Dr Stuart Thickett

Dr Stuart Thickett

Fields of research: Polymers, Macromolecular and Materials Chemistry, Composite and Hybrid Materials, Polymerisation Mechanisms
Campus: Kensington
Tags: Polymeric Materials (e.g. Paints), Expanding Knowledge in the Chemical Sciences

Stuart Thickett is a Vice-Chancellor’s Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in the School of Chemical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, UNSW.

Stuart is part of the Centre for Advanced Macromolecular Design (CAMD) within the School of Chemical Engineering. His research focusses on the synthesis and development of functional polymeric materials, in particular polymer nanoparticles and polymer thin films for designer applications. Stuart specifically is interested in the development of simple and...

Stuart Thickett is a Vice-Chancellor’s Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in the School of Chemical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, UNSW.

Stuart is part of the Centre for Advanced Macromolecular Design (CAMD) within the School of Chemical Engineering. His research focusses on the synthesis and development of functional polymeric materials, in particular polymer nanoparticles and polymer thin films for designer applications. Stuart specifically is interested in the development of simple and scalable technologies to develop new, complex surfaces and structures from simple building blocks.

Research Areas

Polymer-Graphene Nanocomposite Materials, Micropatterning of Thin Films, Heterogeneous Polymerization Techniques, Controlled Radical Polymerization, Biological Applications of Nanoparticles

Competitive Research Grants

Australian Research Council (ARC) Grants

  • Setterlund, P., O'Reilly, R. and Thickett, S.C. 'Biomimetic Templating Radical Polymerization in Nanoreactors,' DP140100292, AUD 360 000
  • Neto, C., Harris, A., Thickett, S.C. and Porter, B. 'Micropatterned Polymer Film Coatings for the Capture of Water Directly from the Atmosphere,' LP130100088, AUD 325 000

Active Research Projects

  • Synthesis of Polymer Nanoparticles Stabilized by Graphene and Graphene Oxide
  • Control of Endothelial Cell Adhesion on Micropatterned Polymer Films
  • Biomimetic Surfaces for Atmospheric Water Capture
  • Surface-Initiated Controlled Radical Polymerization from Graphene Oxide
  • Silica Particles with Novel Morphologies for Drug Delivery

PhD SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY

A scholarship is available for a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) student in the field of polymer chemistry at the Centre for Advanced Macromolecular Design (CAMD) at The University of New South Wales (UNSW) under the supervision of Dr Stuart Thickett and Prof Per Zetterlund. The subject of the PhD will concern the synthesis and characterization of patterned polymer surface coatings to create materials that can collect water directly from the atmosphere. This is a collaborative project with Dr Chiara Neto and Associate Professor Andrew Minett at The University of Sydney and industrial partner Nubian Water Systems.

Interested candidates must possess either an Honours level or Masters degree in chemistry, chemical engineering or related discipline. Experience in polymer synthesis and characterization is essential, some knowledge of surface chemistry is preferred. Please email a current curriculum vitae (CV) with contact details of two referees to stuart.thickett@unsw.edu.au .

Collaborators

  • A/Prof Per Zetterlund (CAMD, School of Chemical Engineering, UNSW)
  • Dr Michael Whittaker (Monash University)
  • Dr Chiara Neto (School of Chemistry, The University of Sydney)
  • A/Prof Andrew Harris (School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, The University of Sydney)
  • Dr Margaret Sunde (School of Biological Sciences, The University of Sydney)

Current Teaching

  • CEIC1001 Engineering Chemistry
  • CEIC2004 Industrial Chemistry for Chemical Engineering (Course co-ordinator)
  • CEIC6004/8105 Advanced Polymers

Location

Rm 612
Chemical Sciences Building F10
UNSW Kensington Campus
Sydney 2052 Australia


 

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Contact

+61 2 9385 4447

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