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
+61 (8) 8201 3104
+61 (8) 8201 2905
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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
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
- 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.