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Biography

Although only a junior academic, I have made significant contributions to the fields of polymeric surface coatings and atomic force microscope (AFM) colloid probe force measurements, as evidenced by my solid record of publishing in international journals of high impact factor. I pioneered the use of AFM to image in-situ the development of films of polymer micelles adsorbed from aqueous solution onto solid substrates. I was the lead author of the first report to observe in-situ morphological changes in an adsorbed film of copolymer micelles in response to a change in aqueous solution pH. A subsequent article, again as lead author, was the first-ever report of reversible stimulus-responsive behaviour of micellar thin-films where the behaviour was in reaction to a simple aqueous solution based trigger. The novelty of this work in the context of coatings for controlled surface interactions cannot be underestimated. My research methodolgy for understanding the properties of polymer adsorption is the combined application of a number of specialised scientific methods, such as atomic force microscopy, quartz crystal microbalance, electrophoretic mobility, contact angle and surface tension, and dynamic and static light scattering. This holistic approach has extracted significant new knowledge on the fundamental processes of polymer adsorption, and has enabled rigourous investigation of the link between microscopic changes in the morphology of polymer films and macroscopic properties such as wettability.

I have recently started investigating ionic liquids. Ionic liquids are composed entirely of ions, and yet are liquid at room temperature, offering intriguing properties such as a wide solubility window and a high degree of molecular ordering when confined at a solid interface. Along with Dr Rob Atkin, for the Chemistry department at the University of Newcastle, we are investigating the properties of colloidal dispersions is ionic liquids, and probing important frictional and hydrodynamic forces.

Previous work at the University of Melbourne focused on the use of atomic force microscopy to measure the interactions between deformable interfaces. Here I overcame the extreme technical difficulties of using an oil drop as a colloid probe, demonstrating my skills as an experimentalist. I am skilled in atomic force microscopy, both imaging and colloidal probe force measurements, quartz crystal microbalance, dynamic light scattering, and electrophoretic mobility and rheological measurements.

My current H-Index is 8, I have over 230 citations, and I have three articles with 40 or more citations (ISI Web of Science, February 2010). Below is a shortlist of some of my most important publications:

1. Webber, Grant B., Wanless, Erica J., Armes, Steven P., Baines, Fiona L., Biggs, Simon, Adsorption of Amphiphilic Diblock Copolymer Micelles at the Mica/Solution Interface. Langmuir, 17, 5551-5561 (2001)

2. Webber, Grant B., Wanless, Erica J., Bütün, Vural, Armes, Steven P., Biggs, Simon, Self-Organized Monolayer Films of Stimulus-Responsive Micelles. Nano Letters, 2, 1307-1313 (2002)

3. Webber, Grant B., Wanless, Erica J., Armes, Steven P., Tang, Yiqing, Li, Yuting, Biggs, Simon, Nano-anemones: Stimulus-responsive copolymer-micelle surfaces. Advanced Materials, 16, 1794-1798 (2004)

4. Webber, Grant B., Manica, Rogerio, Edwards, Scott A., Carnie, Steven L., Stevens, Geoffrey W., Grieser, Franz, Dagastine, Raymond R., Chan, Derek Y. C., Dynamic Forces between a Moving Particle and a Deformable Drop. Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 112, 567-574 (2008)

5. Smith, Jacob A., Werzer, Oliver, Webber, Grant B., Warr, Gregory G. and Atkin, Rob, Surprising particle stability and rapid sedimentation rates in an ionic liquid. Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, 1, 64-68 (2010)

Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Newcastle, 03/09/2004
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours), University of Newcastle, 09/12/1998
  • Bachelor of Mathematics, University of Newcastle, 01/05/1998
  • Bachelor of Science, University of Newcastle, 01/05/1998

Research

Research keywords

  • Atomic Force Microscope
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Colloid
  • Functional
  • Interface
  • Particle
  • Surface

Research expertise

My research uses engineered surfaces and interfaces to control material properties. By combining the disciplines of chemical engineering and physical chemistry my research aims to solve real-world problems through the application of fundamental science. I have an extensive track record in the production and characterisation of stimulus-responsive polymer thin-film coatings. These coatings change their structure at a molecular level in response to external stimuli such as solution pH, temperature or salt concentration. The nanoscale switches in morphology impact macroscale behaviour, such as contact angle and wettability. Recent research has investigated the production of stimulus-responsive polymer coatings via a process known as surface initiated polymerisation. This process is water-based, has low energy requirements, and offers enhanced control of the three-dimensional structure of the coating. In this way we are able to better engineer a surface or interface to meet a specific end-use application, such as a temperature dependent rheology modifier. Another are of research is examining the effect of mixed stabilisers on the stability and rheology of emulsions, in particular highly-concentrated emulsions. Here, a combination of surfactant and particles are used to stabilise the oil-water interface. We are using dynamic and equilibrium surface tension measurements to characterise structure of the interface and relating this to emulsion stability during shear. I have recently started working in an exciting emerging field; ionic liquids. Ionic liquids have quite unusual physical and chemical properties, and are seen by many as ideal designer solvents for a range of industrial applications. My research is investigating the properties of dispersions of microscale solid particles in ionic liquids; a proposed application of ionic liquids is as solvents for catalytic reactions. We have discovered some unusual behaviour, such as high stability in conjunction with rapid settling, and are using a combination of friction, hydrodynamic and rheological measurements to further understand these remarkable class of materials.

My research spans a wide range of length scales, from the nano- to micro- and up to the macroscale. As such I use an array of instruments and techniques in the course of my research:

  • atomic force microscopy for imaging, including soft-contact imaging in fluids, and force work
  • quartz crystal microbalance and optical reflectometry techniques to quantify adsorption of material at solid interfaces
  • dynamic and static light scattering for measuring particle sizes
  • electrophoretic techniques to measure particle surface charge (zeta potential)
  • surface and interfacial tension
  • contact angle
  • rheology

Languages

  • English

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
030603Colloid And Surface Chemistry50
091400Resources Engineering And Extractive Metallurgy40
090406Powder And Particle Technology10

Collaboration

My research uses engineered surfaces and interfaces to control material properties. By combining the disciplines of chemical engineering and physical chemistry my research aims to solve real-world problems through the application of fundamental science. I have an extensive track record in the production and characterisation of stimulus-responsive polymer thin-film coatings. These coatings change their structure at a molecular level in response to external stimuli such as solution pH, temperature or salt concentration. The nanoscale switches in morphology impact macroscale behaviour, such as contact angle and wettability. Recent research has investigated the production of stimulus-responsive polymer coatings via a process known as surface initiated polymerisation. This process is water-based, has low energy requirements, and offers enhanced control of the three-dimensional structure of the coating. In this way we are able to better engineer a surface or interface to meet a specific end-use application, such as a temperature dependent rheology modifier. Another are of research is examining the effect of mixed stabilisers on the stability and rheology of emulsions, in particular highly-concentrated emulsions. Here, a combination of surfactant and particles are used to stabilise the oil-water interface. We are using dynamic and equilibrium surface tension measurements to characterise structure of the interface and relating this to emulsion stability during shear. I have recently started working in an exciting emerging field; ionic liquids. Ionic liquids have quite unusual physical and chemical properties, and are seen by many as ideal designer solvents for a range of industrial applications. My research is investigating the properties of dispersions of microscale solid particles in ionic liquids; a proposed application of ionic liquids is as solvents for catalytic reactions. We have discovered some unusual behaviour, such as high stability in conjunction with rapid settling, and are using a combination of friction, hydrodynamic and rheological measurements to further understand these remarkable class of materials.

My research spans a wide range of length scales, from the nano- to micro- and up to the macroscale. As such I use an array of instruments and techniques in the course of my research:

  • atomic force microscopy for imaging, including soft-contact imaging in fluids, and force work
  • quartz crystal microbalance and optical reflectometry techniques to quantify adsorption of material at solid interfaces
  • dynamic and static light scattering for measuring particle sizes
  • electrophoretic techniques to measure particle surface charge (zeta potential)
  • surface and interfacial tension
  • contact angle
  • rheology

Administrative

Administrative expertise

Since starting at the University of Newcastle in late 2007 I have been a member of the Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment (FEBE) Marketing Committee. I see this role as an important component of my job as a Chemical Engineering academic, as I believe there is great scope for increasing the profile of chemical engineering in the wider community. I am particularly dedicated to educating secondary students of the role of chemical engineers in todays society. To this I organise regular visits of my academic colleagues to high schools, as well as attending larger events, such as Careers Days, where I am able to reach a broader range of potential students.

I have recently become a member of the FEBE Research Committee, which meets regularly to discuss issues that impact on research-active members of the Faculty.

Teaching

Teaching keywords

  • Chemical Engineering
  • Laboratory
  • Particle Processing

Teaching expertise

I am course coordinator and sole lecturer for the 2nd year chemical engineering course Particle Processing. This course covers are range of topic related to particle and mineral processing, from small scale inter-particle interactions to industrial scale unit operations. I introduce students to the fundamental processes that control the interactions between two particles, such as the Deryagin-Landau and Verwey-Overbeek (DLVO) theory that quantifies the effect of surface charge and van der Waals forces. We also examine the effect of surfactant and polymer adsorption at surfaces and interfaces, and discuss the stability and application of emulsions. The course also details unit operations important to particle processing, such as crushing and grinding, pneumatic conveying, storage hopper design, and fluidised beds.

I am also strongly committed to ensuring that our chemical engineering students have adequate laboratory and practical skills, coupled with the ability to prepare coherent technical reports. To this I am course coordinator of the 2nd year laboratory course. This course uses bench-scale equipment to give the student practical demonstrations of theories they have learnt in lecture courses. These experiments include a forced air cooling tower, fluidised bed, and concentric tube heat exchanger. In this course the students are also expected to prepare technical reports, from which extensive feedback is provided so that the students are able to improve their skills in this often underrated component of engineering.

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Highlighted Publications

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YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2001Webber GB, Wanless EJ, Armes SP, Baines FL, Biggs S, 'Adsorption of amphiphilic diblock copolymer micelles at the mica/solution interface', Langmuir, 17 5551-5561 (2001) [C1]

This paper was the first report in the literature monitoring the electrostatic adsorption of copolymer micelles from aqueous solution onto a solid substrate using in-situ atomic force microscopy. Citations at January 2010 = 40 Journal Impact Factor = 4.097 Journal ERA Ranking = A*

Co-authors: Erica Wanless

2002Webber GB, Wanless EJ, Butun V, Armes S, Biggs SR, 'Self-organized monolayer films of stimulus-responsive micelles', Nano Letters, 2 1307-1313 (2002) [C1]

First report of the use of a simple aqueous solution based stimulus to change the morphology of a thin film of adsorbed copolymer micelles. Citations at Jan 2010 = 41 Journal Impact Factor = 10.371 Journal ERA Ranking = A*

Co-authors: Erica Wanless

2004Webber GB, Wanless EJ, Armes SP, Tang Y, Li Y, Biggs S, 'Nano-Anemones: Stimulus-Responsive Copolymer-Micelle Surfaces', Advanced Materials, 16 1794-1798 (2004) [C1]

Demonstrated the reversible stimulus-responsive behaviour of a layer of electrostatically adsorbed copolymer micelles in reaction to changes in aqueous solution pH. Citations at Jan 2010 = 42 Journal Impact Factor = 8.191 Journal ERA Ranking = A*

Publications

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Journal article (36 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Sweeney J, Webber GB, Rutland MW, Atkin R, 'Effect of ion structure on nanoscale friction in protic ionic liquids.', Phys Chem Chem Phys, 16 16651-16658 (2014) [C1]
2014Willott JD, Murdoch TJ, Humphreys BA, Edmondson S, Webber GB, Wanless EJ, 'Critical salt effects in the swelling behavior of a weak polybasic brush.', Langmuir, 30 1827-1836 (2014) [C1]
2014Morse AJ, Tan SY, Giakoumatos EC, Webber GB, Armes SP, Ata S, Wanless EJ, 'Arrested coalescence behaviour of giant Pickering droplets and colloidosomes stabilised by poly(tert-butylaminoethyl methacrylate) latexes.', Soft Matter, 10 5669-5681 (2014)
2014Smith JA, Webber GB, Warr GG, Zimmer A, Atkin R, Werzer O, 'Shear dependent viscosity of poly(ethylene oxide) in two protic ionic liquids', Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 430 56-60 (2014)
2014Smith J, Webber GB, Warr GG, Atkin R, 'Silica particle stability and settling in protic ionic liquids.', Langmuir, 30 1506-1513 (2014)
2014Liyanaarachchi KR, Webber GB, van Netten K, Moreno-Atanasio R, Galvin KP, 'Selective collection of fine particles by water drops', Advanced Powder Technology, (2014)
2013Elbourne A, Sweeney J, Webber GB, Wanless EJ, Warr GG, Rutland MW, Atkin R, 'Adsorbed and near-surface structure of ionic liquids determines nanoscale friction', CHEMICAL COMMUNICATIONS, 49 6797-6799 (2013) [C1]
2013Cheesman BT, Smith EG, Murdoch TJ, Guibert C, Webber GB, Edmondson S, Wanless EJ, 'Polyelectrolyte brush pH-response at the silica-aqueous solution interface: a kinetic and equilibrium investigation', PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY CHEMICAL PHYSICS, 15 14502-14510 (2013) [C1]
2013Smith JA, Webber GB, Warr GG, Atkin R, 'Rheology of Protic Ionic Liquids and Their Mixtures', JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY B, 117 13930-13935 (2013) [C1]
2013Liyanaarachchi KR, Ireland PM, Webber GB, Galvin KP, 'Electrostatic formation of liquid marbles and agglomerates', APPLIED PHYSICS LETTERS, 103 (2013) [C1]
2013Cheesman BT, Neilson AJG, Willott JD, Webber GB, Edmondson S, Wanless EJ, 'Effect of Colloidal Substrate Curvature on pH-Responsive Polyelectrolyte Brush Growth', LANGMUIR, 29 6131-6140 (2013) [C1]
2012Hayes RL, Borisenko N, Corr BJ, Webber GB, Endres F, Atkin R, 'Effect of dissolved LiCl on the ionic liquid-Au(111) electrical double layer structure', Chemical Communications, 48 10246-10248 (2012) [C1]

Co-authors: Rob Atkin

2012Carstens T, Hayes RL, Abedin SZE, Corr BJ, Webber GB, Borisenko N, et al., 'In situ STM, AFM and DTS study of the interface 1-hexyl-3-methylimidazolium tris(pentafluoroethyl)trifluorophosphate/Au(1 1 1)', Electrochimica Acta, 82 48-59 (2012) [C1]
2012Sweeney JT, Hausen F, Hayes RL, Webber GB, Endres F, Rutland MW, et al., 'Control of nanoscale friction on gold in an ionic liquid by a potential-dependent ionic lubricant layer', Physical Review Letters, 109 155502 (2012) [C1]
2012Thompson KL, Giakoumatos EC, Ata S, Webber GB, Armes SP, Wanless EJ, 'Direct observation of giant pickering emulsion and colloidosome droplet interaction and stability', Langmuir, 28 16501-16511 (2012) [C1]
2012Wakeham D, Eschebach DS, Webber GB, Atkin R, Warr GG, 'Surface composition of mixtures of ethylammonium nitrate, ethanolammonium nitrate, and water', Australian Journal of Chemistry, 65 1554-1556 (2012) [C1]

Co-authors: Rob Atkin

2012MacPherson SA, Webber GB, Moreno-Atanasio R, 'Aggregation of nanoparticles in high ionic strength suspensions: Effect of Hamaker constant and particle concentration', Advanced Powder Technology, 23 478-484 (2012) [C1]
2012Cheesman BT, Willott JD, Webber GB, Edmondson S, Wanless EJ, 'pH-responsive brush-modified silica hybrids synthesized by surface-initiated ARGET ATRP', ACS Macro Letters, 1 1161-1165 (2012) [C1]
2010Dagastine RR, Webber GB, Manica R, Stevens GW, Grieser F, Chan DYC, 'Viscosity Effects on Hydrodynamic Drainage Force Measurements Involving Deformable Bodies', LANGMUIR, 26 11921-11927 (2010) [C1]
2010Smith JA, Werzer O, Webber GB, Warr GG, Atkin R, 'Surprising particle stability and rapid sedimentation rates in an ionic liquid', Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, 1 64-68 (2010) [C1]
2008Webber GB, Stevens GW, Grieser F, Dagastine RR, Chan DYC, 'Variations in properties of atomic force microscope cantilevers fashioned from the same wafer', NANOTECHNOLOGY, 19 (2008) [C1]
2008Sakai K, Webber GB, Vo C-D, Wanless EJ, Vamvakaki M, Butun V, et al., 'Characterization of layer-by-layer self-assembled multilayer films of diblock copolymer micelles', Langmuir, 24 116-123 (2008) [C1]
2008Webber GB, Manica R, Edwards SA, Carnie SL, Stevens GW, Grieser F, et al., 'Dynamic forces between a moving particle and a deformable drop', JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY C, 112 567-574 (2008) [C1]
2008Webber GB, Edwards SA, Stevens GW, Grieser F, Dagastine RR, Chan DYC, 'Measurements of dynamic forces between drops with the AFM: novel considerations in comparisons between experiment and theory', SOFT MATTER, 4 1270-1278 (2008) [C1]
2007Biggs S, Labarre M, Hodges C, Walker LM, Webber GB, 'Polymerized rodlike micelle adsorption at the solid-liquid interface', LANGMUIR, 23 8094-8102 (2007) [C1]
2007Biggs S, Sakai K, Addison T, Schmid A, Armes SP, Vamvakaki M, et al., 'Layer-by-layer formation of smart particle coatings using oppositely charged block copolymer micelles', ADVANCED MATERIALS, 19 247-+ (2007) [C1]
2007Sakai K, Smith EG, Webber GB, Baker MJ, Wanless EJ, Butun V, et al., 'pH-responsive behavior of selectively quaternized diblock copolymers adsorbed at the silica/aqueous solution interface', Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 314 381-388 (2007) [C1]
2007Smith EG, Webber GB, Sakai K, Biggs S, Armes SP, Wanless EJ, 'Direct visualization of a self-organized multilayer film of low T g diblock copolymer micelles', Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 111 5536-5541 (2007) [C1]
2006Sakai K, Smith EG, Webber GB, Wanless EJ, Butun V, Armes SP, Biggs S, 'Effects of copolymer concentration and chain length on the pH-responsive behavior of diblock copolymer micellar films', Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 303 372-379 (2006) [C1]
2006Sakai K, Smith EG, Webber GB, Baker MJ, Wanless EJ, Butun V, et al., 'Characterizing the pH-responsive behavior of thin films of diblock copolymer micelles at the silica/aqueous solution interface', Langmuir, 22 8435-8442 (2006) [C1]
2006Sakai K, Smith EG, Webber GB, Schatz C, Wanless EJ, Butun V, et al., 'pH-responsive diblock copolymer micelles at the silica/aqueous solution interface: Adsorption kinetics and equilibrium studies', Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 110 14744-14753 (2006) [C1]
2006Sakai K, Smith EG, Webber GB, Schatz C, Wanless EJ, Butun V, et al., 'Comparison of the adsorption of cationic diblock copolymer micelles from aqueous solution onto mica and silica', Langmuir, 22 5328-5333 (2006) [C1]
2005Webber GB, Wanless EJ, Armes SP, Biggs S, 'Tunable diblock copolymer micelles-adapting behaviour via subtle chemical modifications', FARADAY DISCUSSIONS, 128 193-209 (2005) [C1]
2004Webber GB, Wanless EJ, Armes SP, Tang Y, Li Y, Biggs S, 'Nano-Anemones: Stimulus-Responsive Copolymer-Micelle Surfaces', Advanced Materials, 16 1794-1798 (2004) [C1]

Demonstrated the reversible stimulus-responsive behaviour of a layer of electrostatically adsorbed copolymer micelles in reaction to changes in aqueous solution pH. Citations at Jan 2010 = 42 Journal Impact Factor = 8.191 Journal ERA Ranking = A*

2002Webber GB, Wanless EJ, Butun V, Armes S, Biggs SR, 'Self-organized monolayer films of stimulus-responsive micelles', Nano Letters, 2 1307-1313 (2002) [C1]

First report of the use of a simple aqueous solution based stimulus to change the morphology of a thin film of adsorbed copolymer micelles. Citations at Jan 2010 = 41 Journal Impact Factor = 10.371 Journal ERA Ranking = A*

Co-authors: Erica Wanless

2001Webber GB, Wanless EJ, Armes SP, Baines FL, Biggs S, 'Adsorption of amphiphilic diblock copolymer micelles at the mica/solution interface', Langmuir, 17 5551-5561 (2001) [C1]

This paper was the first report in the literature monitoring the electrostatic adsorption of copolymer micelles from aqueous solution onto a solid substrate using in-situ atomic force microscopy. Citations at January 2010 = 40 Journal Impact Factor = 4.097 Journal ERA Ranking = A*

Co-authors: Erica Wanless

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Conference (8 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2012Liyanaarachchi KR, Webber GB, Galvin KP, 'Selective collection of fine particles by water drops', 2012 AIChE Annual Meeting, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (2012) [E3]
2011MacPherson SA, Webber GB, Moreno-Atanasio R, 'The kinetics of colloidal aggregation: Influence of the van der Waals forces', Chemeca 2011: Engineering a Better World, Sydney (2011) [E1]
2011Neville FC, Murphy TI, Webber GB, Wanless EJ, Jameson GJ, 'Fabrication and characterisation of biomimetic silicate nanoparticles', Chemeca 2011: Engineering a Better World, Sydney (2011) [E1]
2011Webber GB, MacPherson SA, Moreno-Atanasio R, 'The kinetics of colloidal aggregation - Effect of bimodal Hamaker constant distribution and Brownian forces', Abstract Booklet. UK Colloids 2011: An international Colloid & Surface Science Symposium, Canary Wharf, London, United Kingdom (2011) [E3]
2010Galvin KP, Webber GB, Mason M, Liyanaarachchi KR, 'Inverse flotation - A new method of fine particle beneficiation', Chemeca 2010: Proceedings of the 40th Australasian Chemical Engineering Conference, Adelaide, Australia (2010) [E1]

Co-authors: Kevin Galvin

2006Harbottle D, Webber GB, Fairweather M, Rhodes D, Biggs S, 'Applying the quartz crystal microbalance technique to determine the stability of colloidal suspensions.', Conference Proceedings of the AIChE Spring National Meeting, Orlando, Florida, United States (2006) [E1]
2005Webber GB, Sakai K, Wanless EJ, Armes SP, Vamvakaki M, Butun V, Biggs S, 'Preparation, Characterisation and utilisation of Diblock Copolymer Michelle Thin-Films and Multilayers', Proceedings of 7th World Congress of Chemical Engineering, Glasgow, Scotland (2005) [E1]

Co-authors: Erica Wanless

2005Sakai K, Webber GB, Butun V, Vamvakaki M, Armes SP, Biggs S, 'Self-assembled diblock copolymers as nanomaterial building blocks', Proceedings of the 7th World Congress of Chemical Engineering, Glasgow (2005) [E1]
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants15
Total funding$1,388,861

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2014 (3 grants)

Surface and Colloid Characterisation Facility$60,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Professor Vincent Craig, Dr Shannon Notley, Doctor Grant Webber, Professor Peter Kingshott, Professor Erica Wanless, Professor Sally McArthur, Associate Professor Rob Atkin, Associate Professor Paul Stoddart, Associate Professor Andrew Clayton
SchemeRole
Equipment GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$60,00020142014
GNo:G1300566

Surface and Colloid Characterisation Facility$41,000
Funding Body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Project Team
Professor Vincent Craig, Dr Shannon Notley, Doctor Grant Webber, Professor Peter Kingshott, Professor Erica Wanless, Professor Sally McArthur, Associate Professor Rob Atkin, Associate Professor Paul Stoddart, Associate Professor Andrew Clayton
SchemeRole
Linkage Infrastructure Equipment & Facilities (LIEF)Chief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$41,00020142014
GNo:G1400581

Controlled Interactions in Multiphase Fluids$10,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Grant Webber, Professor Erica Wanless
SchemeRole
Near Miss GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$10,00020142014
GNo:G1301393

2013 (2 grants)

Functional mesostructured materials in ionic liquids$180,000
Funding Body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Project Team
Professor Gregory Warr, Associate Professor Rob Atkin, Doctor Grant Webber
SchemeRole
Discovery ProjectsInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$180,00020132015
GNo:G1300041

Nano-Optical Microscopy, Characterization and Fabrication Facility$155,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Andrew Fleming, Doctor John Holdsworth, Doctor Grant Webber, Professor Erich Kisi, Professor Dirk Van Helden
SchemeRole
Equipment GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$155,00020132013
GNo:G1200167

2012 (1 grants)

International Association of Colloid and Interface Scientists (IACIS) Conference, Sendai, Japan, 13 - 18 May 2012$1,200
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment

Project Team
Doctor Grant Webber
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,20020122012
GNo:G1200614

2011 (6 grants)

Next-generation polymer films for control of material interactions$300,000
Funding Body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Project Team
Professor Erica Wanless, Doctor Grant Webber, Dr Steve Edmondson
SchemeRole
Discovery ProjectsInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$300,00020112013
GNo:G1000042

Interfacial Mapping Facility$180,000
Funding Body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Project Team
Professor Paul Dastoor, Laureate Professor Graeme Jameson, Professor Erica Wanless, Doctor Grant Webber, Associate Professor Rob Atkin, Professor Ewa Goldys, Professor Deborah Kane, Dr James Downes, Dr Gregory Wilson, Doctor Chris Fell
SchemeRole
Linkage Infrastructure Equipment & Facilities (LIEF)Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$180,00020112011
GNo:G1000635

Interfacial Mapping Facility$90,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Professor Paul Dastoor, Professor Erica Wanless, Doctor Grant Webber
SchemeRole
Equipment GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$90,00020112011
GNo:G1000466

Interfacial Mapping Facility$40,000
Funding Body: CSIRO - Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation

Project Team
Professor Paul Dastoor, Laureate Professor Graeme Jameson, Professor Erica Wanless, Doctor Grant Webber, Associate Professor Rob Atkin, Professor Ewa Goldys, Professor Deborah Kane, Dr James Downes, Dr Gregory Wilson, Doctor Chris Fell
SchemeRole
Linkage Infrastructure Equipment & Facilities (LIEF) Partner fundingInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$40,00020112011
GNo:G1100411

Interfacial Mapping Facility$30,000
Funding Body: Macquarie University

Project Team
Professor Paul Dastoor, Laureate Professor Graeme Jameson, Professor Erica Wanless, Doctor Grant Webber, Associate Professor Rob Atkin, Professor Ewa Goldys, Professor Deborah Kane, Dr James Downes, Dr Gregory Wilson, Doctor Chris Fell
SchemeRole
Linkage Infrastructure Equipment & Facilities (LIEF) Partner fundingInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$30,00020112011
GNo:G1100872

UK Colloids, Canary Wharf, London UK, 4 - 6 July 2011$800
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment

Project Team
Doctor Grant Webber
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$80020112011
GNo:G1100777

2010 (3 grants)

A Step Change in Fine Particle Beneficiation - Inverse Flotation$136,400
Funding Body: Australian Coal Research Limited

Project Team
Professor Kevin Galvin, Doctor Grant Webber, Professor John Ralston, Dr Catherine Whitby
SchemeRole
Australian Coal Association Research Program (ACARP)Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$136,40020102011
GNo:G1000115

Soft matter and responsive materials characterisation facility$135,535
Funding Body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Project Team
Dr Raymond Dagastine, Laureate Professor Graeme Jameson, Doctor Grant Webber, Associate Professor Rob Atkin, Professor Erica Wanless
SchemeRole
Linkage Infrastructure Equipment & Facilities (LIEF)Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$135,53520102010
GNo:G1000397

A new combined Atomic Force Microscopy and computer-simulation approach for improved modelling of particulate solids behaviour $28,926
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment

Project Team
Doctor Roberto Moreno-Atanasio, Doctor Grant Webber
SchemeRole
Pilot GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$28,92620102010
GNo:G0900065
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Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions5
Total current UoN Masters EFTSL0.6
Total current UoN PhD EFTSL1.8

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
20142016M Philosophy (Chemical Eng)Principal SupervisorResponsive Polymer-Particle Suspensions; Design, Stability, and Application
20132017PhD (Chemistry)Co-SupervisorNext-Generation Polymer Films for Control of Material Interactions
20122016PhD (Chemistry)Co-SupervisorIoNanofluids for Heat Transfer
20122015PhD (Chemical Engineering)Principal SupervisorThe Impact of Surface-Induced Molecular Ordering on the Friction and Fluid Dynamics in Ionic Liquid Systems
20122014PhD (Chemical Engineering)Co-SupervisorSelective Collection of Fine Particles by Water Drops

Past Supervision

YearProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
2014PhD (Chemistry)Co-SupervisorMolecular Structure, Flow Properties and Particle Stability in Protic Ionic Liquids
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Dr Grant Webber

Work Phone(02) 4033 9067
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PositionSenior Lecturer
School of Engineering
Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Focus AreaChemical Engineering
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