Associate Professor Idriss Blakey
Associate Professor Idriss Blakey

B App Sci (Chem) (Hons) QUT, PhD (Polymer Chemistry) QUT
Principal Research Fellow and Associate Group Leader


Telephone: +61 7 334 63869 Email:

Research: Rational design, synthesis and self assembly of functional polymers and nanomaterials for nanofabrication, sensors and biomedical imaging agents

Associate Professor Idriss Blakey is an Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellow (2010-2014) and a chief investigator on an ARC Linkage project in partnership with the Dow Chemical Company. His contributions to polymer science have been published by leaders such as Wiley, the American Chemical Society and the Royal Society of Chemistry. Associate Professor Blakey is a regular reviewer and adjudicative reviewer for more than 20 journals, as well as for granting bodies including the ARC, Wellcome Trust, US Department of Energy and the Australian Synchrotron. He has been lead chief investigator on three ARC Discovery grants and chief investigator on three ARC Linkage projects grants in partnership with Intel Corporation and Sematech (a consortium of leading semiconductor companies). Associate Professor Blakey has also been a recipient of a Queensland Government Smart State Fellowship, working with Sematech on developing advanced polymers for use in computer chip manufacture. He has one fully granted patent, as well as patents at the PCT and provisional stages.

Key publications

Rolfe, B. E.; Blakey, I.; Squires, O.; Peng, H.; Boase, N. R. B.; Alexander, C.; Parsons, P. G.; Boyle, G. M.; Whittaker, A. K.; Thurecht, K. J., Multimodal Polymer Nanoparticles with Combined 19F Magnetic Resonance and Optical Detection for Tunable, Targeted, Multimodal Imaging in Vivo.  Journal of the American Chemical Society 2014, 136 (6), 2413-2419.

Keen, I.; Cheng, H.-H.; Yu, A.; Jack, K. S.; Younkin, T. R.; Leeson, M. J.; Whittaker, A. K.; Blakey, I., Behavior of Lamellar Forming Block Copolymers under Nanoconfinement: Implications for Topography Directed Self-Assembly of Sub-10 nm Structures. Macromolecules 2014, 47 (1), 276-283.

Dey, P.; Zhu, S.; Thurecht, K. J.; Fredericks, P. M.; Blakey, I., Self assembly of plasmonic core-satellite nano-assemblies mediated by hyperbranched polymer linkers. Journal of Materials Chemistry B 2014, 2, 2827-2837.

Chuang, Y.-M.; Jack, K. S.; Cheng, H. H.; Whittaker, A. K.; Blakey, I., Using Directed Self Assembly of Block Copolymer Nanostructures to Modulate Nanoscale Surface Roughness: Towards a Novel Lithographic Process. Advanced Functional Materials 2013, 23 (2), 173-183.

Blakey, I.; Merican, Z.; Thurecht, K. J., A Method for Controlling the Aggregation of Gold Nanoparticles: Tuning of Optical and Spectroscopic Properties. Langmuir 2013, 29 (26), 8266-8274.

Lawrie, K. J.; Blakey, I.; Blinco, J. P.; Cheng, H. H.; Gronheid, R.; Jack, K. S.; Pollentier, I.; Leeson, M. J.; Younkin, T. R.; Whittaker, A. K., Chain scission resists for extreme ultraviolet lithography based on high performance polysulfone-containing polymers. Journal of  Materials Chemistry 2011, 21, 5629-5637.

Recent publications

Full list of publications available at UQ eSpace.

Invited talks

  • 13th Pacific Polymer Conference, Kaoshiung, Taiwan, November 2013.
  • 6th International conference on Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology (AMN-6), Auckland, February 2013
  • 13th Australasian Polymer Summer School, December 2011
  • Korea-Australian Symposium on Advanced Polymer Materials, Gumi Korea, November 2011
  • RadTech Asia, Yokohama Japan, June 2011
  • 24th Australian Polymer Symposium (ECR keynote), February 2011
  • Polymer Materials Performance, Degradation and Optimization Symposium, Pacifichem 2010, Hawaii, US, December 2010Smart Surfaces & Cell Therapy, November 2010
  • Imaging Symposium–Queensland and Washington Alliance Group, August 2009
  • Sematech's Resist Advisory Group-Immersion Technology Advisory Group meeting, Austin, Texas, August 2004 and 2005
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