Current Members of 2022

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The current members of the Henderson Research Group for the year of 2022.

See below for a small bio of each member and their contributions.

Wickramasingha

Athulya

Wickramasingha

Masters Student

Athulya investigates polymer properties with the aim of producing carbon fibres that are compatible with high temperature applications.

Dharmasiri

Bhagya

Dharmasiri

PhD Candidate

Bhagya is exploring novel polymeric surface modifications for carbon fibre, to enhance tensile and interfacial performance of carbon fibre in various composites. She utilizes a wide array of polymers and polymerization methods in her work.

Stanfield

Melissa

Stanfield

PhD Candidate

Melissa's research focuses on developing multilayer interfaces for carbon fibre composites. Each layer is designed to impart a specific functionality to the composite material, essentially designing an interface tailor made for a required application.

Stojcevski

Filip

Stojcevski

Post Doc

Filip is an Aerospace Engineer that specialises in composite materials and light weight structures. His specific focuses are on carbon fibre interface modifications, composite recycling and metal surface modifications for biomedical and industrial applications.

Hayne

David

Hayne

Post Doc

David’s research focusses on improving the interfacial chemistry in carbon fibre reinforced polymers. His multidisciplinary approach combines organic and inorganic chemistry to provide catalytically active fibre surfaces, enabling chemical bonding of carbon fibre to a supporting polymer matrix.

Emonson

Nick

Emonson

PhD Candidate

Nick's studies focus on improving antibacterial behaviours of metal alloys used in medical applications by incorporating a silk based drug delivery system to the metallic structures. This area branches from the materials science work commonly done in our group and hopes to expand its reach, opening up opportunities in medical applications.

Newman

Ben

Newman

PhD Candidate

Ben's research focuses on developing new chemical surface modifications for, and adapting old surface modifications to, recycled carbon fibre varieties such as milled, chopped, and nonwoven fabric. He aspires to improve the usefulness of recycled fibres to better enable a carbon fibre circular economy.

Kerr

Emily

Kerr

NHMRC Early Career Fellow

Emily’s research focusses on developing technologies for the diagnosis and management of chronic kidney disease (CKD) at the point-of-care. Her interdisciplinary research aims to develop smart, cheap, robust and deployable analytical sensing platforms.

Randall

James

Randall

PhD Candidate

James's research is centralized around the chemical modification of carbon fibre's for improved adhesion in various thermoplastic and thermoset resin systems.
His research goals also focus on the generation of surface-bound polymeric films that are capable of interacting with the environment in unique and interesting ways.