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Gordon Wallace

Professor Gordon Wallace


Research Interests: organic conductors, nanomaterials and electrochemical probe methods of analysis and the use of these in the development of intelligent polymer systems.

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Dr Toni Campbell

Chief Operating Officer

Toni has worked with the Intelligent Polymer Research Group since 2002 in the research area, involving medical bionics and controlled release, prior to assuming her role as chief operating officer of ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science, of which IPRI is the lead node, in 2009. 

Contact: +61 2 42213504

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Associate Professor Peter Innis

Assistant DirectoR

Peter is responsible for activities in the areas of polymer processing, polymer photochemistry and nanomaterials.

Senior Researchers

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Doctor Robert Gorkin


Javad Foroughi

Doctor Javad Foroughi

Javad is the leader of the Smart Textile research strength at IPRI, ANFF and ACES. He is an expert in Artificial Muscles, Nanomaterials, Conducting Polymers and Carbon Nanotubes and the use of these in the development of Smart Materials.

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Stephen leads the Australian National Fabrication Facility Materials Node at the University of Wollongong. This in-house additive fabrication facility facilitates materials development research with a strong focus on bio-fabrication.

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Zhilian develops functional biomaterials for a range of applications in tissue engineering and drug delivery.


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Associate Professor Jun CheN

Jun has research interests in the preparation of nanostructured electromaterials, especially carbon nanotube based 3D architectures, and in fuel cell applications, including cell design and catalytic electrodes. 

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Associate Professor Michael Higgins

Michael is an Australian Research Council Fellow at IPRI. His research interest is the cellular-material interface and application of scanning probe microscopy techniques to study biological and material interactions in the single molecule and nanoscale domain.

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professor Robert Kapsa

Robert is a Principal Fellow (Bionics) at the Intelligent Polymer Research Institute, University of Wollongong and Associate Professor and Head of Research, Centre of Neuroscience and Neurology Research, St Vincent's Hospital, Melbourne. These positions blend into his function as the Bionics program leader in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science (ACES). 

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Associate Professor Simon Moulton

Simon is an active researcher involved in all aspects of research being undertaken in the Electromaterials and Bionics programs within ACES. He is the lead materials chemist responsible for coordinating the development of new materials for use in the Bionics ACES program for use in spinal cord regeneration, muscle regeneration, epilepsy control, and controlled drug release projects. 


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Associate Professor Jeremy Crook

Jeremy  is a Principal Fellow at the Intelligent Polymer Research Institute and the Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute.

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Attila is the leader of the Solar Energy Conversion research strength at IPRI and the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science. He is an expert in organic photovoltaic device fabrication and advanced characterisation techniques using time-resolved optical and electrical probes. 

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Professor David Officer

David's research interests are to develop functional material and nanomaterial systems. This includes the development and application of functionalised conducting polymers and carbon nanotubes, and an internationally recognised program on the synthesis and use of porphyrins (artificial chlorophyll) in solar cells, which produced the best porphyrin-based solar cells in the world. 

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Professor Marc in het Panhuis 

Marc's research focuses on synthesis of hydrogels (e.g. biopolymers such as gellan gum), their mechanical and electrical characterisation and processing using 3D/4D printing techniques (Additive Manufacturing).

Will Price

Professor William E. Price 

Will is the Executive Director of the Australian Institute for Innovative Materials (AIIM). He has broad ranging interests in advanced materials and composites, their characterisation and applications, in particular separation science.

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Associate Professor Steven Ralph 

Steve is a Senior Lecturer in the Chemistry Department. He carries out research in the area of new metal complexing polymers and membrane separations with IPRI. 

Geoff Spinks

Professor Geoffrey Spinks 

Geoff is a lecturer in Engineering and has research interests in actuators and mechanical properties of polymers. 

Gerry Swiegers

Professor Gerhard Swiegers 

Gerry is a Professor in the Intelligent Polymer Research Institute (IPRI) and an Adjunct Fellow at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science (ACES). His interests lie in Bio-inspired mechanical (“machine-like”) catalysts. 

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Dr Pawel Wagner 

Pawel is a senior research fellow at IPRI and has research interests in organic chemistry of aromatic compounds, synthesis of electroactive materials and the interactions between molecules and solid state.

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Dr Caiyun Wang

Dr Wang is a senior research fellow at IPRI with expertise is the design and development of organic conductor based materials including conducting polymers and graphene for energy storage application.


Last reviewed: 21 April, 2016