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Adjunct lecturer, former ARC DECRA Fellow & MIPS Teaching Fellow

Research Interests: Milk lipids, Lipid digestion, Milk-based formulations for infant nutrition and medication, colloids & interfaces, X-ray and neutron scattering

Bio: Andrew is a beamline scientist on the BioSAXS beamline at the ANSTO Australian Synchrotron. The BioSAXS beamline is part of the new BRIGHT suite of beamlines currently under commissioning at the synchrotron and will be used for structural analysis of solution structures by small angle X-ray scattering. Prior to joining ANSTO, Andrew was an ARC DECRA Fellow at the Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences (MIPS). He joined MIPS in June 2016 to lead the digestion team in the Boyd group, whose research focusses on the influence of lipid digestion on the fate of orally-administered drug delivery vehicles. His research to date has involved synthesis and materials characterisation in a diverse range of applied chemical systems including explosives sensors, plastic solar cells, OLED displays, bioelectronic semiconductors, intestinal colloids and digesting lipids. Whilst these may seem to be disparate areas of interest, the unifying element is that each relies on appropriate structuring at the molecular, aggregate, or thin film level, to provide their function. As such, Andrew’s research heavily utilises neutron, X-ray and light scattering techniques to build a holistic structural picture of applied materials in the Ångstrom-micrometre size range. His DECRA fellowship focussed on structuring in digesting milk fats, one of the most complex naturally-occurring fat mixtures and nature’s vehicle for delivering lipophilic compounds such as sterols and fat-soluble vitamins.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy

External positions

Departmental Visitor, Department of Applied Mathematics, Australian National University (ANU)

Feb 2016Feb 2017

Research area keywords

  • Chemistry
  • Correlating structure with function
  • Colloids and interfaces
  • Drug delivery
  • Lipid digestion
  • Optoelectronics

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