Peter is the current Head of School and a Professor in Chemical Engineering, an Adjunct Group Leader in the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (AIBN), and a chief investigator in both the Centre for High Performance Polymers (CHPP) and Advanced Materials Processing and Manufacturing (AMPAM) centre.
Peter works at the translational research interface between universities and industry. Specifically his research involves technology, processing and product design of bio-based materials, polymers and nanocomposite materials. He has worked in industry (SRI international, Sola Optical, Moldflow), has worked in three cooperative research centre’s (CRCs), has acquired and managed continuous government and industry research projects since 1994, was heavily involved in the spinoff of Plantic Technologies from the CRC food packaging in 2002 (and ongoing research support with them until 2016), and was involved in the research that led to the TenasiTech (TPU nanocomposite) spinoff from UQ in 2007. Peter has led translational research projects in biopolymers and biofluid platforms for agrifood, biomedical and high-value manufacturing sectors which have attracted more than $14 million in government and industry funding; and produced patents, licences and new industrial know-how.