Dr Chris Fellows

Associate Professor - School of Science & Technology

Chris Fellows

Phone: +61 2 6773 2470

Email: cfellows@une.edu.au


In 1998 Chris Fellows completed his PhD studies in free radical polymerisation kinetics at James Cook University in Townsville, North Queensland, under the supervision of A/Prof Ernie Senogles.

Chris Fellows moved to the University of Sydney after graduation to begin work on a project funded by the Sugar Research and Development Corporation on the development of novel flocculants and anti-scalants for use in sugar milling. He then joined the Key Centre for Polymers and Colloids at the University of Sydney as Scientific Projects and Education Officer, working in emulsion polymerisation and related areas.

In 2000 Chris Fellows was appointed as Lecturer in Hydrocolloids in the School of Chemistry at the University of Sydney, a half-time position funded by the Molecular Biotechnology Program. During this fixed-term position his involvement in teaching molecular biotechnology led to an interest in applying the techniques and products of free-radical polymerisation to biological systems.

Chris Fellows joined the University of New England in 2004, beginning his career as an independent academic, and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2008. He is currently working on a number of collaborative projects in areas related to free-radical polymerisation, application of water-soluble polymers as scale inhibitors, practical problems in surface and interface behaviour, and polymer structure/property relations.




He is a Fellow of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI) and is active in the Polymer Division of the RACI.

Teaching Areas

Chris Fellows teaches into the Chemistry program at all levels, primarily in Physical and Organic Chemistry, but is interested in all facets of science education, including outreach to primary and secondary schools.

Research Interests

The fundamental kinetics and mechanism of free-radical polymerisation, in the behaviour of polymers in solution and their interaction with small molecules and colloidal matter, and the application of the products of free-radical polymerisation to problems of biological interest. Some specific areas of interest are:

  • Understanding the role of Lewis Acids in the production of alternating copolymers
  • Understanding the mechanism of polymeric scale inhibitors in controlling inorganic crystallisation
  • Understanding the mechanism of bridging flocculation and optimising the selectivity and effectiveness of bridging flocculants
  • Understanding structure/property relationships in pasta as a functional food


Selected publications

A. A. Al-Hamzah, A. D. Wallace, C. P. East, W. O. S. Doherty, E. J. Smith and C. M. Fellows, Inhibition by Poly(Acrylic Acid) and Morphological Changes in Calcium Carbonate and Calcium Carbonate/Calcium Sulfate Crystallization on Silica Fibers, Ind. Eng. Chem. Res., 53(21), pp. 8793–8803, 2014.

A. Al-Hamzah, C. P. East, W. O. S. Doherty and C. M. Fellows, Inhibition of Homogenous Formation of Calcium Carbonate by Poly(Acrylic Acid). The Effect of Molar Mass and End-Group Functionality, Desalination, 338, pp. 93–105, 2014.

A. Al-Hamzah and C. M. Fellows, Apparent Inhibition of Thermal Decomposition of Hydrogencarbonate Ion by Poly(Acrylic Acid). The Effect of Molar Mass and End-Group Functionality, Desalination, 332(1), pp. 33-43, 2014.

N. Aravind, M. Sissons, C. M. Fellows, J. Blazek and E. P. Gilbert, Optimisation of resistant starch II and III levels in durum wheat pasta to reduce in vitro digestibility while maintaining processing and sensory characteristics, Food Chemistry, 36, pp. 1100-1109, 2013.

N. Aravind, M. J. Sissons, N. Egan, C. M. Fellows, Effect of insoluble dietary fibre addition on technological, sensory, and structural properties of durum wheat spaghetti, Food Chemistry, 130, pp. 299-309, 2012

C. M. Fellows, R. D. Murison and G. T. Russell, Model Discrimination of Radical Desorption Kinetics in Emulsion Polymerisation, Macromolecular Theory and Simulations, 20(6), pp. 425-432, 2011.

C. P. East, A. D. Wallace, A. Al-Hamzah, W. O. S. Doherty and C. M. Fellows, Effect of Poly(acrylic acid) Molecular Mass and End-group Functionality on Calcium Oxalate Crystal Morphology and Growth , J. Appl. Polym. Sci., 115(4), pp. 2127-2135, 2010.

C. M. Fellows and G. A. Thomas, Determination of bound and unbound water in dental alginate irreversible hydrocolloid by nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, Dental Materials, 25, pp. 486-493, 2009.

D. F. Sangster, J. Feldthusen, J. Strauch and C. M. Fellows, Measurement of Transfer Coefficients to Monomer for n-Butyl Methacrylate by Molecular Weight Distributions from Emulsion Polymerization, Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics, 209 (15), pp. 1523-1537, 2008.

L. Daqiq, C. M. Fellows, F. Bekes and E. Lees, Methodologies for Symmetrical-Flow Field-Flow Fractionation Analysis of Polymeric Glutenin, Journal of Texture Studies, 38(2), pp. 273-296, 2007.

C. M. Fellows and W.O.S. Doherty, Insights into Bridging Flocculation, Macromolecular Symposia, 231, pp. 1-10, 2006.