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Stuart Thickett

Stuart Thickett

Senior Lecturer in Soft Matter Chemistry

Room 304 , Chemistry Building

+61 3 6226 2783 (phone)

Stuart.Thickett@utas.edu.au

Dr Stuart Thickett is a Senior Lecturer in the Discipline of Chemistry in the School of Natural Sciences. He is interested in the field of polymer, colloid and materials chemistry with a specific focus on polymer kinetics and mechanism.

Biography

Before joining the University of Tasmania in 2015, Stuart received his Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry from the University of Sydney in 2004 and 2008 respectively. He subsequently held post-doctoral positions at the University of Queensland, University of Toronto (Canada) and the University of Sydney, prior to being awarded a Vice-Chancellor’s Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship to join the School of Chemical Engineering at the University of New South Wales in 2012. He was appointed lecturer within the Discipline of Chemistry at the University of Tasmania in 2015 and was promoted to senior lecturer in 2017.

Achievements

Stuart received his BSc (Hons) from The University of Sydney in 2004 and completed his PhD with Professor Robert Gilbert at The University of Sydney in 2008. He has since held post-doctoral positions at The University of Toronto, Canada (with Professor Mitchell Winnik) and The University of Sydney (with Associate Professor Chiara Neto). In 2012 he was awarded a Vice-Chancellor's Post-Doctoral Fellowship to join the School of Chemical Engineering at The University of New South Wales. He was appointed as a Lecturer in Soft Matter Chemistry at The University of Tasmania in February 2015.

Teaching Responsibilities

  • KRA113 – Chemistry 1A
  • KRA170 – Chemistry of Materials
  • KRA343 – Structure and Materials

Publications

  • Thickett, S.C. and Zetterlund, P.B. Graphene Oxide (GO) Nanosheets as Oil-in-Water Emulsion Stabilizers: Influence of Oil Phase Polarity,Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 2015, 442, 67-74.
  • Ghezzi, M., Thickett, S.C., Telford, A.M., Easton, C.D., Meagher, L. and Neto, C. Protein Micropatterns by PEG Grafting on Dewetted PLGA Films, Langmuir, 2014, 30, 11714-11722.
  • Che Man, S.C., Ly, D., Whittaker, M.R., Thickett, S.C. and Zetterlund, P.B. Nano-sized Graphene Oxide as Sole Surfactant in Miniemulsion Polymerization for Nanocomposite Synthesis: Effect of pH and Ionic Strength, Polymer, 2014, 55, 3490-3497.
  • Thickett, S.C., Wood, N., Ng, Y.H. and Zetterlund, P.B. Hollow Hybrid Polymer-Graphene Oxide Nanoparticles via Pickering Miniemulsion Polymerization, Nanoscale, 2014, 6, 8590-8594.
  • Pu, D.W., Devitt, M.P., Thickett, S.C., Lucien, F.P. and Zetterlund, P.B. Dispersion Polymerization of Styrene in CO2-Expanded Ethanol, Polymer, 2013, 54, 6689-6694.

Career summary

Qualifications

Graduate Certificate of University Learning and Teaching, University of New South Wales, Australia, 19/12/2014

Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry, The Kinetics of Electrosterically Stabilized Emulsion Polymerization Systems, University of Sydney, Australia, 6/6/2008

Bachelor of Science (Advanced) (Honours), Propagation Kinetics of Acrylic Acid: An Experimental and Theoretical Study, University of Sydney, Australia, 20/4/2004

Administrative expertise

In 2015 Stuart was appointed the Chair of the Australian Polymer Summer School (APSS), run by the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI) Polymer Division. He has coordinated and organised four summer schools since his appointment at various venues around Australia. Stuart has been the Tasmanian State Representative for the RACI Polymer Division since 2016.At UTAS, Stuart has convened the School of Natural Sciences Teaching Mentoring Co-Op Since 2018.

Teaching

Teaching expertise

Stuart has taught undergraduate and postgraduate units in chemistry (primarily physical chemistry from first to third year) and chemical engineering (including topics in materials science and polymer chemistry) since 2010, at UNSW, The University of Sydney and the University of Tasmania. He has also been involved in the re-design of the first year chemistry undergraduate laboratory program here at The University of Tasmania. Stuart received a Teaching Merit Certificate from the University of Tasmania in 2017 and the Executive Dean’s Award for Development and Innovation in Teaching and Learning in 2018.

Teaching responsibility

Unit coordinator, KRA343 Structure and Materials www.utas.edu.au/units/KRA343

Laboratory coordinator, KRA114 Chemistry 1B www.utas.edu.au/units/KRA114

Topic lecturer, KRA113 Chemistry 1A www.utas.edu.au/units/KRA113

Topic lecturer, KRA242 Physical and Analytical Chemistry www.utas.edu.au/KRA242

Topic lecturer, KRA341 Organic and Bioorganic Chemistry www.utas.edu.au/KRA341

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Expertise

Polymer synthesis and characterization

Heterogeneous polymerization

Synthesis and applications of nanoparticles and self-assembly

Controlled radical polymerization

Photopolymerization and 3D Printing

Polymer thin films and surfaces

Research Themes

Stuart’s research broadly aligns to the University’s research theme of Resources and Sustainability. His research interests are centred on polymer and materials chemistry, with a specific focus on the control of structure-property relationships of polymers through understanding the underlying kinetics and mechanism of polymer synthesis. Stuart is working on the design of polymer nanoparticles that have applications in protective surface coatings, electrically conductive materials, and controlled uptake and release. Stuart also works in the area of photopolymerization, where light can be used to prepare bespoke polymer materials via techniques such as 3D printing. He collaborates with analytical chemists and material scientists to enable polymeric objects to be printed with high level of control and precision. Recently he has developed new methodologies for polymerization in the absence of traditional volatile organic solvents, which provides potential for improving the environmental footprint of these technologies.

Collaboration

Stuart has active research collaborations here at the University of Tasmania, as well as other Universities across Australia and internationally. Here at The University of Tasmania he works with other researchers in the areas of photoredox catalysis (A/Prof Alex Bissember) and 3D printing (Prof Michael Breadmore and Dr Fernando Alejandro) in order to develop new methods to control the synthesis of polymeric materials. Stuart continues to collaborate extensively with Prof Per Zetterlund (UNSW) on the design of polymer-graphene composites, in addition to the team of Prof Emily Hilder (University of South Australia) for the design of porous polymer materials for applications in analytical chemistry. Additionally, he is developing new research collaborations with researchers in the United States regarding colloid and nanoparticle synthesis.

Awards

2019 Pioneering Investigator in Polymer Chemistry, Royal Society of Chemistry (UK)

Current projects

Colloidal nanocomposite synthesis via polymerization induced self-assembly

Tailored resin chemistry for applications in stereolithographic 3D printing

Porous polymer monoliths for application in separation science

Graphene-polymer composite materials

Crosslinked polymeric gels using environmentally benign solvents

Controlled photopolymerization using transition metal photocatalysis

For further information, head to http://www.softmatterchem.info

Fields of Research

  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry (030603)
  • Polymerisation Mechanisms (030305)
  • Synthesis of Materials (030306)
  • Composite and Hybrid Materials (091202)
  • Analytical Spectrometry (030101)
  • Separation Science (030108)
  • Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy (130212)
  • Physical Chemistry of Materials (030304)
  • Functional Materials (091205)
  • Instrumental Methods (excl. Immunological and Bioassay Methods) (030105)
  • Polymers and Plastics (091209)
  • Chemical Sciences (039999)
  • Design Innovation (120302)
  • Catalysis and Mechanisms of Reactions (030601)
  • Biomechanical Engineering (090302)
  • Sensor Technology (Chemical aspects) (030107)
  • Manufacturing Management (091005)
  • Nanochemistry and Supramolecular Chemistry (030302)
  • Microtechnology (091009)
  • Agricultural Biotechnology Diagnostics (incl. Biosensors) (100101)
  • Engineering Instrumentation (099902)

Research Objectives

  • Expanding Knowledge in the Chemical Sciences (970103)
  • Expanding Knowledge in Engineering (970109)
  • Urban and Industrial Water Management (960912)
  • Plastics in Primary Forms (860606)
  • Natural Hazards in Fresh, Ground and Surface Water Environments (961005)
  • Environmentally Sustainable Manufacturing (869899)
  • Plastic Products (incl. Construction Materials) (860607)
  • Paper Products (incl. Coated Paper) (860501)
  • Syllabus and Curriculum Development (930302)
  • Paints (860605)
  • Scientific Instruments (861503)
  • Water Services and Utilities (900404)
  • Instrumentation (861599)
  • Organic Industrial Chemicals (excl. Resins, Rubber and Plastics) (860604)
  • Polymeric Materials (e.g. Paints) (870303)
  • Hydrogen Production from Renewable Energy (850303)
  • Crop Protection Chemicals (860703)
  • Medical Instruments (861502)
  • Solar-Photovoltaic Energy (850504)
  • Industrial Chemicals and Related Products (860699)
  • Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences (970111)
  • Communication Equipment (861799)

Publications

Stuart has published over 50 peer-reviewed journal articles across the discipline areas of polymer chemistry, surface chemistry, nanoparticle synthesis, 3D printing and nanomaterials. His work has received close to 1500 citations and his h-index is 22. Details of his publications can be found through his ORCID ID https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8168-3856

Total publications

57

Highlighted publications

(10 outputs)
YearTypeCitationAltmetrics
2017Journal ArticleTelford AM, Thickett SC, Neto C, 'Functional patterned coatings by thin polymer film dewetting', Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 507 pp. 453-469. ISSN 0021-9797 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.jcis.2017.07.004 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 11Web of Science - 10

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2016Journal ArticleTeo GH, Kuchel RP, Zetterlund PB, Thickett SC, 'Polymer-inorganic hybrid nanoparticles of various morphologies via polymerization-induced self assembly and sol-gel chemistry', Polymer Chemistry, 7, (43) pp. 6575-6585. ISSN 1759-9954 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1039/c6py01447j [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 15Web of Science - 16

Co-authors: Teo GH

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2015Journal ArticleZetterlund PB, Thickett SC, Perrier S, Bourgeat-Lami E, Lansalot M, 'Controlled/living radical polymerization in dispersed systems: an update', Chemical Reviews, 115, (18) pp. 9745-9800. ISSN 0009-2665 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1021/cr500625k [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 215Web of Science - 221

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2014Journal ArticleThickett SC, Wood N, Ng YH, Zetterlund PB, 'Hollow hybrid polymer-graphene oxide nanoparticles via Pickering miniemulsion polymerization', Nanoscale, 6, (15) pp. 8590-8594. ISSN 2040-3364 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1039/c4nr01175a [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 51Web of Science - 50

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2012Journal ArticleThickett SC, Moses J, Gamble JR, Neto C, 'Micropatterned substrates made by polymer bilayer dewetting and collagen nanoscale assembly support endothelial cell adhesion', Soft Matter, 8, (39) pp. 9996-10007. ISSN 1744-683X (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1039/c2sm26557e [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 20Web of Science - 18

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2011Journal ArticleAbdelrahman AI, Thickett SC, Liang Y, Ornatsky O, Baranov V, et al., 'Surface functionalization methods to enhance bioconjugation in metal-labeled polystyrene particles', Macromolecules, 44, (12) pp. 4801-4813. ISSN 0024-9297 (2011) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1021/ma200582q [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 23Web of Science - 23

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2011Journal ArticleThickett SC, Neto C, Harris AT, 'Biomimetic surface coatings for atmospheric water capture prepared by dewetting of polymer films', Advanced Materials, 23, (32) pp. 3718-3722. ISSN 0935-9648 (2011) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1002/adma.201100290 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 136Web of Science - 132

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2010Journal ArticleThickett SC, Abdelrahman AI, Ornatsky O, Bandura D, Baranov V, et al., 'Bio-functional, lanthanide-labeled polymer particles by seeded emulsion polymerization and their characterization by novel ICP-MS detection', Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectrometry, 25, (3) pp. 269-281. ISSN 0267-9477 (2010) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1039/b916850h [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 18Web of Science - 18

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2009Journal ArticleAbdelrahman AI, Dai S, Thickett SC, Ornatsky O, Bandura D, et al., 'Lanthanide-containing polymer microspheres by multiple-stage dispersion polymerization for highly multiplexed bioassays', Journal of the American Chemical Society, 131, (42) pp. 15276-15283. ISSN 0002-7863 (2009) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1021/ja9052009 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 68Web of Science - 70

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2007Journal ArticleThickett SC, Gilbert RG, 'Emulsion polymerization: state of the art in kinetics and mechanisms', Polymer, 48, (24) pp. 6965-6991. ISSN 0032-3861 (2007) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.polymer.2007.09.031 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 244Web of Science - 227

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Journal Article

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YearCitationAltmetrics
2019Cai Y, Fadil Y, Jasinski F, Thickett SC, Agarwal V, et al., 'Miniemulsion polymerization using graphene oxide as surfactant: In situ grafting of polymers', Carbon, 149 pp. 445-451. ISSN 0008-6223 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.carbon.2019.04.063 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 6Web of Science - 6

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2019Fadil Y, Agarwal V, Jasinski F, Thickett SC, Minami H, et al., 'Electrically conductive polymer/rGO nanocomposite films at ambient temperature via miniemulsion polymerization using GO as surfactant', Nanoscale, 11 pp. 6566-6570. ISSN 2040-3372 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1039/c9nr00816k [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 8Web of Science - 8

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2019Fadil Y, Dinh LNM, Yap MOY, Kuchel RP, Yao Y, et al., 'Ambient-temperature waterborne polymer/rGO nanocomposite films: effect of rGO distribution on electrical conductivity', ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, 11, (51) pp. 48450-48458. ISSN 1944-8244 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1021/acsami.9b19183 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 3Web of Science - 3

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2019Sutton AT, Arrua RD, Thickett SC, Lombi E, Hilder EF, 'Understanding the interaction of gold and silver nanoparticles with natural organic matter using affinity capillary electrophoresis', Environmental Science: Nano, 6 pp. 1351-1362. ISSN 2051-8161 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1039/c9en00014c [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1

Co-authors: Hilder EF

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2019Teo GH, Zetterlund PB, Thickett SC, 'Interfacial crosslinking of self‐assembled triblock copolymer nanoparticles via alkoxysilane hydrolysis and condensation', Journal of Polymer Science, Part A: Polymer Chemistry, 57, (18) pp. 1897-1907. ISSN 1099-0518 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1002/pola.29313 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 4

Co-authors: Teo GH

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2019Thickett SC, Hamilton E, Yogeswaran G, Zetterlund PB, Farrugia BL, et al., 'Enhanced osteogenic differentiation of human fetal cartilage rudiment cells on graphene oxide-PLGA hybrid microparticles', Journal of Functional Biomaterials, 10, (3) Article 33. ISSN 2079-4983 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.3390/jfb10030033 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1

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2019Thickett SC, Teo GH, 'Recent advances in colloidal nanocomposite design via heterogeneous polymerization techniques', Polymer Chemistry, 10 pp. 2906-2924. ISSN 1759-9962 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1039/c9py00097f [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 11Web of Science - 10

Co-authors: Teo GH

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2018Fadil Y, Jasinski F, Guok TW, Thickett SC, Minami H, et al., 'Pickering miniemulsion polymerization using graphene oxide: effect of addition of a conventional surfactant', Polymer Chemistry, 9, (24) pp. 3368-3378. ISSN 1759-9954 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1039/c8py00667a [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 11Web of Science - 11

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2018Jasinski F, Alkhater A, Thickett SC, Brinkhuis RH, Zetterlund PB, 'Estimation of copolymer/water interfacial tensions using pendant drop tensiometry', Langmuir, 34, (23) pp. 6835-3843. ISSN 0743-7463 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1021/acs.langmuir.8b00554 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1

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2018Khodabandeh A, Arrua RD, Coad BR, Rodemann T, Ohigashi T, et al., 'Morphology control in polymerised high internal phase emulsion templated via macro-RAFT agent composition: visualizing surface chemistry', Polymer Chemistry, 9, (2) pp. 213-220. ISSN 1759-9954 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1039/c7py01770g [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2

Co-authors: Khodabandeh A; Rodemann T

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2018Pullen R, Thickett SC, Bissember AC, 'Investigating the viability of a competency-based, qualitative laboratory assessment model in first-year undergraduate chemistry', Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 19 pp. 629-637. ISSN 1756-1108 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1039/C7RP00249A [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Web of Science - 4

Co-authors: Pullen R; Bissember AC

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2018Teo GH, Kuchel RP, Zetterlund PB, Thickett SC, 'Self-assembly of block copolymers with an alkoxysilane-based core-forming block: a comparison of synthetic approaches', Journal of Polymer Science Part A: Polymer Chemistry, 56, (4) pp. 420-429. ISSN 0887-624X (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1002/pola.28911 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 3

Co-authors: Teo GH

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2017Fadil Y, Che Man SH, Jasinski F, Minami H, Thickett SC, et al., 'Formation of homogeneous nanocomposite films at ambient temperature via miniemulsion polymerization using graphene oxide as surfactant', Journal of Polymer Science. Part A, 55, (14) pp. 2289-2297. ISSN 0887-624X (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1002/pola.28613 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 8Web of Science - 8

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2017Jasinski F, Teo VL, Kuchel RP, Mballa MM, Thickett SC, et al., 'Core-shell and gradient morphology polymer particles analyzed by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy: effect of monomer feed order', Journal of Polymer Science. Part A: Polymer Chemistry, 55, (15) pp. 2513-2526. ISSN 0887-624X (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1002/pola.28644 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 4Web of Science - 4

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2017Jasinski F, Teo VL, Kuchel RP, Mballa Mballa M, Thickett SC, et al., 'Synthesis and characterisation of gradient polymeric nanoparticles', Polymer Chemistry, 8, (3) pp. 495-499. ISSN 1759-9954 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1039/c6py02062c [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 7Web of Science - 8

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2017Khodabandeh A, Arrua RD, Mansour FR, Thickett SC, Hilder EF, 'PEO-based brush-type amphiphilic macro-RAFT agents and their assembled polyHIPE monolithic structures for applications in separation science', Scientific Reports, 7 Article 7847. ISSN 2045-2322 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1038/s41598-017-08423-x [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 10Web of Science - 12

Co-authors: Khodabandeh A; Mansour FR

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2017Tardy A, Bhullar KA, Lim DQ, Thickett SC, Zetterlund PB, 'Revised insights into templating radical polymerization within nanoreactors', Journal of Polymer Science. Part A, 55, (9) pp. 1590-1600. ISSN 0887-624X (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1002/pola.28538 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 5Web of Science - 5

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2017Telford AM, Thickett SC, Neto C, 'Functional patterned coatings by thin polymer film dewetting', Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 507 pp. 453-469. ISSN 0021-9797 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.jcis.2017.07.004 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 11Web of Science - 10

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2017Toe CY, Tan HL, Boyer C, Rawal A, Thickett SC, et al., 'Photo-driven synthesis of polymer-coated platinized ZnO nanoparticles with enhanced photoelectrochemical charge transportation', Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 5, (9) pp. 4568-4575. ISSN 2050-7488 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1039/c6ta10665j [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 10Web of Science - 8

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2016Khodabandeh A, Arrua RD, Desire CT, Rodemann T, Bon SAF, et al., 'Preparation of inverse polymerized high internal phase emulsions using an amphiphilic macro-RAFT agent as sole stabilizer', Polymer Chemistry, 7, (9) pp. 1803-1812. ISSN 1759-9954 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1039/c5py02012c [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 21Web of Science - 22

Co-authors: Khodabandeh A; Arrua RD; Desire CT; Rodemann T; Hilder EF

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2016Rowe M, Teo GH, Horne J, Al-Khayat O, Neto C, et al., 'High Glass Transition Temperature Fluoropolymers for Hydrophobic Surface Coatings via RAFT Copolymerization', Australian Journal of Chemistry, 69, (7) pp. 725-734. ISSN 0004-9425 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1071/CH15787 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 3Web of Science - 2

Co-authors: Teo GH; Horne J

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2016Teo GH, Kuchel RP, Zetterlund PB, Thickett SC, 'Polymer-inorganic hybrid nanoparticles of various morphologies via polymerization-induced self assembly and sol-gel chemistry', Polymer Chemistry, 7, (43) pp. 6575-6585. ISSN 1759-9954 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1039/c6py01447j [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 15Web of Science - 16

Co-authors: Teo GH

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2016Tokuda M, Thickett SC, Minami H, Zetterlund PB, 'Preparation of polymer particles containing reduced graphene oxide nanosheets using ionic liquid monomer', Macromolecules, 49, (4) pp. 1222-1228. ISSN 0024-9297 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1021/acs.macromol.5b02216 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 9Web of Science - 9

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2016Tokuda M, Yamane M, Thickett SC, Minami H, Zetterlund PB, 'Synthesis of polymeric nanoparticles containing reduced graphene oxide nanosheets stabilized by poly(ionic liquid) using miniemulsion polymerization', Soft Matter, 12, (17) pp. 3955-3962. ISSN 1744-683X (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1039/c6sm00269b [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 12Web of Science - 12

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2015Duffy E, Mitev DP, Thickett SC, Townsend AT, Paull B, et al., 'Assessing the extent, stability, purity and properties of silanised detonation nanodiamond', Applied Surface Science, 357, (Part A) pp. 397-406. ISSN 0169-4332 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.apsusc.2015.09.002 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 9Web of Science - 9

Co-authors: Duffy E; Mitev DP; Townsend AT; Paull B; Nesterenko PN

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2015Teo GH, Ng YH, Zetterlund PB, Thickett SC, 'Factors influencing the preparation of hollow polymer-graphene oxide microcapsules via Pickering miniemulsion polymerization', Polymer, 63 pp. 1-9. ISSN 0032-3861 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.polymer.2015.02.035 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 35Web of Science - 32

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2015Thickett SC, Zetterlund PB, 'Graphene oxide (GO) nanosheets as oil-in-water emulsion stabilizers: influence of oil phase polarity', Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 442 pp. 67-74. ISSN 0021-9797 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.jcis.2014.11.047 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 51Web of Science - 51

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2015Wong I, Teo GH, Neto C, Thickett SC, 'Micropatterned surfaces for atmospheric water condensation via controlled radical polymerization and thin film dewetting', ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, 7, (38) pp. 21562-21570. ISSN 1944-8244 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1021/acsami.5b06856 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 18Web of Science - 20

Co-authors: Teo GH

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2015Zetterlund PB, Thickett SC, Perrier S, Bourgeat-Lami E, Lansalot M, 'Controlled/living radical polymerization in dispersed systems: an update', Chemical Reviews, 115, (18) pp. 9745-9800. ISSN 0009-2665 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1021/cr500625k [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 215Web of Science - 221

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2014Che Man SH, Ly D, Whittaker MR, Thickett SC, Zetterlund PB, 'Nano-sized graphene oxide as sole surfactant in miniemulsion polymerization for nanocomposite synthesis: effect of pH and ionic strength', Polymer, 55, (16) pp. 3490-3497. ISSN 0032-3861 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.polymer.2014.06.005 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 37Web of Science - 38

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2014Ghezzi M, Thickett SC, Telford AM, Easton CD, Meagher L, et al., 'Protein micropatterns by PEG grafting on dewetted PLGA films', Langmuir, 30, (39) pp. 11714-11722. ISSN 0743-7463 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1021/la5018592 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 13Web of Science - 14

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2014Thickett SC, Wood N, Ng YH, Zetterlund PB, 'Hollow hybrid polymer-graphene oxide nanoparticles via Pickering miniemulsion polymerization', Nanoscale, 6, (15) pp. 8590-8594. ISSN 2040-3364 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1039/c4nr01175a [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 51Web of Science - 50

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2013Che Man SH, Mohd Yusof NY, Whittaker MR, Thickett SC, Zetterlund PB, 'Influence of monomer type on miniemulsion polymerization systems stabilized by graphene oxide as sole surfactant', Journal of Polymer Science Part A: Polymer Chemistry, 51, (23) pp. 5153-5162. ISSN 0887-624X (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1002/pola.26947 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 38Web of Science - 40

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2013Che Man SH, Thickett SC, Whittaker MR, Zetterlund PB, 'Synthesis of polystyrene nanoparticles 'armoured' with nanodimensional graphene oxide sheets by miniemulsion polymerization', Journal of Polymer Science Part A: Polymer Chemistry, 51, (1) pp. 47-58. ISSN 0887-624X (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1002/pola.26341 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 59Web of Science - 41

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2013Pu DW, Devitt MP, Thickett SC, Lucien FP, Zetterlund PB, 'Dispersion polymerization of styrene in CO2-expanded ethanol', Polymer, 54, (25) pp. 6689-6694. ISSN 0032-3861 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.polymer.2013.10.036 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 6Web of Science - 6

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2013Thickett SC, Zetterlund PB, 'Functionalization of graphene oxide for the production of novel graphene-based polymeric and colloidal materials', Current Organic Chemistry, 17, (9) pp. 956-974. ISSN 1385-2728 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.2174/1385272811317090009 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 21Web of Science - 21

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2013Thickett SC, Zetterlund PB, 'Preparation of composite materials by using graphene oxide as a surfactant in ab initio emulsion polymerization systems', ACS Macro Letters, 2, (7) pp. 630-634. ISSN 2161-1653 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1021/mz400280t [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 46Web of Science - 48

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2012Ghezzi M, Thickett SC, Neto C, 'Early and intermediate stages of guided dewetting in polystyrene thin films', Langmuir, 28, (27) pp. 10147-10151. ISSN 0743-7463 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1021/la301773h [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 22Web of Science - 22

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2012Thickett SC, Moses J, Gamble JR, Neto C, 'Micropatterned substrates made by polymer bilayer dewetting and collagen nanoscale assembly support endothelial cell adhesion', Soft Matter, 8, (39) pp. 9996-10007. ISSN 1744-683X (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1039/c2sm26557e [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 20Web of Science - 18

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2011Abdelrahman AI, Thickett SC, Liang Y, Ornatsky O, Baranov V, et al., 'Surface functionalization methods to enhance bioconjugation in metal-labeled polystyrene particles', Macromolecules, 44, (12) pp. 4801-4813. ISSN 0024-9297 (2011) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1021/ma200582q [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 23Web of Science - 23

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2011Telford AM, Thickett SC, James M, Neto C, 'Competition between dewetting and cross-linking in poly(N-vinylpyrrolidone)/polystyrene bilayer films', Langmuir, 27, (23) pp. 14207-14217. ISSN 0743-7463 (2011) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1021/la2029577 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 7Web of Science - 7

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2011Thickett SC, Neto C, Harris AT, 'Biomimetic surface coatings for atmospheric water capture prepared by dewetting of polymer films', Advanced Materials, 23, (32) pp. 3718-3722. ISSN 0935-9648 (2011) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1002/adma.201100290 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 136Web of Science - 132

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2010Abdelrahman AI, Ornatsky O, Bandura D, Baranov V, Kinach R, et al., 'Metal-containing polystyrene beads as standards for mass cytometry', Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectrometry, 25 pp. 260-268. ISSN 0267-9477 (2010) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1039/B921770C [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Web of Science - 24

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2010Thickett SC, Abdelrahman AI, Ornatsky O, Bandura D, Baranov V, et al., 'Bio-functional, lanthanide-labeled polymer particles by seeded emulsion polymerization and their characterization by novel ICP-MS detection', Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectrometry, 25, (3) pp. 269-281. ISSN 0267-9477 (2010) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1039/b916850h [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 18Web of Science - 18

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2010Thickett SC, Harris A, Neto C, 'Interplay between dewetting and layer inversion in poly(4-vinylpyridine)/polystyrene bilayers', Langmuir, 26, (20) pp. 15989-15999. ISSN 0743-7463 (2010) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1021/la103078k [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 23Web of Science - 21

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2009Abdelrahman AI, Dai S, Thickett SC, Ornatsky O, Bandura D, et al., 'Lanthanide-containing polymer microspheres by multiple-stage dispersion polymerization for highly multiplexed bioassays', Journal of the American Chemical Society, 131, (42) pp. 15276-15283. ISSN 0002-7863 (2009) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1021/ja9052009 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 68Web of Science - 70

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2008Thickett SC, Gilbert RG, 'Transfer to 'monomer' in styrene free-radical polymerization', Macromolecules, 41, (12) pp. 4528-4530. ISSN 0024-9297 (2008) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1021/ma800596n [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 6Web of Science - 7

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2008Thickett SC, Morrison B, Gilbert RG, 'Particle size distributions in electrosterically stabilized emulsion polymerization systems: testing the 'mid-chain-radical' hypothesis', Macromolecules, 41, (10) pp. 3521-3529. ISSN 0024-9297 (2008) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1021/ma800166k [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 17Web of Science - 15

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2007Thickett SC, Gaborieau M, Gilbert RG, 'Extended mechanistic description of particle growth in electrosterically stabilized emulsion polymerization systems', Macromolecules, 40, (13) pp. 4710-4720. ISSN 0024-9297 (2007) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1021/ma070837f [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 34Web of Science - 30

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2007Thickett SC, Gilbert RG, 'Emulsion polymerization: state of the art in kinetics and mechanisms', Polymer, 48, (24) pp. 6965-6991. ISSN 0032-3861 (2007) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.polymer.2007.09.031 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 244Web of Science - 227

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2006Thickett SC, Gilbert RG, 'Mechanism of radical entry in electrosterically stabilized emulsion polymerization systems', Macromolecules, 39, (19) pp. 6495-6504. ISSN 0024-9297 (2006) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1021/ma061326g [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 35Web of Science - 32

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2006Thickett SC, Gilbert RG, 'Rate-controlling events for radical exit in electrosterically stabilized emulsion polymerization systems', Macromolecules, 39, (6) pp. 2081-2091. ISSN 0024-9297 (2006) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1021/ma052224d [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 30Web of Science - 30

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2005Thickett SC, GIlbert RG, 'Midchain transfer to polymer in styrene-poly(butyl acrylate) systems: direct evidence of retardative effects', Macromolecules, 38, (23) pp. 9894-9896. ISSN 0024-9297 (2005) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1021/ma051666m [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 12Web of Science - 12

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2004Thickett SC, Gilbert RG, 'Propagation rate coefficient of acrylic acid: theoretical investigation of the solvent effect', Polymer, 45, (20) pp. 6993-6999. ISSN 0032-3861 (2004) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.polymer.2004.08.021 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 47Web of Science - 47

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Conference Publication

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2018Bissember A, Hindrum S, Hornblow M, Kilah N, Power J, et al., 'Growing and bio-fabricating SCOBY: a project developed in an extended cross-disciplinary research team', Proceedings of the 1st Annual Design Research Conference (ADR18), 27-28 September 2018, University of Sydney, pp. 581-595. ISBN 978-0-646-99249-5 (2018) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Bissember A; Hindrum S; Hornblow M; Kilah N; Power J; Yong A

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Other Public Output

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YearCitationAltmetrics
2018Pullen R, Thickett SC, Bissember AC, 'Assessment in the chemistry teaching laboratory', Chemistry in Australia, The Royal Australian Chemical Institute, Melbourne, Australia, Nov/Dec 2018, pp. 24-27. (2018) [Magazine Article]

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Co-authors: Pullen R; Bissember AC

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2018Pullen R, Thickett SC, Bissember AC, 'Assessment in the chemistry teaching laboratory', Chemistry in Australia, Royal Australian Chemical Institute, Australia, November/December, pp. 24-27. (2018) [Magazine Article]

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Co-authors: Bissember AC

Grants & Funding

Stuart has been chief investigator on three Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Projects and two ARC Discovery Projects during his career, worth close to AUD $2m in combined research funding. These funded projects have looked at areas such as patterned polymer surface coatings for atmospheric water collection, nanoparticle synthesis for environmentally friendly surface coatings, and new 3D printing technologies.

Funding Summary

Number of grants

6

Total funding

$2,685,311

Projects

Hierarchical Assembly of Graphene Oxide Nanoparticles as Bionic Interfaces (2019 - 2021)$382,000
Description
This project aims to develop a highly controlled fabrication strategy for electrically conductive polymer/graphene nanoparticles organized in large area patterns as part of an electrically stimulable regenerative bionic platform for regulation of the behaviours of various cells in tissue engineering. The project expects to generate new knowledge in the areas of hybrid polymer nanoparticle synthesis and nanotechnology as well as cell guidance and regeneration. The intended outcomes will have a significant impact on large scale production of carbon-organic biocompatible implants, providing significant benefits in creating a future bioengineering platform for improvedhealth.
Funding
Australian Research Council ($382,000)
Scheme
Grant-Discovery Projects
Administered By
University of New South Wales
Research Team
Setterlund P; Swaminatha-Iyer KL; Harvey A; Hodgetts SI; Thickett SCV
Period
2019 - 2021
Grant Reference
DP190100831
A high speed, high fidelity 3D printer for fabricating microfluidic devices (2017 - 2020)$930,198
Description
The University of Tasmania and Young Optics Inc will develop a novel 3D printer offering the highest resolutionavailable and fastest printing speed for the single-step manufacturing of complex microfluidic devices. New resinsdeveloped to exploit the inert liquid interface layer printing approach will provide unprecedented capability tocreate micron sized channels interconnected in 3D space and fabricate Lab-on-a-Chip systems that cannot begenerated by any current fabrication approach. This novel high speed, high fidelity 3D printer and the new resinsto be developed will lead to more effective manufacturing approaches for portable chemical devices and promotecomplex chemical analysis into the knowledge immediacy culture of today.
Funding
Australian Research Council ($630,000)
Scheme
Grant-Linkage Projects
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Breadmore MC; Guijt RM; Thickett SCV; Paull B; Lin C
Period
2017 - 2020
Grant Reference
LP160101247
Ring-Opening Polymerization in Emulsion (2016)$14,920
Funding
University of Tasmania ($14,920)
Scheme
Grant-Research Enhancement (REGS)
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Thickett SCV
Year
2016
Polymer nanoparticles with gradient morphology for environmentally friendly aqueous coatings applications (2015)$330,913
Description
The commercial and practical importance of coatings (paints) in todays society can hardly be overstated.With the ongoing drive towards more environmentally friendly coating systems, there is a strong desire toreplace traditionally employed solvent-based coatings with entirely waterborne systems. Waterbornecoatings are a key measure by which the coating industry can meet requirements to reduce emission ofVolatile Organic Compounds. However, maximum performance can to date not be achieved usingwaterborne coatings, which in turn limits applications. The overall aim of the present proposal is to developenvironmentally friendly high-performance waterborne coatings that will enable replacement of currentlyemployed solvent-based systems.
Funding
Australian Research Council ($330,913)
Scheme
Grant-Linkage Projects Round 1
Administered By
University of New South Wales
Research Team
Sutterlund P; Thickett SCV; Brinkhuis R
Year
2015
Grant Reference
LP140100119
Biomimetic templating radical polymerisation in nanoreactors (2015)$360,000
Description
The aim is to develop methodology for synthesis of polymer with hitherto inaccessible control of themicrostructure by free radical means, that is the molecular weight distribution and monomer sequences. Thiswill be achieved by combining the two concepts of (i) biomimetic templated radical polymerisation and (ii)polymerisation in nanoreactors in the form of submicron-sized micelles or droplets. Scale-up of themethodology will be developed based on an environmentally friendly approach whereby miniemulsions aregenerated using carbon dioxide. Increased ability to control the polymer microstructure will enable advanceddesign of functional polymers with far-reaching applications in materials science, nanotechnology andnanomedicine.
Funding
Australian Research Council ($360,000)
Scheme
Grant-Discovery Projects
Administered By
University of New South Wales
Research Team
Sutterlund P; O'Reilly R; Thickett SCV
Year
2015
Grant Reference
DP140100292
Micropatterned Polymer Film Coatings for the Capture of Water Directly from the Atmosphere (2013 - 2014)$667,280
Funding
Australian Research Council ($667,280)
Scheme
Linkage Project
Administered By
University of Sydney
Research Team
Neto C; Harris A; Thickett S; Porter B; Minett A
Period
2013 - 2014

Research Supervision

Stuart has successfully supervised or co-supervised five PhD students and thirteen Honours or Masters students to completion at The University of Tasmania, University of Sydney, UNSW Sydney and The University of South Australia (correct as of 1/9/2020). He is the current supervisor of five HDR students within the School of Natural Sciences (Chemistry). Stuart welcomes potential applicants for postgraduate study under his supervision; a strong background in polymer and physical chemistry is recommended.

Current

7

Completed

2

Current

DegreeTitleCommenced
PhDA High Speed, High Fidelity 3D Printer for Fabricating Microfluidic Devices2017
PhDPortable Analytical Separation Technologies for Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Sites2017
PhDElectrofluidic Thread-based Analytical Devices (eTAD) with Ambient Ionisation Mass Spectrometry2018
PhDLab-on-a-chip Technology for Improving Antibiotic Treatment in Intensive Care Unit Patients2018
PhDNatural Deep Eutectic Solvents for Polymer Colloid Synthesis2018
PhDInvestigating the Synthetic Applications of Novel Transition Metal-Based Catalysts2018
PhDHypercrosslinked Polymers for Pollutant Removal2020

Completed

DegreeTitleCompleted
PhDPolymer-Inorganic Hybrid Nanoparticles via Polymerization-Induced Self-Assembly
Candidate: Guo Hui Teo
2019
PhDPolymer Nanoparticles and their Supracolloidal Monolithic Structures for Applications in Separation Science
Candidate: Aminreza Khodabandeh
2017