Associate Professor Luke Henderson

Carbon Fibre Surface Modification

A/Prof. Henderson was awarded his PhD in synthetic organic chemistry in 2008, followed by postdoctoral positions at Oxford University, UK and as an Alfred Deakin research fellow at Deakin University which concluded with an academic appointment at Deakin University.

The focus of A/Prof Henderson’s research is broad but focuses on the surface functionalization of materials for structural reinforcement – such as those required for carbon fibre, or for medical applications.

A/Prof Henderson’s projects include, the construction of novel organic compounds which are amenable to the surface functionalisation of carbon fibre; the synthesis of amphiphiles which self-assemble into micelles and liposomes for materials and medical applications; applying novel architectures to the construction of catalysts which are able to facilitate asymmetric organic reactions; and the application of plasmonic nanostructures to the treatment and diagnosis of cancer.

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