Environmental and Analytical Chemistry

Chemistry researchers at UNE are developing new analytical techniques to study both industrial processes and our changing environment. Areas of active research include the investigation of metal ions in wine and their role in the production of unpleasant characteristics through complex formation with organic acids, the study of scale growth inhibition of common scale forming species like calcium carbonate and calcium oxalate in the presence of polyacrylic acids using both optical and conductivity sensors and the development of disposable sensors for biomedical devices. The application of these analytical methodologies to environmental systems is also allowing UNE chemists to address concerns facing Australia and the world. Research projects include the development of deployable devices to monitor the impact of climate change on the oceans and sensors to measure real-time calcification in coastal ecosystems.  For current research opportunities, contact Dr Peter Lye.