Dr Markus Müllner
Lecturer and group leader
Markus received his Diplom in polymer and colloid chemistry at the University of Bayreuth, Germany. After
research visits to the University of Lund, Sweden, and The University of Melbourne, Australia, he received his Doctorate in polymer
chemistry under the supervision of Prof. Axel H.E. Müller in 2012. He subsequently re-joined the University of
Melbourne as a postdoctoral researcher, mentored by Prof. Frank Caruso. In 2013, he was awarded a McKenzie Postdoctoral Fellowship by the University of
Melbourne and continued to work at the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering within the Nanostructured Interfaces and
Materials Science group.
In June 2015, he became a Lecturer in the School of Chemistry
at the University of Sydney where he started the Polymer Nanostructures Group within the Key Centre for Polymers and Colloids. Markus is also an ARC DECRA Fellow
(2018-2020), leads a Foundation Project within the 'Health and Medicine' theme at the University of Sydney Nano Institute
(Sydney Nano), and is part of the Community Board for Materials Horizons.
Dr Clare Mahon
Marie Skłodowska-Curie Global Fellow
Clare completed her undergraduate studies at Newcastle University, UK, graduating in 2010. She subsequently studied for a PhD at the same institution under the supervision of Dr David Fulton, working at the interface of supramolecular and polymer chemistries to generative adaptive polymers capable of macromolecular recognition. In 2014 she moved to the University of Leeds, UK, to take up an EPSRC Doctoral Prize Fellowship within Prof. Bruce Turnbull’s laboratory. Her work there focussed on the development of stimuli-responsive polymeric receptors for bacterial toxins. In 2017 she moved to the University of Sydney, working within the groups of Dr Markus Muellner and Dr Liz New as a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Global Fellow. Clare’s current research aims to develop polymer-brush based diagnostics for waterborne pathogens.
Dr Thomas Gegenhuber
Thomas completed his undergraduate studies at Bayreuth University, Germany, graduating with a M.Sc. (Polymer Science) in 2013. He
joined Prof. Barner-Kowollik's team at the Karlsruhe
Institute of Technology (KIT) for his PhD studies, working in collaboration with Dr. Suat Özbek (Centre
for Organismal Studies (COS), University of Heidelberg). In 2018, he joined the PNG team to work on molecular brush self-assembly.
Théophile graduated from the Université de Haute-Alsace in Mulhouse, France. He studied chemistry with a focus on polymer science and later
specialised on photopolymers and photochemistry. He then worked for one year in the Institute for Surface Modification in Leipzig, Germany, as a research assistant on photopolymers and hydrogels.
In 2016, Théophile joined the group as a PhD student within the Key Centre for Polymers and Colloids. In 2017, Théophile received a Sydney Nano Top-Up Scholarship for his PhD studies.
Antoine received his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (2014) and his Master of Science in Polymer Sciences (2017) at the Université du Maine, France. He has also spent 1 year at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM),
Canada, as part of the CREPUQ exchange program. His Master thesis focused on polymer brushes using living radical polymerisation and was performed in the PNG. He has since rejoined the
group as a PhD candidate working on molecular polymer brushes for biomedical applications.
Eamonn began studying a Bachelor of Science (Advanced) at the University of Sydney in 2014. He completed a major in chemistry, and had planned to major in biochemistry as well, but instead spent a semester abroad in The Netherlands. He spent several weeks in the Polymer Nanostructures group in 2016 as a Summer Research Scholar, and decided to return as an honours student this year. He is currently studying the tunable hydrophobicity of cylindrical polymer brushes in tumour penetration.
Cindy began her undergraduate science degree at the University of Sydney in 2015, majoring in medicinal chemistry and pharmacology. She has decided to pursue her passions in her current Honours project involving the synthesis novel LHRH-functionalised polymer nanoparticles for targeted therapy of triple-negative breast cancer.
Karen completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Sydney in 2017 with honours and a double major in chemistry and maths. After
initially researching purely in synthetic organic chemistry, he added polymer chemistry to his research interests. Karen is currently working towards the synthesis of stimuli responsive polymers
from cyclic ketene acetals. Underlying this is a passion for reactions and reactivity.
Carly is volunteering in the group to learn more about controlled radical polymerisation.
Former group members:
Peter Truran (visiting Master student, 2017/18)
Celia Chen (Denison Scholar, 2017/18, supervised by Dr Clare Mahon)
Alison Campbell (Denison Scholar, 2017/18)
Olivia McRae (Honours student, 2017)
Vivian Shang (Honours student, 2017)
Stone Woo (TSP student, 2017)
Antoine Niederberger (visiting Master student, 2017)
Saeel Momin (Graduate Diploma student, 2016-17)
Edie Griffith (TSP student, 2017, supervised by Dr Clare Mahon)
Eamonn Burke (Volunteer, 2017)
Lauren Minne (Summer Scholar, 2017)
Dominik Seeberger (visiting Master student, 2016)
Maria Morits (visiting PhD student, 2016)
Vivian Shang (Summer Scholar, 2016)
Eamonn Burke (Summer Scholar, 2016)
Saeel Momin (volunteer, 2015)
Leo Jiang (TSP student, 2015)