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. In 2016 he returned as a doctoral candidate in the groups of Self-Organizing Soft Matter (SSM) and Physical Chemistry (SPC), as well as the Institute for Complex Molecular Systems (ICMS).

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. I am intrigued that proteins have evolved to function optimally within a narrow set of environmental conditions. My primary aim is to produce functional biohybrid materials which perform optimally in harsh, new environments. The research involves combining proteins with synthetic components to produce a range of biohybrid materials with remarkable new properties. My work is primarily focused on assessing the performance of protein biohybrids, as well as characterizing their structural and morphological features in solution and bulk states using small- and wide-angle X-ray scattering.