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PhD USYD Australia 2009 - 2014, under the supervision of Prof Matthew H. Todd. Research associate 2013 - 2015, Molecular Sciences; Research Fellow 2016 - 2022, Applied BioSciences; Senior Research Fellow 2023 - current, Applied BioSciences.

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Dr Soo Jean Park is a chemical scientist with a research interest in the analytical and material science in the context of pest management in the horticultural industry and in addressing global sustainability challenges posed by various waste streams. Her research focuses on harnessing and analysing natural products as the foundation for attractants, repellents, and toxicants tailored for pest insects. Her approach offers developing practical, environmentally friendly solutions for effective pest management. A significant aspect of her research involves the innovative use of advanced materials designed to enable the precise and controlled release of active ingredients in horticultural settings, enhancing the efficiency of pest management strategies. Dr Park’s dedication extends to the conversion of waste materials and by-products into value-added resources, thereby contributing to global sustainability efforts and minimizing waste’s environmental impact.

Research themes:

  • Develop natural products based attractants, repellents, and toxicants for pest insects;
  • Composite membranes, carbon-based materials, microcapsules for slow release;
  • Value-added materials derived from waste materials and by-products.

 Dr. Park is currently seeking HDR students with a background in analytical chemistry, chemical ecology, or material sciences to join her research team. The projects available for HDR students include the identification and synthesis of functional compounds as attractants for the fruit spotting bug, research on chitin/chitosan extraction from black soldier flies, and material engineering for slow-release applications. These projects offer exciting opportunities for students to contribute to cutting-edge research in the fields of analytical chemistry, chemical ecology, and material sciences, with potential applications in environmentally sustainable pest management and material engineering. Her research program provides a supportive and collaborative environment for HDR students to develop their research skills and make meaningful contributions to the field.

Education/Academic qualification

Organic Chemistry, PhD, Oxidative C-C, C-O, C-N bond formation at the benzylic position of cyclic ethers, University of Sydney

9 Feb 200931 Dec 2012

Award Date: 9 May 2014


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