Themed collection Analyst Emerging Investigator Lectureship winners
Quantification of the sources and composition of particulate matter by field-deployable mass spectrometry: implications for air quality and public health
Aerosol mass spectrometry has become an indispensable technique for characterizing the chemistry of one of the world's deadliest air pollutants.
Single molecule analysis by biological nanopore sensors
This mini review discusses current strategies for the analysis of an individual analyte in the field of nanopore biosensors.
Applications of vibrational tags in biological imaging by Raman microscopy
In this article, we review the recent successful applications of SRS and vibrational tags for solving biological problems.
Measuring temperature effects on nanobubble nucleation via a solid-state nanopore
The temperature effects on nanobubble nucleation have been analyzed with a SiNX solid-state nanopore.
The analysis of single cysteine molecules with an aerolysin nanopore
Biological nanopore technology has the advantages of high selectivity and high reproducibility for characterizing single biomolecules.
A ratiometric Raman probe for live-cell imaging of hydrogen sulfide in mitochondria by stimulated Raman scattering
We develop a ratiometric Raman probe for visualizing hydrogen sulfide in living cells as the first alkyne-based sensor for SRS microscopy.
A thumb-size electrochemical system for portable sensors
A thumb-size and precise electrochemical system is designed for sensors in size and cost sensitive applications.
Thin films of poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene)-ionic liquid mixtures as amperometric gas sensing materials for oxygen and ammonia
A gas sensor comprising of a planar electrode device covered with a thin layer of gel polymer electrolyte gave accurate and fast sensing responses for oxygen and ammonia detection in both the cathodic and anodic potential regions.
Low-cost microarray thin-film electrodes with ionic liquid gel-polymer electrolytes for miniaturised oxygen sensing
The use of a platinum microarray thin-film electrode together with a gellified ionic-liquid has shown to be highly favourable for long-term oxygen gas sensing.
About this collection
This collection contains papers authored by winners of the Analyst Emerging Investigator Lectureship. This Lectureship was launched in 2016 to be a platform for an early career analytical scientist to raise the profile of the analytical sciences to the wider scientific community and general public, and recognises those within 10 years of their PhD.
Previously held biennially, the lectureship will be awarded yearly from 2020 onwards. Nominations for the Lectureship open in spring each year and the winner is announced in late summer. The winner gives a lecture at the annual SciX conference.
2021 winner: Debbie Silvester, Curtin University, Australia
Associate Professor Silvester received her MSc in Chemistry from the University of Bristol, UK (2005), and PhD in Chemistry from the University of Oxford, UK (Dec 2008). She was an intern at Schlumberger Cambridge Research, before arriving at Curtin University in Perth, Australia in 2009. In 2012, she was awarded an Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Early Career Research Award (DECRA) and in 2017, an ARC Future Fellowship. She has had multiple career breaks and worked part time since 2013 due to caring responsibilities. Professor Silvester’s research is focussed on developing a new class of sensors for toxic gases and explosives based on miniaturised electrodes and ionic liquid solvents. She aims to understand gas and explosive behaviour in ionic liquids and use this knowledge to inform innovative sensor designs that will push detection limits to analytically relevant levels.
Professor Silvester’s work has been recognised by several awards and honours, including the Le Fèvre medal from the Australian Academy of Science (2021), the Rennie Memorial Medal from the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI) (2019), a Western Australian Young Tall Poppy Award, named on the Analytical Scientist Power List (2020) and elected a Fellow of the RACI (2020). She is currently the secretary for the Electrochemistry Division of the RACI, and the Australia/New Zealand representative for the International Society of Electrochemistry (ISE). She has also served as an editor for Scientific Reports and Frontiers in Chemistry.
Previous winners of the Analyst Emerging Investigator Lectureship:
2020: Yi-Lun Ying, Nanjing University, China
2018: Wei Min, Columbia University, USA
2016: Patrick Hayes, University of Montreal, Canada