Prior to arriving at the University of Nottingham, I spent a number of years conducting research working closely with industry. Most recently I was involved in the development of coatings and additives for use with wood materials (https://www.3rt.com.au/). Prior to this I was heavily involved with an industry outreach program called NanoConnect, run as a partnership between Flinders University (Adelaide, South Australia) and the South Australian Government. As part of the program I worked with a number of different companies within Australia, using the principles of nanotechnology and advanced materials to improve processes and in some cases help develop new products. You can read more about our NanoConnect project with Bausele a Swiss Made Australian Watch Company at https://www.australianadvancedmanufacturing.com/bausele-terra-australis/.
Prior to working with NanoConnect, I was involved in the development of polymeric coatings to produce reverse osmosis and pretreatment desalination membranes that were non-leaching, antimicrobial and low biofouling. This research was supported by the National Centre of Excellence in Desalination Australia, funded by the Australian Government.
My PhD research involved the synthesis, characterisation and evaluation of a new suite of supramolecular fluorescent moleucles for the detection of anions. Undertaken at Flinders University in collaboration with Deakin University, the sensors based on the 4-amino-1,8-naphthalimide fluorophore were also immobilised onto a silica surface. The immobilised sensors have the potential to be used in the field and are easily regenerated and reusable. Of particular interest currently is the novel binding behaviour displayed by the sensors.
Finally I have also been involved with the development of methodology to analyse single crystals of the explosives RDX and HMX using HPLC with UV-Visible and ESI-MS detection. This work was undertaken at Flinders University in collaboration with Defence Science and Technology (DST) Group.