Position

Research Associate
School of Chemical & Physical Sciences

Biography

I am currently working as a researcher on the NanoConnect program.

NanoConnect aims to provide a simple, low-risk mechanism for companies to utilise University research resources such as advanced analytical equipment and technical “know-how” that they would not otherwise have access to. For more information and to register your interest please see www.flinders.edu.au/nanoconnect.

As part of the program I have worked with a number of different companies within Australia, using the principles of nanotechnology and advanced materials to improve processes and in some cases help develop new products. You can read more about our NanoConnect project with Bausele a Swiss Made Australian Watch Company at https://www.bausele.com/bausele-spirit/unique-manufacturing.html.

In addition to working on NanoConnect, I have also been continuing my PhD research which involved the synthesis, characterisation and evaluation of a new suite of supramolecular fluorescent moleucles for the detection on anions. Undertaken at Flinders University in collaboration with Deakin University, the sensors based on the 4-amino-1,8-naphthalimide fluorophore were also immobilised onto a silica surface. The immobilised sensors have the potential to be used in the field and are easily regenerated and reusable. Of particular interest currently is the novel binding behaviour displayed by the sensors.

Previous Research:

Prior to working on NanoConnect, I was involved in the development of coatings to produce reverse osmosis and pretreatment desalination membranes that are non-leaching, antimicrobial and low biofouling. This research was supported by the National Centre of Excellence in Desalination Australia, funded by the Australian Government.

I have also been involved with the development of methodology to analyse single crystals of the explosives RDX and HMX using HPLC with UV-Visible and ESI-MS detection. This work was undertaken at Flinders in collaboration with Defence Science Technology Organisation.

Qualifications

PhD, Flinders University, Australia. Thesis: Synthesis, Evaluation and Immobilisation of Anion Sensors Based on the 4-amino-1,8-naphthalimide Fluorophore.

Bachelor of Science (Honours), Flinders University, Australia. Thesis: Single Crystal Chromatographic Analysis of the Explosive RDX by HPLC with UV-Vis and ESI-MS Detection.

Bachelor of Technology (Forensic and Analytical Chemistry), Flinders University, Australia.

Publications

  • Ginic-Markovic, M., Barclay, T.G., Constantopoulos, K.T., Alghamdi, T.H., Blok, A.J., Markovic, E., et al. (2015). A versatile approach to grafting biofouling resistant coatings from polymeric membrane surfaces using an adhesive macroinitiator. RSC Advances, 5(77) pp. 63017-63024.
    [10.1039/C5RA09370H] [10.1039/c5ra09370h] [Scopus]
  • Le Lan, C.S., Ellis, A.V., Jamieson, T.L., Blok, A.J., Hemraj, D., Allais, L., et al. (2015). Analysis of raw and pre-treated seawater for potential biofouling precursors. Desalination, 373 pp. 71-78.
    [10.1016/j.desal.2015.07.007] [Scopus]
  • Blok, A., Chhasatia, R., Dilag, J. and Ellis, A. (2014). Surface initiated polydopamine grafted poly([2-(methacryoyloxy)ethyl]trimethylammonium chloride) coatings to produce reverse osmosis desalination membranes with anti-biofouling properties. Journal of Membrane Science, 468 pp. 216-223.
    [10.1016/j.memsci.2014.06.008] [Scopus]
  • Ginic-Markovic, M., Barclay, T.G., Constantopoulos, K.T., Alghamdi, T.H., Blok, A.J., Markovic, E., et al. (2015). A versatile approach to grafting biofouling resistant coatings from polymeric membrane surfaces using an adhesive macroinitiator. RSC Advances, 5(77) pp. 63017-63024.
    [10.1039/C5RA09370H] [10.1039/c5ra09370h] [Scopus]
  • Le Lan, C.S., Ellis, A.V., Jamieson, T.L., Blok, A.J., Hemraj, D., Allais, L., et al. (2015). Analysis of raw and pre-treated seawater for potential biofouling precursors. Desalination, 373 pp. 71-78.
    [10.1016/j.desal.2015.07.007] [Scopus]
  • Blok, A., Chhasatia, R., Dilag, J. and Ellis, A. (2014). Surface initiated polydopamine grafted poly([2-(methacryoyloxy)ethyl]trimethylammonium chloride) coatings to produce reverse osmosis desalination membranes with anti-biofouling properties. Journal of Membrane Science, 468 pp. 216-223.
    [10.1016/j.memsci.2014.06.008] [Scopus]

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