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). From 2016-2019 Markus was a member of the Community Board for Materials Horizons. He currently serves on the Advisory boards for Polymer
Chemistry, Macromolecular Rapid Communications and Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics , and as Chair of the RACI NSW Polymer group.
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
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.
Yen Theng (Alicia) Cheng
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.
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 tissues
for the purpose of drug delivery. Parathan is now a PhD student researching the role of amphiphilicity in drug carrier design.
Cheryl studied a B.Sc. (Adv Maths), majoring in both mathematics and nanoscience, at The University of Sydney, before joining the PNG for an Honours year in chemistry. Here, she explores polymer architectures analogous to proteins found in cartilage, with potential medical applications in cartilage replacement therapy.
Gabrielle graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Applied Chemistry from the University of Technology Sydney and is now completing her Honours in collaboration with the Jolliffe group and PNG by exploring the use of squaramides and polymers to sense anions in aqueous media.
Visiting PhD student
Stefanie received her B. Sc. in Chemistry (2014) and her M. Sc. in Chemistry (2017) at the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany. For her Master thesis she joined Prof. Gröschel’s group, working on nanostructure fabrication of block copolymers. She subsequently started with her PhD studies, working with ABC triblock terpolymers with the aim to construct 3D nanohybrid scaffolds.
Visiting PhD student
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.
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.
Former group members:
Jasmine Todoroska (Denison Scholar, 2019/20)
David Cantwell (Honours student, 2019)
Dr Théophile Pelras (PhD Student #1, 2016-2019)
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)