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Analytical chemist honoured by Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering

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University of Tasmania analytical chemist Professor Michael Breadmore has been elected as a Fellow to the to the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE), for his global leading work.

ATSE’s 2022 new Fellows are leaders in their fields spanning structural engineering, research commercialisation, sustainable technology and mining, marine modelling, and cutting-edge health systems.

Michael’s ‘lab-on-a chip’ technology separates complex mixtures of chemicals on miniature scale enabling users to test samples and get results on the spot.

A leader in his field, Michael said he is thrilled with the election as an ATSE Fellow.

It’s an honour to be elected by my peers, and I look forward to helping Australians tackle our most urgent challenges.

Professor Michael Breadmore
Professor Michael Breadmore

His research culminated in two world first portable instruments. First, an instrument that detects, in under 60 seconds, the chemicals used in homemade explosives, revolutionising counter-terrorism efforts.

And second, an instrument for the near-real-time detection of nutrients in natural waters, to change the global water monitoring industry.

University of Tasmania Executive Dean of the College of Sciences and Engineering, Terry Bailey congratulated Michael on his recognition and said it was a wonderful accomplishment.

“ATSE is Australia’s foremost impact network for leading applied scientists, technologists, and engineers, and we are thrilled to see Michael join this group,” he said.

Michael’s influence worldwide is evidenced by his repeated presence in Analytical Scientist’s top 100 ‘Power List’ in recent years.

ATSE President Hugh Bradlow said the new Fellows are shaping Australia’s technology powered human driven future.

“Elected by their peers, ATSE Fellows are leaders in applied science, technology and engineering and we celebrate their exceptional professional contributions to Australian STEM innovation,” Professor Bradlow said.

“While the 2022 new Fellows span multiple critical industries, we are pleased to welcome so many at the forefront of tackling climate change. They are creating better batteries to support renewable energy supplies, increasing efficiency and flexibility of solar cells and panels, and sustainable mining practices.

As we face the repeated effects of increased flooding events, they are shaping the way humanity monitors water quality, models marine environments for food and agriculture, advances water catchment policy, and develops best practices for dam and bridge construction.

Michael Breadmore Fellow tile

See all the 2022 Fellows: #ATSEFellows