Dr Markus Müllner-Bačvić
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 PhD 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.
Markus initiated the Polymer Nanostructures Group (@PolymerNano on Twitter) within the Key Centre for Polymers and Colloids after joining the School
of Chemistry at the University of Sydney in 2015. He is currently a Senior Lecturer, an ARC DECRA Fellow (2018-2020) and an investigator in the University of Sydney Nano Institute (Sydney Nano). He further serves as part of the Community Board for Materials Horizons and the Chair of the RACI NSW Polymer
Dr Thomas Gegenhuber
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
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, and was subsequently awarded a two-year Postdoctoral Fellowship by the DFG to work on molecular brush
Dr Emma Brisson
Emma graduated from the University of Toronto with a B.A.Sc. in Nanoengineering and an M.A.Sc. in Chemical Engineering, where she
worked with organic dyes and pigments for organic electronics. Emma recently completed her PhD with Dr Luke Connal and Prof. George Franks at the University of Melbourne, where she synthesised
amino acid functional materials. In 2017, Emma worked in R&D in the paint industry and in 2019 made the jump to the PNG team to focus on the self-assembly of macromolecular structures with
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. Theo submitted his thesis in mid-2019.
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.
Alicia graduated from the University of New South Wales (UNSW), with a Bachelor of Medicinal Chemistry (Hons) in 2017. During her Honours year, she
undertook a research project under the supervisor of Dr Robert Chapman, with a focus on enzyme (glucose oxidase) stabilisation in glycopolymer-based polyion complex (PIC) micelles. Upon her
graduation, she worked as a research assistant for 3 months in the same group before returning to Malaysia. In July 2018, Alicia returned to Sydney and joined the PNG group as a PhD candidate to
develop functional polymer systems that can be used to structure electrode materials in lithium-ion batteries. Alicia's studies are supported by a postgrad scholarship from the University of
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 well-defined polymers using
photoredox chemistry. Underlying this is a passion for reactions and reactivity.
David studied B.Sc. (Adv) at The University of Sydney, before commencing his Honours work in PNG at the start of 2019. He is now working on new
semiconductor catalyst systems for light-driven radical polymerisations.
Xinyi (Sophia) Zhang
Xinyi graduated from the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China with a Bachelor of Engineering in Applied Chemistry in 2018. During her senior year she studied the synthesis and properties of polyethylene glycol-b-polybenzyl threonine polymers under the supervision of Prof. Jianyuan Hao. Having an interest in organic and polymer chemistry, she joined the PNG as a Master of Philosophy student to work on new carborane-containing polymers. Her project is in collaboration with Prof. Lou Rendina's group.
Visiting Master student
Marius completed his B.Sc. in Chemistry and M.Sc. in Materials Chemistry at Bayreuth University, Germany. His research in Prof. Josef Breu's team
focused on nanostructuring of clay mineral based composites. Currently, he is participant of the study program "Macromolecular Science" of the Elite Network of Bavaria and as part of this will
work at the PNG to structure metal oxides for battery applications.
Dr Neelam Gogoi
Neelam is a postdoctoral research associate at the School of Life and Environmental Sciences (SOLES) and a research affiliate at the School of Chemistry, University of Sydney. She obtained her PhD in Chemistry for her thesis entitled “Hybrid Functional Biopolymers as Advanced Nanocomposite for Catalytic, Drug Delivery and Sensing Applications” from the University of Gauhati, India in 2017. She worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Chinese Academy of Sciences for 11 months before joining the University of Sydney. She has received many grants and awards including Nature Travel Grant and Royal Society of Chemistry Nanoscale Best Poster Award.
Parathan began his undergraduate degree in a Bachelor of Medical Science at University of Sydney in 2015, but transferred to a Bachelor of Science
in 2016 to pursue a major in chemistry. He decided to continue ongoing investigations as part of his Honours project into the synthesis of polymer structures capable of penetrating cancer tissue
for the purpose of drug delivery.
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. In 2019, Clare relocated to the University of York to wrap up
her Fellowship, before embarking on her independent academic career at Durham University later in the year. She remains an Honorary group member.
Former group members:
(Dr in spe)
Théophile Pelras (PhD Student #1, 2016-2019)
Marius Schöttle (visiting Master student, 2019)
Parathan Ramamurthi (Honours student, 2018/19)
Amanda Gunawan (Honours student, 2018/19)
Carly Baker (Honours student, 2018/19)
Chenyou Zhang (Denison Scholar, 2018/19)
Lorena Zheng (Denison Scholar, 2018/19)
Dr Clare Mahon (Marie Curie Fellow,
Cindy Tran (Honours student, 2018)
Jiaxin Wang (visiting undergraduate student, 2018)
Eamonn Burke (Honours student, 2017/18)
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)