Board member profiles

Ben Boyd
Monash University
President

I completed my PhD at the University of Melbourne (1999). After industry experience in the explosives and pharmaceutical industries, I commenced an academic position at Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences (MIPS) in 2004 and have just completed an ARC Future Fellowship. My research group focusses on colloidal and structural aspects of lipids, lipid self-assembly and pharmaceutical systems. We are also active in developing new synchrotron-based characterization approaches for lipid and solid state systems. I am past Secretary of the Controlled Release Society, and now President of the Australian Colloid and Interface Society. I am a Co-Editor for Journal of Colloid and Interface Science and Associate Editor for Drug Delivery and Translational Research. With an interdisciplinary background, I greatly look forward to enhancing the reach of ACIS into aligned scientific areas including drug delivery, materials science and nanotechnology to grow our society membership and impact of our activities.

 

 

Charlotte Conn
RMIT University
Vice-President

 

I obtained B.A. and M.Sci. degrees in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge (2002), and a Ph.D. in Biophysical Chemistry from Imperial College London (2007) before working as a Research Scientist at CSIRO until 2014.  Currently I am an Associate Professor in the School of Science at RMIT where I hold an ARC DECRA Fellowship and a 2017 Vice Chancellor’s Senior Research Fellowship.  My research interests focus on the development of advanced nanomaterials using high-throughput experimentation, and the use of these biomimetic materials to increase the stability and efficacy of protein and peptide-based drugs.  I am an Associate Editor for the Australian Journal of Chemistry and the former Chair of the SAXS/WAXS Program Advisory Committee for the Australian Synchrotron.  I currently Chair the Equity and Diversity Committee within ACIS and am working to ensure ACIS remains a diverse, vibrant and welcoming organisation that supports all its members, regardless of gender, cultural background, disability, scientific background, stage of career, sexual orientation, or geographical distribution.

 

Alison Tasker
University of Queensland
Treasurer

I am an early career researcher at the University of Queensland with a research focus on encapsulation of actives using impermeable metal shells. I completed my PhD studies in the UK at the University of Leeds studying moisture transport into and out of biopolymer films. I have been in Australia since 2015 and have been involved in our colloid community ever since, through the ACIS student conference in 2016 and the 2017 symposium, as well as being a member of the awards committee. I want to see ACIS continue to attract new members and hold not just conferences, but other events and activities which will enable members to create new collaborative opportunities. It is important to me that ECR and PhD students become more involved in the society to bring their vibrant energy and enthusiasm to ACIS.

 

Gunther Andersson
Flinders University

In 1998 Gunther Andersson completed his PhD applying ion scattering spectroscopy on liquid surfaces at the University of Witten/Herdecke (Germany) under the supervision of Prof Harald Morgner. The following two years he at the Technical University Eindhoven on a project on polymer based light emitting diodes. In 2000 Gunther moved to Leipzig University (Germany) were he developed the method neutral impact collision ion scattering spectroscopy (NICISS) for investigation of soft matter surfaces to its current stage. He completed his Habilitation in 2006. In 2007 he was appointed at Flinders University (Australia). He is now leading as a full Professor a research group at Flinders University with activities in liquid and polymer surfaces and catalysis based on nano-clusters. He is Deputy Director of the Flinders Centre for NanoScale Science and Technology and International Engagement Coordinator in the College of Science and Engineering.

 

Simon Corrie
Monash University
Honorary Secretary

 

I was recently recruited to Monash University as a Senior Lecturer in the Chemical Engineering Department, where I am establishing the Nanosensor Engineering Lab. I completed my training in chemical engineering (BE(Chem)) and physical chemistry (PhD) at UQ, before undertaking several post-doctoral fellowships – in Prof Nancy Kiviat’s HPV Research Lab at the Unversity of Washington (Merck Company Foundation Fellow 2007-2008), and then in Prof Mark Kendall’s group at UQ (Smart Futures Fellowship 2009-2012; ARC DECRA 2013-2015). I am also a junior CI in the new ARC Centre of Excellence in Convergent BioNano Science, where my research interests focus on the development of immunoassays and nanosensors for in vivo biomarker analysis. I have been the honorary secretary for ACIS since the 2015 AGM.

 

Rico Tabor
Monash University

I joined Monash in 2012, having arrived in Australia in 2009 to undertake a post-doctoral position at the University of Melbourne. My PhD studies were at the University of Bristol in the UK, with a focus on self-assembly and adsorption phenomena in non-aqueous solvents. My current research encompasses the properties and aggregation of novel surfactants and nanomaterials, with a particular focus on responsive colloidal systems. I have been a passionate member of the colloid community since arriving in Australia, and am a foundation member of our society. I have been a director of ACIS since the start of 2016, and my vision for the society is to provide a platform for sharing information, networking and the advancement of our members. Our society must be relevant to both academic and industrial practitioners, with a strong voice from students.

 

Greg Warr
University of Sydney

 

I completed my Ph.D. (1986) at the University of Melbourne in physical chemistry, specializing in colloid science and surfactants. After postdoctoral appointments at the University of Minnesota, and Centre d’Etudes NuclĂ©aires, Saclay, I joined the University of Sydney in 1988, where I am currently Professor of Physical Chemistry, having been Head of School from 2007 to 2013. My research focusses on structure in complex fluids in water and ionic liquids, making extensive use of neutron and X-ray scattering techniques. I have been a council member of the International Association of Colloid and Interface Scientists since 2012, am a former chair of the RACI Colloids Division, and have served on the Editorial Advisory Boards of the journals Langmuir, The Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, Advances in Colloid and Interface Science, and The Australian Journal of Chemistry. I was elected to the ACIS board in 2018.

 

Tim Davey
Dulux Australia

 

I am currently the Polymer Technology Manager with Dulux Australia in Melbourne and lead a team developing new binders for waterbased decorative coatings. The primary focus of our work is to deliver property benefits in coatings, including improved washability and durability. Prior to commencing with Dulux, I completed a BSc (Hons) in chemistry at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, and then went on to do a PhD in chemistry at the University of Otago. My PhD was focused on synthesising and characterising a range of novel bolaform surfactants. I then undertook post-docs at the CNRS in Strasbourg, France, and the University of Sydney, on projects involving gemini and fluorocarbon surfactants. I became a member of the ACIS board in early 2015 and have taken on the role of managing the society’s website, as well as looking at ways to bring academia and industry closer together.

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