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Dr Zoe Smith



Senior Technologist, Analytical Instrumentation


Instit for Frontier Materials


Instit for Frontier Materials


Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus


Doctor of Philosophy, Deakin University, 2014
Bachelor of Science (Honours), Deakin University, 2011
Bachelor of Science, Deakin University, 2010

+61 3 522 78993


2014 - Current:  Research Fellow, Deakin University

2011- 2014:        Doctor of Philosophy, Deakin University

2010:                   Bachelor of Science (Honours), Deakin University

My research focus is on the determination of small molecules using chemiluminescence detection. My work to-date has investigated the underlying chemical mechanisms behind several reagents, with a particular focus on improving detection selectivity - tailoring analyses towards specific compounds whilst reducing interferences. Current projects combine these sensitive and selective detection systems with chromatographic techniques to create targeted methods for the analysis of complex samples including biological tissues, food products and illicit drugs.

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Centre for Chemistry and Biotechnology

Units taught

SLE229: Introduction to Separation Science

Knowledge areas

Analytical Chemistry, Chemiluminescence Detection, Chromatography, Spectroscopy

Professional activities

  • SAGE pilot Self-Assessment Team for Deakin University
  • RACI Analytical and Environmental Chemistry Division Committee

Research groups

Centre for Chemistry and Biotechnology


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Improvement of cognitive function in schizophrenia with N-acetylcysteine: a theoretical review

C Yolland, A Phillipou, D Castle, E Neill, M Hughes, C Galletly, Z Smith, P Francis, O Dean, J Sarris, D Siskind, A Harris, S Rossell

(2020), Vol. 23, pp. 139-148, Nutritional neuroscience, Abingdon, Eng., C1


Extraction and determination of morphine present on the surface of Australian food grade poppy seeds using acidic potassium permanganate chemiluminescence detection

M Montgomery, X Conlan, A Theakstone, S Purcell, N Barnett, Z Smith

(2020), Vol. 13, pp. 1159-1165, Food analytical methods, New York, N.Y., C1


Determination of morphine in culinary poppy seed tea extractions using high performance liquid chromatography with chemiluminescence detection

M Montgomery, X Conlan, N Barnett, A Theakstone, K Quayle, Z Smith

(2019), Vol. 51, pp. S225-S228, Australian journal of forensic sciences, Abingdon, Eng., C1


The tandem photoredox catalysis mechanism of [Ir(ppy)?(dtb-bpy)]? enabling access to energy demanding organic substrates

Timothy Connell, Catherine Fraser, Milena Czyz, Zoe Smith, David Hayne, Egan Doeven, Johnny Agugiaro, David Wilson, Jacqui Adcock, Andrew Scully, Daniel Gmez, Neil Barnett, Anastasios Polyzos, Paul Francis

(2019), Vol. 141, pp. 17646-17658, Journal of the American Chemical Society, Washington, D.C., C1


Extraction, identification and detection of synthetic cannabinoids found pre-ban in herbal products in Victoria, Australia

N Burns, T Ashton, P Stevenson, J Pearson, I Fox, F Pfeffer, P Francis, Z Smith, N Barnett, L Chen, J White, X Conlan

(2018), Vol. 7, pp. 19-25, Forensic chemistry, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1


Copper accumulation in senescent cells: Interplay between copper transporters and impaired autophagy

S Masaldan, S Clatworthy, C Gamell, Z Smith, P Francis, D Denoyer, P Meggyesy, S La Fontaine, M Cater

(2018), Vol. 16, pp. 322-331, Redox biology, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1


Deficiency of selenoprotein S, an endoplasmic reticulum resident oxidoreductase, impairs the contractile function of fast-twitch hindlimb muscles

Alex Addinsall, Craig Wright, Chris Shaw, Natasha McRae, Leonard Forgan, Chia-Heng Weng, Xavier Conlan, Paul Francis, Zoe Smith, Sofianos Andrikopoulos, Nicole Stupka

(2018), Vol. 315, pp. R380-R396, American journal of physiology-regulatory, integrative and comparative physiology, Bethesda, Md., C1


Analytically useful blue chemiluminescence from a water-soluble iridium(iii) complex containing a tetraethylene glycol functionalised triazolylpyridine ligand

Z Smith, E Kerr, E Doeven, T Connell, N Barnett, P Donnelly, S Haswell, P Francis

(2016), Vol. 141, pp. 2140-2144, Analyst, London, Eng., C1


N-acetylcysteine modulates glutamatergic dysfunction and depressive behavior in Huntington's disease

D Wright, L Gray, D Finkelstein, P Crouch, D Pow, T Pang, S Li, Z Smith, P Francis, T Renoir, A Hannan

(2016), Vol. 25, pp. 2923-2933, Human molecular genetics, Oxford, Eng., C1


Copper as a target for prostate cancer therapeutics: copper-ionophore pharmacology and altering systemic copper distribution

D Denoyer, H Pearson, S Clatworthy, Z Smith, P Francis, R Llanos, I Volitakis, W Phillips, P Meggyesy, S Masaldan, M Cater

(2016), Vol. 7, pp. 37064-37080, Oncotarget, Albany, N.Y., C1


N-Acetylcysteine improves mitochondrial function and ameliorates behavioral deficits in the R6/1 mouse model of Huntington's disease

D Wright, T Renoir, Z Smith, A Frazier, P Francis, D Thorburn, S McGee, A Hannan, L Gray

(2015), Vol. 5, pp. 1-10, Translational psychiatry, New York, N. Y., C1


Chemiluminescence detection of MDMA in street drug samples using tris (2,2'-bipyridine) ruthenium (III)

A Theakstone, Z Smith, J Terry, N Barnett, P Francis

(2015), Vol. 7, pp. 428-432, Drug testing and analysis, London, Eng., C1


Enhancing permanganate chemiluminescence detection for the determination of glutathione and glutathione disulfide in biological matrices

Z Smith, J Terry, N Barnett, L Gray, D Wright, P Francis

(2014), Vol. 139, pp. 2416-2422, Analyst, London, Eng., C1


A review of recent advances in chemiluminescence detection using nano-colloidal manganese(IV)

J Adcock, Z Smith, N Barnett, G Barbante, E Doeven, P Francis

(2014), Vol. 848, pp. 1-9, Analytica chimica acta, Amsterdam, Netherlands, C1


Ethanol as an alternative to formaldehyde for the enhancement of manganese(IV) chemiluminescence detection.

Z Smith, J Terry, N Barnett, P Francis

(2014), Vol. 130, pp. 221-225, Talanta, Amsterdam , Netherlands, C1


Autocatalytic chemiluminescence sheds new light on the classic permanganate-oxalate reaction

C Hindson, Z Smith, N Barnett, G Hanson, K Lim, P Francis

(2013), Vol. 117, pp. 3918-3924, Journal of Physical Chemistry A, C1


On-line generation of a colloidal manganese(IV) reagent for chemiluminescence detection

Z Smith, J Terry, C Hindson, N Barnett, P Francis

(2013), Vol. 111, pp. 67-73, Microchemical Journal, C1


Chemiluminescence detection of heroin in illicit drug samples

J Terry, Z Smith, J Learey, R Shalliker, N Barnett, P Francis

(2013), Vol. 116, pp. 619-625, Talanta, C1


Comprehensive sample analysis using high performance liquid chromatography with multi-detection

S Pravadali, D Bassanese, X Conlan, P Francis, Z Smith, J Terry, R Shalliker

(2013), Vol. 803, pp. 188-193, Analytica Chimica Acta, C1


Chemiluminescence evidence supporting the selective role of ligands in the permanganate oxidation of micropollutants

M Roderick, J Adcock, J Terry, Z Smith, S Parry, S Linton, M Thornton, C Barrow, P Francis

(2013), Vol. 117, pp. 10286-10293, Journal of Physical Chemistry A, C1


Chemiluminescence detection of amino acids and related compounds using acidic potassium permanganate, manganese(IV) or tris(2,2?-bipyridine) ruthenium(III)

J Terry, Z Smith, G McDermott, R Waite, N Barnett, L Henderson, J Altimari, P Francis

(2012), Vol. 99, pp. 1051-1056, Talanta, C1


Correlation between the structural and optical properties of Mn-doped ZnO nanoparticles

C Ton-That, M Foley, M Phillips, T Tsuzuki, Z Smith

(2012), Vol. 522, pp. 114-117, Journal of Alloys and Compounds, C1


Enhanced permanganate chemiluminescence

P Francis, C Hindson, J Terry, Z Smith, T Slezak, J Adcock, B Fox, N Barnett

(2011), Vol. 136, pp. 64-66, Analyst, C1


Kinetics and selectivity of permanganate chemiluminescence: A study of hydroxyl and amino disubstituted benzene positional isomers

T Slezak, Z Smith, J Adcock, C Hindson, N Barnett, P Nesterenko, P Francis

(2011), Vol. 707, pp. 121-127, Analytica Chimica Acta, C1


Photocatalytic activity of manganese-doped ZnO nanocrystalline powders

T Tsuzuki, Z Smith, A Parker, R He, X Wang

(2009), Vol. 45, pp. 58-62, Journal of the Australian Ceramic Society, C1


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