Dr Thomas Pattison joined SEAM as an ARC Postdoctoral Fellow in 2021. He completed his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering as a member of the Polymer Science Group at the University of Melbourne under the supervision of Prof. Greg Qiao and in conjunction with Dr. Robert Miller at IBM’s Almaden Research Center in San Jose, California, USA. His thesis, titled “Nanofabrication of patterned surface structures by controlling surface-initiated and crosslinked ultra-thin polymeric films” explores the use of surface-initiated polymerization and crosslinked thin films as a tool to fabricate the next generation of nanoscale devices.
Prior to his graduate research, he completed an Honours degree in Chemistry at The University of Melbourne, and double degree Bachelor of Science (Nanotechnology/Applied Science) from RMIT University, as well as research internships at CSIRO and Australian National University. His research interests include surface-initiated polymerization and surface modification, thin polymer coatings and device fabrication, as well as additive manufacturing and biomaterials. Tom is also highly interested in translational research and entrepreneurship, and is passionate about industrial-academic collaborative partnerships.