Dr Berwyck Poad

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Berwyck Poad is a physical and analytical chemist with a strong focus on analytical instrumentation development. Working within the Mass Spectrometry Development Laboratory (part of QUT’s Central Analytical Research Facility), Berwyck can often be found under the hood of one of the many mass spectrometers, making modifications to address novel chemical problems.  

Short Biography

Berwyck completed his PhD in 2009 at the University of Melbourne, studying vibrational predissociation of ion-molecule complexes under the guidance of Prof Evan Bieske. Following this he undertook postdoctoral research in the labs of Professor Stephen Blanksby at the University of Wollongong (2009) and Professor Robert Continetti at the University of California, San Diego (2010-2012). In 2012 Berwyck returned to the University of Wollongong as an ARC DECRA fellow, where his research interests turned to reactions of dianions and the radicals formed by their photodetachment. In 2016, Berwyck relocated to QUT and is currently focused on fundamental ion-molecule chemistry and developing new tools for lipid identification by mass spectrometry.

Selected Publications

“Gas phase reactions of iodide and bromide anions with ozone: evidence for stepwise and reversible reactions” Bhujel, M.; Marshall, D.L.; Maccarone, A.T.; McKinnon, B.I.; Trevitt, A.J.; da Silva, G.; Blanksby, S.J.; Poad, B. L. J. Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 2020, in press.

“Resolving Sphingolipid Isomers using Cryogenic Infrared Spectroscopy” Kirschbaum, C.; Saied, E. M.; Greis, K.; Mucha, E.; Gewinner, S.; Schollkopf, W.; Meijer, G. J. M.; von Helden, G.; Poad, B. L. J.; Blanksby, S.J.; Arenz, C.; Pagel, K. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2020, in press.

“Wavelength-Gated Photoreversible Polymerization and Topology Control” Frisch, H.; Mundsinger, K.; Poad, B. L. J.; Blanksby, S.J.; Barner-Kowollik, C. Chemical Science 2020, 11, 2834-2842.

“Structural elucidation of hydroxy fatty acids by photodissociation mass spectrometry with photolabile derivatives” Narreddula,V. R.; Sadowski, P.; Boase, N. R.; Marshall, D. L.; Poad, B. L. J.; Trevitt, A. J.; Mitchell, T. W; Blanksby, S. J. Rapid Commun. Mass Spectrom. 2020, 34, e8741.

“ZnO Colloid Crystal Facet-Type Determines both Au Photodeposition and Photocatalytic Activity” DeCorrado, L.M.; Fernando, J.F.S.; Shortell, M.P.; Poad, B. L. J.; Blanksby, S.J.; Waclawik, E.R. ACS Appl. Nano Mater. 2019, 2, 7856-7869.