Elite Research Scholarships

Synthesis, characterization and evaluation of novel polymer monolithic stationary phases for separation science

Synthesis, characterization and evaluation of novel polymer monolithic stationary phases for separation science

This project is focused on the synthesis, characterization and evaluation of new ion-exchange stationary phases based on the self-assembly of functionalised nanoparticles onto a scaffold formed from a porous polymer monolith. This includes the synthesis and performance assessment of new types of polymeric monolithic stationary phases and will involve a range of experimental techniques. These include both conventional chromatographic measurements, optical and electron microscopy and contactless conductivity measurements to determine bulk structural features. This information will then be used to inform the rational design of new stationary phases for a range of applications in areas of national importance such as pre-and post-blast identification of explosives in counter-terrorism applications; environmental, clinical, and forensic analysis; energy generation and foods. This is a collaborative project between the University of Tasmania and the University of Western Sydney and is supported by a current ARC Discovery Grant and support from an industry partner.

More Information: http://www.across.utas.edu.au , http://www.utas.edu.au/chem
Contact: Professor Emily Hilder
Emily.Hilder@utas.edu.au
Phone: +61 3 6226 7670