Members - Past

Former members have naturally made a huge contribution to the group's success. They have also been very successful in their time with us (the average publication output for a Ph.D. student who have had all their work published is 10 papers and they have won many prizes) and have been exceedingly successful in their careers after leaving us.

Former Postdocs

  • Dr. Bakul Gupta (2014-2016)
  • Dr. Kyloon Chuah (2014-2016)
    Cofounded Valar Lab and became a Data Scientist at Elemental Machines
  • Dr. Abbas Barfidokht (2014-2016)
    Became a postdoctoral scholar at the University of California, San Diego - Jacobs School of Engineering
  • Dr. Muhammad Alam (2013-2016)
  • Dr. S.R.C. Vivekchand (2013-2016)
    Founder and CEO of Sensal Technologies
  • Dr. Moinul Choudhury (2014-2015)
    Became Assistant Professor in the Department of Natural Sciences at Daffodil International University
  • Dr. Shahrul Ahmad (2013-2014)
    Returned to Malaysia as a lecturer in the Department of Chemistry at Universiti Putra Malaysia.
  • Dr. Stuart Lowe (2012-2014)
    Joined TTP, a scientific consultancy firm in the UK.
  • Dr. Alicia Gui (2011-2012)
    Became a postdoctoral fellow at Oldenberg, Germany.
  • Dr. Bin Guan (2011-2012)
    Took up a postdoctoral position at Shanghai Jiao Tong University.
  • Dr. Daniel Goldstein (2011)
    Left to start his own very successful cafe.
  • Dr. Nadim Darwish (2010-2013)
    Won a Marie-Curie Research Fellowship, Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia in Barcelona.
  • Dr. Erwann Luais (2010-2012)
    Became a lecturer, PCM2E lab, Laboratoire de Physico-Chimie des Matériaux et des Electrolytes pour l'Energie, University of Tours, France.
  • Dr. Simone Ciampi (2009-2013)
    Left for a Vice-Chancellor's Research Fellowship at the University of Wollongong.
  • Dr. Joshua Peterson (2009-2012)
    Became a postdoctoral research associate in the Thordarson group at UNSW chemistry.
  • Dr. Guozhen Liu (2008-2010)
    She is now in China working with our industrial partners Agamatrix Inc. and has an academic position at Central China Normal University (CCNU), Wuhan, China.
  • Dr. Paul Eggers (2008-2009)
    He departed to his dream location, Perth, where he took a postdoctoral position at UWA.
  • Dr. Yit-Lung Khung (2008-2009)
    He left to pursue his interest in biomaterials at NTU in Singapore.
  • Dr. Paulo Da Silva (2006-2009)
    He left UNSW to go into industry working for CETEC.
  • Dr. Wenrong Yang (2005-2007)
    He left us to become a self-funded research fellow at Sydney University and has recently become a lecturer at Deakin University in Geelong.
  • Dr. Till Böcking (2004-2006)
    He made a major shift in research focus and went to the Harvard Medical School, Harvard University on a Human Frontier Science Foundation Multidisciplinary Fellowship. He is now an ARC Future Fellow at UNSW in the Centre for Vascular Research.
  • Dr. Michael Jones (2004-2005)
    He left for a position with Prof. Jack Baldwin at the Dyson-Perrins Laboratory at Oxford University.
  • Dr. Florian Bender (2003-2005)
    Florian left in late 2005 to pursue a career in writing and then took a postdoc position in Crete.
Gouzhen Liu
Dr Guozhen Liu
Paul Eggers
Dr Paul Eggers
Paulo Da Silva
Dr Paulo Da Silva
Wenrong Yang
Dr Wenrong Yang
Till Böcking
Dr Till Böcking
Michael Jones
Dr Michael Jones

Former Ph.D. students


  • Dr. Xun Lu (Ph.D. 2016)
  • Dr. Cheng (Johnson) Jiang (Ph.D. 2016)
  • Dr. Yong (Jerry) Lu (Ph.D. 2016)
  • Dr. Ying (Jessie) Yang (Ph.D. 2016)
  • Dr. Maryam Parviz (Ph.D. 2016)
  • Dr. Safura Taufik (Ph.D. 2016)
  • Dr. Stephen Parker (Ph.D. 2015)
  • Dr. Roya Tavallaie (Ph.D. 2014)
  • Dr. Ying Zhu (Ph.D. 2014)
  • Dr. Xiaoyu (Jet) Cheng (Ph.D. 2014)
  • Dr. Kyloon Chuah (Ph.D. 2014)
  • Dr. Josh Ginges (Ph.D. 2014)
  • Dr. Moinul Choudhury (Ph.D. 2014)
  • Dr. Elizabeth Murago (Ph.D. 2014)
  • Dr. Bakul Gupta (Ph.D. 2013)
    Bakul returns to the group for a year or so in 2014. Bakul has 3 papers so far.
  • Dr. Xin Chen (Ph.D. 2013)
    Xin's 3 year PhD was followed by a postdoctoral position at the Unviersity of Michigan in the US. Xin, 'the paper man', authored 8 papers during his time with us with 2 more to come.
  • Dr. Yang Lu (Ph.D. 2013)
    Yang has since returned to China. Yang has also published her first paper from her PhD.
  • Dr. Pauline Michaels (Ph.D. 2013)
    Pauline only recently completed her Ph.D. and has been recovering. With one paper already published there are more to come.
  • Dr. Muthukumar Chockalingam (Ph.D. 2012)
    Muthu went back to India to start a company and become a school teacher. Muthu has 7 papers from his PhD so far.
  • Dr. Alicia Gui (Ph.D. 2011)
    Alicia postdocs in the group for a few months before going to another position at Universität Oldenburg. She wrote 6 papers during her PhD.
  • Dr. Hong Qiao (Ph.D. 2011)
    Hong went back to work in industry. Hong has published 3 papers from his PhD so far.
  • Dr. Bin Guan (Ph.D. 2011)
    Bin was a postdoc in the group and then took a position at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Bin was an author on 11 papers during her PhD with one to come.
  • Dr. Sook Mei Khor (Ph.D. 2011)
    Naomi went back to her academic position at University of Malaya. Naomi pubished 5 papers during her PhD.
  • Dr. Albert Ng (Ph.D. 2011)
    Albert next became a postdoc at the Centre for Vascular Research at UNSW. Albert published 4 papers from his PhD.
  • Dr. Leo Lai (Ph.D. 2011)
    Leo took a position at Hong Kong City University. He has published 10 papers during his time with us plus a book chapter.
  • Dr. Callie Fairman (Ph.D. 2011)
    Callie became a science teacher. She has already published 6 papers from her thesis.
  • Dr. Nadim Darwish (Ph.D. 2010)
    Nadim joined us as a postdoc and then took up a Marie Curie Fellowship in Barcelona. He has published 16 papers with us so far.
  • Dr Ian Goon (Ph.D. 2010)
    Ian left to take a business consulting position in Malaysia. He has published 7 papers plus a book chapter from his Ph.D.
  • Dr. Guillaume Le Saux (Ph.D. 2010)
    Guillaume left to work as a postdoc in medicine at UNSW and has now returned to France. He published 9 papers during his time at UNSW.
  • Dr. Simone Ciampi (Ph.D. 2009)
    Simone has continued as a postdoc within the group. He has already published 31 papers with us including his postdoc time.
  • Dr. Paul Eggers (Ph.D. 2008)
    After a short postdoc stint at UNSW Paul went to the University of Western Australia. Paul’s Ph.D. has yielded 13 papers.
  • Dr. Kris Kilian (Ph.D. 2007)
    Kris published 16 papers in his Ph.D. Kris won the 2008 RACI Cornforth Medal and the 2009 UNSW UCommittee Prize for Scientific Research. He won an NIH fellow to go to the University of Chicago and has recently begun an Assistant Professor position in Materials Engineering at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
  • Dr. Alison Chou (Ph.D. 2006)
    Alison left for postdocs at Monash University and then Flinders University. She published 7 journal papers during her time at UNSW.
  • Dr. Guozhen Liu (Ph.D. 2006)
    Guozhen is another of the former group members to head to CSIRO before coming back to USNW as a postdoc. Eight papers were published from her Ph.D.
  • Dr. Freya Mearns (Ph.D. 2006)
    Seeking further adventure, after her Ph.D. Freya headed for the UK where she became an editor for the Royal Society of Chemistry family of journals. She published 6 papers during her doctorate.
  • Dr. Edith Chow (Ph.D. 2006)
    Edith was highly productive with 12 papers and 1 book chapter. CSIRO is now the lucky beneficiary of her outstanding experimental skills.
  • Dr. Elicia Wong (Ph.D. 2005)
    Elicia was very successful with 12 journal papers, 2 other publications and 10 conference abstracts. She did a Postdoc with Hans Coster at Sydney University and Mike James at ANSTO before heading to Oxford to work with Prof. Richard Compton and is now the CSO of a start-up sensor company in San Francisco.
  • Dr. Min Zhao (Ph.D. 2003)
    Min published 5 journal papers before heading to work at Sigma Pharmaceuticals.
  • Dr. Jingquan Liu (Ph.D. 2003)
    Supervised by Prof. Gooding and Professor Paddon-Row, Jingquan published 10 journal papers from his Ph.D. Jingquan did postdocs at UTS and UNSW before winning a prestigious Vice-Chancellor’s Fellowship with the Centre for Advanced Macromolecular Design at UNSW. He is now a Distinguished Professor at Qingdao University in China and a collaborator with the group.
  • Dr. Wenrong Yang (Ph.D. 2002)
    Wenrong published 12 journal papers, from his Ph.D. He did postdocs at CSIRO and UNSW before winning a prestigious Sesquicentennial Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the microscope unit at Sydney University. He is now a lecturer at Deakin University in Geelong.
  • Dr. Dusan Losic (Ph.D. 2002)
    Dusan studied at Flinders University in Adelaide with us before taking postdocs at Monash and Flinders and then becoming an ARC Australian Research Fellow at the University of South Australia. His Ph.D. led to 15 journal papers.
  • Dr. Manihar Situmorang (Ph.D. 2001)
    Manihar published 9 journal papers during his Ph.D. Manihar has since become a Dean in his University in Medan in Indonesia.
Alicia Gui
Alicia Gui
Hong Qiao
Hong Qiao
Bin Guan
Bin Guan
Sook Mei (Naomi) Khor
Sook Mei (Naomi) Khor
Albert Ng
Dr Albert Ng
Leo Lai
Dr Leo Lai
Callie Fairman
Dr Callie Fairman
Ian Goon
Dr Ian Goon
Guillaume Le Saux
Dr Guillaume Le Saux
Simone Ciampi
Dr Simone Ciampi
Paul Eggers
Dr Paul Eggers
Kris Kilian
Dr Kris Kilian
Alison Chou
Dr Alison Chou
Gouzhen Liu
Dr Guozhen Liu
Freya Mearns
Dr Freya Mearns
Edith Chow
Dr Edith Chow
Elicia Wong
Dr Elicia Wong
Jingquan Liu
Dr Jingquan Liu
Wenrong Yang
Dr Wenrong Yang
Dusan Losic
Dr Dusan Losic

Former Masters Students

    • Yeng Lee (M.Sc. 2013)
      Yeng has at least two papers coming form her Masters
    • William Rouesnel (M.Sc. 2013)
      Will also published one paper.
    • Yu-Shan (Sherry) Lin (M.Sc. 2012)
      Sherry published a paper during her time with us.
    • Kate Odenthal (M.Sc. 2009)
      Kate has two papers from her time at UNSW.
    • Wibowo Rahmat (M.Sc. 2003)
      Bowo from Indonesia published 3 journal papers during his masters. Bowo is now doing a D.Phil. at Oxford University with Professor Gooding's own D.Phil. supervisor, Richard Compton.
    • Rowena Mankelow (M.Sc. 2003)
      Rowena published one paper and since gone on to better and brighter things.
Kate Odenthal
Kate Odenthal
Wibowo Rahmat
Wibowo Rahmat

Former Honours Students

We have been blessed to have some great honours students come and work with us.

      • William Pak - 2014
      • Manish Sriram - 2014
      • Kelly Zhong - 2014
      • Annie Rajadurai – 2014
      • Vincent Tan - 2013, 1 paper
      • Devi Liana - 2012, 2 papers
      • Kevin Coangharja- 2012
      • Richard Gondosiswanto - 2012, 1 paper
      • Kim Dahl-Hansen - 2011
      • Jerold Chan - 2011
      • Kyloon Chuah - 2010, 1 paper
      • Stephen Parker - 2010
      • Sven Sylvester - 2009, 2 papers
      • Bakul Gupta - 2009, 1 paper
      • Jonathan Dyne - 2009, 1 paper
      • Vinh Lam - 2009
      • Steven Yannoulatos - 2008
      • Jarred Shein - 2008, 2 papers
      • Susan Ireland - 2008
      • Will Rouesnel - 2007
      • Alex Dalgleish - 2007
      • Zhi Jun Lim - 2007
      • Zheng (Diego) Li - 2007
      • Josh Ginges – 2006/7
      • Leo Lai - 2006, 1 paper in preparation
      • Eileen Peh - 2005/6
      • Leon Tan - 2005
      • Brad Man - 2005
      • Tara Callingham - 2005
      • Quynh Nguyen - 2004, 2 papers
      • Kellie Jericho - 2003, 1 paper
      • Salah Kahil - 2002
      • Alison Chou - 2002, 1 paper
      • Lesley Wilkinson - 2000
      • Jason Ashmore - 2000
      • Paul Erokhin - 1998, 6 papers
      • Lina Pugliano - 1998, 1 paper


    1. Lina Pugliano, received best postgraduate student award for excellence in presentation and content of a research paper at ASB99/Asia-Pacific Biosensors Symposium, Gold Coast, Queensland, Sept 30th - Oct 3rd 1999.
    2. Dusan Losic, received award for best student poster, 11th AINSE Conference on Nuclear Techniques of Analysis and 6th Vacuum Society of Australia Congress 24-26th Nov. 1999.
    3. Manihar Situmorang, Third Place in Student oral presentation prize, 8th Research and Development Topics 2000, Wagga Wagga 6-8 December 2000.
    4. Manihar Situmorang, Short-listed for student poster prize, Eleventh Australasian Electrochemistry Conference, University of Western Sydney, Parramatta, Australia Dec 10-14th 2000.
    5. Wenrong Yang, won Alan Walsh Bursary to attend 9th International Conference on Chemical Sensors, Boston, 7-10th July 2002.
    6. Freya Mearns, won AINSE Post Graduate Research Award, 2002-2003.
    7. Elicia Wong, 2nd Prize at UNSW School of Chemical Sciences Poster Day, 2002.
    8. Elicia Wong, People's Choice Prize Winner at UNSW School of Chemical Sciences Poster Day, 2002.
    9. Edith Chow, Poster Citation at UNSW School of Chemical Sciences Poster Day, 2002.
    10. Jingquan Liu, The University of New South Wales Chemical Society, Best student seminar award, 2002.
    11. Edith Chow, 2nd Prize at UNSW School of Chemical Sciences Poster Day, 2003.
    12. Edith Chow, People's Choice Prize Winner at UNSW School of Chemical Sciences Poster Day, 2003.
    13. Freya Mearns, The University of New South Wales Chemical Society, Best student seminar award, 2003.
    14. Freya Mearns, Australian Academy of Science Travel Fellowship for Young Researchers, 2004.
    15. Edith Chow, Winner of Award for Best Oral Presentation on Chemical Sensors at Eurosensors XVIII, Rome, Italy, September 13-15 2004.
    16. Elicia Wong, Winner of 1 of only 20 travel scholarships open to the entire world to researchers under the age of 40 to attend the main chemistry conference, the World Chemistry Congress, in Beijing, China in September 2005.
    17. Kris Kilian, winner poster prize for "Optimization of Nanostructured Porous Silicon Surface Chemistry towards Biophotonic Sensors" presented at the International Conference on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, in Brisbane held July 3-7 2006.
    18. Simone Ciampi, won AINSE Post Graduate Research Award, 2007-2009.
    19. Leo Lai, Dragon 100 study tour place designed to trained talented Chinese from around the world as future leaders, 2007.
    20. Zhi Jun Lim, 2nd place in Materials Australia Honours oral presentation evening for NSW, 2007.
    21. Ian Goon, winner Poster Prize, Dean of Engineering Poster presentation evening.
    22. Ian Goon, winner Poster Prize, ARCCFN Conference Gold Coast 12-13 November 2007.
    23. Nadim Darwish won ARC Nanotechnology Network Travel Award for $5000 to visit labs in Japan 2008.
    24. Dr. Kris Kilian, winner, Royal Australian Chemical Institute Cornforth Medal 2008 for best Australian PhD awarded in 2007.
    25. Simone Ciampi, poster prize at the Symposium on New Materials and New Methods in Electrochemistry of the Electrochemistry Chemistry of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute 2008.
    26. Jarred Shein, University medal in Nanotechnology 2008.
    27. Dr. Kris Kilian, winner, U Committee award for Research Excellence in Science 2009 for best PhD thesis in the science faculty from 2007.
    28. Leo Lai, winner, oral presentation prize, ARC Centre of Excellence in Functional Nanomaterials, 7th Annual Conference, Coffs Harbour, NSW November 9th to 11th.
    29. Will Rousenel, poster presentation prize, ARC Centre of Excellence in Functional Nanomaterials, 7th Annual Conference, Coffs Harbour, NSW November 9th to 11th.
    30. Sven Sylvester, University medal in Nanotechnology 2009.
    31. Bakul Gupta, poster presentation prize, ICONN 2010, Sydney 22-26 February 2010, one of 6 winners from over 300 posters.
    32. Sook Mei Khor, Symposium 11 poster prize, 61st Annual Conference of the International Society of Electrochemistry, Nice, Sept 26-Oct 1st 2010.
    33. Kyloon Chuah, 2nd place in RACI NSW Analytical Chemistry Branch honours presentation evening.
    34. Stephen Parker, poster presentation prize, ARC Centre of Excellence in Functional Nanomaterials, 7th Annual Conference, Gold Coast, QLD November 24th to 26th.
    35. Kyloon Chuah, UNSW School of Chemistry David Black PhD top-up Scholarship.
    36. Stephen Parker, UNSW School of Chemistry Michael Paddon-Row PhD top-up Scholarship.
    37. Stephen Parker, won AINSE Post Graduate Research Award, 2011-2013.
    38. Stephen Parker, Symposium 1, Poster Prize, 10th Spring Meeting of the International Society of Electrochemistry, Perth April 15-18 2012.
    39. Roya Tavallaie, won Molecular Devices Poster Prize, School of Chemistry Poster Day, UNSW, 30th August 2012.
    40. Devi Liana, University Medal in Nanotechnology 2012.
    41. Dr. Stuart Lowe, winner Mark Wainwright Analytical Centre ECR Oral Presentation Prize, 4th International Conference on NanoMedicine, Sydney 1-3 July 2013.
    42. Roya Tavallaie, winner Mark Wainwright Analytical Centre PhD Poster Presentation Prize, 4th International Conference on NanoMedicine, Sydney 1-3 July 2013.
    43. Lachlan Carter, winner poster prize, 19th Australian and New Zealand Electrochemistry Symposium, Melbourne 25-26 November 2013.
    44. Stephen Parker, winner oral presentation prize, 5th International Nanomedicine Conference, Sydney, 30 June – 2 July 2014.
    45. Swahnnya De Almeida, winner poster prize, 5th International Nanomedicine Conference, Sydney, 30 June – 2 July 2014.
    46. Annie Rajadurai, winner poster prize, 5th International Nanomedicine Conference, Sydney, 30 June – 2 July 2014.
    47. Swahnnya De Almeida, winner UNSW Science Postgraduate Research Competition (one minute thesis), Sydney, 8 August 2014.
    48. Maryam Parviz, poster prize winner in "UNSW Nanomaterials and Electrochemistry symposium", UNSW Sydney, 5 December 2014.
    49. Dr. Bakul Gupta, poster prize winner, SEALS (South Eastern Area Laboratory Services) research symposium entitled "Improving health care and safety through better research, diagnostic tests and communication", Royal Women's Hospital, Sydney, 8 December 2014.
    50. Stephen Parker, winner of the Royal Society of NSW Scholarship, 9 January 2015.