About

George obtained his PhD in Polymer Chemistry from Simon Fraser University where he held a prestigious NSERC IPS with the Xerox Research Centre of Canada to develop Polymer and Organic LEDs. George’s work towards his PhD was recognized by Chemical Institute of Canada with the Macromolecular Science and Engineering Division Award for his contributions in Polymer Science and Engineering. Following his PhD, George worked at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden investigating dendritic macromolecules. He then joined The University of Queensland’s Centre for Organic Photonics and Electronics as a senior researcher and followed-up with an ARC Australian Research Fellows to investigate electroactive dendrimers. George is currently a member JCU’s Chemistry team as an ARC Australian Research fellow and a Senior Lecturer. George's research interest is based on Polymer Chemistry with applications in:

Advanced Sensing Technology: New polymers are being prepared for the colourimetric or fluorescence detection of analytes, like nitroaromatics, that are highly responsive and selective.

Solar Energy Conversion: New polymers for plastic solar cells (OPVs) are currently being synthesized to increase the efficiency and operational lifetime of these devices .

Plastic Electronics: New class of high dimensional organic semiconductors are being prepared for Organic Field Effect Transistors (OFETs).

See: Colourimetric Detection of Nitroaromatics

Teaching
  • CL3010: Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics (Level 3; TSV)
  • CL3030: Reactor Design (Level 3; TSV)
Interests
Professional
  • I am the North Queensland representative for the Royal Australian Chemical Institute. See: http://www.raci.org.au/theraci/the-raci
Research
  • Organic/Polymer Electronics has taken science by storm because of the potential to revolutionize today’s technologies such as displays, microelectronics, solar cells and sensory devices. In fact, Organic Electronics are now commercially available through companies such as LG Electronics, Samsung (OLEDs), Fido (Explosive Sensors). However, the improvement of the organic semiconductor properties is pivotal in producing more efficient devices and reaching consumer expectations. My research program involves synthesis and characterisation of novel polymers and organic small molecules to obtain an understanding of the fundamental structure-property relationships of these electro- and photo- active organic materials for the improvement of the optoelectronic device performance.
  • Keen to join my research team? I would be happy to support self-funded M.Sc., Ph.D. students, post-doctoral research fellows and international exchange students (greater than 2 months). Some potential avenues for self-funding are:
  • Ph.D. Scholarships: ARC/JCU: http://www.jcu.edu.au/grs/scholarships/ Australia Awards Scholarship: http://www.scholars4dev.com/3253/australia-awards-scholarships/ John stocker scholarship: http://www.sief.org.au/FundingActivities/Fellowships.html Chinese Scholarship Council: http://en.csc.edu.cn/ Science without boarders: http://www.cienciasemfronteiras.gov.br/web/csf-eng/full-phd Bayer: http://www.bayer-foundations.com/en/bayer-scholarships.aspx
  • Post-doctoral Fellowships: ARC (DECRA: http://www.arc.gov.au/discovery-early-career-researcher-award) John Stocker Fellowships: http://www.sief.org.au/FundingActivities/Fellowships.html
  • Research Internships: NSERC: http://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/Students-Etudiants/PG-CS/CGSForeignStudy-BESCEtudeEtranger_eng.asp DAAD RISE: https://www.daad.de/rise/en/ Fullbright: http://www.fulbright.com.au/index.php/us-applicants/american-fulbright-postgraduate-opportunities
Teaching
  • Teaching Philosophy: I believe that a student’s ability to grow in his/her understanding of the topic is facilitated by (a) bridging their existing knowledge with their new learning experience, (b) promoting healthy communication and (c) promoting interest in the curriculum. When used together, I believe that student learning can be maximized to enable long-term retention with diverse student backgrounds and experiences.
Socio-Economic Objectives
Honours
Awards
  • 2017 - Keynote Speaker: RACI Centenary Conference
  • 2016 - ECR Keynote Speaker: 36th RACI Australasian Polymer Symposium
  • 2015 - RACI's O'Donnell Lecturer
  • 2014 - Young Scientists Exchange Programme, Australia China Science and Research Fund
  • 2010 - SCMB Emerging Researcher
  • 2005 - Macromolecular Science and Engineering (MSED)/Bayer Graduate Award (Chemical Institute of Canada)
  • 2004 - Xerox "Thank You Award" for outstanding work on the OLED project
  • 1998 - Sepracor Award for best overall Oral Presentation (Chemical Institute of Canada)
  • 1998 - Best Undergraduate Poster Prize (CSC National Meeting)
Fellowships
  • 2013 - Chartered Chemist (Royal Australian Chemical Institute)
  • 2010 to 2015 - Australian Research Council - Australian Research Fellow
  • 2005 to 2007 - KAMI Post-doctoral Research Fellow (Sweden)
  • 2002 to 2004 - NSERC-IPS Scholarship (with Xerox Research Centre of Canada)
Publications

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Australian Maritime Safety Authority - Contract Research

Oil Identification Aging

Indicative Funding
$29,480
Summary
A colourimetric array will be used to investigate crude oil samples, with the focus on the effect of aging.
Investigators
George Vamvounis (College of Science & Engineering)
Keywords
oil spill identification; sensors

Australian Research Council - Linkage - Infrastructure (L-IEF)

Nuclear Magnetic Resonance facility for Northern Australia

Indicative Funding
$270,000 , in partnership with the Charles Darwin University ($35,000)
Summary
Nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy is a fundamentally and critically important technique in the characterisation of organic, inorganic and biological compounds. The purchase of a state-of-the-art instrument at James Cook University and a lower resolution instrument at Charles Darwin University are required to support productive existing research projects, and nurture future projects, in organometallic chemistry and the development of new materials and analytical sensors; organic photochemistry as applied in synthesis and degradation; natural products, pharmaceutical, inorganic chemistry, where multinuclear nuclear magnetic resonance is most important and applicable in drug design, development and delivery.
Investigators
Peter Junk, Michael Oelgemoeller, George Vamvounis, Rosalie Hocking, Patrick Schaeffer, Martin Boland, Vinuthaa Murthy, Yean Yeow Tan, Hao Wang and Yasmin Antwertinger (College of Science & Engineering, College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences and Charles Darwin University)
Keywords
NMR Spectroscopy; Inorganic Chemistry; Organic Chemistry
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