Board member profiles

Ben Boyd
Monash University

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.



Erica Wanless

University of Newcastle


I completed my PhD in surface science at the Australian National University (1995) working with both the surface forces apparatus and the first atomic force microscope in Australia. I then completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Otago using soft contact AFM to image adsorbed surfactant aggregates. I joined the University of Newcastle in December 1996 and am now a Professor of Colloid & Interface Chemistry. My research focusses on both polymers and colloidal particles at interfaces using a variety of physical chemistry surface techniques for characterisation. I have a long history of service to our Colloid community including as a past chair of the RACI Colloids Division. I am currently on the Editorial Board of Advances in Colloid and Interface Science, and the Advisory Board of the Journal of Colloid and Interface Science. I was elected to the ACIS Board in 2020.

Charlotte Conn
RMIT University
Equity and Diversity


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.


Gunther Andersson
Flinders University

Awards and Prizes

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.


Arlene McDowell
University of Otago



I am an Associate Professor at the University of Otago, New Zealand where I completed a PhD in the School of Pharmacy (2005) on the delivery of fertility control agents to the brushtail possum. My research interests are in nanomedicines for delivery of bioactive compounds and the application of pharmaceutics for wildlife species. In 2007 I was appointed Chair of the Veterinary Committee of the Controlled Release Society. I have also served as President of the New Zealand Chapter of the Controlled Release Society and a member of the Steering Committee for the Formulation and Delivery of Bioactives Research Theme, University of Otago. I am on the Editorial Board for the journals Pharmaceutical Nanotechnology and Pharmaceutics.

As a new member of ACIS and would like to contribute to the society by extending the network into new areas with new opportunities for collaboration. I also believe it is important to actively encourage participation by emerging researchers in scientific societies.


Greg Warr

University of Sydney

IACIS Liaison


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 Nucléaires, 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.


Deborah Wakeham




I am an instrument scientist on the Quokka small angle neutron scattering instrument at the Australian Centre for Neutron Scattering (ACNS) at ANSTO. I completed my PhD at the University of Newcastle (2012) examining ionic liquid and surfactant structure at the air-liquid and solid-liquid interface using x-ray and neutron reflectivity, and atomic force microscopy. I then spent 5 ½ years at KTH - Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden collaborating with L’Oreal Paris, developing novel AFM techniques to evaluate adhesive and tribological interactions between irregular particles and surfaces such as hair, skin and pollution, and products to predictably control those interactions. I am also a member of the Australian Cosmetic Society. I am interested in academia, industry and research facilities such as ANSTO working together.

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