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Postgraduate Students

Laura Abad

Luminescence of new lanthanide clusters

Supervisors: Max. Massi, Mark Ogden

Fields of interest

  • Luminesecent metal complexes
  • OLEDs
  • Lanthanides
  • Nanotechnology

Biography

  • 2013 – 2014: Research project at Complutense University of Madrid, Spain. “Construction of molecular wires based on dimetallic tetracarboxilates and tetraamidates”.
  • 2011 – 2012: Research collaboration at University of Granada, Spain. “New homo- and heteronuclear molecular materials based in coordination compounds containing oxalate and carboxylate bridges”
  • 2008 – 2013: Chemistry degree at Complutense University of Madrid, Spain.

Emily Barker

Characterisation of gelation by scanning probe microscopy

Supervisors: Thomas Becker, Mark Ogden and Adam Martin

Fields of interest

  • Scanning probe microscopy
  • Nanotechnology
  • High resolution imaging
  • Gelation imaging and analysis

Biography

  • 2014 – present Research Assistant in TRACE lab at Curtin University. Working with ultra trace ICP-MS.
  • 2014 – 2015 First class honours in chemistry at Curtin University.
  • 2010 – 2013 Bachelor of Science (Nanotechnology) at Curtin University.

Email: emily.c.barker@student.curtin.edu.au

Christopher Driscoll

Supervisors: Professor Mark Ogden, Dr Max Massi

Fields of interest:

  • Lanthanoid photophysics
  • Calixarene synthesis and complexation
  • Hybrid materials

Biography

  • 2007 – 2010: Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry at Curtin University
  • 2011: Honours at Curtin University
  • 2012 – Present: Doctor of Philosophy – Chemistry at Curtin University

Bren Mark B Felisilda

Studies Towards an Electrochemical Strategy for Pathogen Detection

Supervisors: Damien Arrigan, Debbie Silvester

Fields of interest:

  • Electrochemistry / Analytical Chemistry
  • Biosensors
  • Nanotechnology
  • Environmental Chemistry

Research/Academic experience:

  • 2015 – Present: Sessional Academic, Chemistry Department, Curtin University, Perth, Australia
  • 2014 – Present: PhD Candidate, Chemistry Department, Curtin University, Perth, Australia
  • 2012 – 2014: Research Assistant, Applied Electrochemistry Laboratory, Hanbat National University, Daejeon, South Korea
  • 2012 – 2014: Master of Engineering in Applied Chemistry (by research), Hanbat National University, Daejeon, South Korea. Thesis: ”Electrocatalysts for Reduction of Nitrates in Water”.
  • 2010 – 2011: Master of Science in Chemistry (core units only), Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology, Iligan, Philippines
  • 2008 – 2012: Assistant Instructor III, Chemistry Department, Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan, Cagayan de Oro, Philippines
  • 2004 – 2008: Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan, Cagayan de Oro, Philippines. Thesis: “Spectrophotometric Determination of Carbaryl Residues in Soil at Centro Lumbia, Cagayan de Oro City”.

Ghulam Hussain

Modification of Electrode Surfaces for the Detection of Toxic Gases in Room Temperature Ionic Liquids.

Supervisor: Dr. Debbie Silvester-Dean

Fields of interest

  • Analytical Electrochemistry
  • Toxic Gas Sensing
  • Electrodeposition of Electrode Surfaces with Nanomaterials
  • Nanomaterial Synthesis
  • Gel-Polymer/Ionic Liquid Electrolytes
  • Soft Matter and Colloids
  • Nanotechnology

Biography

  • Dec 2013 – Present: (3rd Year PhD Student) Research on “Modification of Electrode Surfaces for the Sensing of Toxic Gases”; Electrochemistry & Sensors Group/Nanochemistry Research Institute (NRI)/Curtin University, Western Australia.
  • May 2012 – Jul 2013: (Lecturer of Chemistry); SKEMS Academy Fort Abbas, District Bahawalnagar, Punjab, Pakistan.
  • Oct 2010 – Jan 2012: (Master of Science, MSc By Research, Physical And Theoretical Chemistry) Research on “A New Generation of Charged Particles for Electrophoretic Displays”; School of Chemistry, University of Bristol, United Kingdom.
  • Jul 2009 – Oct 2010: (School Health and Nutrition Supervisor, BPS-17) Inspection of Government Institutions i.e. Primary Schools and High Schools, related to Health Issues”; Tehsil Fort Abbas, District Bahawalnagar, Punjab, Pakistan.
  • Jun 2009 – Jun 2010: (Research Assistant) Research on “Exposure to Pesticides and its Link to Parkinson’s Disease”; Institute of Chemistry, University of the Punjab, Pakistan.
  • Aug 2007 – Aug 2009: (Master of Science, Physical Chemistry) Research on “Adsorption of Gold(III) from Aqueous Solutions on Bagasse Ash”; Institute of Chemistry, University of the Punjab, Pakistan.
  • Sep 2005 – Aug 2007: (Bachelor of Science, Physics and Chemistry, G. Mathematics); The Islamia University of Bahawalpur, Punjab, Pakistan.

Current list of publications: http://www.researchgate.net/profile/Ghulam_Hussain17

Email: Ghulam.Hussain@curtin.edu.au, Alternate email: ghulam.hussain1985@gmail.com

Dr. Junqiao Lee

Electrochemical studies in ionic liquids for gas and explosives sensing.

Supervisor: Dr. Debbie Silvester-Dean

Fields of interest

  • Analytical Electrochemistry
  • Gas and explosive sensing
  • Gel/Solid Electrolytes
  • Modelling and Simulations
  • Nanotechnology

Biography

  • Jan 2015 – Present: (Research Assistant) Research on “Electrochemical studies in ionic liquids for gas and explosives sensing”; Electrochemistry & Sensors Group/Nanochemistry Research Institute (NRI)/Curtin University, Western Australia.
  • Feb 2010 – Mar 2015: (Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry) Research on “Electrochemical Sensing of Oxygen Gas in Ionic Liquids on Screen Printed Electrodes”; Electrochemistry & Sensors Group/NRI/Curtin University, Western Australia.
  • Nov 2008 – Feb 2010: (iVEC Internship/work experience) Research on “Molecular Dynamics computational modelling of insulin, and metadynamics exploration of its conformational free-energy-surface”; Western Australian Biomedical Research Institute (WABRI)/Curtin University, Western Australia.
  • Feb 2008 – Nov 2008: (Honors Degree by Research) Research on the development of “Ion-Selective Force Microscopy” by the modification of AFM tips via nano-manipulation; Scanning Probe Microscopy Facility, NRI/Curtin University, Western Australia.
  • Feb 2005 – Nov 2007: (Bachelor in Nanotechnology, Physics and Chemistry Major); Curtin University, Western Australia.

Current list of publications: http://www.researchgate.net/profile/Junqiao_Lee

Email: junqiao.lee@curtin.edu.au, Alternate email: junqiaolee81@gmail.com

Calum McMulkin

Crystallisation of biologically important solids in the presence of tetrazoles

Supervisors: Dr. Franca Jones, Dr. Max Massi

Fields of interest

  • Biomineralisation
  • Crystal growth modification
  • Nanotechnology

Biography

  • 2009-2012: BSc (hons) Nanotechnology from Curtin University of Technology

Email: callum.mcmulkin@postgrad.curtin.edu.au

Himel Nahreen Khaleque

Saline water bioleaching with halotolerant iron/sulfur oxidising microorganisms

Supervisors:  Elizabeth L.J. Watkin, Anna H. Kaksonen, Naomi J. Boxall, Joshua Ramsay

Fields of interest:

  • Environmental and industrial microbiology
  • Environmental and industrial biotechnology
  • Bacterial genomics, proteomics and transcriptomics

Biography:

  • 2014 – Present: PhD candidate, School of Biomedical Sciences, Curtin University
  • 2011 – Present (on deputation): Scientific Officer, Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, Bangladesh Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • 2010 – 2011: Lecturer, Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering, University of Development Alternative, Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • 2009 – 2010: Graduate Assistant, Department of Science and Management, North South University, Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • 2009 – 2010: Master of Science, Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • 2004 – 2008: Bachelor of Science (Honours), Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh

Email: h.khaleque@postgrad.curtin.edu.au

Georgina Sauzier

Applications of chemometrics to the analysis and interpretation of forensic physical evidence

Supervisors: Simon Lewis, Wilhelm van Bronswijk, Damien Arrigan, John Goodpaster (Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis)

Fields of interest

  • Forensic science
  • Chemometrics
  • Spectroscopy
  • Fingermark development

Biography

  • 2009 – 2011: BSc (Forensic & Analytical Chemistry), Curtin University
  • 2012: BSc (Hons) (Chemistry), Curtin University. “Chemical Characterisation and Classification of Automotive Trace Evidence for Forensic Science”
  • 2013 – Present: PhD (Chemistry), Curtin University.

Email: Georgina.Sauzier@postgrad.curtin.edu.au

Sorour Shabhazi

Nanostructured materials for the Detection of Latent Fingermarks

Supervisors: Simon Lewis, Thomas Becker, Mark Hackett

Fields of interest

  • Nanotechnology
  • Forensic science
  • Fingermark development

Biography

  • 2013 – 2016: Master of Engineering (by research), Materialsmagnetic nanoparticles for potential applications of sarcomas diagnosis and therapy”
  • 2011 – 2013: Laboratory Technical Expert at International S.G.S. Company, Tehran, Iran
  • 2008 – 2010: Master of Engineering (by course), Materials Science and Engineering at University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran
  • 2004 – 2008: Bachelor of Engineering, Material Sciences and Engineering at University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran

Email: sorour.shahbazi@posgrad.curtin.edu.au

Karin Jane van der Pal

Studies into paper for forensic and conservation chemistry

Supervisors: Simon W. Lewis, Wilhelm van Bronswijk, Gregory D. Smith (Indianapolis Museum of Art) and Damien Arrigan

Fields of interest:

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Forensic Science
  • Chemometrics
  • Spectroscopy
  • Document examination
  • Conservation Chemistry

Biography

  • 2011 – 2013: Bsc Chemistry at Curtin University, Perth
  • 2014: Bsc (Hons) Chemistry at Curtin University, Perth “Classification and Characterisation of Automotive Coatings”
  • 2015 – Current: PhD Chemistry at Curtin University, Perth

Email: karin.vanderpal@postgrad.curtin.edu.au

Holly Yu

Novel Approaches to Forensic Explosives Recovery, Storage and Analysis

Supervisors: Simon Lewis, Debbie Silvester-Dean, David DeTata (ChemCentre), Niamh Nic Daeid (University of Dundee)

Fields of interest

  • Explosives
  • Forensic trace evidence
  • Chromatography
  • Electrochemistry

Biography

  • 2012 – 2013: Master of Science (with Distinction) in Forensic Science, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK. Masters Thesis: “Investigating the cause of TNT loss between sample collection and analysis”.
  • 2008 – 2012: Master of Science (First Class Honours) in Chemistry with Research Abroad, Imperial College London, UK (with final year research at Emory University, USA). Masters Thesis: “Development of an ion-pairing catalyst for the asymmetric synthesis of malagashanine”.

Email: holly.yu@postgrad.curtin.edu.au

Shaghraf

Exploring the activity of hybrid nanomaterials in photovoltaics

Supervisors: Dr. Franca Jones, Dr. Guohua Jia

Fields of interest

  • Nanotechnology
  • Photovoltaics
  • Catalysis

Biography

  • 2014-2015: College teaching intern (CTI) at Government postgraduate Islamia College for women cooper road, Lahore, Pakistan.
  • 2012-2014: M.Phil. Chemistry from Government College University, Lahore, Pakistan.
  • 2008-2012: BSc (hons) Chemistry degree from Government College University, Lahore, Pakistan.

Email: shaghraf@postgrad.curtin.edu.au