Dr Ula Alexander

Casual Professional

College of Science and Engineering

place Physical Sciences (208)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Research Associate in Chemistry/Engineering with the ARC Training Centre for Biofilm Research and Innovation.

My PhD was awarded for using UV/visible lasers and molecular calculations to understand chemical reactions relating to silicon and germanium thin-films. Postdoctoral research at Flinders resulted in the development of a powerful laser-based technique for studying molecules and small clusters.

My research has included laser-based detection of trace compounds, using lasers in biological applications and buidling prototype devices.


PhD: Laser studies of silylene and germylene - experiment and computation, Flinders University (2001).

Honours: Synthesis and laser studies of air-sensitive light-activated molecular switch compounds containing iron, Flinders University (1993).

Honours, awards and grants

Funding Awards

Flinders University DVCR Infrastructure Funding - High-Resolution Spectrometer - 2020

Flinders University Cross-College Research Funding - UV laser crosslinker - with Dr Marta Gabryelska (CMPH) - 2021

Inspring SA science-art grant with Micro-X - "SmART Science - Seeing Things Differently" - 2022

Key responsibilities

Research Associate in Chemistry/Engineering - ARC Training Centre for Biofilm Research and Innovation (https://biofilminnovation.org/).

Project Officer - Nano and Microplastics Reserach Consortium (https://www.nmrc.com.au/).

Teaching interests

Previous teaching responsibilities in Chemistry and Physics topics at Flinders University include:

CHEM1201 - General Chemistry - Academic Developer and Demonstrator; PHYS1702 - Physics for Health Sciences - Demonstrator

PHYS2702 - Quantum Concepts - Lecturer; PHYS3711 - Quantum Physics - Demonstrator

Higher degree by research supervision
Associate supervisor: Machine Learning for Spectroscopy (1), Laser degradation of tattoo pigments (3)
Further information

Science-art from molecules - 'Quantum Conversations' www.quantumconversations.net