Research Associate (SEM-based Imaging & Microanalysis)
Major responsibility for managing research and training on the JEOL JXA-8500F Hyperprobe (EPMA), training and support across SEM & EDS platforms, and additional support for various instruments.
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).
Additional active collaborations in Geology and Materials Science & Engineering
Public outreach and integration of art & science - participation in Ku-ring-gai Art+Science project and exhibition at Manly Art Gallery & Museum (December 2016-February 2017)
My Research Activities
- EPMA analysis of glass vessels to investigate raw materials, manufacturing techniques, and trade/exchange mechanisms
- SEM (& EDS) examination of ceramic vessel body and glaze morphology and composition to examine firing methodology, raw material sourcing and manufacturing logistics
- Palaeodietary and palaeoenvironmental reconstruction via light stable isotope analysis of faunal and floral remains
- Reconstruction of formation processes and investigation of economic viability of deposits via EPMA analysis (collaborations with Graham group, UNSW School of BEES)
Materials Science & Engineering:
- Development and characterisation of new industrial materials using waste streams as source components (collaborations with UNSW SMaRT Centre)
- Mentor, SEM-EDS trainer and collaborator with students from Bassman group (Harvey Mudd College, USA) via US National Science Foundation IRES grant scheme
Chemical Sciences Building (F10), Basement
Kensington Campus, UNSW