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Dr Frances Neville is currently a Conjoint Lecturer at the School of Environmental and Life Sciences at the University of Newcastle, Australia. She has previously worked as a University Research Fellow within the same School, and as a Research Associate in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, also at Newcastle. Prior to this she carried out postdoctoral research at the University of Leeds, UK where she obtained her PhD. She works in the fields of bionanotechnology, physical and materials chemistry and chemical engineering. She has research expertise and experience in a range of scientific areas involving nanobiotechnology and functional surfaces/interfaces to investigate nanoparticle fabrication and characterisation, protein interactions and stability, novel protein drug delivery/detection methods and particle technology.
Research Expertise I have significant nanobiotechnology expertise supported by a strong materials science background and am most productive in scientific areas involving functional surfaces and interfaces. However, my research experience demonstrates considerable breadth evidenced by my work in surface chemistry as well as in biophysical chemistry, electrochemistry, nanotechnology and protein biochemistry. My PhD studies were carried out at the Institute for Materials Research, University of Leeds, UK, on a project entitled “Interactions of antimicrobial peptides with bacterial membranes”. The mechanism of cell membrane penetration was investigated by observing peptide-lipid interactions t the air-aqueous interface using a range of biophysical and interface science techniques including X-ray scattering (reflectivity and grazing incidence X-ray diffraction), as well as Langmuir trough measurements and electrochemistry (circular voltammetry, conductance and impedance spectroscopy). My first postdoctoral position was at the Institute for Membrane and Systems Biology,University of Leeds, UK, where I was sponsored by competitive European Commission (EC) funding under the Nanotechnology theme of the Framework 6 program. Since joining the University of Newcastle in 2009, I have worked predominantly in the area of colloid and interface science. In 2011 I was awarded a competitive University Research Fellowship. I am currently working on a number of independent research projects within the Discipline of Chemistry at the University of Newcastle. These projects involve the fabrication of colloidal inorganic-organic functional particles and surfaces which have combined properties including controllable surface functionalities and magnetic properties.
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