Students from the Donald Research Group Cleaned Up at RACI R&D Topics Meeting

Posted 8 December 2017

At the recent Royal Australian Chemical Institute Research and Development Topics meeting in Hobart, students from the Donald Research Group won top prizes for their presentations.     

Diana Zhang – who completed her honours project this year – was awarded the top student talk entitled “Rapid Chiral Analysis of Amino Acid Enantiomers Using High-Definition Differential Ion Mobility Mass Spectrometry”. Based on the strength of her presentation, Diana was invited to submit a research manuscript on this research for publication in the journal Analytica Chimica Acta.

Master of Philosophy student, Panthipa Suwannakot took out the best poster prize for her presentation entitled “Rapid detection of perfluorooctanoic acid at parts-per-quintillion levels in water using metal-organic framework coated microneedles and mass spectrometry”.

Huixin Wang, Eric Foley, and Giang Nguyen were each awarded Highly Commended talks:

“Advanced Mass Spectrometry Methods for Unravelling the Mechanisms of Organophosphate Toxicity” by Huixin Wang (Ph.D. Student)

“Solution Additives for Probing the Mechanism of Supercharging Proteins in Electrospray Ionisation and Improving Peptide Identification by Mass Spectrometry” by Eric Foley (Honours Student)

“Rapid Determination of Ligand-Protein Binding Affinities by Native Electrospray Ionization Mass Spectrometry with Ultrahigh Sensitivity Using Nanoscale Ion Emitters” by Giang Nguyen (Ph.D. Student)

The 25th RACI R&D Topics meeting in Analytical and Environmental Chemistry was held at the University of Tasmania between 3 – 6 December 2017. The annual conference includes participants from 16 universities across Australia.


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