After completing a B.Sc. (hons) and PhD in Physical Chemistry at the Australian National University, Drew worked for 4 years in the private R&D sector. During this time he worked at the interface between lab based fundamental research and the scale-up and commercialisation of the resulting products. From this basis, he joined the Thin Film Coatings Group at the University of South Australia in 2010. In this role, Drew has been involved with the fundamental materials science and application thereof to develop new products in collaboration with many multinational manufacturing companies. The successful product development projects include the world's first plastic automotive mirror, and conducting polymer materials for use as active electrodes in advanced electronics. Drew's expertise includes material and interfacial science, thin film coatings, translating research to development, university-industry collaboration, establishing pilot production, and product development.
Media Articles: 4
Can we bend it? The challenge for Samsung and others to make flexible technology
Imagine the day when you'll unroll or unfold your smartphone to answer it. If things go to plan, this day may be sooner than you think. And we're not just talking flip-phones here, but smartphones where the actual screens are flexible, not just the handset. Okay, so Samsung's plans to launch its Galaxy Fold phone might be on hold after a few [early reviews reported cracks in the...Read more on The Conversation
Calling all parents – Australia's future female scientists need your support now
Women are underrepresented and underpaid in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The majority of programs and schemes addressing this problem focus on girls, or their teachers, or on assisting businesses to engage with female students. But these often leave out one vital factor: the parents of...Read more on The Conversation
Budget 2017: a glimmer of support for innovation and advanced manufacturing
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s 2015 National Innovation and Science Agenda was a call to arms for Australia’s research and industry sectors to collaborate and drive our economy. One and a half years on, you’d be excused for thinking a few pages of notes were missing from Budget 2017. Specifically no comment was made about the vision of where our great "ideas boom" was taking us - setting the scene to...Read more on The Conversation
Academics do want to engage with business, but need more support
Universities today are under more pressure than ever to collaborate with industry. In the words of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull: >Increasing collaboration between businesses, universities and the research sector is absolutely critical for our businesses to remain competitive. Australia has a poor report card when it comes to university-business collaboration. It [ranks last among the OECD...Read more on The Conversation
Government Grants: 19
Concluding January 1, 2023
This project aims to add electrical conduction functionality to optical fibres to manipulate light with electrons and vice versa in a photonics platform, which could bridge the gap between photonics and electronics. It will achieve electrical conduction in optical fibres by creating conductive phases within and onto glass using fibre drawing and polymerisation. The project is expected to lead to breakthroughs in fundamental science at the interfaces between photonics, electronics and materials engineering, and develop optical fibres that change functionalities and applications of optical fibre devices.
Concluding January 1, 2023
This project aims to understand the optical, electrical and optoelectronic properties of conductive polymers by studying how ions influence the charge transport through the polymeric structure. The discovery of conductive polymers in the 1970s led to smartphone and laptop touch displays and solar cells. These materials promise even more still – but how they operate at the atomic level is not understood. This project could lead to an ability to harness and control these properties for energy storage and wearable displays. These materials’ biological neutrality could lead to drug delivery and sensing applications in the agriculture and healthcare spaces.
Concluding January 1, 2023
The ARC Training Centre for Future Energy Storage Technologies aims to equip the next generation of researchers and the energy technology workforce with the skills needed to drive innovation, exploration and investigation so we safeguard our workers and industries. The Centre aims to challenge existing thinking and expand Australia’s capacity in energy storage and production. The Centre expects to create new knowledge and intellectual property in advanced energy materials, batteries and battery-control systems for integration into end user industries. This Centre will facilitate small to medium-sized enterprises to take a global leadership role in advancing and producing new age storage technologies. By harnessing the expertise of researchers and industry partners the Centre aims to deliver benefit to our economy, the community and the environment.
Concluding December 1, 2023
ARC Training Centre for Future Energy Storage Technologies
Concluding December 1, 2020
Revolution by evolution - new conducting polymer materials