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Professor Richard Tilley

Professor Richard Tilley

Position: Director Electron Microscope Unit
Facility: Electron Microscope Unit
Category: Academic Staff

Professor Richard Tilley is the Director of Electron Microscope Unit at UNSW. His research is focused on the solution synthesis of nanoparticles and quantum dots for applications ranging from catalysis to biomedical imaging. He did his PhD in the Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge, UK, after which he was a Postdoctoral Fellow for two years at the Toshiba basic R&D Center, Japan. A native of the UK, he graduated with a Masters of Chemistry from Oxford University, UK.

Research Interests

Research into the synthesis of nanoparticles with a range of applications including MRI contrast agents, catalysts and solar cells. Characterization of nanoparticle sizes, shapes, crystallography and properties using electron microscopy.

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Dr Nicholas Ariotti

Dr Nicholas Ariotti

Position: Associate Director
Facility: Electron Microscope Unit
Category: Academic Staff

Education

PhD - Cell and Membrane Biology - The University of Queensland (2013)

BSc (Hons) - The University of Queensland (2006)

Role and Interests

My role is to provide training and support for clients in all facets of biological electron microscopy including sample preparation techniques, correlative light and electron microscopy and cryo-electron microscopy.

My research focuses on understanding how proteins are organised within the lipid bilayer of the plasma membrane and how changes in this organisation can result in disease.

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Dr Karen Privat

Dr Karen Privat

Position: Research Associate
Facility: Electron Microscope Unit
Category: Academic Staff

Education

D.Phil. University of Oxford, UK (2005)

M.Sc. University of Sheffield, UK (1999)

B.A. Lawrence University, USA (1997)

Role

Major responsibility for managing research and training on the JEOL JXA-8500F Hyperprobe (EPMA), EMU SEM training/inquiries contact, and additional support for various instruments.

Interests

Archaeological Science - palaeodietary & palaeoenvironmental reconstruction via stable isotope analysis of floral and faunal remains; chemical analysis of artefacts using microscopy-based techniques (e.g. EPMA)

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Dr Soshan Cheong

Dr Soshan Cheong

Position: Research Fellow
Facilities: Electron Microscope Unit, Solid State & Elemental Analysis Unit
Category: Academic Staff

Education

PhD. Chemistry, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

Role

I hold a joint appointment between the Solid State & Elemental Analysis Unit (SSEAU) and the Electron Microscope Unit (EMU). 
My role at the EMU is to conduct collaborative research in the area of advanced transmission electron microscopy (TEM) imaging and spectroscopic analysis, and help managing the JEOL F200 TEM.
At the SSEAU, I develop techniques and protocols for time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry (ToF-SIMS) analysis on biological and organic-based materials, particularly in 2D and 3D imaging.

Interest

Development and application of TEM and X-ray characterisation techniques on functional nanocrystals. 

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Dr Richard Webster

Dr Richard Webster

Position: Research Associate
Facility: Electron Microscope Unit
Category: Academic Staff

Education

PhD Physics, University of Bristol, UK (2015)

MSci PhysicsUniversity of Bristol, UK (2011)

Role

To train, aid and manage users on the JEOL F200 microscope

Research Interests

My interests lie in the application of electron microscopy methods to determine composition, structure and defect nature of semiconductors, mainly III-nitrides. My present research includes the application of electron microscopy to InxGa1-xN nanorods and films for use in LED and transistor devices.

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Dr Rhiannon Kuchel

Dr Rhiannon Kuchel

Position: Research Associate
Facility: Electron Microscope Unit
Category: Academic Staff

Education

PhD Marine Science Cell Biology/Immunology, Macquarie University (2012)

Role and Interests

Rhiannon Kuchel is an electron microscopist at the University of New South Wales, (Sydney). With a PhD from Macquarie University her thesis focused on the effects of environmental stress on the immune system of temperate pearl oysters. Rhiannon’s role at the EMU is to conduct collaborative research as well as teach postgraduate students from a variety of disciplines (biology, chemistry, materials science/engineering), focusing on the use of transmission (both standard imaging and cryo) and scanning electron microscopy.

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