Researcher

Dr Edgar Hoe Hon Wong

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Biography

Dr. Edgar Wong is currently a Senior Research Fellow (Industry) at the School of Chemical Engineering. He is a multidisciplinary researcher whose work span across several disciplines including synthetic (polymer) chemistry, materials science, (micro)biology and nanotechnology. His research interest in particular is on developing new functional polymeric materials for a range of targeted applications, including antimicrobial, anticancer and...view more

Dr. Edgar Wong is currently a Senior Research Fellow (Industry) at the School of Chemical Engineering. He is a multidisciplinary researcher whose work span across several disciplines including synthetic (polymer) chemistry, materials science, (micro)biology and nanotechnology. His research interest in particular is on developing new functional polymeric materials for a range of targeted applications, including antimicrobial, anticancer and flame retardant applications.

*Key Stats: Career total of 56 journal publications (average IF of 7), 1400+ citations, h-index 23, ~ $1 million in funding received

Education and Employment History: 

Dr. Wong graduated with a BE in Chemical Engineering (2007) and a PhD (2011) from UNSW. His PhD involved the development of new polymer synthesis and functionalization methods under the supervision of Prof. Christopher Barner-Kowollik, Prof. Tanja Junkers and Prof. Martina Stenzel. During his PhD, he has spent a total of 8 months at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany for joint collaborative projects. Immediately after his thesis submission, Edgar worked as a postdoctoral researcher at The University of Melbourne with Prof. Greg Qiao and Prof. Frank Caruso till 2015 where he worked on the development of functional materials (nanoparticles, thin films and coatings) for various (bio)applications. He returned to UNSW as a Vice-Chancellor's Research Fellow from Jan 2016 to Dec 2018 and is currently a Senior Research Fellow working with industry partners (Flame Security International) to develop new flame retardant polymeric materials.

Current Research Projects (Industry):

  1. Development of new biobased flame retardant polymers for polyurethane foams
  2. Development of new biobased flame retardant organic molecules for thermoplastics

*Note: Prospective students are encouraged to contact me (edgar.wong@unsw.edu.au) regarding any of the listed industry projects above, whether its for final year honours or summer research work. I am also open to new ideas and if you have some interesting ones, feel free to discuss with me and see if we can take it further.

Patent:

  1. Flame retardant polyurethane (provisional filed Dec 2018, lead inventor)

Current Research Projects (Academia): 

  1. Determining the structure-activity relationship of antimicrobial polymers and antimicrobial drug development
  2. Advanced fabrication of novel antimicrobial polymer scaffolds for water disinfection and wound healing
  3. Development of new membrane-disruptive anticancer polymers
  4. New food packaging materials

Key Publications:

  1. Biomacromolecules, 2016, 17, 1170
  2. Nat. Microbiol., 2016, 1, 16162
  3. ACS Infect. Dis., 2017, 3, 237
  4. Polym. Chem., 2018, 9, 1735.
  5. Prog. Polym. Sci., 2018, 76, 40.
  6. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2018, 57, 4559.
  7. Sci. Rep., 2018, 8, 7965.

*Note: 4 Highly Cited Papers in the fields of Chemistry, Microbiology, Pharmacology and Toxicology

Key Grants:

  1. DFAT Australia-India Council Project Grant
  2. UNSW VC Fellowship

*Note: Career total of ~ $1 million in research funding in terms of personal fellowship, project grants, instrument grants, travel awards, scholarships were obtained either as main or co-investigator.

Recent Awards and Honours:

  1. Listed as a '2018 Emerging Investigator' by RSC Polymer Chemistry
  2. Selected to represent UNSW to showcase research at 2017 UNSW India Research Roadshow
  3. Selected to represent UNSW to showcase research at 2017 UNSW Indonesia Research Roadshow
  4. Nature Microbiology work on 'Structurally Nanoengineered Antimicrobial Peptide Polymers (SNAPPs)' is an exhibit at the Science Museum, London

Teaching Experiences:

  1. CEIC4002 - Thesis A
  2. CEIC4003 - Thesis B
  3. CEIC9002 - Advanced Thesis A
  4. CEIC9003 - Advanced Thesis B
  5. CEIC4001 - Process Design Project

Postgraduate Students:

  1. Ms. Erna Wulandari (PhD) - started in 2018 (main supervisor - myself, co-supervisor - Dr. Soeriyadi and Prof. Boyer)
  2. Mr. Peter Judzewitsch (PhD) - started in 2017 (main supervisor - Prof. Boyer, co-supervisor - myself)
  3. Ms. Rashin Namivandi-Zangeneh (PhD) - started in 2016 (main supervisor - Prof. Boyer, co-supervisor - myself)
  4. Ms. Zahra Sadrearhami (PhD) - started in 2016 (main supervisor - Prof. Boyer, co-supervisor - myself)

Life Outside of Research:

Playing soccer, watching tv shows, tasting new and delicious food

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by Dr Edgar Hoe Hon Wong