Board and Senior Management
Peter J. Martin – Non-Executive Chairman
Andrew I. Sinclair – Managing Director
Andrew is also a Fellow of St Paul’s College, within the University of Sydney. Andrew has a BE (Honours) degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Sydney.
Prof. Hans G.L. Coster BSc, MSc PhD, FTSE – Technical Director
He pioneered research in Australia on biomolecular lipid membranes. He developed a method for manipulating cells using radio frequency electric fields and published the first direct demonstration of electrical breakdown (electroporation) in cell membranes that is now commonly used for gene insertion and in animal cloning.
He also pioneered the method of impedance spectroscopy for research on self-assembled molecular films, polymer films, bio-membranes and synthetic separation membranes and developed a new technology that allows unprecedented precision in measuring the phase and magnitude of impedance. This allows precise determination of the dielectric substructure of materials and thin films at the sub-nanometre level. This area of research remains one of his main interests.
He founded the Centre for Membrane Science and Technology at the University of New South Wales and this Centre became an ARC Centre of Excellence in 1989 and was designated as a UNESCO Centre in 1996. He was a Co-Director of this Centre until 2004 when he moved to the University of Sydney to take up an appointment in the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.
He has a number of active research programs in the area of membrane technology, including programs on developing new piezo-electric membranes and an on-line membrane surveillance. He has published widely in the area of membrane science and technology. He holds a number of patents in the area of membrane technology, bio-engineering and biotechnology. He is involved in major collaborative projects with the Singapore Membrane Technology Centre.
Hans is also the Director of the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Foundation at the University of Sydney. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Technological Science and Engineering and a former President of the Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering (2002 -2004). He was awarded the UNESCO medal for outstanding contributions to science in 1998 and the inaugural Sir Rutherford Robertson Medal for Biophysics in 2002.
See also Papers & Presentations
Mr Peter Macintosh – Advisor to the Board
He is a Chemical Engineer with broad chemical manufacturing experience having spent time with Dow Chemical and a number of start-ups in the industrial membrane application markets including Osmotron Ltd and Occtech Ltd. As CEO of Uniscan Ltd, a University of Western Australia company, Peter has direct experience in the commercialisation of intellectual property. Through work for Hatch, a Canadian company, he has global consulting experience in water and water treatment markets.
Peter is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and currently sits of the board of the Membrane Society of Australasia and is an advisor to the Dow Centre for Sustainable Engineering Innovation. He is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Engineers and a fellow of the Australian Institute of Mining and Metals.