Dylan Atkins

PhD student

Nationality: Australian
Undergraduate Institution: University of Newcastle, Australia
Master Institution: University of Newcastle, Australia
Graduate Institution: Eindhoven University of Technology
Email: D.Atkins@tue.nl
Phone: +31 40 247 5414
Office: CE 1.44

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Biography:
Dylan was born in Newcastle (Australia) and attended Hunter Sports High School. He then enrolled at the University of Newcastle in 2010 in the B. Engineering (Chemical) (Honours) / B. Science (Chemistry) program. In 2014 he completed a chemical engineering design thesis under the supervision of Prof. Eric Kennedy and A/Prof. Michael Stockenhuber on a reactive distillation column for the conversion of dichloropropanol into epichlorohydrin. Dylan was awarded the Engineers Australia Group Prize for his thesis. In 2015 he then completed a chemical engineering research thesis under the supervision of Prof. Rob Atkin, Dr. Alister Page, and A/Prof. Grant Webber investigating ionic liquid thin films at the HOPG interface using QM-MD simulations. He subsequently graduated in 2015 with Honours Class I. In 2012/13 Dylan spent 3 months at the CSIRO Energy Centre on a research scholarship, and also visited the Voets Group at TU/e during 2013/14 and 2014/15 for 3 month periods undertaking short research projects.

Research Interests:
My projects focus on exploring functional protein–polymer hybrids for the purposes of expanding applicability to organic solvents, ionic liquids, and the solvent-free environment (so-called protein liquids); enhancing catalytic activity or bioavailability; and also investigating the structure-property relationships of these hybrids with respect to modifications of the polymer.