Dr Amanda Ellis

Senior Lecturer in Chemistry/Nanotechnology

Centre for NanoScale Science and Technology

School of Chemistry, Physics and Earth Sciences, Flinders University, Room 203 Physical Sciences Building, GPO Box 2100
South Australia
PH: +61 (8) 8201 3104
Fax: +61 (8) 8201 2905
Email: [email protected]


Amanda Ellis, Ph.D. is a Senior Lecturer in Chemistry/Nanotechnology at the School of Chemistry, Physics and Earth Sciences and Flinders University and the Center for NanoScale Science and Technology in Adelaide South Australia.

Dr. Amanda Ellis' primary research interest synthesis and characterization of nano-hybrid structures. In particular, one research project focuses on water treatment using carbon nanotube/polymeric membrane technologies for selective and fast water treatments.

Dr. Ellis' lab is studying how to vertically aligned single-walled carbon nanotubes onto porous surfaces using a wet chemical approach. Once deposited the nanotubes are then derivitized with a chain transfer agent responsible for the control of reversible addition chain transfer (RAFT) polymerisations. She has a multidisciplinary approach to her research in terms of both the science and the characterisation tools necessary. These include biochemistry, polymer science, nanotechnology and synthetic chemistry and utilising tools such a confocal Raman/near scanning optical microscopy, zeta potential analysis, atomic force microscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. She is aiming to develop free standing polymer membranes embedded with carbon nanotubes and other tubular nanostructures. The ultimate goal being fit-for-purpose selective high speed water filtration.

Other research Dr. Amanda Ellis is particularly interested in:

  • Selective transport of bacteriophages through surface functionalized zeolites for water treatment.
  • Separation of short tandem repeats of DNA on microfluidic device for forensic applications.
  • Gold nanofilm and quantum dot functionalized optical fibers for chemical and temperature senors.
  • Quantum dot nancomposites for fingerprinting in forensic science.
  • Nanostructured surfaces mimicking biogenic silication for solar cell applications.

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