one month into his appointment at the University of South Australia and
Professor of Chemistry and Materials Science at the Mawson Institute,
Dr Nico Voelcker, has won a prestigious
Research Fellowship to carry out a long-term research project in
In cooperation with two leading European institutions in the field of
nanomaterials, the Leibniz Institute for New Materials in Germany and
the Institute for Molecular
Chemistry and Material Sciences (Institut Charles Gerhardt) in
Montpellier, Professor Voelcker's fellowship, Biointerfacing
Nanostructured Silicon-Based Materials, is dedicated to developing
urgently needed technologies for regenerative medicine, medical sensors
and therapies on the basis of nanostructured silicon.
A distinguished young research professor with an outstanding track
record, Prof Voelcker has international research experience ranging from
the Scripps Research Institute in San
Diego, the University of
Barcelona in Spain and the
RWTH Aachen, one of
Germany's elite universities, where he completed his PhD.
Tall Poppy Award holder, he has published over 160 peer-reviewed
articles and book chapters in the field of nanomaterials in contact with
biological systems and won more than AU$15 million in public and private
"I'm delighted to be part of a project that will strengthen UniSA's
research links with Europe and support the institutional goal to develop
as one of the world's leading and globally connected research
institutions," Prof Voelcker said.
"My research team investigates advanced nanostructured materials for
applications in lab-on-a-chip devices, biosensors, biomaterials and drug
"This work crosses the traditional disciplines of organic chemistry,
surface and materials science, cell biology and biomedical engineering
so is reliant on strong collaboration and shared expertise."
"My core interest lies in biointerfaces where we explore the
principles of interactions of biomolecules, cells and tissues to
man-made surfaces including porous materials, in a bid to build
knowledge in this field to ensure the successful development of
innovative and life saving technologies."
Prof Voelcker will also contribute to the development of new
research-led teaching activities in the area of nanomaterials science
and technology, including the University of South Australia's new
Bachelor of Science (Advanced Materials)
His laboratories will be based in the new $73 million landmark M2
building, the new hub for materials and minerals science in South
Australia where leading research meets contemporary tertiary education
His appointment to the Mawson Institute bolsters the strength of
UniSA's Mawson Lakes campus in nanomaterials and adds to the recent
success of UniSA in the university rankings in the disciplines of
physical chemistry, chemical sciences and materials engineering. For
example, the university was rated 5 (well above world standard) in the
chemical sciences in the 2010 Excellence in Research for Australia
exercise - making UniSA as one of only two universities in Australia to
be awarded a 5 in this field.
The Mawson Institute aims to deliver and accelerate transformational
change in South Australia's manufacturing base through a focus on the
basic science and engineering that underpins "next generation"
manufacturing, providing technology platforms based upon new knowledge
and innovation that can be readily integrated into new products and
Source: University Of South Australia http://www.unisa.edu.au/news/2012/130212A.asp