Researcher

Dr Edgar Hoe Hon Wong

Field of Research (FoR)

Biography

Dr. Edgar Wong is currently a Senior Research Fellow 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...view more

Dr. Edgar Wong is currently a Senior Research Fellow 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 61 journal publications (average IF of 7), >2000 citations, h-index 26, ~ $2.2 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 on Jan 2016 and is currently a Senior Research Fellow.

Current Research Projects (Academia): 

  1. Development of new peptide-mimicking antimicrobial polymers and their structure-activity relationship
  2. Advanced fabrication of novel antibiofilm polymer coatings and materials for medical devices
  3. Development of new peptide-mimicking anticancer polymers

*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.

Current Research Projects (Industry):

  1. Development of new (biobased) flame retardant formulations for polyurethane foams and thermoplastics

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. ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 2019, 11, 7320.
  8. ACS Infect. Dis., 2019, DOI: 10.1021/acsinfecdis.9b00049

*Note: 5 Highly Cited Papers in the fields of Chemistry, Microbiology, Pharmacology and Toxicology

Key Grants:

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

*Note: Career total of ~ $2.2 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 for the UNSW team to showcase research at India and Indonesia Research Roadshows in 2017
  3. Nature Microbiology work on 'Structurally Nanoengineered Antimicrobial Peptide Polymers (SNAPPs)' was an exhibit at the London Science Museum

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. Mr Shyam Mishra (PhD) - started in 2019
  2. Ms. Erna Wulandari (PhD) - started in 2018
  3. Mr. Peter Judzewitsch (PhD) - started in 2017
  4. Ms. Rashin Namivandi-Zangeneh (PhD) - started in 2016
  5. Ms. Zahra Sadrearhami (PhD) - started in 2016 - graduated 2019
  6. Ms. Thuy-Khanh Nguyen (PhD) - started in 2014 - graduated 2017

Life Outside of Research:

Soccer and food

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Location

School of Chemical Engineering,
Sci Eng Bldg E8, Office 327

Publications

by Dr Edgar Hoe Hon Wong