Dr Luke Connal

  • Room: Level: 03 Room: 307
  • Building: Chemical Engineering #1
  • Campus: Parkville

Research interests

  • Biomimicry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Polymer chemistry
  • Self assembly

Biography

Luke Connal received a bachelor’s of Chemical engineering in 2002 and a PhD in polymer chemistry in 2007 both from the University of Melbourne, Australia. From 2007 to 2009 he completed a post-doctoral position with Frank Caruso developing new techniques for the self-assembly of polymers. In 2009 he was a joint Sir Keith Murdoch postdoctoral Fellow and Australian Linkage International Fellow at University of California Santa Barbra with Prof Craig Hawker. In 2013 Luke has returned to the University of Melbourne as a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. His research interests lie in the development of biomimicry materials using advanced polymer design, self-assembly and catalysis.

In 2013 Dr Connal accepted a prestigious VESKI Innovation Fellowship worth $150,000 over three years. The fellowships fund the return of important researchers to Victoria.
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Recent publications

  1. Nadgorny M, Collins J, Xiao Z, Scales P, Connal L. 3D-printing of dynamic self-healing cryogels with tuneable properties. POLYMER CHEMISTRY. Royal Society of Chemistry. 2018, Vol. 9, Issue 13. DOI: 10.1039/c7py01945a
  2. Hu G, Xiao Z, Smith K, Kentish S, Stevens G, Connal L. A carbonic anhydrase inspired temperature responsive polymer based catalyst for accelerating carbon capture. CHEMICAL ENGINEERING JOURNAL. Elsevier Science. 2018, Vol. 332. DOI: 10.1016/j.cej.2017.09.039
  3. Ng W, Connal L, Forbes E, Franks G. A review of temperature-responsive polymers as novel reagents for solid-liquid separation and froth flotation of minerals. Minerals Engineering. Pergamon-Elsevier Science. 2018, Vol. 123. DOI: 10.1016/j.mineng.2018.03.027
  4. Schmidt BVKJ, Wang CX, Kraemer S, Connal L, Klinger D. Highly functional ellipsoidal block copolymer nanoparticles: a generalized approach to nanostructured chemical ordering in phase separated colloidal particles. POLYMER CHEMISTRY. Royal Society of Chemistry. 2018, Vol. 9, Issue 13. DOI: 10.1039/c7py01817g
  5. Deshmukh KD, Matsidik R, Prasad SKK, Chandrasekaran N, Welford A, Connal L, Liu ACY, Gann E, Thomsen L, Kabra D, Hodgkiss JM, Sommer M, McNeill CR. Impact of Acceptor Fluorination on the Performance of All-Polymer Solar Cells. ACS APPLIED MATERIALS & INTERFACES. American Chemical Society. 2018, Vol. 10, Issue 1. DOI: 10.1021/acsami.7b14582
  6. Sung Ng W, Connal L, Forbes E, Mohanarangam K, Franks G. In situ study of aggregate sizes formed in chalcopyrite-quartz mixture using temperature-responsive polymers. Advanced Powder Technology. VSP. 2018, Vol. 29, Issue 8. DOI: 10.1016/j.apt.2018.04.027
  7. Ng WS, Cooper L, Connal L, Forbes E, Jameson GJ, Franks G. Tuneable collector/depressant behaviour of xanthate-functional temperature-responsive polymers in the flotation of copper sulfide: Effect of shear and temperature. MINERALS ENGINEERING. Pergamon-Elsevier Science. 2018, Vol. 117. DOI: 10.1016/j.mineng.2017.12.008
  8. Deshmukh KD, Matsidik R, Prasad SKK, Connal L, Liu ACY, Gann E, Thomsen L, Hodgkiss JM, Sommer M, McNeill CR. Tuning the Molecular Weight of the Electron Accepting Polymer in All-Polymer Solar Cells: Impact on Morphology and Charge Generation. Advanced Functional Materials. Wiley-VCH. 2018, Vol. 28, Issue 18. DOI: 10.1002/adfm.201707185
  9. Nadgorny M, Xiao Z, Connal L. 2D and 3D-printing of self-healing gels: design and extrusion of self-rolling objects. MOLECULAR SYSTEMS DESIGN & ENGINEERING. Royal Society of Chemistry. 2017, Vol. 2, Issue 3. DOI: 10.1039/c7me00023e
  10. Bennett C, Collins J, Xiao Z, Klinger D, Connal L. A Scalable and Versatile Synthesis of Oxime-Based Hormone Dimers and Gels for Sustained Release. CHEMISTRY-AN ASIAN JOURNAL. Wiley - V C H Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA. 2017, Vol. 12, Issue 13. DOI: 10.1002/asia.201700288
  11. Collins J, Nadgorny M, Xiao Z, Connal L. Doubly Dynamic Self-Healing Materials Based on Oxime Click Chemistry and Boronic Acids. MACROMOLECULAR RAPID COMMUNICATIONS. Wiley - V C H Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA. 2017, Vol. 38, Issue 6. DOI: 10.1002/marc.201600760
  12. Karimi F, Collins J, Heath D, Connal L. Dynamic Covalent Hydrogels for Triggered Cell Capture and Release. BIOCONJUGATE CHEMISTRY. American Chemical Society. 2017, Vol. 28, Issue 9. DOI: 10.1021/acs.bioconjchem.7b00360
  13. Oschmann B, Lawrence J, Schulze MW, Ren J, Anastasaki A, Luo Y, Nothling MD, Pester CW, Delaney KT, Connal L, McGrath AJ, Clark PG, Bates CM, Hawker CJ. Effects of Tailored Dispersity on the Self-Assembly of Dimethylsiloxane-Methyl Methacrylate Block Co-Oligomers. ACS MACRO LETTERS. American Chemical Society. 2017, Vol. 6, Issue 7. DOI: 10.1021/acsmacrolett.7b00262
  14. Ng W, Connal L, Forbes E, Mohanarangam K, Franks G. In situ investigation of aggregate sizes formed using thermo-responsive polymers: Effect of temperature and shear. JOURNAL OF COLLOID AND INTERFACE SCIENCE. Academic Press. 2017, Vol. 494. DOI: 10.1016/j.jcis.2017.01.067
  15. Nadgorny M, Gentekos DT, Xiao Z, Singleton SP, Fors BP, Connal L. Manipulation of Molecular Weight Distribution Shape as a New Strategy to Control Processing Parameters. MACROMOLECULAR RAPID COMMUNICATIONS. Wiley - V C H Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA. 2017, Vol. 38, Issue 19. DOI: 10.1002/marc.201700352

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