Abel Santos

Dr Abel Santos

Research for Impact Fellow - Lecturer

School of Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials

Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.


I received my Msc and PhD in Electronic Engineering (Magna Cum Laude) by the University Rovira i Virgili (URV – Spain) in 2011. After a short (2011-2012) post-doctoral research position in the Department of Electronic Engineering (URV), I undertook a post-doctoral research position (Level A) associated with an ARC Discovery Project in the School of Chemical Engineering at The University of Adelaide in January 2012. I was awarded with an ARC DECRA Fellowship (commencing 2014) and appointed to Level B in January 2014. In January 2016, I was promoted to Level C by the Faculty of Engineering, Computer Science and Mathematics (ECMS) in recognition of my outstanding performance as an early career researcher. I have carried out intensive research activity in the field of nanophotonics, optical biosensing systems and drug delivery with 4 books, 5 book chapters, 65 journal articles, 44 conferences, 5 journal covers and 1 industrial patent, 1028 cites and h-index 20. Furthermore, I have a 100% success rate in ARC grant applications as a chief investigator (CI), with one DECRA (DE14010054, leading CI) and two LIEF grants (LE150100187 and LE150100040, contributing CI), with $1.1M external funding. During these years, I have also undertaken a significant load of leadership, mentorship and supervision responsibilities with 7 PhD students as principal supervisor and co-supervisor (3 completed, 1 submission and 3 in progress), with 3 Dean's Commendations for Academic Excellence and 2 The University of Adelaide Medals. I have also undertaken significant administration duties, such as maintenance of three research laboratories, including the day-to-day management, work coordination, safety matters and acquisition, installation and maintenance of equipment.

Currently, I hold a Level C position as a research-only academic associated with an ARC DECRA Fellowship (commencing 2014) in the School of Chemical Engineering at The University of Adelaide. I am also member and associated investigator of the Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing (IPAS) and the ARC Centre for Nanoscale BioPhotonics (CNBP) at The University of Adelaide, respectively.

Research Interests

  • Structural engineering of nanoporous materials by electrochemical approaches
  • Nanophotonics
  • Optical sensing and biosensing
  • Smart drug delivery from nanocarriers and surface coatings for biomedical applications
  • Microfluidic lab-on-a-chip systems for all-in-one sensing applications

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PhD Scholarships

University scholarships for Australian students are known as Australian Postgraduate Awards (APA). These scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic merit and in designated areas of research strength within the University. If a student does not secure an APA, then the School of Physical Sciences considers the option of divisional scholarships (based on academic merit and budget limits). The University also offers a range of Scholarships for international students.

Application involves filling in the "application form for admission/scholarship".

When applying for domestic scholarships please remember to tick both the APA and Divisional box.  After the closing date, the Graduate Centre will forward your application to the School to consider. If an APA is not awarded then the school will consider offering a divisional scholarship.  Further details can be found at the scholarship websites http://www.adelaide.edu.au/scholarships/

Further information on international PhD scholarships can be found at:  https://www.adelaide.edu.au/graduatecentre/scholarships/research-international/opportunities/

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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2019 Senior Lecturer The University of Adelaide
    2016 - 2018 Research-only academic Level C The University of Adelaide
    2014 - 2016 Research-only academic Level B The University of Adelaide
  • Language Competencies

    Language Competency
    Catalan; Valencian Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
    English Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
    German Can read, write, speak and understand spoken
    Spanish; Castilian Can read, write, understand spoken and peer review
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    Universitat Jaume I Spain Bachelor in Chemical Engineering
    Universitat Rovira i Virgili Spain Master in Electronic Engineering
    Universitat Rovira i Virgili Spain PhD in Electronic Engineering
  • Research Interests

STUDENTSHIPS & FELLOWSHIPS

  • ARC - Discovery Early Career Researcher Award Fellowship - DECRA (2014-2017) The University of Adelaide, School of Chemical Engineering, Australia
  • Rovira i Virgili Fellowship (2011-2012) Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Departament d'Enginyeria Electrònica, Elèctrica i Automàtica, Tarragona, Spain
  • Fellowship for mobility to obtain the European Doctorate Award (2010) Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Departament d'Enginyeria Electrònica, Elèctrica i Automàtica, Tarragona, Spain - Universität Hamburg, Institut für Angewandte Physik, Hamburg, Germany
  • Rovira i Virgili Studentship (2006-2010) Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Departament d'Enginyeria Electrònica, Elèctrica i Automàtica, Tarragona, Spain

 GRANTS

  • ECMS OCL Travel Support Scheme (2016) 8th International Conference on Technological Advances of Thin Films and Surface Coatings (Singapore)
  • IPAS Best Paper Competition (2015) Realisation and Advanced Engineering of True Optical Rugate Filters Based on Nanoporous Anodic Alumina by Sinusoidal Pulse Anodisation
  • ARC - LE150100187 (2015) SA Facility for High Resolution Imaging and Material Characterization
  • ARC - LE150100040 (2015) Advanced Capabilities for Surface Engineering, Thin Films, Nanoparticles and Nano-Patterns Fabrications
  • ECMS Research Support Scheme (2014) Development of a Smart Point-of-Analysis System for Label-Free Fingerprint Identification of Wines by Optical Signatures
  • ARC - DE14010054 (2014) Stratiform Optical Barcoding System for Cardiac Biomarkers: Towards Smart Computerised Clinical Prognosis of Cardiovascular Disease
  • ANFF-SA Start-UP Award (2013) Nanoporous Anodic Alumina Nanochannels for Chromatography-on-a-Chip
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    • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

      Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
      2017 Principal Supervisor Advanced Photonic Crystals for Efficient Light-Trapping in Photovoltaic and Photocatalytic Devices Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Siew Yee Lim
    • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

      Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
      2015 - 2019 Principal Supervisor Advanced Engineering of Nanoporous Anodic Alumina Photonic Crystals for Optical Sensing Applications Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Suwen Cheryl Law
      2013 - 2015 Co-Supervisor Synthesis of Anodic Alumina Nanotubes for Drug Delivery and Nanotoxicity Study: understanding of bio-nano interactions by a nanomaterial model Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Ye Wang
      2013 - 2016 Co-Supervisor Carbon Nanotubes Composites: Engineering, Properties and Applications Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Mohammed Obid Alsawat
      2012 - 2014 Co-Supervisor Carbon Nanotube Composites: Advanced Properties for Emerging Applications Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Tariq Ateeq J Altalhi
      2012 - 2015 Co-Supervisor Development of Nanopore Based Label-Free Optical Sensors Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Tushar Kumeria
    • Position: Research for Impact Fellow - Lecturer
    • Phone: 83135056
    • Email: abel.santos@adelaide.edu.au
    • Campus: North Terrace
    • Building: Engineering North Annex, floor 2
    • Room: A2 05
    • Org Unit: School of Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials

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