Dr. Edgar Wong is an independent research group leader, ARC Future Fellow and UNSW Scientia Lecturer at the School of Chemical Engineering. He is a multidisciplinary researcher whose work span across several disciplines including synthetic (polymer) chemistry, materials science, (micro)biology and nanotechnology. His research interest in particular is on developing new functional polymeric materials for a range of targeted applications, including antimicrobial, anticancer and antiviral applications. Group website: https://www.edgarwonglab.com/
*Key Stats: Career total of 71 journal publications, >3500 citations, h-index 32, ~ $1.3 million funding received as lead investigator and another ~$1.7 million as co-investigator
Education and Employment History:
Dr. Wong graduated with a BE in Chemical Engineering (2007) and a PhD (2011) from UNSW. His PhD involved the development of new polymer synthesis and functionalization methods under the supervision of Prof. Christopher Barner-Kowollik, Prof. Tanja Junkers and Prof. Martina Stenzel. During his PhD, he has spent a total of 8 months at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany, for joint collaborative projects. Immediately after his thesis submission, Edgar worked as a postdoctoral researcher at The University of Melbourne with Prof. Greg Qiao and Prof. Frank Caruso till 2015 where he worked on the development of functional materials (nanoparticles, thin films and coatings) for various (bio)applications. He returned to UNSW as a Vice-Chancellor's Research Fellow on Jan 2016 and has recently successfully obtained the ARC Future Fellowship in late 2021. He was also recently appointed as a UNSW Scientia Fellow in early 2022.
Current Research Projects:
*Note: Prospective students are encouraged to contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org) regarding any of the listed projects above, whether its for PhD studies, final year honours or summer research work. I am also open to new ideas and if you have some interesting ones, feel free to discuss with me to explore research opportunities.
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