Staff profile

Dr Nolene Byrne

Position: Senior Lecturer
Faculty or Division: Faculty of Science Engineering & Built Environment
Department: School of Engineering
Campus: Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus
Phone: +61 3 52272609 +61 3 52272609



  • Bachelor of Engineering (Materials), Monash University, 2003
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Monash University, 2007

Career highlights

2010 - present: ARC APD Research Fellow, Institute for Technology Research and Innovation, Deakin University
2009 - 2010: Research Fellow, University of Newcastle, NSW, Australia
2008 - 2009: Assistant Research Scientist, Arizona State University, Tempe, Az, USA
2006 - 2008: Postdoctoral Researcher, Arizona State University, Tempe, Az, USA


Research interests

Dr Nolene Byrne has a strong interest in the interaction of ionic liquids in particular protic ionic liquids with biomolecules such as biopolymers, silk and wool, enzymes and proteins. A key interest of Dr Byrnes is the use of protic ionic liquids to selectively interact with natural products to achieved improved properties, to this end Dr Byrne has several key industry collaborations.

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Adebahr, J., Best. A.S., Byrne. N., Jacobsson. P., MacFarlane. D. R., and Forsyth. M, Ion transport in polymer electrolytes containing nanoparticulate TiO2: The influence of polymer morphology. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics. 2003. 5(4). p. 720-725.
Tiyapiboonchaiya, C., Pringle. M. J., Sun, J., Byrne. N., Howlett. C. P., MacFarlane. D.R. and Forsyth. M. The Zwitterion Effect: High Conductivity Polyelectrolyte material. Nature Materials. 2004. 3(1). p. 29-32.
Byrne, N., Efthimiadis, Jim., MacFarlane, D. R., Forsyth, M., The enhancement of lithium ion dissociation in polyelectrolyte gels on the addition of ceramic nano-fillers. (2004) J. Materials Chemistry, 14(1): p. 127-133.
Byrne. N., Howlett. P.C., MacFarlane. D.R., and Forsyth. M. The Zwitterion Effect in Ionic Liquids: Towards Practical Rechargeable Lithium-Metal Batteries Advanced Materials. 2005. 17(20). p. 2497-2501.
Byrne. N., MacFarlane. D.R., and Forsyth. M. ?Composition effects on ion transport in a polyelectrolyte gel with the addition of ion dissociators. Electrochimica Acta. 2005. 50(19). p. 3917-3921.
Byrne. N., Wang. L-M., Belieres. J-P and Angell, C.A., Reversible folding-unfolding, aggregation protection, and multi-year stabilization, in high concentration protein solutions, using ionic liquids Chemical Communications. 2007. p. 2714-2716.
Angell. C.A ., Byrne. N., J-P. Belieres, Parallel developments in organic, aprotic and protic ionic liquids: physical chemistry and applications. Accounts of Chemical Research. 2007. 40(11). p. 1228-1236. I
Byrne N and Angell. C. A, Protein unfolding, and the ?tuning in? of reversible intermediate, states in protic ionic liquid media. J. Molecular Biology. 2008. 378(3). 707- 714.
Byrne. N., Howlett. P. C., MacFarlane. D. R., Smith. M. E., Howes. A. P., Hollenkamp. A. F., Bastow. T. J., Hale. P. S and Forsyth. M, The effect of zwitterion on the lithium SEI in ionic liquid electrolytes. J. Power Sources. 2008 184(1) p. 228-296.
Byrne. N, and Angell.C.A. Formation, and dissolution, of hen egg white lysozyme amyloid fibrils in protic ionic liquids. Chemical Communications. p.1046-1048 2009

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