Professor Terence Turney

Professor Terence Turney

Professor, Materials Science and Engineering
Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Room 114, 22 Alliance Lane, Clayton

Professor Terence Turney is a Professorial Fellow in the Department of Materials Engineering. Terry Turney (PhD, FTSE,FRACI) holds a Professorial Fellow’s position in the Department of Materials Engineering at Monash University. In addition, he is CTO of both Sonic Essentials Pty Ltd, a micronutrient manufacturer for the agricultural sector, and of Micronisers Australasia Pty Ltd, a diverse nanoparticle manufacturer. He was previously Director of the Nanotechnology Centre in Australia’s Government RandD Organization, CSIRO, where he worked as a scientist in various roles in materials research for over 28 years. His groups’ scientific activities have resulted in over 25 patents, 100 published scientific papers and a similar number of major reports to industry, resulting in several nanostructured products entering the marketplace. His current RandD interests include polymeric nanocomposite materials, and applications of nanoparticles and nanocomposites within the manufacturing, healthcare and personal care products sectors.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Organometallic Chemistry., Australian National University
  • FTSE
  • FRACI

Professional Association

FTSE – Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering

Research Interests

Professor Terence Turney’s research interests are in the following area,

  • Override
  • Terry Turneys current R&D interests include biomimetic materials and applications of nanoparticles and nanocomposites within the manufacturing sector. Most recent activities include the development of improved nucleating agents for polyolefins and extensive work on the properties and toxicology of nanoparticle ZnO for use in personal care products. Over the years, his various groups scientific activities have resulted in over 25 patents, over 100 published scientific papers and a similar number of major reports to industry, resulting in several nanostructured products entering the marketplace.
  • He was previously Director of the Nanotechnology Centre in Australia’s Government R&D Organization, CSIRO, where he worked as a scientist in various roles in materials research for over 28 years. He is past-Chairman of the Asian Nano Forum, a network organization promoting regional R&D and the economic uptake of nanotechnology within Asia. He has an interest in technological disruption and the place of sustainable innovation within both the manufacturing and built environment sectors. This interest is reflected in his commercial activities as a Director & CTO of Sonic Essentials Pty Ltd, a micronutrient manufacturer for the agricultural sector, and of Micronisers Australasia Pty Ltd, a diverse nanoparticle manufacturer.

Research Projects

Past projects

Immunotoxic effects of engineered nanoparticles used inthe Australian workplace

New Materials from Hydrotalcite and Montmorillonite Pillared with Polyoxometal Ions

Investigating the biological reactivity of Cerium Oxide nanoparticles

Nano-Particle Additives for Sustainable Polyolefin Products

Advanced Nanocomposites for Enhanced Containment of Hyper-Saline Leachate

Due to their hyper-saline chemistries, leachates and process waters from mining and industry pose long-term threats to Australian groundwater. This project aims to develop effective, inexpensive and robust nanotechnologically based hydraulic barriers capable of retaining optimal attenuation performance to hyper-saline waters, and contaminants they may carry. Innovative features include green sourcing and synthesis of materials and in situ synthesis and polymerisation options. The multidisciplinary approach brings together experts in geotechnical engineering, organic and inorganic chemistry and spectroscopy to maximise the probability of successful outcomes.

Research articles, papers & publications

See Terence’s research contributions through published book chapters, articles, journal papers and in the media.

Last modified: 01/04/2019