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Biography

I obtained my PhD in Griffith University. I have been appointed to a Lecturer position at The University of Newcastle in May 2006. Prior to this appointment, I was a Research Associate in the area of molecular imprinted polymers for 4 years in a part time capacity. Between 1995 and 2001, I worked overseas as an academic where an academic's primary responsibility is teaching. My research interests include synthesis and characterisation of functional polymeric materials.

Qualifications

  • PhD, Griffith University, 25/03/1996
  • Master of Science (Chemistry), De La Salle University - Manilla - Phillipines

Research

Research keywords

  • Free Radical Polymerisation
  • Molecular Imprinting
  • Polymer Synthesis

Research expertise

I trained as a polymer chemist with considerable experience and knowledge in controlled free radical polymer synthesis with focus on polymer functionalisation, regulation of molecular weight and its distribution, and the use of these synthetic methodologies for the synthesis of specialised polymers for various applications.

My expertise on polymer synthesis and characterisation has led to progress in the area of molecular imprinted polymers and their utility as extractants and sensing materials. Highlights of my MIP research include the first successful preparation of good performing MIPs using ionic liquids as solvents and by microwave irradiation as well as the development of 2-dimensional MIP films.

Aside from MIPs, I am involved in collaborative research with the PRC Energy in the area of plasma polymerisation, particularly the conversion of greenhouse gases to polymers, and with the Australian Centre for Separation Science, University of Tasmania in the application of capillary electrophoresis for the characterisation of functional polymeric materials such as MIPs and conductive polymers (e.g. PEDOT/PSS).

I have mentored a number of PhD students to completion here at UoN and 7 RHD (1 PhD and 6 MSc) students in my previous academic position at De La Salle University, Philippines.

Languages

  • Cebuano
  • English
  • Filipino

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
030399Macromolecular And Materials Chemistry Not Elsewhere Classified40
030302Nanochemistry And Supramolecular Chemistry40
030107Sensor Technology (Chemical Aspects)20

Memberships

Body relevant to professional practice.

  • RACI

Appointments

Australian Reader
Australian Research Council (Australia)
01/01/2009

Administrative

Administrative expertise

In my previous employment (De La Salle University-Manila, Philippines), I held the position of Director of Graduate Studies for the College of Science between 1998 to 2001). I was a member of the Teaching and Learning Committee of the Faculty of Science and Information Technology from 2006 to 2009. I am currently the RHD Coordinator of the Discipline of Chemistry.

Teaching

Teaching keywords

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Polymer Chemistry

Teaching expertise

I am involved in teaching Organic Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry and Instrumental Methods of Analysis and Polymer Chemistry to undergraduate students.

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Highlighted Publications

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YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2013Brisbane C, McCluskey A, Bowyer M, Holdsworth CI, 'Molecularly imprinted films of acrylonitrile/methyl methacrylate/acrylic acid terpolymers: influence of methyl methacrylate in the binding performance of L-ephedrine imprinted films', Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry, 11 2872-2884 (2013) [C1]
2012Diah AWM, Holdsworth CI, Holdsworth JL, Belcher WJ, Quirino JP, 'Capillary electrophoresis with photodiode array detection of processable poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene)/polystyrene sulfonate aqueous dispersions', Journal of Chromatography A, 1267 246-251 (2012) [C1]
2006Booker KM, Bowyer MC, Holdsworth CI, McCluskey A, 'Efficient preparation and improved sensitivity of molecularly imprinted polymers using room temperature ionic liquids', Chemical Communications, 1730-1732 (2006) [C1]
2009Turner NW, Holmes NP, Brisbane CE, McGeachie AB, Bowyer MC, McCluskey A, Holdsworth CI, 'Effect of template on the formation of phase-inversed molecularly imprinted polymer thin films: An assessment', Soft Matter, 5 3663-3671 (2009) [C1]
2010Turner NW, Holdsworth CI, Donne SW, McCluskey A, Bowyer MC, 'Microwave induced MIP synthesis: comparative analysis of thermal and microwave induced polymerisation of caffeine imprinted polymers', New Journal of Chemistry, 34 686-692 (2010) [C1]
2007McCluskey A, Holdsworth CI, Bowyer MC, 'Molecularly imprinted polymers (MIPs): sensing, an explosive new opportunity?', Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry, 5 3233-3244 (2007) [C1]

Publications

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Chapter (2 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2012Kundu SK, Kennedy EM, Mackie JC, Holdsworth CI, Molloy TS, Dlugogorski BZ, 'Conversion of HFC-134A to noncrosslinked fluoropolymer in a nonthermal plasma', Nonequilibrium Processes in Plasma, Combustion and Atmosphere, Torus Press, Moscow 165-173 (2012) [B1]
2011Booker KM, Holdsworth CI, Bowyer MC, McCluskey A, 'Ionic liquids as porogens in the synthesis of molecularly imprinted polymers', Applications of Ionic Liquids in Science and Technology, Intech, Croatia 197-212 (2011) [B1]

Journal article (26 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Booker K, Holdsworth CI, Doherty CM, Hill AJ, Bowyer MC, McCluskey A, 'Ionic liquids as porogens for molecularly imprinted polymers: propranolol, a model study.', Org Biomol Chem, (2014)
2014Diah AW, Quirino JP, Belcher W, Holdsworth CI, 'Investigation of the doping efficiency of poly(styrene sulfonic acid) in poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene)/poly(styrene sulfonic acid) dispersions by capillary electrophoresis.', Electrophoresis, (2014)
2014Zayas H, Holdsworth CI, Bowyer MC, McCluskey A, 'Evaluation of 4-substituted styrenes as functional monomers for the synthesis of theophylline-specific molecularly imprinted polymers.', Org Biomol Chem, (2014)
2013Gaikwad V, Kennedy E, Mackie J, Holdsworth C, Molloy S, Kundu S, Dlugogorski B, 'Non-Oxidative Conversion of 1,2-Dichloroethane in a Non-Thermal Plasma and Characterisation of the Polymer Formed', PLASMA PROCESSES AND POLYMERS, 10 141-149 (2013) [C1]
2013Brisbane C, McCluskey A, Bowyer M, Holdsworth CI, 'Molecularly imprinted films of acrylonitrile/methyl methacrylate/acrylic acid terpolymers: influence of methyl methacrylate in the binding performance of L-ephedrine imprinted films', Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry, 11 2872-2884 (2013) [C1]
2013Kundu SK, Kennedy EM, Mackie JC, Holdsworth CI, Molloy TS, Gaikwad VV, Dlugogorski BZ, 'Study on the Reaction of CCl2F2 with CH4 in a Dielectric Barrier Discharge Nonequilibrium Plasma', PLASMA PROCESSES AND POLYMERS, 10 912-921 (2013) [C1]
2012Turner NW, Holdsworth CI, McCluskey A, Bowyer MC, 'N-2-propenyl-(5-dimethylamino)-1-naphthalene sulfonamide, a novel fluorescent monomer for the molecularly imprinted polymer-based detection of 2,4-dinitrotoluene in the gas phase', Australian Journal of Chemistry, 65 1405-1412 (2012) [C1]
2012Diah AWM, Holdsworth CI, Holdsworth JL, Belcher WJ, Quirino JP, 'Capillary electrophoresis with photodiode array detection of processable poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene)/polystyrene sulfonate aqueous dispersions', Journal of Chromatography A, 1267 246-251 (2012) [C1]
2012Kennedy EM, Kundu SK, Mackie JC, Holdsworth CI, Molloy TS, Gaikwad VV, Dlugogorski BZ, 'Conversion of fluorine-containing ozone-depleting and greenhouse gases to valuable polymers in a nonthermal plasma', Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research, 51 11279-11283 (2012) [C1]
2012Beh EJ, Holdsworth CI, 'A visual evaluation of a classification method for investigating the physicochemical properties of Portuguese wine', Current Analytical Chemistry, 8 205-217 (2012) [C1]

Co-authors: Eric Beh

2010Pepels MPF, Holdsworth CI, Pascual S, Monteiro MJ, 'RAFT-mediated emulsion polymerization of styrene with low reactive xanthate agents: Microemulsion-like behavior', Macromolecules, 43 7565-7576 (2010) [C1]
2010Turner NW, Holdsworth CI, Donne SW, McCluskey A, Bowyer MC, 'Microwave induced MIP synthesis: comparative analysis of thermal and microwave induced polymerisation of caffeine imprinted polymers', New Journal of Chemistry, 34 686-692 (2010) [C1]
2009Turner NW, Holmes NP, Brisbane CE, McGeachie AB, Bowyer MC, McCluskey A, Holdsworth CI, 'Effect of template on the formation of phase-inversed molecularly imprinted polymer thin films: An assessment', Soft Matter, 5 3663-3671 (2009) [C1]
2009Zayas HA, Bowyer MC, Gordon CP, Holdsworth CI, McCluskey A, 'Synthesis of biaryl-styrene monomers by microwave-assisted Suzuki coupling', Tetrahedron Letters, 50 5894-5895 (2009) [C1]
2007McCluskey A, Holdsworth CI, Bowyer MC, 'Molecularly imprinted polymers (MIPs): sensing, an explosive new opportunity?', Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry, 5 3233-3244 (2007) [C1]
2007Booker KM, Bowyer MC, Lennard CJ, Holdsworth CI, McCluskey A, 'Molecularly imprinted polymers and room temperature ionic liquids: Impact of template on polymer morphology', Australian Journal of Chemistry, 60 51-56 (2007) [C1]
2006Schwarz LJ, Bowyer MC, Holdsworth CI, McCluskey A, 'Synthesis and evaluation of a molecularly imprinted polymer selective to 2,4,6-trichloroanisole', Australian Journal of Chemistry, 59 129-134 (2006) [C1]
2006Booker KM, Bowyer MC, Holdsworth CI, McCluskey A, 'Efficient preparation and improved sensitivity of molecularly imprinted polymers using room temperature ionic liquids', Chemical Communications, 1730-1732 (2006) [C1]
2005Holdsworth CI, Bowyer MC, Lennard C, McCluskey A, 'Formulation of cocaine-imprinted polymers utilizing molecular modelling and NMR analysis', Australian Journal of Chemistry, 58 315-320 (2005) [C1]

The first paper published by our group applying molecular imprinting technology to illicit drugs and has resulted in an ARC Linkage grant (Development of In-field Detection Devices for Illicit Drugs) with the AFP Forensic services. This paper has been listed in June 2006 as #17 in the 'most read and downloaded papers list of Aus J Chem in 2006. I contributed about 90% to this output having done all the experimental work and written the manuscript.

2004Schwarz LJ, Holdsworth CI, McCluskey A, Bowyer MC, 'Synthesis and Evaluation of a Molecularly Imprinted Polymer Selective to 2,4,6-Trichlorophenol', Australian Journal of Chemistry, 57 759-764 (2004) [C1]

This paper was the output from the first industry-funded (Grape and Wine Research and Development Corporation) molecular imprinting project,subsequently,the group has received funding from 2 ARC-Linkage grants, with the Australian Federal Police Forensic Services (development of in-field detection kit for illicit drugs) and BSES Limited (formerly Bureau of Sugar Experiment Stations). This is also the first molecular imprinting research output in Australia. I was a co-supervisor of the student who was responsible for the experimental work leading to its production.

2001Cresidio SP, Aldabbagh F, Busfield WK, Jenkins ID, Thang SH, Zayas-Holdsworth C, Zetterlund PB, 'Alkoxyamine-mediated "living" radical polymerization: MS investigation of the early stages of styrene polymerization initiated by cumyl-TEISO', JOURNAL OF POLYMER SCIENCE PART A-POLYMER CHEMISTRY, 39 1232-1241 (2001) [C1]
2001Busfield WK, Zayas-Holdsworth CI, Thang SH, 'End-functionalized copolymers prepared by the addition-fragmentation chain-transfer method: Vinyl acetate/methacrylonitrile system', JOURNAL OF POLYMER SCIENCE PART A-POLYMER CHEMISTRY, 39 2911-2919 (2001) [C1]
2000Busfield WK, Zayas-Holdsworth CI, Thang SH, 'End functionalised copolymers prepared by the addition-fragmentation chain transfer method: styrene/methaclylonitrile system', POLYMER, 41 4409-4414 (2000) [C1]
1999Busfield WK, Zayas-Holdsworth CI, Thang SH, 'End-functionalised copolymers prepared by the addition-fragmentation chain transfer method - Styrene methyl methacrylate system', POLYMER, 40 389-396 (1999) [C1]
1999Thang SH, Busfield K, Zayas-Holdsworth CI, Ouano DT, 'Preparation of Endfunctionalized Polymers by Allylic Sulfide Chain Transfer and Subsequent Synthesis of Block Copolymers', The Philippine Journal of Science, 128 339-345 (1999) [C1]
1998Busfield WK, Jenkins ID, Nakamura T, Monteiro MJ, Rizzardo E, Sayama S, et al., 'Improving the knowledge and design of end groups in polymers produced by free radical polymerization', POLYMERS FOR ADVANCED TECHNOLOGIES, 9 94-100 (1998) [C1]
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Conference (3 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2013Holdsworth CI, Gaikwad V, Kennedy E, Mackie J, Molloy T, Kundu S, Dlugogorski B, 'Reaction of chloroform in a non-oxidative atmosphere using dielectric barrier discharge', 2013 19th IEEE Pulsed Power Conference (PPC), San Francisco, CA (2013) [E2]
2013Kundu SK, Kennedy EM, Mackie JC, Molloy TS, Gaikwad VV, Dlugogorski BZ, Holdsworth CI, 'Non-thermal plasma polymerization of HFC-134A in a dielectric barrier discharge reactor; polymer characterization and a proposed mechanism for polymer formation', IEEE Conference Publications, San Francisco CA (2013) [E2]
2013Holdsworth CI, Diah A, Romano E, Mahinay D, Quirino J, Holdsworth J, Bowyer M, 'Characterisation of Functional Polymeric Materials by Capillary Electrophoresis', Abstracts, 2nd International Congress on Advanced Materials (AM2013), Zhenjiang, China (2013) [E3]
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants10
Total funding$2,114,942

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2011 (1 grants)

Emerging Research Leaders Program 2011$15,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Clovia Holdsworth
SchemeRole
Emerging Research Leaders ProgramChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$15,00020112011
GNo:G1101197

2010 (2 grants)

An Integrated LC-MS-NMR facility for Applications in Proteomics and Organic Chemistry$500,000
Funding Body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Project Team
Professor Adam McCluskey, Laureate Professor John Aitken, Professor Paul Dastoor, Professor Phillip Robinson, Professor Eileen McLaughlin, Emeritus Professor Geoffrey Lawrance, Professor Marcel Maeder, Professor Hugh Dunstan, Doctor Shaun Roman, Associate Professor Rob Atkin, Doctor Clovia Holdsworth, Doctor Mark Baker, Doctor Nikki Verrills, Professor Gottfried Otting, Associate Professor Brett Nixon, Doctor Xiaojing Zhou, Ms Megan Chircop, Doctor Warwick Belcher
SchemeRole
Linkage Infrastructure Equipment & Facilities (LIEF)Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$500,00020102010
GNo:G0190402

An Integrated LC-MS-NMR facility for Applications in Proteomics and Organic Chemistry$280,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

2009 (2 grants)

Electron Microscopes for Nanometer-scale Imaging/Microanalysis in the Materials, Biological, Physical, Engineering and Chemical Sciences$650,000
Funding Body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Electron Microscopes for Nanometer-scale Imaging/Microanalysis in the Materials, Biological, Physical, Engineering and Chemical Sciences$70,000
Funding Body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

2008 (1 grants)

The Fifth Internaitonal Workship on Molecular Imprinting (MIP 2008), Kobe, Japan, 7/9/2008 - 11/9/2008$1,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Clovia Holdsworth
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,00020082008
GNo:G0189289

2007 (4 grants)

Chemical listening devices: Novel sensors targeting the clandestine manufacture and transport of illicit drugs and explosives$378,942
Funding Body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Project Team
Professor Adam McCluskey, Associate Professor Michael Bowyer, Doctor Clovia Holdsworth, Professor Christopher Lennard
SchemeRole
Linkage ProjectsInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$378,94220072009
GNo:G0186611

Chemical listening devices: Novel sensors targeting the clandestine manufacture and transport of illicit drugs and explosives$105,000
Funding Body: Australian Federal Police

Project Team
Professor Adam McCluskey, Associate Professor Michael Bowyer, Doctor Clovia Holdsworth, Professor Christopher Lennard
SchemeRole
Linkage Projects Partner fundingInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$105,00020072009
GNo:G0187330

Selective Detection and Removal of Organochlorine Residues via MIPs$105,000
Funding Body: Entech Industries Pty Ltd

Project Team
Professor Adam McCluskey, Doctor Clovia Holdsworth, Associate Professor Michael Bowyer
SchemeRole
Postgraduate Research ScholarshipInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$105,00020072010
GNo:G0187721

Development of molecularly imprinted composite polymers by controlled radical polymerisation techniques$10,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Clovia Holdsworth
SchemeRole
New Staff GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$10,00020072007
GNo:G0187710
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Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions12
Total current UoN PhD EFTSL1.5

For supervisions undertaken at an institution other that the University of Newcastle, the institution name is listed below the program name.

Current Supervision

CommencedProposed
Completion
ProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
20132017PhD (Chemistry)Principal SupervisorMechanistic Aspects of Molecular Imprinting: Effects on Binding Performance
20092013PhD (Chemistry)Co-SupervisorMetal Oxide Polymer Composites for Electrochemical Capacitor Electrodes
20092013PhD (Chemistry)Co-SupervisorProcessable Star Polymers
20082012PhD (Chemistry)Co-SupervisorNatural products as a source of drug leads
20072007Honours Forensic Science
University of Newcastle
Principal SupervisorDevelopment of Molecularly Imprinted Polymers for the Detection of Nitro-containing Explosives
20072010PHD Chem Sc Not Elsewhere Classifd
University of Newcastle
Principal SupervisorDevelopment of Sensors for Explosive Vapours
20072010PHD Chem Sc Not Elsewhere Classifd
University of Newcastle
Co-SupervisorDevelopment of Molecularly Imprinted Polymers for the Detection and Extraction of Organochlorine Contaminants
20072011PhD (Chemistry)Principal SupervisorExploring Signal Transduction Mechanisms in Molecularly Imprinted Polymers for Forensic Applications
20062009PHD Chem Sc Not Elsewhere Classifd
University of Newcastle
Co-SupervisorChemical Listening Devices for the Detection of Illicit drugs and Explosives
20062009PHD Chem Sc Not Elsewhere Classifd
University of Newcastle
Principal SupervisorRoom Temperature Ionic Liquids as Solvents for MolecularImprinting
20052008PHD Chem Sc Not Elsewhere Classifd
University of Newcastle
Principal SupervisorIn field Sensors for the Detection of Illicit Substances - Application of MIP Technology
20052008PHD Chem Sc Not Elsewhere Classifd
University of Newcastle
Co-SupervisorIn field Sensors for the Detection of Illicit Substances - Application of MIP Technology

Past Supervision

YearProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
2013PhD (Chemistry)Co-SupervisorDesign and Synthesis of Molecularly Imprinted Polymers for the Selective Extraction of Polychlorinated Biphenyls
2013PhD (Chemistry)Principal SupervisorInvestigation of the Conductive Behavior of Poly (3,4-Ethylenedioxythiophene)/Poly(Styrenesulfonic Acid) for Organic Electronics
2012PhD (Chemistry)Co-SupervisorSynthesis, Characterisation and Evaluation of Biphenyl Monomers for Molecular Imprinting Applications
2010PhD (Chemistry)Principal SupervisorCharacterisation and Improved Performance of Molecularly Imprinted Polymers Prepared Using Room Temperature Ionic Liquids
2010PhD (Chemistry)Co-SupervisorOptimisation of Molecularly Imprinted Polymeric Films for the Detection of L-Ephedrine
2010PhD (Chemistry)Principal SupervisorTowards the Development of a Benzylpiperazine Specific Molecular Imprinted Polymer
2007Honours Forensic Science
University of Newcastle
Principal SupervisorDevelopment of Molecularly Imprinted Polymeric Films for Sensing Applications
2007Honours Forensic Science
University of Newcastle
Co-SupervisorEvaluation of polymeric Ligand Exchangers for the Extraction of Amino Acids
2006Honours Forensic Science
University of Newcastle
Co-SupervisorMolecularly Imprinted Polymers and Room Temperature Ionic Liquids: Evaluation of Applicability to the Detection of Illicit Drugs
2006Honours Forensic Science
University of Newcastle
Co-SupervisorDevelopment of Molecularly Imprinted Polymeric Films
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Dr Clovia Holdsworth

Work Phone(02) 4921 5481
Fax(02) 4921 5472
Email
PositionSenior Lecturer
Polymers/MIP Research Group/Advanced Chemistry Group
School of Environmental and Life Sciences
Faculty of Science and Information Technology
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Focus AreaChemistry
Office
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Chemistry,
Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan NSW 2308
Australia
URL:www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/clovia-holdsworth
Linkhttp://www.newcastle.edu.au/school/environ-life-science/our_staff/holdsworth_clovia.html