Professor Stephen Blanksby

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Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry (University of Adelaide)

Stephen Blanksby completed his PhD (1999) in the field of gas phase ion chemistry at the University of Adelaide under the supervision of Professor John Bowie. He then undertook postdoctoral research in the laboratories of Professor Helmut Schwarz at the Technical University of Berlin (1999) and at the University of Colorado with Professor G. Barney Ellison and the rest of the famed “Boulder ion gang” (2000-2002). Stephen was appointed to the School of Chemistry at the University of Wollongong in 2002 where he built a research group focussed on putting the “fun” back into fundamental ion chemistry. Discoveries made by Stephen’s group have been successfully applied to develop new analytical technologies for lipidomics and polymer coatings research. In 2014, Stephen joined QUT as Director of the Central Analytical Research Facility (CARF) and he continues an active research program exploring the unique properties of gas phase radical ions and developing new technologies for advancing mass spectrometry.

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Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2016
Details
RCM Beynon Prize for the paper "Rapid differentiation of isomeric lipids by photodissociation mass spectrometry of fatty acid derivatives" Pham et al. Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry 2013, 27, 805¿815 that, "in the opinion of the Awards Sub-committee, describes an innovative advance in mass spectrometric instrumentation or methodology that has had the greatest immediate impact in its particular sub-discipline over the previous two calendar years"
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2016
Details
The 2015 Morrison Medal was awarded by the Australian and New Zealand Society for Mass Spectrometry "in recognition of significant achievements in an area of mass spectrometry"
Type
Editorial Role for an Academic Journal
Reference year
2013
Details
Member of editorial advisory board for the Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry (Springer) 2013-present
Type
Editorial Role for an Academic Journal
Reference year
2008
Details
Member of editorial advisory board for Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry (John Wiley) from 2008-present
Title
Formation, photochemistry and fate of gas-phase peroxyl radicals
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
DP170101596
Start year
2017
Keywords
Title
Developing next generation technologies for unmasking the lipidome
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
DP150101715
Start year
2015
Keywords
Lipids; Mass Spectrometry; Ion Mobility
Title
Examination of unique tear lipids and their role in the tear film's structure and function
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
LP140100711
Start year
2015
Keywords
Mass Spectrometry of Lipids; Chemical Synthesis of Lipids; Tear Film Lipid Layer
Title
The photons take charge: Elucidating the structure and stability of distonic radical anions by mass spectrometry and photoelectron spectroscopy
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
DP140101237
Start year
2014
Keywords
Title
New Laser and Mass Spectrometry-Based Tools for Comprehensive Structural Elucidation of Lipids and Their Biomolecular Interactions
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
DP120102922
Start year
2012
Keywords
Mass Spectrometry; Gas Phase Ion Chemistry; Laser Spectroscopy; Lipid Biochemistry