Podcast

The ACES Podcast

A podcast by the ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science (ACES), the pre-eminent world centre for electromaterials science research.

Episode 20: Prof Alan Bond

In this episode of The ACES Podcast, Samuel Findlay chats with Prof Alan Bond from Monash University. Prof Bond chats about his interest in chemistry, how it all started, his career in research and much more.

Episode 19: Dr Amy Gelmi

In this episode of The ACES Podcast, Samuel Findlay chats with Dr Amy Gelmi from RMIT. Dr Gelmi talks about her PhD at the University of Wollongong (UOW) and her postdoctoral career, including working in research in Sweden and London before moving back to Australia.

Episode 18: Dr Peter Sherrell

In this episode of The ACES Podcast, Samuel Findlay chats with Peter Sherrell from the University of Melbourne. Dr Sherrell talks about his career in science, including his PhD in materials science at the University of Wollongong, working in research in Sweden and London and much more.

Episode 17: Dr Syamak Farajikhah

In this episode of The ACES Podcast, Samuel Findlay chats with Dr Syamak Farajikhah from the University of Sydney. Dr Farajikhah talks about his career in science, his PhD in chemistry at the University of Wollongong, his latest work and much more.

Episode 16: Prof Maria Forsyth

In this episode of The ACES Podcast, Samuel Findlay chats with ACES Associate Director Prof Maria Forsyth from Deakin University. Prof Forsyth talks about her career in science, her work and collaborations, the ACES journey and its legacy and much more.

Episode 15: Prof Susan Dodds

In this episode of The ACES Podcast, Samuel Findlay chats with ACES Chief Investigator and Ethics, Policy and Public Engagement theme leader from La Trobe University, Prof Susan Dodds. Prof Dodds talks about her role within ACES, her journey as a researcher and background in philosophy and much more.

Episode 14: Molly Patton

In this episode of The ACES Podcast, Samuel Findlay chats with Molly Patton, Founder and Creative in Chief of Patton’d Studios. Molly talks about her background in studying both science and arts, merging the two together to start her business, communicating science through visual design, contributing to the journal cover artwork in the Royal Society of Chemistry on Next-Gen Nanomaterials and more.

Episode 13: Prof Douglas Macfarlane

In this episode of The ACES Podcast, Samuel Findlay chats with ACES Chief Investigator Prof Douglas Macfarlane from Monash University. Prof Macfarlane talks about his role within ACES as head of the Energy Program, his journey to become a professor in science, how he came to Australia after being born in Belfast, his interests outside of work including hiking and carpentry and much more.

Episode 12: A/Prof Claudia Di Bella

In this episode of The ACES Podcast, Samuel Findlay chats with ACES collaborator and Orthopaedic surgeon A/Prof Claudia Di Bella. Throughout the conversation, we hear about her career in medicine and how she got to where she is today, moving to Australia from Italy, her work with ACES, playing professional water polo and more.

Episode 11: Prof Fiona Wood

In this episode of The ACES Podcast, Samuel Findlay chats with clinical professor, world-renowned burns surgeon and 2005 Australian of the Year, Prof Fiona Wood. Throughout the conversation, we hear about her career in medicine and plastic surgery, pioneering the ‘spray-on skin’ technique, treating Bali bombing survivors in 2002, future collaborations and much more.

Episode 10: Prof Simon Moulton

In this episode of The ACES Podcast, Samuel Findlay chats with ACES Chief Investigator Prof Simon Moulton from Swinburne University of Technology. Prof Moulton talks about his role within ACES, his unique journey to study science and become a professor after spending a number of years in the Navy, his interests outside of work including a love for cycling and much more.

Episode 9: Dr Lilith Caballero Aguilar

In this episode of The ACES Podcast, Samuel Findlay chats Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Swinburne University of Technology, Dr Lilith Caballero Aguilar. Lilith talks about her PhD project and experience with ACES, how she became interested in science, Women in STEM, life outside of research and more.

Episode 8: Dr Cathal O’Connell

In this episode of The ACES Podcast, Samuel Findlay chats with VC Postdoctoral Fellow at RMIT University Dr Cathal O’Connell about his PhD and time with ACES, science writing, his passion for reading and much more.

Episode 7: Dr Cristina Pozo-Gonzalo

In this episode of The ACES Podcast, Samuel Findlay chats with ACES Research Fellow Dr Cristina Pozo-Gonzalo about her background, moving from Spain to Manchester and then eventually Australia, her career in research and much more.

Episode 6: A/Prof Payal Mukherjee

In this episode of The ACES Podcast, Samuel Findlay chats ACES collaborator and Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) surgeon, A/Prof Payal Mukherjee. Throughout the conversation, we hear about her career path and background, being introduced to 3D printing, working with ACES and much more.

Episode 5: Dr Cameron Ferris

In this episode of The ACES Podcast, Samuel Findlay chats with Dr Cameron Ferris about his PhD in Biofabrication, his ACES experience, startups, working in industry, his passion for music and more.

Cameron completed his PhD at the University of Wollongong (UOW) and ACES in 2013 and is now the Chief Operations Officer at Inventia Life Science.

Episode 4: Brianna Thompson

In this episode of The ACES Podcast, Samuel Findlay chats with Dr Brianna Thompson about her PhD, teaching science in Japan, working in research around Australian and overseas, her change of career to study medicine and more.

Brianna completed her PhD at the University of Wollongong (UOW) within the Intelligent Polymer Institute (IPRI). She is now studying medicine at the University of Otago in New Zealand.

Episode 3: Sidra Waheed

In this episode of The ACES Podcast, Samuel Findlay chats with Sidra Waheed about her PhD experience, her background, life in Tasmania, what’s next for her and more.

Sidra recently completed her PhD in chemistry with ACES and the Australian Centre for Research on Separation Science (ACROSS) at the University of Tasmania (UTAS).

Episode 2: Dr Matthew Griffith

In this episode of The ACES Podcast, Samuel Findlay speaks with Dr Matthew Griffith about his PhD experience, moving to Japan, returning to Australia, his various research positions and projects, running marathons and more.

Dr Griffith is a researcher now based at the University of Sydney. He is a University of Wollongong graduate, completing a PhD in Physical Chemistry and Device Physics.

Episode 1: Dr Leo Stevens

In the first episode of The ACES Podcast, Samuel Findlay speaks with former ACES student Dr Leo Stevens about his PhD experience, his journey since graduating in 2017, founding a company, how he spends his downtime and more.

Dr Stevens is the founder of Eon Labs and the Co-founder of Upward Manufacturing. He is a scientist and entrepreneur who was born in raised on the coast of Australia in Wollongong. He completed both his undergraduate degree and PhD at the University of Wollongong (UOW).

The ACES Podcast Trailer

Coming soon is The ACES Podcast, hosted by Samuel Findlay.

In this podcast, you will hear from researchers who are making a difference through their work. From those in academia to those in industry, we will hear how they got to where they are today and will walk with them as they reflect on their respective journeys. We will also find out what helps them approach and tackle their work each day and how they enjoy downtime.

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