From the smallest units of matter to the molecular systems of life, we are growing knowledge and developing technology to answer some of the world's biggest challenges.
Our research in physics, chemistry, molecular biology, and plant science is world-leading and dedicated to expanding our understanding of the physical and biological world.
We are also committed to translating this fundamental research into a wide array of real-world applications and impact. Our chemistry and physics discoveries have led to new nanotechnology for environmental remediation, energy production and storage, and advanced materials. Our biochemical research has made an impact on how we view and treat disease. Our forensic science research has provided innovative solutions for fighting crime. Our plant science research has made advances to support the future of food production.
We are forward-thinking and aim for scientific and technological advances for solutions spanning health, development, security and sustainability.
Flinders University has a strong reputation for both fundamental and applied research in physics. Key areas of interest include plasma physics, condensed matter physics, spectroscopy, surface science, material science, and clean energy. Strong links to the Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology and state of the art instrumentation support this research.
Chemistry research at Flinders University spans a number of areas of fundamental and applied science. Strengths include polymer chemistry, materials chemistry, biomedical and medicinal chemistry, and analytical chemistry. With strong ties to both physcis and the Institute of Nanoscale Science and Technology, chemistry research at Flinders University aims to solve interdisciplinary challenges in chemical processes that support advances in sustainability, biomedical science, and environmental protection.
Flinders University has a well-earned reputation in molecular biology. Research interests span antimicrobial resistance, viruses, protein biochemistry, bioinformatics, and plant biochemistry. Flinders research in molecular biology has a long tradition of impact in biomedical science and plant science.
Flinders University is a leader in plant biology. Research in this area aims to bring transformation in our fundamental understanding of plant biochemistry while providing technology for the future of food production. Research in plant nutrition, plant biochemistry, and genomics all help advances these goals.
The Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology is the Flagship Institute for the MST research section. The Institute works across energy, health, environment, and security. With strong links to industry globally, the Institute prides itself on translating fundamental science to products and processes that benefit the economy and environment.
Flinders University has a long-standing reputation for research in forensic science. With strong ties to Forensic Science SA, Defence, and State and Fedral law enforcement, researchers in forensic science have made high impact contributions based on advances in DNA profiling, trace chemical analysis for illicit substances and explosives, and new technologies for determining the provenance of stolen or smuggled goods.
The multi-disciplinary Institute for NanoScale Science and Technology undertakes research focused on four key areas - energy, water, security and health - by building on Flinders recognised strengths and enabling infrastructure in chemical analysis, chemical characterisation of surfaces, and surface topography and shape.
Research section head: Associate Professor Justin Chalker
Anderson, Peter Associate Professor
Campbell, Jonathan Associate Professor
Jenkins, Colin Associate Professor
Johnston, Martin Associate Professor
Koeper, Ingo Associate Professor
Lawrance, Warren Emeritus Professor
Leterme, Sophie Associate Professor
MacGregor, Melanie Associate Professor
Parappilly, Maria Associate Professor
Perkins, Mike Associate Professor
Speck, Peter Associate Professor
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