Lecturer & Research Fellow
BSc Hons (Sydney), PhD(Tas)
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Dr Stack has a PhD from the University of Tasmania (1992) and a BSc (Hons) from the University of Sydney (1980). In 1995 she was appointed associate lecturer at the University of Tasmania and in 2003 became a Research Fellow. She has 8 years industrial experience in the pulp and paper industry.
Karen Stack was employed from 1981-1984 as a project chemist at Australian Newsprint Mills (ANM) in Tasmania. In 1984 she became Assistant Technical Services Superintendent. In June 1987, she left ANM and taught Maths at Fahan School. She undertook a PhD from 1988 to 1992. From 1992-1995 she worked as a research assistant in the Pulp and Paper Research group at UTas. In 1995 she was appointed as a part time lecturer, supervising students in the Pulp and Paper Group and lecturing in Surface Chemistry.
Dr Stack is part of the Pulp and Paper Research Group. Her research interests are in the general field of Colloid and Surface chemistry in particular aspects relating to the manufacture of paper. She has undertaken investigations into the mechanisms by which retention aids improve fiber and filler retention. She has been involved with several projects investigating flotation deinking of newsprint and magazine grade paper. More recently work has focused on the use of magnesium oxide as the alkali source to replace sodium hydroxide in deinking. Current projects involve studying pitch deposition. Techniques of capillary electrophoresis and computer molecular modeling are being employed to investigate the interactions at a molecular level.
Authorised by the Head of School, Chemistry
15 October, 2012