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Trevor Lewis

Deputy Head, School of Physical Sciences & Senior Lecturer

Room Lton S272/ Hobart Chem325, Science Building, Newnham Campus

+61 3 6324 3826 (phone)

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Trevor.Lewis@utas.edu.au

Dr Trevor Lewis is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Physical Sciences (Chemistry) and Deputy Head of that School. He teaches across three campuses (Launceston, Cradle Coast and Hobart) into chemistry and environmental chemistry and into units in Human Life Science and Engineering. His contribution to teaching and research at higher degree level includes the supervision or co-supervision of 25 Honours, 3 Masters and 14 PhD students. He has strong research collaborations with the ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science at Wollongong University and with Tasmanian and national industry.

Career summary

Qualifications

DegreeThesis TitleUniversityCountryAwarded
PhDA study of the overoxidation of the conducting polymer polypyrroleUniversity of WollongongAustralia01/09/1999

Biography

Before joining the University of Tasmania Trevor was a Senior Lecturer in Environmental/Analytical Chemistry and founding Director of a commercial analytical chemistry and microbiology laboratory (BACAS) at University of Wollongong. He moved to the University of Tasmania, Launceston, in 2000 to lecture in Applied Science. He was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2005 and is now involved in teaching and research on the Launceston, Burnie and Hobart campuses in the School of Physical Sciences.

His extensive experience in industry and applied analytical and environmental chemistry has allowed me to bring to the research and teaching of analytical, physical and environmental chemistries concepts, topics and knowledge of particular interest and relevance to students who will ultimately seek employment in related fields.

His recent significant administrative roles include: Deputy Head of Schools of Chemistry (2013) and Physical Sciences (2014 - 15), Program Leader, Discipline of Chemistry (2014), and Degree Co-ordinator BAppSci(EnvSci) and BEnvSci(Hons). He is a member of University of Tasmania Academic Senate, Student Experience Committee and Vice Chancellor's Award for Community Engagement Committee.

Research Themes

Trevor's research interests fall into two broad areas within the Environment, Resources and Sustainability, and Data, Knowledge and Decisions themes: (i) applications of conducting electroactive polymers, and (ii) environmental chemistry. Electroactive polymers are highly dynamic plastics that conduct electricity and change their chemical and mechanical properties significantly and reversibly when small electric potentials are applied to them. This leads to a wide range of applications, including actuators and environmental sensors (eg volatile organics and the 'electronic nose') and analytical devices (eg lab-on-a-chip and microfluidic devices). In environmental chemistry my interests lie largely in water treatment, especially the recycling and reuse of industrial waters, and the analysis and fate of pollutants in environmental waters. Research projects in this area involve the analysis and removal of inorganic pollutants (eg nitrates, phosphates, metals) and organic contaminants (sludges, wood extractives, metal / organic complexes) from industrial and agricultural effluents and industrial waste and process waters.

Memberships

Professional practice

  • Member, Royal Australian Chemical Institute

Teaching

Analytical Chemistry, Environmental Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, Electroanalytical Chemistry, Water Treatment, Effluent Treatment, Water Purification, Sewage Treatment

Teaching expertise

Trevor's teaching is centred on analytical, physical and environmental chemistry. At first year level, hs courses cover: gases, solutions, chemical equilibria, thermodynamics, kinetics and electrochemistry. At higher levels it includes: electrochemistry (electroanalytical chemistry, solution chemistry, conducting polymers); instrumental analysis (with an emphasis on metal analysis); traditional wet chemistry techniques; water pollution, water treatment, water re-use and soil chemistry.

Teaching responsibility

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Expertise

  • Analytical and environmental chemistry
  • Water pollution
  • Water treatment and re-use

Awards

  • Jasper Mardon Memorial Prize for Contribution to Science and Technology of Papermaking by the Australasian Pulp and Paper Industry Technical Association in 2012

Collaboration

Since 2006, Trevor's work on wood extractive colloids has been carried out in collaboration with Stack, Yates and Richardson at UTAS, Garnier at Monash University, and Higgins and Molino at University of Wollongong. This project is currently investigating the surface forces and interactions involved in the transfer of wood extractives from paper to other surfaces by directly attaching 'pitch' colloids onto an Atomic Force Microscopy probe and the extraction of these troublesome materials by froth flotation to allow their isolation as useful natural biocides, fungicides and healing agents.

Over the last three years, Trevor has broadened his research interests and now has projects with Smith and Yates in Chemistry on studies of the mechanism of drug resistance in Mycobacterium tuberculosis, and with Shabala in Plant Science on new, less environmentally harmful wood preservatives, and with Paull and Breadmore in Chemistry on use of new materials in Analytical Chemistry.

He also has Honours projects with Wakefield (Mineral Resources Tasmania) on mine remediation, Ellison (Food and Land) on the effects of changing ocean pH on coral atolls and islands, and Nowak (IMAS) on metal levels in fish organs.

Current projects

Recent or current research projects include:

  • Determination of metal resinates in paper mill process waters.
  • Polyaniline: a new electrode material for lab-on-a-chip applications.
  • The stability of wood resin colloids.
  • Karst drainage relationships with catchment land change use.
  • A study of acid mine drainage and remediation methods for Mt Lyell, Tasmania.
  • Trace element optimisation of an activated sludge wastewater treatment plant.
  • Copper removal from aquaculture wastes.
  • The mechanism of adsorption of wood extractives onto surfaces in paper making and printing.
  • Groundwater chemistry and growth performance of hybrid eucalypt plantations in northern Tasmania.
  • Adsorption of wood extractives onto bentonite.
  • New, environmentally friendly wood preservatives.
  • Remediation of the Scotia Mine site.
  • 3-D Printing of micro-fluidic devices.
  • An investigation of the effect of ocean pH on the dissolution of coral islands.
  • Correlation of heavy metal and skin lesions in flathead in the Tamar.

Research Fields

  • Industrial Chemistry (039903)
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry (030603)
  • Separation Science (030108)
  • Environmental Chemistry (incl. Atmospheric Chemistry) (039901)
  • Sensor Technology (Chemical aspects) (030107)
  • Agroforestry (070501)
  • Wood Processing (070510)
  • Environmental Management (050205)
  • Aquaculture (070401)
  • Wood Fibre Processing (070509)
  • Chemical Sciences (039999)
  • Physical Chemistry of Materials (030304)
  • Analytical Spectrometry (030101)
  • Fish Pests and Diseases (070404)
  • Free Radical Chemistry (030501)
  • Environmental Engineering Design (090701)
  • Materials Engineering (091299)
  • Environmental Technologies (090703)
  • Polymers and Plastics (091209)
  • Organic Chemical Synthesis (030503)
  • Nanofabrication, Growth and Self Assembly (100706)
  • Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS) (091306)
  • Theoretical and Computational Chemistry (030799)
  • Interdisciplinary Engineering (091599)
  • Biochemistry and Cell Biology (060199)
  • Environmental Monitoring (050206)
  • Timber, Pulp and Paper (091210)
  • Instrumental Methods (excl. Immunological and Bioassay Methods) (030105)
  • Environmental Impact Assessment (050204)
  • Electroanalytical Chemistry (030102)

Research Impact

  • Pulp and Paper (860503)
  • Expanding Knowledge in the Chemical Sciences (970103)
  • Paper Products (incl. Coated Paper) (860501)
  • Fisheries - Aquaculture (830199)
  • Wood, Wood Products and Paper (860599)
  • Integration of Farm and Forestry (820103)
  • Physical and Chemical Conditions of Water in Fresh, Ground and Surface Water Environments (excl. Urban and Industrial Use) (961103)
  • Environmentally Sustainable Manufacturing (869899)
  • Urban and Industrial Water Management (960912)
  • Environment (969999)
  • Inorganic Industrial Chemicals (860602)
  • Expanding Knowledge in the Mathematical Sciences (970101)
  • Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Fresh, Ground and Surface Water Environments (960506)
  • Softwood Plantations (820105)
  • Renewable Energy (850599)
  • Scientific Instruments (861503)
  • Management of Water Consumption by Manufacturing Activities (869805)
  • Wood Sawing and Veneer (860505)
  • Plastics in Primary Forms (860606)
  • Human Pharmaceutical Products (860899)
  • Environmentally Sustainable Commercial Services and Tourism (909899)
  • Farmland, Arable Cropland and Permanent Cropland Land Management (960904)
  • Expanding Knowledge in Engineering (970109)
  • Expanding Knowledge in the Environmental Sciences (970105)
  • Management of Liquid Waste from Energy Activities (excl. Water) (859804)
  • Printing and Publishing Processes (860502)
  • Management of Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Manufacturing Activities (869802)
  • Computer Hardware and Electronic Equipment (861699)
  • Veterinary Pharmaceutical Products (860999)

Publications

Total publications

35

Journal Article

(22 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2016Singh S, Stack KR, Lewis TW, Richardson DE, 'Optimisation of froth flotation for removal of wood extractives in paper manufacture', Appita Journal, 69, (3) pp. 253-263. ISSN 1038-6807 (2016) [Refereed Article]

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Co-authors: Singh S; Stack KR

2016Tham YY, Stack KR, Richardson DE, Molino PJ, Higgins MJ, et al., 'Development of in situ soft colloidal probe atomic force microscopy for probing the adhesion between wood extractives and model surfaces', Colloids and Surfaces A, 500 pp. 203-213. ISSN 0927-7757 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.colsurfa.2016.04.023 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Tham YY; Stack KR

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2016Tham YY, Molino PJ, Higgins MJ, Stack KR, Richardson DE, et al., 'The study of deposition of wood extractives and model compound colloids onto chromium and cellulose surfaces using quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation (QCM-D)', Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects, 491 pp. 1-11. ISSN 0927-7757 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.colsurfa.2015.12.005 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Tham YY; Stack KR

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2015Barnett JN, Richardson D, Stack K, Lewis T, 'Effect of copper and other trace metal addition to pulp and paper wastewater', Water Environment Research, 87, (12) pp. 2076-2083. ISSN 1061-4303 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.2175/106143015X14362865227274 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Barnett JN; Stack K

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2015Heier D, Blackstock T, Stack K, Richardson D, Lewis T, 'Adsorption of wood extractives and model compounds onto bentonite', Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects, 482 pp. 213-221. ISSN 0927-7757 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.colsurfa.2015.05.018 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1

Co-authors: Heier D; Blackstock T; Stack K

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2014Stack K, Lee R, Richardson D, Lewis T, Garnier G, 'Complex formation and stability of colloidal wood resin pitch suspensions with hemicellulose polymers', Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects, 441 pp. 101-108. ISSN 0927-7757 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.colsurfa.2013.08.057 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 5

Co-authors: Stack K; Lee R

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2013Amos RIJ, Gourlay BS, Yates BF, Schiesser CH, Lewis TW, et al., 'Mechanistic investigation of the oxidation of hydrazides: implications for the activation of the TB drug isoniazid', Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry, 11, (1) pp. 170-176. ISSN 1477-0520 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1039/c2ob26419f [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2

Co-authors: Amos RIJ; Gourlay BS; Yates BF; Smith JA

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2012Barnett J, Richardson D, Stack K, Lewis T, 'Addition of trace metals and vitamins for the optimisation of a pulp and paper mill activated sludge wastewater treatment plant', Appita Journal, 65, (3) pp. 237-243. ISSN 1038-6807 (2012) [Refereed Article]

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Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1

Co-authors: Barnett J; Stack K

2012Henderson RD, Guijt RM, Andrewartha LK, Lewis TW, Rodemann T, et al., 'Lab-on-a-Chip device with laser-patterned polymer electrodes for high voltage application and contactless conductivity detection', Chemical Communications, 48, (74) pp. 9287-9289. ISSN 1359-7345 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1039/c2cc33693f [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 11Web of Science - 13

Co-authors: Henderson RD; Guijt RM; Andrewartha LK; Rodemann T; Henderson A; Hilder EF; Haddad PR; Breadmore MC

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2012Lee R, Stack K, Lewis TW, Garnier G, Richardson D, et al., 'Structure of wood extract colloids and effect of CaCl 2 on the molecular mobility', Nordic Pulp and Paper Research Journal, 27, (3) pp. 639-646. ISSN 0283-2631 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.3183/NPPRJ-2012-27-03-p639-646 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 6Web of Science - 3

Co-authors: Lee R; Stack K

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2012Lee R, Stack K, Richardson D, Lewis T, Garnier G, 'Effect of shear, temperature and pH on the dynamics of salt induced coagulation of wood resin colloids', Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects, 396 pp. 106-114. ISSN 0927-7757 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.colsurfa.2011.12.049 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 9

Co-authors: Lee R; Stack K

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2012Lee R, Stack K, Richardson D, Lewis T, Garnier G, 'Multi-salt coagulation of soft pitch colloids', Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects: An International Journal Devoted to The Applications and Principles of Colloid and Interface Science, 409 pp. 74-80. ISSN 0927-7757 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.colsurfa.2012.06.005 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 8Web of Science - 5

Co-authors: Lee R; Stack K

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2012Richardson D, Lee R, Stack K, Lewis T, Garnier G, 'Process factors affecting colloid stability and deposit formation in manufacture of newsprint from TMP and recycled fibre', Appita Journal, 65, (4) pp. 323-330. ISSN 1038-6807 (2012) [Refereed Article]

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Citations: Web of Science - 2

Co-authors: Lee R; Stack K

2012Stack K, Zhang J, Hodgson M, Lewis T, Richardson D, 'Effect of increased levels of dissolved and colloidal substances from Pinus radiata on newsprint paper strength', Appita Journal, 65, (4) pp. 331-336. ISSN 1038-6807 (2012) [Refereed Article]

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Citations: Web of Science - 1

Co-authors: Stack K; Zhang J; Hodgson M

2011Lee R, Garnier G, Lewis T, Richardson D, Van De Ven TGM, et al., 'Pitch deposition at the solid-liquid interface: Effect of surface hydrophobicity/hydrophilicity and cation specificity', Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects, 338, (1-3) pp. 84-90. ISSN 0927-7757 (2011) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.colsurfa.2011.08.019 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 8Web of Science - 7

Co-authors: Lee R; Stack K

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2010Henderson RD, Breadmore MC, Dennany L, Guijt RM, Haddad PR, et al., 'Photolithographic patterning of conducting polyaniline films via flash welding', Synthetic Metals, 160, (13-14) pp. 1405-1409. ISSN 0379-6779 (2010) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.synthmet.2010.04.018 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 11Web of Science - 10

Co-authors: Henderson RD; Breadmore MC; Guijt RM; Haddad PR; Hilder EF

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2010Henderson RD, Guijt RM, Haddad PR, Hilder EF, Lewis TW, et al., 'Manufacturing and application of a fully polymeric electrophoresis chip with integrated polyaniline electrodes', Lab on A Chip: Miniaturisation for Chemistry and Biology, 10, (14) pp. 1869-1872. ISSN 1473-0197 (2010) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1039/c003333b [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 14Web of Science - 10

Co-authors: Henderson RD; Guijt RM; Haddad PR; Hilder EF; Breadmore MC

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2010Lee R, Stack K, Richardson D, Lewis T, Garnier G, 'Study of pitch colloidal stability using a Photometric Dispersion Analyser', Appita Journal, 63, (5) pp. 387-406. ISSN 1038-6807 (2010) [Refereed Article]

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Citations: Scopus - 7Web of Science - 6

Co-authors: Lee R; Stack K

2008Hunter DL, Lewis TW, Ellison JC, 'Karst drainage relations with catchment land use change, Mole Creek, Tasmania, Australia', Cave and Karst Science, 35, (3) pp. 95-104. ISSN 1356-191X (2008) [Refereed Article]

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Co-authors: Hunter DL; Ellison JC

2008Southam DC, Lewis TW, McFarlane AJ, Borrmann T, Johnston JT, 'Calcium-phosphorus interactions at a nano-structured silicate surface', Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 319, (2) pp. 489-497. ISSN 0021-9797 (2008) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.jcis.2007.12.012 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 12Web of Science - 9

Co-authors: Southam DC

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2004Daglish RW, Nowak BF, Lewis TW, 'Copper/Metal Ratios in the Gills of Rainbow Trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) Provide Evidence of Copper Exposure Under Conditions of Mixed-Metal Exposure', Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology, 47, (1) pp. 110-116. ISSN 0090-4341 (2004) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s00244-003-3030-9 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2

Co-authors: Daglish RW; Nowak BF

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2004Southam DC, Lewis TW, McFarlane AJ, Johnston JH, 'Amorphous calcium silicate as a chemisorbent for phosphate', Current Applied Physics, 4, (40270) pp. 355-358. ISSN 1567-1739 (2004) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.cap.2003.11.047 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 27Web of Science - 26

Co-authors: Southam DC

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Conference Publication

(13 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2015Singh S, Stack KR, Lewis TW, Richardson DE, 'Examination of variables influencing the selective froth flotation of wood extractives from Pinus radiata TMP process water', Proceedings of the Appita Fibre Value Chain Conference and Expo 2015, 11-12 November 2015, Melbourne, Australia, pp. 86-92. ISBN 978-0-9871684-6-7 (2015) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Singh S; Stack KR

2015Stack KR, Tham YY, Lewis TW, Richardson DE, 'The effect of pH disturbances on the colloidal structure and fibre adsorption of Pinus radiata wood extractives', Proceedings of the Appita Fibre Value Chain Conference and Expo 2015, 11-12 November 2015, Melbourne, Australia, pp. 72-78. ISBN 978-0-9871684-6-7 (2015) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Stack KR; Tham YY

2015Waheed S, Cabot J, Macdonald NP, Lewis TW, Breadmore MC, et al., 'Fabrication and evaluation of poly (dimethylsiloxane)-diamond electrophoretic chip', 23rd Annual Research and Development Topics Conference, 6-9 December 2015, Melbourne, Australia (2015) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Cabot J; Macdonald NP; Breadmore MC; Paull B

2015Singh S, Stack KR, Lewis TW, Richardson DE, 'Examination of variables influencing the selective froth flotation of wood extractives from Pinus radiata TMP process water', Fibre Value Chain Conference and Expo 2015 Conference Proceedings, 11-12 November 2015, Melbourne, Australia, pp. 86-92. ISBN 9780987168467 (2015) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Singh S; Stack KR

2014Singh S, Stack K, Lewis T, Richardson DE, 'Comparison of foaming agents for selective froth flotation of wood extractives from Pinus radiata TMP process water', Proceedings of the Fibre Value Chain Conference and Expo 2014: Pulp and Paper Bioenergy Bioproducts, 15-17 October, Rotorua, New Zealand, pp. 1-6. (2014) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Singh S; Stack K

2014Stack K, Blackstock T, Heier D, Richardson DE, Lewis T, 'The effect of dissolved organics on the adsorption of wood extractives onto bentonite', Appita Fibre Value Chain Conference and Expo 2014, 15-17 October 2014, Rotorua, New Zealand (2014) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Stack K; Blackstock T; Heier D

2012Henderson RD, Guijt RM, Andrewartha LK, Lewis TW, Henderson AD, et al., 'Metal-Free Lab on a Chip Electrophoresis Device with Integrated Electrodes', Analytix 2012, 23-25 March, Beijing China, pp. online. (2012) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Henderson RD; Guijt RM; Andrewartha LK; Henderson AD; Hilder EF; Haddad PR; Breadmore MC

2011Lee R, Stack K, Richardson D, Lewis T, Garnier G, 'Aggregation studies of pinus radiata wood extractives under increased system closure', Appita 2011, 10-13 April 2011, Rotorua, New Zealand, pp. 191-197. (2011) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Lee R; Stack K

2011Stack KR, Lee RA, Zhang J, Lewis TW, Garnier G, et al., 'Colloidal and deposition behavior of pinus radiata extractives and model colloid systems', Proceedings of the 16th ISWFPC, 8-10 June 2011, Tianjin, China, pp. 1243-1248. (2011) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Stack KR; Lee RA; Zhang J

2010Lee R, Stack K, Lewis T, Garnier G, Richardson D, et al., 'Measurement of pitch deposition by impinging jet microscopy: Effect of divalent salts', 64th Appita Annual Conference and Exhibition Proceedings, 18-21 April 2010, Melbourne, pp. 1-7. (2010) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Lee R; Stack K

2010Rao RN, Stack KR, Lewis TW, Richardson D, Horne HJ, 'Using NMR and SEM, to study the behaviour of pitch', 64th Appita Annual Conference and Exhibition Proceedings, 18-21 April 2010, Melbourne, pp. 281-287. (2010) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Rao RN; Stack KR; Horne HJ

2009Lee RA, Stack KR, Richardson D, Lewis TW, Garnier G, 'Photometric Dispersion Analyser (PDA) to quantify pitch coagulation kinetics', Proceedings, 63rd Appita, 19-22 April 2009, Melbourne, pp. 259-265. (2009) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Lee RA; Stack KR

2002Daglish RW, Nowak BF, Lewis TW, 'CU/N rations in the gills of rainbow trout provide evidence of copper exposure under conditions of mixed metal exposure ', Interact 2002 Program and Abstracts, 21-25 July 2002, Sydney, Australia, pp. 184. (2002) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Daglish RW; Nowak BF

Grants & Funding

Trevor has been supported by two ARC Linkage Grants, the first in 2008 (Reduced water usage in the Australian pulp and paper industry through novel process chemistry, $160,000 from the ARC and $99,000 from the industry partner, with Richardson and Garnier) and the second in 2011 (Colloid interactions and extraction in sustainable, water efficient paper manufacture, $345,000 from the ARC, $195,000 from the industry partner, with Richardson, Yates, Molino and Higgins). These funds have supported 3 PhD students, 1 Honours student and 1 part time Research Associate, and generated 10 refereed publications, with a further 5 submitted, and 7 conference publications.

Over the last 10 years he has received over $590,000 of Non-ARC funding: $205,000 from Tasmanian Department of Economic Development funding (with Seen, Stack and Ecka Granules) in 2006-7, $96,000 from the International Science Linkages programme Australia-China Special Fund (with Haddad, Breadmore, Hilder and Guijt) in 2007. This grant supported 1 PhD student and generated 3 refereed publications and 1 conference publication. He has also been granted $129,000 from Norske Skog for various projects (with Stack) from 2005-13.

Funding Summary

Number of grants

11

Total funding

$1,344,740

Projects

Bioelectricity Generation from Dairy Wastewater (2016)$39,740
Description
The main objective of this study is to develop a novel low-cost fuel cell for simultaneous contaminants removal and electricity generation from dairy wastewater. The dairy industry including dairy firms and dairy processing plants is Australias fourth largest rural industry. In 2014-2015, Tasmanian milk production reached a record 886 million litres, a 10.1% increase over the previous year. That is a rise of 286ML in 10 years. The dairy wastewater which includes dung, urine, milk residue, and detergents is collected at one point near the farm and requires effective management to prevent environment pollution. The wastewater should be managed in a manner that does not pollute surface or ground waters or create undue odour. Constructed Wetlands (CW) are known as one the best management practice to treat dairy wastewaters. A plant based flooded systems such as constructed wetlands commonly used in dairy industry have different aerobic and anaerobic zones throughout their bed depth and water column (Yadav et al., 2012). Therefore this similarity can be utilised for the development of a novel plant based MFC. In the combined novel MFC-CW system, the electrochemical active microbes (bacteria) act as biocatalysts. The bacteria uses the anode electrode as the preferred final electrode acceptor because the deference in free energy is larger than other available electron acceptors. In this way, the electrical current is generated simultaneously with contaminants removal from wastewater.
Funding
Tasmanian Community Fund ($39,740)
Scheme
Grant
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Abbassi R; Garaniya V; Chin CKH; Rafieshahraki J; Lewis TW; Morrison BVR; O'Grady Anthony
Year
2016
Colloidal stability in water efficient paper manufacture (2015 - 2016)$40,000
Funding
Donation via University of Tasmania Foundation ($40,000)
Scheme
Donation - Institutional
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Lewis TW; Stack KR
Period
2015 - 2016
Boron speciation in preserved wood and leachate (2014 - 2015)$20,000
Description
This project aims to: 1) Quantify the extent of boron leaching from preservative treated wood; and 2) Identify factors affecting boron leaching from preservative treated wood.
Funding
Aurora Energy Pty Ltd ($20,000)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Shabala SN; Stack KR; Lewis TW
Period
2014 - 2015
Boron speciation in wood and leachate (2014)$2,000
Description
The project will provide novel treatments for protecting wood from decay and fire, and will elucidate mechanisms of transfer, solubility and immobilisation in wood preservatives.
Funding
Private Forests Tasmania ($2,000)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Shabala SN; Stack KR; Lewis TW
Year
2014
Colloid interactions and extraction in sustainable, water efficient paper manufacture (2012 - 2015)$535,000
Description
This project will investigate the causes of wood extractive deposits on modern high-speed printing surfaces. It will also develop alternatives to prevent their deposition in an environmentally sustainable manner, and to remove them from the paper making process allowing their utilisation as valuable natural products.
Funding
Australian Research Council ($340,000)
Scheme
Grant-Linkage Projects Round 2
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Lewis TW; Higgins M; Molino P; Yates BF
Period
2012 - 2015
Grant Reference
LP120200241
Norske Skog Boyer Mill Secondary Effluent Treatment Performance Optimisation (2009 - 2011)$51,000
Funding
Norske-Skog (Australasia) Pty Ltd ($51,000)
Scheme
Scholarship-Top-Up
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Lewis TW; Stack KR
Period
2009 - 2011
Reduced Water Usage in the Australian Pulp and Paper Industry Through Novel Process Chemistry (2008 - 2010)$259,000
Funding
Australian Research Council ($160,000)
Scheme
Grant-Linkage Projects Round 1
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Lewis TW; Yates BF; Garnier GB
Period
2008 - 2010
Grant Reference
LP0882355
Revolutionising a Lab-on-a-Chip by Integrating Polymer Electrodes (2007 - 2010)$87,000
Funding
Department of Industry and Science ($87,000)
Scheme
Grant-ISL Australia-China Fund
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Haddad PR; Guijt RM; Breadmore MC; Hilder EF; Lewis TW
Period
2007 - 2010
Rapid Reaction Time - New Aluminium Flake for Aerated Light Weight Concrete (2006 - 2007)$205,000
Funding
Ecka GranulesAustralia ($205,000)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Seen AJ; Lewis TW; Stack KR
Period
2006 - 2007
A New Ion Selective Electrode for the Determination of Nitrate Ions in Natural and Waste Waters (2003)$10,000
Funding
University of Tasmania ($10,000)
Scheme
Grant-Institutional Research Scheme
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Lewis TW
Year
2003
Donations Chemistry - Karen Stack (2001 - 2011)$96,000
Funding
Donation via University of Tasmania Foundation ($96,000)
Scheme
Donation - Individual
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Stack KR; Lewis TW
Period
2001 - 2011

Research Supervision

My contribution to teaching and research at higher degree level includes the supervision or co-supervision of 22 Honours, 3 Masters and 10 PhD students to completion and the current supervision of 3 Honours and 4 PhD students.

Current

5

Completed

8

Current

DegreeTitleCommenced
PhDStudy of the Interactions of Softwood Extractives and Model Compounds with Different Model Surfaces2011
PhDDevelopment of Low-Toxicity Wood Preservatives with a Focus on On-Farm Timber Treatment2013
PhDRemoval and Recovery of Pinus Radiata Wood Extractives from Process Water in Paper Manufacture by Froth Floatation process water in paper manufacture by froth flotation2013
PhDIntegrated 3D Printed Electrophoresis Chips for Low Cost Analytical Platforms2015
PhDSustainable Bioelectricity Generation From Effluent Treatment Ponds2016

Completed

DegreeTitleCompleted
PhDOptimisation of the Norske Skog Activated Sludge Wastewater Treatment Plant at Boyer: The Role of Trace Metals and Vitamins
Candidate: Jason Nicholas Barnett
2013
PhDThe Stability of Wood Resin Colloids in Paper Manufacture
Candidate: Roland Arthur Lee
2012
PhDIntegrating Polyaniline: A New Electrode Material for Lab on a Chip Applications
Candidate: Rowan David Henderson
2012
PhDThe Electrospinning of Blended Polyaniline Nano-fibres and their Application in an Ion-Selective Electrode
Candidate: Nathan James Newman
2007
PhDApplication of an in situ Passive Sampling Technique for Assessment of Contaminants in the Antarctic Environment
Candidate: Bronwyn Lesley Larner
2006
PhDThe Environmental Impacts of Land Based Abalone Aquaculture
Candidate: Justin Ho
2006
PhDPhosphate in the environment: its analysis and removal using advanced materials
Candidate: Daniel Christopher Southam
2005
PhDThe potential use of metal ratios in the gills on rainbow trout as biomarkers for acute waterborne copper exposure
Candidate: Ross William Daglish
2004