24 February 2017

Postgraduate Research Prize for Outstanding Academic Achievement

Mr Liam Scarratt

Liam Scarratt

Congratulations to PhD candidate, Mr Liam Scarratt, who has been awarded the "Postgraduate Research Prize for Outstanding Academic Achievement" for a paper published in 2016 entitled "Durable superhydrophobic surfaces via spontaneous wrinkling of Teflon AF".

Liam completed his Bachelor of Science majoring in Chemistry and Physics at The University of Sydney in 2013. During 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 in 2015 on the fabrication of superhydrophobic surfaces for anti-drag and anti-fouling applications. He has since begun working on liquid infused surfaces, which display enhanced versatility for different applications and greater robustness, despite relying on similar nano-scale surface properties. Using colloid probe atomic force microscopy, he now studies the flow of liquids over these surfaces at the nano-scale, with the aim to understand how to minimise hydrodynamic drag.

Liam plans to visit the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research in Mainz later this year to work under Professor Doris Vollmer and gain further insight into the fluid dynamics on these surfaces at the micro-scale.