Head of School and Director
Bio & Nanoengineering Faculty Research Group
School of Chemical Engineering, University of Adelaide
South Australia, 5005
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Professor Biggs, who received his PhD in 1996, holds the Chair of Chemical
Engineering at The University of Adelaide where he is also the Head of School
and Director of the Bio & Nanoengineering Faculty Research Group.
He returned to Australia to take up the Chair in December 2008 following 15
years in UK academia, most recently at The University of Edinburgh. He also
held a visiting lectureship at the University of Stuttgart and is a recipient
of a prestigious Royal Academy of Engineering/Leverhulme Senior Research Fellowship.
His research, which has been reported in over 50 publications and 30 invited
lectures, is focused on the molecular, meso- and multiscale modelling and experimental
study of interfacial systems for the elucidation of fundamentals and design.
The interfacial systems of current interest include:
- nanoporous carbons, including in their use in separation of species from
multi-component fluid streams (e.g. in CO2 separation; removal
of toxic gases from air; purification of pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical
streams), heterogeneous catalysis, and energy storage (methane; hydrogen;
- proteins at solid interfaces, including in their use in self-assembly of
nanoscale entities to form complex nanostructured materials and systems, controlled
cell deposition, and interaction of the body with nanoscale entities (e.g.
in vaccines or as hazards); and
- multiphase fluids, including in their application in filtration, nanoparticle
and nanostructured materials synthesis, and micro- and nano-fluids and fluidics.
Professor Biggs would be happy to hear from any person interested in working
with him either as a student of visiting researcher - just e-mail.