sydney NSW 2006
Room 352
T: +61 2 9351 7730
F: +61 2 9351 3329
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W: Academic profile page
Supervisor: Associate Professor Chiara Neto


Professor Truis Smith-Palmer

Professor Truis Smith-Palmer

Professor Truis Smith-Palmer

Visiting Professor from the Department of Chemistry at St Francis Xavier University, NS, Canada
School of Chemistry
The University of Sydney NSW 2006
Room 353
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F: +61 2 9351 3329
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Truis is a Professor of Analytical Chemistry at StFX and is a member of the Biofouling Research institute at StFX. She is interested in making and testing surfaces that inhibit biofouling, particularly those that are environmentally benign.


Mr Ahmed Owais Mohamed Ahmed

Mr Ahmed Owais Mohamed Ahmed

Mr Ahmed Owais Mohamed Ahmed

PhD candidate
School of Chemistry
The University of Sydney NSW 2006
Room 352
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F: +61 2 9351 3329
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Supervisor: Associate Professor Chiara Neto

Ahmed was born in Egypt. He got his BSc in Chemistry and Biochemistry from Beni-Suef University, then got his Pre-MSc in non-organic chemistry from the same institution. Ahmed got his MSc in Chemistry from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals. During his MSc level, he worked in developing hydrophobic self-cleaning surfaces for PV solar cells protection with Varanasi group at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Then, he worked as assistant lecturer at the Renewable Energy department at the Faculty of Postgraduate Studies for Advanced Sciences at Beni-Suef University. Currently, Ahmed is a PhD student, interested in surface patterning and coating, thin films, and air, liquid, solid interfaces.


Mr Ming Chiu

Mr Ming Chiu

Mr Ming Chiu

PhD candidate
School of Chemistry
The University of Sydney NSW 2006
Room 352
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F: +61 2 9351 3329
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W: HDR profile page
Supervisor: Associate Professor Chiara Neto

Ming Chiu completed his Bachelor of Science majoring in Chemistry and Ecology at The University of Adelaide (2010). Then, he finished his Honours Degree in Chemistry (2011) at the same institute working on computational study on conjugated polymers. After that, he spent 5 years at Omega Industries working as Industrial Chemist in surface coating industry. He commenced his PhD candidature with A/Prof Chiara Neto in 2016 working on project of optimizing of droplet roll-off on dewetted polymeric patterned surfaces.


Mr Liam Scarratt

Mr Liam Scarratt

Mr Liam Scarratt

PhD candidate
School of Chemistry
The University of Sydney NSW 2006
Room 352
T: +61 2 9351 7730
F: +61 2 9351 3329
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Supervisor: Associate Professor Chiara Neto

Liam Scarratt completed his Bachelor of Science majoring in Chemistry and Physics at The University of Sydney (2013). In this time, he spent a year working as an Industrial Chemist at NICNAS as part of the Year In Industry Program provided by the School of Chemistry. He commenced his PhD candidature with A/Prof Chiara Neto in 2015.


Mr Sam Peppou-Chapman

Mr Sam Peppou-Chapman

Mr Sam Peppou-Chapman

PhD candidate
School of Chemistry
The University of Sydney NSW 2006
Room 352
T: +61 2 9351 7730
F: +61 2 9351 3329
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Supervisor: Associate Professor Chiara Neto

Sam completed his Bachelor of Science (2014) majoring in Chemistry at the University of Sydney. He completed his honours year under the supervision of Dr. Mohammad Choucair investigating the fluorescence created when octadecylamine is grafted to the surface of nanodiamond. He then worked in industry for two years as a Graduate Chemical Scientist with Memjet Australia, performing research and development with the Ink & Materials department. He commenced his PhD candidature with Associate Professor Chiara Neto in 2017 working on liquid-infused structured surfaces.


Mr Felix Vuellers

Mr Felix Vuellers

Mr Felix Vuellers

Visiting PhD candidate
School of Chemistry
The University of Sydney NSW 2006
Room 341
T: +61 2 8627 0753
F: +61 2 9351 3329
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Supervisor: Associate Professor Chiara Neto

Felix is a visiting PhD student from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, who will spend 6 months with us working on structured surfaces.


Mr Hong Jun-Ki

Mr Hong Jun-Ki

Mr Hong Jun-Ki

Honours student
School of Chemistry
The University of Sydney NSW 2006
Room 352
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F: +61 2 9351 3329
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Supervisor: Associate Professor Chiara Neto

Jun Ki Hong has started his Honours project with A/Prof Chiara Neto, where he is working on the formation of self-assembled monolayers through halogen bonding.


ALUMNI

  • Nan Gao, Postdoc, 2017, "Contact line dynamics on micro-patterned surfaces".
  • Cameron Ware, Honours student, 2016, "Fabrication and characterisation of slippery lubricant infused polymeric wrinkled surfaces".
  • Omar Al-Khayat, PhD student, 2013-2016, “Dewetting polymer bilayers by solvent vapour annealing: A pathway to manufacturing biomimetic water harvesting surface coatings”; now working at Laing O’Rourke Engineering Excellence Group.
  • Elliot Wood, Honours student, 2015-2016, “Fabrication of self-assembled mono-, Bi- and trilayers based on halogen bonding”.
  • Hien Duong, Postdoc 2014-2016; "All-polymeric Janus nanoparticles"; now Research Fellow at the University of Technology Sydney.
  • Ms Keyun Shou, Honours 2015; "Self-assembled monolayers based on halogen bonding".
  • Mr David Beck, Honours 2015; "Dewetted polymer patterns for atmospheric water capture".
  • Manuel Ghezzi, PhD student "Functional surface micropatterns by dewetting of thin polymer films" 2012-2015; now Senior Researcher at Apollo Qu'mica, Mexico.
  • Wei Zhao, Postdoc; "New polymers for water capture", Oct-Dec 2014; current postdoc at AIBN, the University of Queensland.
  • Ben Hoatson, Summer scholar, 2014, "Polymeric superhydrophobic surfaces".
  • Stuart Thickett, Postdoc; "Micro patterned surfaces for water capture", 2009-2010; then "Micropatterning of proteins and cells on dewetted thin polymer films" 2010-2012; current Vice-Chancellor's Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, CAMDI, School of Chemical Engineering, The University of New South Wales.
  • Thomas Lee, Honours student, "The origin of the contact electrification of insulators" 2009; then PhD student 2010–2013 "Tunable nanopatterns formed by polymer brushes". Now postdoc in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
  • Andrew Michael Telford, PhD student "Advanced functional coatings for biomedical applications: patterning cells onto biomaterials" 2008-2011, then Post-doc 2011-2013. Now postdoc at the Experimental Solid State Physics department, Imperial College London.
  • Eric Charrault, Postdoc 2012-2014; Now postdoc at the Mawson Institute, university of South Australia, Adelaide.
  • Say Kwang Lim, "Covalent protein immobilisation and patterning on thin polymer films", MSc 2012. Honours student "Preferential protein adsorption on micro-phase separated block-copolymer thin films" 2009. Now Assistant Chemist at Nanosonics, Sydney.
  • Yusuf Ziya Sahin, Graduate Diploma student, 2009. Thesis title: "Investigating nanowire growth using block copolymer templates".
  • Tanushan Samuel-Thambiah, Honours student, 2009, "An investigation into the properties and applications of nickel nanowires".
  • Veronica Fung, Summer Scholar, 2008, "Superhydrophobic Nickel Nanocarpets".
  • Kyle Joseph, Honours student 2008, "Nanocarpets and More: Control over Surface Wettability and Patterning using Metallic Nanowires".
  • William Brant, Summer scholar, 2007, "Electrodeposition of Nickel nanocarpets".