Researcher

Associate Professor Patrick Spicer

My Expertise

Design and development of microstructured fluid materials by understanding their kinetic behavior, particle shape effects on materials performance, interactions of soft matter with biological systems, and scale-up of soft matter manufacturing processes.

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Biography

Patrick Spicer is an Associate Professor in UNSW’s School of Chemical Engineering. He is leader of the Complex Fluids group, a team that works with industry and academic partners to design smart fluids with unique response and flow behaviour linked directly to product and material performance. His lab at UNSW combines broad microscopy, microfluidic, and rheology capability that can be used to understand the behaviour of fluid coatings,...view more

Patrick Spicer is an Associate Professor in UNSW’s School of Chemical Engineering. He is leader of the Complex Fluids group, a team that works with industry and academic partners to design smart fluids with unique response and flow behaviour linked directly to product and material performance. His lab at UNSW combines broad microscopy, microfluidic, and rheology capability that can be used to understand the behaviour of fluid coatings, films, and other complex products. Before UNSW, Pat ran a central engineering research department for the Procter & Gamble Company in the US for 15 years. His group developed new product and process technology there for all of P&G’s billion-dollar brands. He is co-inventor of P&G’s $30 million cubosome patent portfolio that Children’s Hospital Cincinnati used to develop the first product to prevent life-threatening infections in premature infants. He is also the inventor of P&G's recently-patented responsive droplet technology.


My Research Activities

ARC LIEF Project LE200100221 - Australian Rheo-Scattering Facilities - Build rheoscattering facilities at ANSTO Lucas Heights and Clayton campuses, enabling study of high-speed, stretching, and other complex flows, matching applied processes.

ARC Discovery Project DP190102614: Engineering better sprays for leaf coating - Develop and test new high-performance sprays with unique cling to harmful plants and insects.

ARC Discovery Project DP190100376: Cause and effect: new mechanisms of particle formation in thunderstorms - Perform the first studies of pollen rupture behavior in extreme conditions.

Engineered nanocellulose - Harness bacterial producers of cellulose nanofibers to weave, template, and manufacture advanced materials.

ARC Discovery Project DP150100865: Smartdrops: Shaping the future of particle technology - Develop novel shaped aerosol particles to greatly enhance drug delivery.

Cubosome and Hexosome nanoparticles - Nanostructured liquid crystal particles with unique shape and biological function.

Emulsions and their shapes - Emulsion droplets are used in vaccines, pesticides, cosmetics, and foods by dispersing one liquid, like an oil, in another, like water.

Formulated products, Microrheology, Microfluidics, and 3D printing - Develop and evaluate innovative microstructured fluid products with biological and industrial relevance.


My Teaching

CEIC4007: Product Design Project Thesis A

CEIC4008: Product Design Project Thesis B

CEIC6711: Complex fluid microstructure and rheology

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Location

Material Science/Hilmer Building, Level 3, room 318 (enter via SEB E8 and walk over bridge)

Contact

+61 2 9385 5744

Videos

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