Prof. Amanda Ellis graduated with a Ph.D (Applied Chemistry) from the University of Technology, Sydney in 2003. She then undertook two postdocs in the USA, including Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and New Mexico State University. After these she returned to New Zealand as a prestigious Foundation of Research Science and Technology Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Industrial Research Ltd (now Callaghan Innovations). In 2006 Amanda commenced at Flinders University as a teaching/research academic. Since then she has secured over $20M in funding from the ARC and non-ARC sources on projects involving novel polymer coatings, functionalised carbon nanotubes and graphene, microfluidics, genotyping and DNA nanotechnology. Currently, she is a Board member of both the Royal Australia Chemical Institute (RACI) and Membrane Society of Australasia (MSA).
Erskine Fellowship (University of Canterbury) 2016
Theo Murphy High FlyersThink Tank (Australian Academy of Sciences) 2016
RACI Fellow 2013
ARC Future Fellowship 2014-2018
Vice-Chancellor's Award for Early-Career Reseacher, Flinders University 2010
New Zealand Foundation of Science and Technology Postdoctoral Fellowship (NZFRST) 2004-2006 (Ellis) Total 217,500: Molecular self-assembly for conductive polymeric microfluidic devices.
Selected Recent Major Grants
ARC LIEF x 8 grants
ARC Linkage Grant (LP160100071) Printable technologies for high security documents and consumer products. $450,000 (2016-2019).
ARC Future Fellowship (FT13100211) Smart polymer-DNA hybrids as recognition sites for advanced DNA nanotechnology applications. $860,000 (2013-2018).
National Centre of Excellence Grant. Assessing the biofouling role of microbes in the desalination system; from the intake pipe to the reverse osmosis membranes. $515,400 (2011-2013).
National Centre of Excellence in Desalination Grant. Development of universally applicable coatings and additives for state-of-the-art reverse osmosis and pretreatment membranes: non-leaching, antimicrobial, low-fouling, chlorine resistant and improved compaction properties. $388,000 (2010-2013).
ARC Discovery Grant (DP1101679) Primary producers' morphological flexibility under environment constraints. $300,000 (2010-2013).
National Centre of Excellence in Desalination Grant. Nanostructure of Diatoms: A predctive model for species sustainability. $248,000 (2010-2012).
ARC Linkage Grant (LP100100616) Materials Engineering Solutions for Tomorrow's Water Resources. $896,251 (2009-2012).
Queensland Government National and International Research Alliances Program (NIRAP). Australian Future Forensics Innovation Network. $2M (Flinders $411,000) (2009-2012).
SA Premier Science and Research Fund (PSRF) Development of materials engineering solutions for treatment of Murray-Darling Basin sourced water supplies. $1,100,000 (2008-2011).
ARC Discovery Grant (DP0878183) Multifunctional mixed matrix membranes incorporating aligned carbon nanotubes. $330,000 (2008-2010).
Amanda's reseach interests includes the chemical modification of 2D and 3D surfaces, in particular, carbon nanotubes/nanoparticles, graphene and quantum dots. She utitises these materials in polymer matrices for work in microfluidics, membranes science (water treatment/desalination), clean technologies and DNA nanotechnologies.