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Nico's key research interest lies in the fabrication and surface modification of porous semiconductor materials for applications in biosensors, biochips, biomaterials and drug delivery.

A core research activity in his laboratory is the study of porous silicon based nanostructures and their surface chemistry. A current focus is the development of new nanostructured materials for biosensors, biochips, biomaterials and drug delivery.

He has authored over 330 peer-reviewed journal articles with over 7000 citations, h-index 42. Nico has received fellowships from the German Research Foundation (DFG), the CSIRO, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, is a recipient of the Tall Poppy Science Award, and was a finalist for the South Australian Scientist of the Year 2015 and the Australian Innovation Challenge. He is serving on the College of Experts of the Australian Research Council.

After completing his BSc at the University of Saarland (1993) and his MSc at the RWTH Aachen (1995) in Germany, Nico completed a PhD thesis (1999) in polymer surface chemistry at the DWI Leibniz Institute for Interactive Materials. He received postdoctoral fellowships to work in the area of bio-organic chemistry at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California.

In 2001 he became a Lecturer at Flinders University in Australia, an Associate Professor in 2006 and a full Professor in 2008.  From 2008-2011, he was the Associate Head of the Faculty of Science and Engineering at Flinders University. Since 2012, he is a Professor in Chemistry and Materials Science at the Mawson Institute of the University of South Australia.

From 2013-2015, he was Deputy Director of the Mawson Institute at the University of South Australia and Program Leader of the Cooperate Research Centre for Cell Therapy Manufacturing. From 2014-2017, he was Node Leader in the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Convergent Bio-Nano Science & Technology.

He currently is the Scientific Director of the Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication, Professor at the Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences at Monash University and Science Leader at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO).

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Projects 2016 2023

ARC Training Centre for Personalised Therapeutics Technologies

Stewart, A. G., Pfleger, K. D. G., Voelcker, N. H., Pebay, A., Dottori, M., Lee, P., Elnathan, R., O'Connor, A. J., Rodger, J., Palaniswami, M. S., Doyle, B., Kennedy, B., Kameneva, T., Heng, J., Sercombe, T., Pouton, C. W., Zheng, M., Mangum, J. E., Volery, T., Lim, C. T., Herz, J., Baker, M. L., Lipscombe, R., Anderson, P., Keenan, M., Barker, A., Shand, T., Smith, B., Wadsworth, S., Tan, A., Rush, R., Gooley, A. A., Rose, S., Nicholson, J. & Munsie, M.

SMR Automotive Australia Pty Ltd, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, Trajan Scientific and Medical, Monash University – Internal Faculty Contribution


Project: Research

Rapid Detection of Performance Enhancing Drugs Using Nanotechnology - 168750 R116

Voelcker, N. H., Norton , K., Vedova, C. B. D. & Guinan, T.


Project: Research

Novel nanosensors for monitoring of water filtration membrane integrity

Prieto-Simon, B., Voelcker, N. H., Saint, C., Monis, P., Robillot, C. & Cunliffe, D.


Project: Research

Research Output 2009 2018

Hyaluronic Acid-Modified Porous Silicon Films for the Electrochemical Sensing of Bacterial Hyaluronidase

Tücking, K. S., Vasani, R. B., Cavallaro, A. A., Voelcker, N. H., Schönherr, H. & Prieto-Simon, B. 1 Jan 2018 (Accepted/In press) In : Macromolecular Rapid Communications. 7 p., 1800178

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Microfluidic cell microarray platform for high throughput analysis of particle-cell interactions

Tong, Z., Rajeev, G., Guo, K., Ivask, A., McCormick, S., Lombi, E., Priest, C. & Voelcker, N. H. 2 Mar 2018 (Accepted/In press) In : Analytical Chemistry. 31 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Novel peptidylated surfaces for interference-free electrochemical detection of cardiac troponin I

Dhawan, S., Sadanandan, S., Haridas, V., Voelcker, N. H. & Prieto-Simón, B. 15 Jan 2018 In : Biosensors and Bioelectronics. 99, p. 486-492 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Optimization of binding B-lymphocytes in a microfluidic channel: Surface modification, stasis time and shear response

McCormick, S., Tong, Z., Ivask, A., Morozesk, M., Voelcker, N. H., Lombi, E. & Priest, C. 1 Jan 2018 In : Biofabrication. 10, 1, 10 p., 014101

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Precision nanomedicines for prostate cancer

Cifuentes-Rius, A., Butler, L. M. & Voelcker, N. H. 1 Apr 2018 In : Nanomedicine. 13, 8, p. 803-807 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorialOtherpeer-review

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