Nathan Stanley

Dr Nathan Stanley

Postdoctoral Fellow

School of Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials

Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences

Dr Nathan Stanley is a post-doctoral research & development scientist with diverse professional experience including the application of synthetic organic chemistry to the creation of small molecules as therapeutics and experimental tools, peptide chemistry, food chemistry and air purification technology development.

Nathan obtained his undergraduate degree in Synthetic Chemistry and Pharmacology from The University of Adelaide in 2004 before continuing on and achieving First Class Honours in Pharmacology in 2005. Following this he endeavoured to combine his passion for chemistry and phamacology by undertaking a PhD in Medicinal Chemistry, also at The University of Adelaide. After obtaining his PhD he spent almost two years on a postdoctoral appointment at The University of Otago, New Zealand. He then moved to Orléans, France in 2013, where he joined the Protein Synthesis & Glycoengineering Group at the Centre de Biophysique Moléculaire division of the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS). Having now returned to Adelaide, his skills and expertise are applied to research projects within the group of Professor Dusan Losic.

He thrives in a collaborative research environment and believes academic and industrial linkages are key to real future innovation. He also possess working knowledge and experience in fields such as chemical engineering, pharmacology, biochemistry, electronics and computer-aided design.

Sensor Technologies

Printing Graphene onto Flexible Film
Printing Graphene Ink onto Flexible Film

Current research efforts are focused on preparing functionalized materials based on graphene for sensing applications. An essential area of research to advance future technologies is the creation of new sensing devices. One important aspect is the creation of versatile gas sensing elements with key attributes such as low cost, small size, high sensitivity, suitable selectivity and biodegradable construction. New sensors will one day find application in consumer devices such as smartphones, wearables, drones and for biomedical, food and environmental monitoring. Such sensors can be realized by capitalizing on the rapidly advancing process of inkjet materials printing. Additive, direct-to-substrate printing of conductive (graphene, silver) and chemi-receptive functionalized layers can be used to build up sensing elements on paper and thin polymer films, enabling rapid prototyping of new sensors in a tightly controlled and inexpensive manner.


Illustration of multi-layer direct-to-substrate printed chemiresistive sensors

                                    Multi-layer direct-to-substrate printing of chemiresistive sensing elements


South Australian Early Commercialisation Funding




Development of Fumigant Capture and Recycling Technologies


South Australian Grain Industry Trust Funding


Development of new processes for scrubbing and recovery of sulfuryl fluoride grain protectant


Ramsay Fellowship Candidate, University of Adelaide


Exploration of marine natural product scaffolds towards next generation anti-malarial and anti-cancer agents


DECRA Candidate, University of Adelaide


Chemical synthesis of unique marine natural product scaffolds


  • Other Supervision Activities

    Date Role Research Topic Location Program Supervision Type Student Load Student Name
    2019 - 2019 Principal Supervisor 3D-Printable Flexible Graphene Composites The University of Adelaide Summer Student Other Part Time Daniel O'Connor
    2018 - ongoing Principal Supervisor Development of Graphene-based Printed Gas Sensors on Flexible Substrates The University of Adelaide Chemical Engineering Honours Part Time Le Hong An Nguyen
    2016 - 2016 Principal Supervisor Influence of Atmospheric Cold Plasma Treatment on Whole Grain Flour Enzymes Lipoxygenase and Peroxidase The University of Adelaide Chemical Engineering Honours Part Time Demi Vlass
  • Position: Postdoctoral Fellow
  • Phone: 83131535
  • Email:
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Engineering North, floor 2
  • Room: 2 07
  • Org Unit: School of Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials

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