Dr Amanda Barnard, The University of Melbourne

↩ Back to the main news page

01 September 2011

Are nanoparticles safe?

After two decades of research the first wave of nanotechnology consumer products are entering the marketplace in applications as diverse as catalysts, surface treatments for glass, cosmetics and drug delivery. But the properties that make them attractive to industry may also have unforeseen consequences.

Amanda Barnard believes she can create a theoretical framework that will allow the risk of nanoparticles to be determined in the computer—before the particle has even been made. She used her L’Oréal For Women in Science Fellowship to develop new computational tools to predict the behaviour of nanoparticles in the environment.


2003                PhD (Physics), RMIT University: Theoretical condensed matter physics/nanoscience
2001                Bachelor of Science (Applied Physics), First Class Honours, RMIT University

Career highlights, awards, fellowships and grants

2008                Inaugural Future Generation Fellowship, The University of Melbourne
2005                Extraordinary Junior Research Fellowship, The Queen’s College, Oxford, UK
2005                Violette & Samuel Glasstone Fellowship, University of Oxford, UK
2004                Innovation Award (Student Category), RMIT University
2004                University Research Prize, RMIT University
2003                CNM Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowship, Argonne National Laboratory, USA
2002                Australian Postgraduate Award (APA), Federal Government Scholarship
2001                Greg Anderson Memorial Award, RMIT University
2000                Walter Boas Memorial Prize, RMIT University
1999                A.K. & D.A Connor Award, RMIT University
1998                Stanley Martin Memorial Prize, RMIT University
1996                Sutherland Diamond Medallion, Gemmological Association of Australia

Amanda Barnard (Graphic by Amanda Barnard. Photo credit: L’Oréal/SDP Photo)


↩ Back to the main news page