Gorkin III, Robert A. Research Fellow

Faculty Member

  • Australian Institute for Innovative Materials
  • Intelligent Polymer Research Institute

Research Overview


  • My research focuses on advancing micro and nano technologies for practical use in healthcare, energy and industrial applications. I have a diverse background with a strong grounding in BioMEMS and Lab-on-a-Chip platforms, which includes experience in medical device design and fabrication for analysis systems based on molecular, immunoassay and cell-based diagnostics. Currently, my work includes establishing fundamentally new material processing methods for novel polymers and biomolecules. These projects are based on state-of-the-art inkjet, extrusion, spray coating and other deposition techniques and have a wide spectrum of utilization in such areas as automotive, solar, and bionics. Additionally, I am assisting the IPRI to develop commercially viable rapid prototyping systems that will enable the adoption of advanced materials in established manufacturing settings

Selected Publications


Impact Story


  • <p>Educators, Health workers, youth workers and parents often struggle to find a safe and engaging way to talk to young people about sexuality, sexual decision making and relationships. Based on more than ten years of sexual health research with young people and the development of an innovative and youth-friendly methods, the Life Happens game provides this opportunity. Life Happens was created in collaboration with the HIV and related programs unit (NSW health) in 2016 and since that time more than fifty copies of the resource have been purchased by schools and other youth focussed organisations, across Australia and internationally. on the basis of the success of this resource we have been asked to adapt Life Happens to explore other issues which are important to young people. Life Happens has becomes the basis for an anti-smoking intervention with young Indigenous people (in collaboration with Grand Pacific Health) and a tool to explore young women's experiences of domestic violence (with the Illawarra Women's Health Centre). It is also a central component to explore contraceptive uses and preference as part of the Gates funded Geldom project and will be trialled in Kenya and Uganda. The life Happens team was awarded a staff encouragement prizes in the 2016 UOW Pitch and the 2017 Vice Chancellor's Award for excellence in community engagement. An important new direction in 2017, which arose through on-going consultation with our community partners, has been the development of a new resource which utilizes the Life Happens methodology; Life Happens Junior.</p>

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy Electrochemically active alginate: development, fabrication and application Wright, Cody

Keywords


  • Advanced Manufacturing, Microfabricaton/Nanofabrication, 3D/4D Printing, Bioprinting, Emerging Materials, Lab-on-a-Chip, Centrifugal Microfluidics

Research Overview


  • My research focuses on advancing micro and nano technologies for practical use in healthcare, energy and industrial applications. I have a diverse background with a strong grounding in BioMEMS and Lab-on-a-Chip platforms, which includes experience in medical device design and fabrication for analysis systems based on molecular, immunoassay and cell-based diagnostics. Currently, my work includes establishing fundamentally new material processing methods for novel polymers and biomolecules. These projects are based on state-of-the-art inkjet, extrusion, spray coating and other deposition techniques and have a wide spectrum of utilization in such areas as automotive, solar, and bionics. Additionally, I am assisting the IPRI to develop commercially viable rapid prototyping systems that will enable the adoption of advanced materials in established manufacturing settings

Selected Publications


Impact Story


  • <p>Educators, Health workers, youth workers and parents often struggle to find a safe and engaging way to talk to young people about sexuality, sexual decision making and relationships. Based on more than ten years of sexual health research with young people and the development of an innovative and youth-friendly methods, the Life Happens game provides this opportunity. Life Happens was created in collaboration with the HIV and related programs unit (NSW health) in 2016 and since that time more than fifty copies of the resource have been purchased by schools and other youth focussed organisations, across Australia and internationally. on the basis of the success of this resource we have been asked to adapt Life Happens to explore other issues which are important to young people. Life Happens has becomes the basis for an anti-smoking intervention with young Indigenous people (in collaboration with Grand Pacific Health) and a tool to explore young women's experiences of domestic violence (with the Illawarra Women's Health Centre). It is also a central component to explore contraceptive uses and preference as part of the Gates funded Geldom project and will be trialled in Kenya and Uganda. The life Happens team was awarded a staff encouragement prizes in the 2016 UOW Pitch and the 2017 Vice Chancellor's Award for excellence in community engagement. An important new direction in 2017, which arose through on-going consultation with our community partners, has been the development of a new resource which utilizes the Life Happens methodology; Life Happens Junior.</p>

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy Electrochemically active alginate: development, fabrication and application Wright, Cody

Keywords


  • Advanced Manufacturing, Microfabricaton/Nanofabrication, 3D/4D Printing, Bioprinting, Emerging Materials, Lab-on-a-Chip, Centrifugal Microfluidics
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