Dr Michael Bowyer
Dr Bowyer is a senior lecturer in chemistry at the Ourimbah Campus of the University of Newcastle and is the current head of the Discipline of Applied Sciences within the School of Environmental and Life Sciences.
Dr Bowyer is involved in a number of research projects in cooperation with the Australian Federal Police aimed at developing new, cost-effective techniques for the detection and background monitoring of illicit substances and explosive materials. Past work in this field includes the successful development of imprinted polymers for the selective detection of trichlorophenol (TCP) and trichloroanisole (TCA), two contaminants that are of particular concern to the Australian Wine Industry. He also maintains an active interest in the biological activity of nitric oxide in plant and animal systems and the utilisation of this activity in the development of cost-effective preservation techniques for postharvest produce.
Dr Bowyer is the coauthor of some 30 refereed journal articles and conference proceedings in the fields of molecular imprinting and nitric oxide research. His most recent publications have appeared in Nitric Oxide – Chemistry and Biology, Australian Journal of Chemistry and the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.
Molecular imprinting, design and synthesis of new ligand systems and metal complexes for catalysis applications, investigation of the role of nitric oxide in delaying senescence in postharvest produce.