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Emeritus Professor Graeme George
Science and Engineering Faculty,
School of Chemistry & Physics
Emeritus Professor
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Discipline *
Macromolecular and Materials Chemistry, Materials Engineering
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Identifiers and profiles

PhD (University of Queensland), BSc(Hons) (University of Queensland)

Professional memberships
and associations
  • Royal Australian Chemical Institute
  • Society for Applied Spectroscopy
  • Polymer Division of American Chemical Society

Environmental issues of plastics, Plastics, rubbers & composite materials, Polymer degradation & stabilization, Polymer materials science, Polymer spectroscopy, Polymers (failure analysis of, surface analysis of)

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008


Research theme: Health and Food
Research Program: Tissue Repair & Regeneration
Research Areas
Controlled loading and release of therapeutics from hydrogels: In an interdisciplinary program involving life scientists, burns surgeons and polymer chemists, the role of silicone oligomers in the remediation of burns scars has been determined. The migration of these oligomers through stratum corneum and the subsequent effect of these on collagen production has been demonstrated and the active agents patented. Hydrogels from functionalised polyethylene glycol adducts are being developed for delivery to scars.
Photo and thermally degradable polymers for agriculture. In a program for the CRC for Polymers in collaboration with Australian Industry, the lifetime of ultra-thin polyolefin sheets for accelerated crop propagation is being controlled by the use of photoactive inorganic additives that are chosen to have no toxic effects. The research involves synthesis of the additives, masterbatching and blowing the film and determining both accelerated and field lifetimes.
Profluorescent nitroxides as probes of polymer degradation. In a collaborative program with Associate Professor Bottle, the earliest stages of polymer degradation are being analysed and the effectiveness of stabilisation strategies assessed by forming fluorescent adducts with the radical species that degrade the polymer. This will also allow spatial imaging of the zones of degradation and highlight potential points of failure.Areas of expertise

  • Polymer degradation
  • Environmental performance of plastics
  • Biomedical polymers
  • Polymer surface analysis
  • Epoxy resins and composites.

Current grants

  • Co-operative Research Centre for Polymers: Polymers for sustainable development $410, 000 p.a.
  • ARC Discovery: New fluorescent probes to elucidate complex oxidation mechanisms. (with S. Bottle) $130, 000 p.a.
  • QUT Pioneer Fund and Tissue Therapies: Functionalized siloxanes for scar tissue treatment (with Z. Upton): $60, 000.

Selected research projects

  • Controlled loading and release of therapeutics from hydrogels
  • Photo and thermally degradable polymers for agriculture
  • Profluorescent nitroxides as probes of polymer degradation
  • Fibre-optic spectroscopic monitoring of polymerisation and controlled degradation in reactive processing
  • Silicone polymers in scar remediation.
This information has been contributed by Emeritus Professor Graeme George.


Teaching discipline: Chemistry
Teaching areas

  • Polymer materials science.
This information has been contributed by Emeritus Professor Graeme George.


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