Personal details

Name
Dr Nathan Boase
Position(s)
Lecturer
Faculty of Science,
School of Chemistry & Physics
Discipline *
Macromolecular and Materials Chemistry, Nanotechnology, Physical Chemistry (incl. Structural)
Phone
+61 7 3138 2429
Email
Location
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Identifiers and profiles
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Qualifications

PhD (University of Queensland), Bachelor of Science (First Class Honours) (University of Queensland)

Professional memberships
and associations

MRACI CChem: Royal Australian Chemical Institute

QUT Centre for Material Science

Macroarc Soft Matter Materials Laboratory

My Publications

Keywords

Polymer synthesis, Polymer Characterisation, Controlled radical polymerisation, Coatings, Nanomedicine, Polymer Films, Resposnive materials, Preclinical Imaging, Biofouling

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

Biography

Research Discipline : Chemistry   Areas of Expertise

  • Synthetic Polymer Chemistry
  • Nanomaterials
  • Preclinical Imaging

Research Area My research focuses on using controlled radical polymerisation techniques to synthesise and characterise well defined polymeric materials. I am focused on developing smart and robust materials that can be depolyed in extreme environments, or be used for applications in biomedicine, including anti-biofouling coatings, nanomedicines and molecular imaging agents.

Career Highlights

  • 2017-Present – Lecturer: Queensland University of Technology
  • 2019 – CAS Future Leader. 1 of 29 ECR Chemists Selected Globally
  • 2015-2017 – Associate Lecturer: Queensland University of Technology
  • 2014-2015 – Preclinical Imaging Facility Manager, Translational Research Institute
  • 2011-2015 – PhD in Chemistry: University of Queensland
  • 2007-2010 – Bachelor of Science with 1st Class Honours: University of Queensland
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Teaching

Nathan has extensive experience in the teaching of chemistry, particularly focusing on synthetic organic chemistry and foundational chemistry. His experiences in teaching include blended and online, lectures, interactive tutorials, workshops, and laboratory practicals. Beyond teaching he has experience in subject coordination, having coordinated CZB190 in 2018 and CVB102 since 2019. He has also led course development initiatives, including redefining first year chemistry at QUT.

CVB102 – Chemical Structure and Reactivity

CVB204 – Organic Structure and Mechanisms

CZB190 – Chemistry for Health Science

SEB104 – Grand Challenges in Science

CVB304 – Chemistry Capstone Project

Nathan has successfully supervised 13 undergraduate student projects in both the Capstone Research Project unit and the vacation programs. These students have all gone on to study in honours projects and HDR programs, or find succesful employment post graduation.

 

Scholarly research projects:

In addition to his teaching roles, Nathan aims to develop his teaching pedagogy through the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.

2016-2021. The role of adaptive learning in science and chemistry education

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Experience

2021 World Science Festival. Chemistry: The Science of Life, Change and Explosions. Public lecture for school students on the role of chemistry in everyday life, and aiming to change the perception of who a scientist is. Largest ticketed event at WSF21. Watch the lecture here.

2021 RACI O’Donnell QLD Schools Lecturer. Public outreach program run by the Royal Australian Chemical Institute, to promote chemistry and polymer science education to high school students. Visited school students across Queensland.

2018 Consultancy with Cerego LLC about the challenge in higher education in Australia, and how digital learning technologies can support educators.

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Publications


For more publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.

Awards

Awards and recognition

Type
Other
Reference year
2019
Details
Accepted as a CAS Future Leader in 2019. One of 29 ECR chemists selected from around the globe into the program. Included attendance at the ACS National Congress in San Diego.
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2021
Details
Awarded the 2021 RACI O'Donnell Lectureship by the RACI Queensland Branch and the RACI QLD Chemical Education Group. (Originally awarded in 2020, but postponed to 2021 for COVID-19).
Type
Committee Role/Editor or Chair of an Academic Conference
Reference year
2019
Details
RACI National Congress, 2022, Organising committee member Royal Australian Chemical Institute
Type
Committee Role/Editor or Chair of an Academic Conference
Reference year
2019
Details
Australasian Polymer Symposium, 2019, Organising committee member RACI Polymer Division
Type
Funding Award
Reference year
2018
Details
Ian Potter Travel Fellowship, 2018 Presented at the American Chemical Society Congress, New Orleans, 2018. Polymer Chemistry: Getting students to speak our language: Aadaptive tools for teaching nomenclature Chemical Education: Getting students to speak our language: Adaptive tools for teaching nomenclature
Type
Funding Award
Reference year
2018
Details
QUT Learning and Teaching Innovation Grant Evaluating the use of adaptive learning technologies to support undergraduate student learning
Type
Keynote Speaker/Expert Panel Member/Invited Speaker for a Conference
Reference year
2018
Details
Macro World Polymer Congress, 2018, Invited Keynote Speaker IUPAC
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2017
Details
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA)
Type
Membership of Learned Societies
Reference year
2016
Details
RACI Chartered Membership (MRACI CChem)
Type
Keynote Speaker/Expert Panel Member/Invited Speaker for a Conference
Reference year
2014
Details
Asian Federation of Laboratory Animal Science Congress, 2014, Invited Speaker

Supervision

  • Hearing colour and seeing sound – switchable optoacoustic imaging agents

    Optoacoustic imaging is a new medical imaging technique. It utilizes laser light to excite an imaging agent, which in turn converts this light energy into sound, which can be detected with an ultrasound receiver. In this project we are aiming to develop and synthesize intelligent small molecule and polymeric imaging agents for optoacoustics, which are able to switch their signal on and off according to a biological cue. This project involves organic synthesis, polymer synthesis, materials formulation and characterisation.

  • A golden approach to nanomedicine

    Gold, a precious metal, is also highly valued for the production of highly functional nanoparticles. Gold nanoparticles interact with light and microwaves to generate heat and light, which can be used in nanomedicine for therapy or imaging. This project will look at developing polymer-gold hybrid nanoparticles, to improved disease delivery and therapy. This project involves polymer synthesis, materials formulation and characterisation.

Current supervisions

Completed supervisions (Doctorate)

  • Development of Novel Derivatization Reagents for Analysis of Isomeric Fatty Acids by Liquid Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry (2020)