Thordarson Group - People

A/Prof. Pall Thordarson (Palli)

ARC Australian Research Fellow. Group leader.

Career: B.Sc. Chemistry 1992-1996 (University of Iceland), Ph.D. Chemistry 2001 (The University of Sydney). Marie Curie Post-doctoral Fellow 2001-2003 (The University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands), 2003-2005 The University of Sydney Sesqui Post-doctoral Research Fellow (The University of Sydney). Australian Research Council (ARC) Australian Research Fellow 2006-2007 (The University of Sydney). 2007-2010: Senior Lecturer and Australian Research Council (ARC) Australian Research Fellow (The University of New South Wales). 2011-2012: Senior Lecturer (The University of New South Wales., 2012 to date: ARC Future Fellow(The University of New South Wales). 2013 to date: Associate Professor (The University of New South Wales). NSW Young Tall Poppy Science Award 2008. 2010: The International Society of Porphyrins and Phthalocyanines (SPP) / Journal of Porphyrins and Phthalocyanines (JPP): SPP/JPP Young Investigator Award for 2010. Australian Academy of Science Le Févre Memorial Prize for 2012.
For more details see Palli's CV page.

Contact Details

Postal address:

A/Prof.. Pall Thordarson
School of Chemistry
The University of New South Wales
NSW 2052 Australia

Phone and Fax numbers:

Tel: +61-(0)2-9385-4478
Fax: +61-(0)2-9385-6141

Office location:

Room 133
Dalton Building
The University of New South Wales - see map

E-mail: p.thordarson@unsw.edu.au

Group Members

Dr Shiva Prasad

Post-doctoral Research Fellow. Project: Dyes for renewable energy products.

Career: B.Sc. Hons. Chemistry 2001-2005 (University of Sydney). Ph.D. Chemistry 2006-2009 (The University of Sydney). Post-doctoral Research Fellow 2009- (The University of New South Wales).

Daniel C. Goldstein (Danny)

Ph.D. Student. Project: Novel bioconjugate donor-acceptor for bioelectronics.

Career: B.Sc. Hons. Nanotechnology 2003-2006 (The University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia). Ph.D. Chemistry 2007 (The University of Sydney), Ph. D. Chemistry 2007- (The University of New South Wales).

Katie Tong

Ph.D. Student. Project: Self-assembled Gels from Small Organic Molecules.

Career:B.Sc. Hons. Chemistry 2003-2006 (University of Sydney). Ph.D. Chemistry 2007 (The University of Sydney), Ph.D Chemistry 2007- (The University of New South Wales).

David Hvasanov

Ph.D. Student. Project: Membrane-bound Light Harvesting Bioconjugates as Chloroplast Mimics. Associate Supervisor: A/Prof. Martina Stenzel (CAMD, UNSW).

Career: B.Sc. Hons. (University Medal) Nanotechnology 2005- 2008 (University of New South Wales). Ph.D. Chemistry 2009- (The University of New South Wales).

Scott Jamieson

Ph.D. Student. Project: Structure and formation of self-assembled gels. Associate supervisor: Prof. Michael James (ANSTO & UNSW).

Career: B.Sc. Hons. Nanotechnology 2005 - 2008 (University of Western Australia). Ph.D. Chemistry 2009- (The University of New South Wales).

Warren Truong

Ph.D. Student. Project: Interactions of Living Cells with Self-assembled Materials. Associate supervisor: A/Prof. Filip Braet (ACMM, U. Sydney).

Career: B.Sc. Hons. Nanotechnology 2006- 2009 (University of New South Wales). Ph.D. Chemistry 2010- (The University of New South Wales).

Nam Wei Ethan How (Ethan)

Ph.D. Student. Project: A novel group of multivalent cation-anion receptors for new molecular devices as bio-mimetics. Associate supervisor: Em/Prof. Roger Bishop (School of Chemistry, UNSW)

Career: Advanced Diploma Food Technology 2006-2008 (Singapore Polytechnic). B.Sc. Advanced Science 2008-2010 (The University of New South Wales). Ph.D. Chemistry 2009- (The University of New South Wales).

Dr. Patchara Punyamoonwongsa

Endeavour Cheung Kong Research Fellow.Project: Self-Assembling Smart Gels for Controlled Drug Delivery.

Career: B.Sc. Chemistry Hons. 1995- 1998 (Chiang Mai University, Thailand). M.Sc. Chemistry 1999-2001 (Chiang Mai University, Thailand), Ph. D. Chemistry 2003-2008 (Aston University, UK), Lecturer Polymer Science, 2008- (Mae Fah Luang University, Chiang Rai, Thailand).

Andrew Robinson

B.Sc. Hons. Advanced Science. Project: Pyromellitamide Cyclic Peptides.

Career: B.Sc. Advanced Science 2007- (The University of New South Wales).

Tomasz Pieszko (Tommy)

B.Sc. Hons. Nanotechnology Student. Project: Light-switchable protein-appended synthetic molecular shuttle.

Career: B.Sc. Nanotechnlogy 2007- (The University of New South Wales).

Dedrick Song

B.Sc. Hons. Nanotechnology Student. Project: Synthesis and aggregation of chiral pyromellitamide gelators.

Career: B.Sc. Nanotechnlogy 2007- (The University of New South Wales).

Carol Hua

B.Sc. Advanced Science Special Project Student.

Career: B.Sc. Advanced Science 2008- (The University of New South Wales).

William Hongyu Zhang

B.Sc. Advanced Science Special Project Student.

Career: B.Sc. Advanced Science 2008- (The University of New South Wales).

Previous group members

Dr. Joris Meijer

Post-doctoral fellow 2009-2010. Project: Peptide-functionalised self-assembled gels for anti-cancer drug delivery

Dr. Sabrina Dehn

DAAD Post-doctoral fellow 2007-2009. Project: Using lanthanides to enhance the stability and potential applications of anion sensitive self-assembled gels.

Joshua R. Peterson (Josh)

Ph.D. Chemistry 2005-2009 (The University of Sydney). Thesis title: Development of Light-Activated Bioconjugates for Bioelectronics. Post-doctoral Fellow 2009 (The University of New South Wales).

Lip Son Chin

B.Sc. Honours Nanotechnology 2009 (The University of New South Wales).

Thesis title: Supramolecular control of single molecule currents with STM.

Dithepon Pornsasit (Ski)

B.Sc. Honours Nanotechnology 2009 (The University of New South Wales).

Thesis title: A protein-appended synthetic molecular shuttle.

Ben Lewis

B.Sc. Honours Nanotechnology 2009 (The University of New South Wales).

Thesis title: Light-activated bio-hybrid enzyme.

Li Yun Grace Lim (Grace)

B.Sc. Honours Science 2008 (The University of New South Wales). Co-supervisor: Dr. Filip Braet. Thesis title: Incorporation of Cancer Suppressants in Self Assembled Gels and their Biological Activity.

Haythim Hassanein

B.Sc. Honours Nanotechnology 2008 (The University of New South Wales). Thesis title: A protein-appended rotaxane.

Wing Kit Chiu (Edison)

Graduate Dipl. 2007 (The University of Sydney). Thesis title: Synthesis of novel naphthalene and pyromellitic acid derivates.

Gabrielle de Wit (Gabi)

B.Sc. Honours Science (The University of Sydney). Co-supervisor: Dr. Timothy W. Schmidt (The University of Sydney). Thesis title: Photoinduced electron transfer in donor-acceptor system.

Scott Jones

B.Sc. Honours Science (The University of Sydney). Co-supervisor: A/Prof. Filip Braet. Thesis title: Understanding cell-gel interactions towards better cancer treatment methods.

James E. A. Webb

B.Sc. Honours 2004 (The University of Sydney). Thesis title: A Modular Approach Towards Cavity Hosts for Small Molecules.

Danial M. Stocks

B.Sc. Honours 2004 (The University of Sydney). Co-supervisor: Prof. Maxwell J. Crossley. Thesis title: Design and Synthesis of a Water Soluble Photoreductive Catalyst.

Associate members

Scott Jones Ph.D. Student - Principal supervisor A/Prof. Francois Ladouceur (UNSW)
Kristina Jahn Ph.D. Student - Principal supervisor A/Prof. Filip Braet (USyd)
Ya-Na Wu Ph.D. Student - Principal supervisor A/Prof. Filip Braet (USyd).

Collaborators

A/Prof. Filip Braet, ACMM, The University of Sydney (Cell Biology, Cancer research, Microscopy).
A/Prof. Francois Ladouceur, School of Electrical Engineering and Telecommunication, The University of New South Wales (new materials for display technologies)
A/Prof. Maria Kavallaris, Children's Cancer Institute Australia & The University of New South Wales (Nanomedicine and cancer treatment)
Prof. Edna Hardeman, School of Medical Sciences, The University of New South Wales (Stem cell therapy)
Prof. Peter Gunning, School of Medical Sciences, The University of New South Wales (Stem cell therapy)
Dr. Timothy W. Schmidt, School of Chemistry, The University of Sydney (Laser Spectroscopy).
Dr. Joerg Wiedenmann, National Oceanography Centre, University of Southampton, UK (GFP)
A/Prof. Kelly Velonia, Department of Material Science and Technology, University of Crete, Greece (Bioconjugate Chemistry).