Current Group Members

Group Leader

Professor Spas D. Kolev

Research Staff

Dr M. Inês G. S. Almeida
Dr Yanlin Zhang

Honorary Staff

Professor Robert W. Cattrall (Honorary Professorial Fellow)
Associate Professor Ian D. McKelvie (Honorary Principal Fellow)
Associate Professor Richard J. S. Morrison (Honorary Principal Fellow)
Robert Western

PhD Students

Lenka O’Connor Sraj


Joined: 2013
Project: Development of novel analytical devices for monitoring ammonia and pH in marine environments
Contact: l.sraj@student.unimelb.edu.au

Bosirul Hoque


Joined: November 2015
Project: Development of polymer inclusion membranes (PIMs) incorporating cross-linking polymers for faster extraction and longer stability
Contact: bhoque@student.unimelb.edu.au
Location: Building 154, Level 2, Room 207

Fidelis Nitti

Joined: May 2016
Project: Development of smart passive sampling device for monitoring of heavy metal pollutants in aquatic systems
Contact: fnitti@student.unimelb.edu.au
Location: Building 154, Level 2, Room 211

Charles Croft


Joined: August 2015
Project: The development and characterisation of micro polymer inclusion beads (µPIBs) and their application to flow analysis systems
Contact: ccroft@student.unimelb.edu.au
Location:Building 154, Level 2, Room 210

Neda Nematollahi


Joined: March 2016
Project: Analysis of volatile organic compound emissions from fragranced consumer products
Contact: nnematollahi@student.unimelb.edu.au
Location:

Natalie Uhlikova


Joined: February 2019
Project: Development of µPADs for detection of total inorganic nitrogen in water and soil samples
Contact: nuhlikova@student.unimelb.edu.au
Location: Building 154, Level 2, Room 210

David Tambaru


Joined: July 2019
Project: TBD
Contact: tombarud@student.unimelb.edu.au
Location: Building 154, Level 2, Room 210

 

MSc Students

Shuzhi (Johnson) Zhao


Joined: February 2018
Project: Extraction of cobalt thiocyanate using copolymer based PIMs
Contact: shuzhiz@student.unimelb.edu.au
Location: Building 154, Level 2, Room 210

QiuYu Wang


Joined: July 2018
Project: Microfluid fabrication of polymer hollow fibre membrane and its application to the removal of thiocyanate from water
Contact: qiuwang@student.unimelb.edu.au
Location: Building 154, Level 2, Room 211

Honours Students

Current Visiting Academic Staff and Research Students

Slavomira (Slavka) Zatrochova

Slavka is a student at Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic, that joined our group in August 2019.

Project: Automated determination of 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid using PIM (Polymer Inclusion Membrane) pre-concentration in SIA (Sequential Injection Analysis) system

 

 

Alyia Tierney

Alyia is a student at Deakin University, Geelong, and she became involved with the Kolev group in August 2018.

Project: Targeted monitoring of opiate process streams and elucidation of new products

 

 

 

Wataru Yoshida (Kyushu University, Japan)

Wataru joined the group in February 2019.

Project: Preparation of bilayer polymer inclusion membrane and its application

Students Undertaking Research Experience

Qichao Wang

Joined: August 2019

Project: Behaviour of poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene) (PVDF-HFP) based polymer inclusion membranes (PIMs)

 

Jun Park

Joined: July 2019

Project: The development and characterisation of micro polymer inclusion beads (µPIBs) and their application to flow analysis systems (supervised by Charles Croft)

 

Sherlly Tsui

Joined: February 2019
Project: The use of polymer inclusion membrane (PIM) for paper-based sensing of heavy metals at trace level (supervised by Fidel Nitti)