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2016 Honours Students

Ben Austen

Electrochemical Behaviour of Nanoscale Sensing Platforms

Supervisors: Damien Arrigan, Tom Beckers, Debbie Silvester

Fields of interest

  • Electrochemistry
  • Chemical sensing
  • Nanotechnology
  • Wine science


2010 – 2015: Bachelor of Science with Honours in Physics and Chemistry, Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia


Emily Byrne

Simulation of the Properties of Calcium Sulphate in Water

Supervisors:  Julian Gale, Paolo Raiteri

Caitlyn Gibson

Sensing of Hydrogen in Ionic Liquids using Mesoporous Metal Frameworks

Supervisor: Dr Debbie Silvester-Dean

Fields of interest

  • Electrochemical analysis
  • Gas sensing
  • Ionic Liquids
  • Hydrogen


February 2016 – present: Honours project, modifying of Pt electrode surfaces with mesoporous metal frameworks, investigating the sensing of hydrogen gas in room temperature ionic liquids.

June – November 2015:  Undergraduate 3rd Year Project, researching heavy-metal analysis in Cat hair using electrochemical techniques.


Rene Zhi Hui Phe

Lanthanoid-Calixarene Bottlebrush Clusters

Supervisors: Mark Ogden, Max Massi

Fields of interest

  • Chemical Synthesis
  • Photophysical Investigation


2013 – 2014 Bachelor of Science (Honours), Chemistry, at Curtin University, Perth. “Synthesis and photophysical investigation on n-Heterocyclic carbene- copper(I) complexes”

2010 – 2013 Bachelor of Science, Chemistry, at Curtin University, Perth