Potter - Analytical and environmental chemistry

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Ian PotterDr Ian Potter

Senior Lecturer, College of Science, Health and Engineering

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Research overview

Our molecular sensing research is associated with the development and application of polymer technology and advanced instrumental methods of analysis. We prepare Polymer Inclusion Membranes (PIMs) and polymer-based microspheres for use as small-scale chemical reactors and sensors for biological, environmental and industrial applications.

We develop methods to analyse plant biomarkers in collaboration with colleagues from the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR), Victoria. We have identified and detected chemical biomarkers that indicate early levels of stress in grape vines resulting from grape phylloxera infestation. We have also quantified the induced changes in the amounts of indole glucosinolates in brassica plants after infection by plant bacterial pathogens. This work identified several bioactive compounds that could be used in screening and breeding programs aimed at producing brassica varieties with high human bioefficacy and improved plant disease resistance.

In collaboration with colleagues from the Victoria Police Forensic Services Department (VPFSD) and the Defence, Science & Technology Group (DSTG) we develop forensic analysis methods to determine the production method and source of dangerous chemicals.

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