*Seminar Series: 2017 Bertram Dillon Steel Lecture
*Location: Physiology Lecture Theatre 63-360
*Date: 18/09/2017
*Time: 16:00

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*Title of talk: Sensing Our World: From glucose sensors to counting single molecules and cells
*Speaker's name: Professor J. Justin Gooding
*Speaker's organisation: University of New South Wales
Speaker's city/state/country: NSW
Talk Abstract: Biosensors comprise integrating a biological molecule, that can recognise a biomarker of interest, with a signal transducer, such as an electrode or optical instrument, to give a solid state analytical devices. The classical example of such devices are the glucose meters that have revolutionised the lives of diabetic patients and the pregnancy test kits. There are a whole family of related device for anything from disease diagnosis to water quality. This presentation will cover the state-or-the-art in ths field, what some of the challenges are to wider adoptionof such devices in daily life and the Smart Materials and Surfaces research group in this field. It will then focus on how advances in surface chemistry and nanotechnology will take us to the next generation of sensors that detect single molecules and cells. Such devices not only represent the ultimate sensor in being able to detect a single thing but will solve many challenges with existing sensor technologies. By being able to detect many single moelcules or cells, such that the devices essentially count the number of entities to be measured, will solve the main challenges in sensors of calibration and nonspecific signals as well as create a whole new type of sensor. The presentation will conclude with a discussion of some of our work on bringing this exciting vision of our sensing future towards a reality.
Speaker's bio: Scientia Professor J. Justin Gooding, FAA, FISE, FRACI, FRSC, FRSN is currently an ARC Australian Laureate Fellow, the co-director of the Australian Centre for NanoMedicine and the co-director of the New South Wales Smart Sensing Network. He is also editor-in-chief of the journal ACS Sensors. He graduated with a B.Sc. (Hons) from Melbourne University before obtaining a D.Phil. from the University of Oxford and received post-doctoral training at the Institute of Biotechnology in Cambridge University. He returned to Australia in 1997 as a Vice-Chancellor's Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the University of New South Wales (UNSW). He was promoted to full professor in 2006. He was one of the recipients of a 2004 NSW Young Tall Poppy award, a 2005 Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship, the 2007 RACI Lloyd Smythe Medal for Analytical Chemistry, the 2009 Eureka Prize for Scientific Research, a 2010 ARC Australian Professorial Fellow, the RACI 2011 H.G. Smith Medal for contributions to chemistry, the 2012 RACI R.H. Stokes Medal for electrochemical research, the 2012 Royal Society of Chemistry Australasian Lecturer, the 2013 NSW Science and Engineering Award for Emerging Research, the 2016 Faraday Medal of the Royal Society of Chemistry Electrochemistry Division, the 2016 Biosensors and Bioelectronics Award and the 2016 Walter Burfitt Prize for Science and Archibald Liversidge Medal for Chemistry both of the Royal Society of New South Wales. He leads a research team of 40 researchers interested in surface modification and nanotechnology for biosensors, biomaterials, electron transfer and medical applications.

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Other Details: 5pm - Refreshments and Networking
*Host name: Elizabeth Krenske
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*Host email: e.krenske@uq.edu.au