Associate Professor Idriss Blakey

VC's Research and Teaching Fellow

Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology

Principal Research Fellow - CAI

Centre for Advanced Imaging
i.blakey@uq.edu.au
+61 7 334 63869

Overview

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.

Research Impacts

Research

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

Qualifications

  • PhD, Queensland University of Technology
  • Bachelor of Applied Science, Queensland University of Technology

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Available Projects

  • Block copolymers are comprised of two distinct, but covalently linked polymer chains, which under certain circumstances form structures that are on the order of nanometers. By controlling the orientation and/or morphology of block copolymer domains it is possible to use them as a nanofabrication template in a range of applications, including advanced lithography, next generation batteries, high density magnetic storage media, membranes and metamaterials. A range of projects are available that will involve synthesis and/or morphological characterisation of block copolymers to advance the field of nanofabrication. Industry collaborators for some projects may include The Dow Chemical Company.

  • The interface of a material with its immediate environment can be crucial for its ultimate performance in a gamut of applications which include biomaterials, sensors, coatings (eg. paint) and nanofabrication. At the same time it is important for a material to have appropriate bulk properties, such as strength, durability, toughness and biodegradability, where in many cases the bulk and surface properties are incompatible or the cost is prohibitive. One approach to achieve the desired performance is to modify the surface properties of a material with appropriate bulk properties. A range of projects are available for investigating novel methods of surface modification and/or targeting novel applications.

  • Many inorganic nanoparticles possess interesting and useful properties that differ significantly from the bulk properties. The properties can be taken advantage of in a range of applications including, sensors, catalysts, biomedical imaging agents and photonics. In many cases the nanoparticles are unstable in the conditions that are applicable to the desired application. Self assembly of nanoparticles with polymers can be used to stabilise the particles and also mediate the degree of aggregation, which can also be used to tune the properties. Projects are available in the self assembly of novel polymer-nanoparticle materials and coatings.

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Publications

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  • Siauw, Meiliana, Du, Ke, Valade, David, Trefonas, Peter, Thackeray, James W., Whittaker, Andrew and Blakey, Idriss (2016). Systematic investigation of the synthesis, characterization and switching mechanism of metal oxide nanoparticle resists. In: Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering. Advances in Patterning Materials and Processes XXXIII, San Jose, CA, United States, (). 22-25 February 2016. doi:10.1117/12.2219638

  • Bennett, Thomas, Pei, Kevin, Cheng, Han-Hao, Thurecht, Kristofe J., Jack, Kevin S. and Blakey, Idriss (2014). Extending the scope of poly(styrene)-block-poly(methyl methacrylate) for directed self assembly. In: Douglas J. Resnick and Christopher Bencher, Proceedings of SPIE: Alternative Lithographic Technologies VI. Alternative Lithographic Technologies VI, San Jose, United States, (). 24-27 February 2014. doi:10.1117/12.2046296

  • Dey, Priyanka, Olds, William, Blakey, Idriss, Thurecht, Kristofer J., Izake, Emad L. and Fredericks, Peter M. (2014). SERS-barcoded colloidal gold NP assemblies as imaging agents for use in biodiagnostics. In: Anita Mahadevan-Jansen and Wolfgang Petrich, Biomedical Vibrational Spectroscopy VI: Advances in Research and Industry. Biomedical Vibrational Spectroscopy VI: Advances in Research and Industry, San Francisco, CA United States, (). 1-2 February 2014. doi:10.1117/12.2037159

  • Whittaker, Andrew K., Thurecht, Kristofer J., Blakey, Idriss and Peng, Hui (2013). Biologically-responsive polymeric F-19 MRI agents. In: Abstracts of Papers of the American Chemical Society. 245th National Spring Meeting of the American-Chemical-Society (ACS), New Orleans LA, (). 07-11 April 2013.

  • Chuang, Ya-Mi, Cheng, Han-Hao, Jack, Kevin, Whittaker, Andrew and Blakey, Idriss (2013). Healing LER using directed self assembly: treatment of EUVL resists with aqueous solutions of block copolymers. In: Alternative lithographic technologies V. Conference on Alternative Lithographic Technologies V, San Jose, CA United States, (868009.1-868009.9). 25-28 February 2013. doi:10.1117/12.2012488

  • Cheng, Han-Hao, Keen, Imelda, Yu, Anguang, Chuang, Ya-Mi, Blakey, Idriss, Jack, Kevin S., Leeson, Michael J., Younkin, Todd R. and Whittaker, Andrew K. (2012). EUVL compatible, LER solutions using functional block copolymers. In: William M. Tong and Douglas J. Resnick, Proceedings of SPIE: Alternative Lithographic Technologies IV. Conference on Alternative Lithographic Technologies IV, San Jose, CA, United States, (83231O.1-83231O.11). 13-16 February 2012. doi:10.1117/12.916744

  • Keen, Imelda, Yu, Anguang, Cheng, Elliot, Blakey, Idriss, Leeson, Michael, Younkin, Todd and Whittaker, Andrew (2011). Controlling the morphology and orientation of PS-b-PDLA block copolymers. In: 32APS: Australasian Polymer Symposium, Coffs Harbour, NSW, Australia, (). 13-16 February 2011.

  • Zhu, Shaoli, Whittaker, Andrew K. and Blakey, Idriss (2011). Effect of nanoholes on the plasmonic properties of star nanostructures. In: Saulius Juodkazis and Min Gu, Proceedings of SPIE - International Society for Optical Engineering. Conference on Smart Nano-Micro Materials and Devices/SPIE Smart Nano + Micro Materials and Devices Forum, Melbourne, Australia, (82042M.1-82042M.6). 5-7 December 2011. doi:10.1117/12.905409

  • Cheng, Han-Hao, Keen, Imelda, Yu, Anguang, Chuang, Ya-Mi, Blakey, Idriss, Jack, Kevin S., Leeson, Michael J., Younkin, Todd R. and Whittaker, Andrew K. (2011). Electron-beam-induced freezing of a positive tone EUV resist for use in directed self-assembly applications. In: Proceedings of SPIE - International Society for Optical Engineering. Alternative Lithographic Technologies III, San Jose, CA, United States, (79701V.1-79701V.9). 1-3 March 2011. doi:10.1117/12.881491

  • Lawrie, Kirsten, Blakey, Idriss, Blinco, James, Gronheid, Roel, Jack, Kevin, Pollentier, Ivan, Leeson, Michael J., Younkin, Todd R. and Whittaker, Andrew K. (2011). Extreme ultraviolet (EUV) degradation of poly(olefin sulfone)s: Towards applications as EUV photoresists. In: O. Guven, D.J.T. Hill and S. Tagawa, Radiation Modification Of Polymers. 11th Pacific Polymer Conference, Cairns, Australia, (236-241). 6-10 December 2009. doi:10.1016/j.radphyschem.2010.07.038

  • Zainuddin, Chirila, Traian V., Barnard, Zeke, Watson, Gregory S., Toh, Chiong, Blakey, Idriss, Whittaker, Andrew K. and Hill, David J. T. (2011). F2 excimer laser (157 nm) radiation modification and surface ablation of PHEMA hydrogels and the effects on bioactivity: Surface attachment and proliferation of human corneal epithelial cells. In: O. Guven, D.J.T. Hill and S. Tagawa, Radiation Modification Of Polymers, 11th Pacific Polymer Conference. 11th Pacific Polymer Conference, Cairns, Australia, (219-229). 6-10 December 2009. doi:10.1016/j.radphyschem.2010.07.036

  • Goh, Yong Keng, Chen, Lan, Dorgelo, Anneke, Peng, Xie, Lafferty, Neal, Smith, Bruce, Zimmerman, Paul, Montgomery, Warren, Blakey, Idriss and Whittaker, Andrew K. (2011). Sensitive polysulfone based chain scissioning resists for 193 nm lithography. In: Advances in resist materials and processing technology XXVIII. Advances in Resist Materials and Processing Technology XXVIII, San Jose, California, United States, (79722E.1-79722E.8). 28 February - 2 March 2011. doi:10.1117/12.881700

  • Cheng, H. H., Keen, I., Blakey, I., Jack, K., Leeson, M., Younkin, T. and Whittaker, A. K. (2011). Study of directed self assembly of block copolymer with positive tone resists. In: 32APS: Australasian Polymer Symposium, Coffs Harbour, NSW, Australia, (). 13-16 February 2011.

  • Jiang, Guang Shuai, Zhong, Shi An, Chen, Lan, Blakey, Idriss and Whittaker, Andrew (2011). Synthesis of molecularly imprinted organic-inorganic hybrid azobenzene materials by sol-gel for radiation induced selective recognition of 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid. In: Radiation Modification Of Polymers, 11th Pacific Polymer Conference. 11th Pacific Polymer Conference PPC11, Cairns, Qld, Australia, (130-135). 6-10 December, 2009. doi:10.1016/j.radphyschem.2010.07.020

  • Chen, Lan, Goh, Yong Keng, Lawrie, Kirsten Jean, Smith, Bruce, Montgomery, Warren, Zimmerman, Paul, Blakey, Idriss and Whittaker, Andrew K. (2010). Non-chemically amplified resists for 193-nm immersion lithography: Influence of absorbance on performance. In: Robert D. Allen and Mark H. Somervell, Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering. Advances in Resist Materials and Processing Technology XXVII, San Jose, California, U.S.A., (). 22-24 February, 2010. doi:10.1117/12.846971

  • Lee-Wang, Hui Hui, Blakey, Idriss, Chirila, Traian V., Peng, Hui, Rasoul, Firas, Whittaker, Andrew K. and Dargaville, Bronwin L. (2010). Novel supramolecular hydrogels as artificial vitreous substitutes. In: Modern Trends in Polymer Science – EPF'09 –. 12th European-Polymer-Federation Congress, Graz, Austria, (229-232). July 12-17 2009. doi:10.1002/masy.201051032

  • Blakey, Idriss, Yu, Anguang, Blinco, James, Jack, Kevin S., Liu, Heping, Leeson, Michael, Yeuh, Wang, Younkin, Todd and Whittaker, Andrew (2010). Polycarbonate based nonchemically amplified photoresists for extreme ultraviolet lithography. In: Robert D. Allen and Mark H. Somervell, Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering. Extreme Ultraviolet (EUV) Lithography, San Jose, California, U.S.A., (1-8). 22 February, 2010. doi:10.1117/12.853620

  • Peng, Hui, Chua, Xiaoying, Chuang, Yami, Blakey, Idriss, Dargaville, Bronwin, Rasoul, Firas, Symons, Anne, Varanasi, Srini and Whittaker, Andrew K. (2009). Simultaneous swelling and degradation of crosslinked PEG-PLLA networks. In: Abstracts of Papers of the American Chemical Society. , , (). .

  • Keen, Imelda, Cheng, Elliot, Yu, Anguang, Blakey, Idriss, Jack, Kevin, Drennan, John, Younkin, Todd and Whittaker, Andrew K. (2009). Development of block copolymers for improved surface directed self assembly. In: PPC11: Progress in Polymers for the New Millennium. 11th Pacific Polymer Conference 2009 incorporating the 31st Australasian Polymer Symposium, Cairns, QLD, Australia, (). 6-10 December 2009.

  • Whittaker, Andrew K., Blakey, Idriss, Blinco, James, Jack, Kevin S., Lawrie, Kirsten, Liu, Heping, Yu, Anguang, Leeson, Michael, Yeuh, Wang and Younkin, Todd (2009). Development of polymers for non-CAR resists for EUV lithography. In: Ron C. Driggers and Karolyn Labes, Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering. Advances in Resist Materials and Processing Technology XXVI, San Jose, CA, United States, (727321-1-727321-10). 23-25 February 2009. doi:10.1117/12.820493

  • Peng, H., Chua, X., Blakey, I., Dargaville, B., Rasoul, F., Symons, A. L., Varanasi, S. and Whittaker, A. K. (2009). Functional PEG-PLLA networks for dental bone repair: Effect of network chemistry on properties and performance. In: 237th ACS Spring National Meeting and Exposition, Salt Lake City, UT, U.S.A., (). 22-26 March 2009.

  • Cheng, H. H., Keen, I., Yu, A., Blinco, J., Blakey, I., Jack, K., Younkin, T. and Whittaker, A. K. (2009). Healing of polymer resists with block copolymers. In: 11th Pacific Polymer Conference (PPC11), Cairns, Qld., Australia, (). 6-10 December 2009.

  • Blakey, Idriss, Chen, Lan, Goh, Yong Keng, Lawrie, Kirsten Jean, Chuang, Ya-mi, Piscani, Emil, Zimmerman, Paul A. and Whittaker, Andrew K. (2009). Non-CA resists for 193nm immersions lithography: Effects of chemical structure on sensitivity. In: Ron C. Driggers and Karolyn Labes, Proceedings of SPIE. Advances in Resist Materials and Processing Technology XXVI, San Jose, CA, USA, (72733X.1-72733X.9). 23 February, 2009. doi:10.1117/12.814076

  • Peng, Hui, Chua, Xiaoying, Chuang, Yami, Blakey, Idriss, Dargaville, Bronwin, Rasoul, Firas, Symons, Anne, Varanasi, Srini and Whittaker, Andrew K. (2009). Simultaneous swelling and degradation of crosslinked PEG-PLLA networks. In: 238th ACS National Meeting, Washington, DC, U.S.A, (). 16-20 August 2009.

  • Peng, H., Blakey, I., Dargaville, B., Rasoul, F., Rose, S. and Whittaker, A. K. (2009). Synthesis and evaluation of novel partly-fluorinated block copolymers as MRI imaging agents. In: Abstracts of Papers of the American Chemical Society. unknown, unknown, (). unknown.

  • Zimmerman, Paul A., Byers, Jeff, Piscani, Emil, Rice, Bryan, Ober, Christopher K., Giannelis, Emmanuel P., Rodriguez, Robert, Wang, Dongyan, Whittaker, Andrew, Blakey, Idriss, Chen, Lan, Dargaville, Bronwin and Liu, Heping (2008). Development of an operational high refractive index resist for 193nm immersion lithography. In: Clifford L. Henderson, Proceedings of SPIE 2008: Advances in Resist Materials and Processing Technology XXV. Advances in Resist Materials and Processing Technology XXV, San Jose, CA, USA, (692306-1-692306-10). 25 February 2008. doi:10.1117/12.772871

  • Truong, V, Whittaker, AK and Blakey, I (2008). POLY 236-Synthesis of linear and branched poly(trimethylene carbonate-co-lactide) copolymers and an investigation of chemical structure on hydrolytic degradation.. In: ABSTRACTS OF PAPERS OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY. 236th National Meeting of the American-Chemical-Society, Philadelphia PA, (). AUG 17-21, 2008.

  • Whittaker, AK, Blakey, I, Thurecht, KJ, Squires, O and Varcoe, K (2008). POLY 624-High pressure NMR of polymeric materials. In: ABSTRACTS OF PAPERS OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY. 235th American-Chemical-Society National Meeting, New Orleans LA, (). APR 06-10, 2008.

  • Yu, Anguang, Blinco, James, Blakey, Idriss, Younkin, Todd, Leeson, Michael and Whittaker, Andrew (2008). Synthesis of polycarbonates for EUV lithography. In: 30APS : Abstract book. 30th Australasian Polymer Symposium (30APS), Melbourne, Vic., Australia, (). 30 November - 4 December, 2008.

  • Liu, Heping, Blakey, Idriss, Chen, Lan, Conley, Will, Dargaville, Bronwin, George, Graeme A., Hill, David J.T., Rasoul, Firas, Rice, Bryan, Whittaker, Andrew K. and Zimmerman, Paul (2007). From Structure Property Relationship to Molecular Design. In: Proceedings of the 29th Australasian Polymer Symposium. 29th Australasian Polymer Symposium, Hobart, (105-106). 11-15 February 2007.

  • Blakey, Idriss, Chen, Lan, Dargaville, Bronwin, Lui, Heping, Whittaker, Andrew, Conley, Will, Piscani, Emil, Rich, George, Williams, Alvina and Zimmerman, Paul (2007). Novel high-index resists for 193nm immersion lithography and beyond. In: Qinghuang Lin, Proceedings of SPIE 2007. Advances in Resist Materials and Processing Technology XXIV, San Jose, CA, USA, (651909). 26 February, 2007. doi:10.1117/12.715108

  • Dargaville, Bronwin, Blakey, Idriss, Chen, Lan, Conley, Will, George, Graeme A., Hill, David J.T., Liu, Heping, Rasoul, Firas, Rice, Bryan, Whittaker, Andrew K. and Zimmerman, Paul (2007). Synthesis and Characterisation of Sulfur-Containing Polymers as Photo-Resist Materials for 193 nm Immersion Lithography. In: Proceedings of the 29th Australasian Polymer Symposium. 29th Australasian Polymer Symposium, Hobart, Tasmania, (371-372). 11-15 February 2007.

  • Chen, Lan, Blakey, Idriss, Conley, Will, Dargaville, Bronwin, George, Graeme A., Hill, David J.T., Lui, Heping, Rasoul, Firas, Rice, Bryan, Whittaker, Andrew K. and Zimmerman, Paul (2007). Synthesis of Novel Polymer Resists for 193nm Immersion Lithography. In: Proceedings of the 29th Australasian Polymer Symposium. 29th Australasian Polymer Symposium, Hobart, (148-149). 11-15 February, 2007.

  • Varcoe, Kylie M., Blakey, Idriss, Chirila, Traian V., Hill, Anita J. and Whittaker, Andrew K. (2007). The Effect of Synthetic Conditions on the Free Volume of Poly(2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate) as Studied by H-1 NMR, Xe-129 NMR, and Position Annihilation Spectroscopy. In: New Approaches in Biomedical Spectroscopy. Symposium on New Approaches in Biomedical Spectroscopy, Honolulu, HI, United States, (391-409). December 2005. doi:10.1021/bk-2007-0963.ch024

  • Baldwin, Katie, Blakey, Idriss, Talbot, Cavin, Wang, Deming, Friese, Marlies and Whittaker, Andrew K. (2007). The conformation of polymer molecules studied by Hyper-polarised 129Xenon NMR. In: 29th Australasian Polymer Symposium. 29th Australasian Polymer Symposium, Hobart, Tasmania, (). 11-15 February, 2007.

  • Jack, Kevin, Liu, Heping, Blakey, Idriss, Hill, David, Yueh, Wang, Cao, Heidi, Leeson, Michael, Denbeaux, Greg, Waterman, Justin and Whittaker, Andrew (2007). The rational design of polymeric EUV resist materials by QSPR modelling. In: Proceedings of SPIE. Advances in Resist Materials and Processing Technology XXIV, San Jose, CA, USA, (Z5193-Z5193). 26 February, 2007. doi:10.1117/12.716213

  • Schiller, T. L., Fredericks, P. M., Merican, Z. and Blakey, I. (2006). Characterisation of hybrid gold-polymer nanoparticles for use in bioassays. In: Proceedings of the International Conference on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, 2006. ICONN '06. 2006 International Conference on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, ICONN, Brisbane, Australia, (626-629). 3-7 July, 2006. doi:10.1109/ICONN.2006.340696

  • Baldwin, K., Bell, C. A., Blakey, I., Friese, M., Gentle, I., Schiller, T. L., Talbot, C. and Whittaker, A. (2006). SANS of four-layer polyelectroyte nanoparticles assembled using layer-by-layer deposition. In: Australian Polymer Symposium (APS), Rotorua, New Zealand, (). 5-9 February 2006.

  • Merican, Zul, Schiller, Tara l., Fredericks, Peter M. and Blakey, Idriss (2006). Synthesis and characterisation of hybrid polymer-gold nanoparticles: Towards novel biosensors. In: IEEE Proceedings of the International Conference on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICONN 2006). 2006 International Conference on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Brisbane, Qld, Australia, (622-625). 3-7 Jul 2006. doi:10.1109/ICONN.2006.340695

  • Blakey, I, Conley, W, George, GA, Hill, DJT, Liu, HP, Rasoul, F and Whittaker, AK (2006). Synthesis of high-refractive index sulfur containing polymers for 193-nm immersion lithography: A progress report. In: Proceedings of SPIE 2006. Advances in Resist Technology and Processing XXIII, San Jose, CA, USA, (61530H). 20 February, 2006. doi:10.1117/12.659757

  • Whittaker, AK, Blakey, I, Liu, HP, Hill, DJT, George, GA, Conley, W and Zimmerman, P (2005). High-RI resist polymers for 193 nm immersion lithography. In: Conference on Advances in Resist Technology and Processing XXII, San Jose, CA, United States, (827-835). 28 February - 2 March 2005. doi:10.1117/12.600630

  • George, G, Blakey, I, Goss, B and Grigg, M (2001). Modeling, experimental evidence, and practical consequences of the infectious spreading of oxidative degradation in polymers.. In: Abstracts of Papers of the American Chemical Society. , , (U351-U351). .

Other Outputs

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

Completed Supervision

Possible Research Projects

Note for students: The possible research projects listed on this page may not be comprehensive or up to date. Always feel free to contact the staff for more information, and also with your own research ideas.

  • Block copolymers are comprised of two distinct, but covalently linked polymer chains, which under certain circumstances form structures that are on the order of nanometers. By controlling the orientation and/or morphology of block copolymer domains it is possible to use them as a nanofabrication template in a range of applications, including advanced lithography, next generation batteries, high density magnetic storage media, membranes and metamaterials. A range of projects are available that will involve synthesis and/or morphological characterisation of block copolymers to advance the field of nanofabrication. Industry collaborators for some projects may include The Dow Chemical Company.

  • The interface of a material with its immediate environment can be crucial for its ultimate performance in a gamut of applications which include biomaterials, sensors, coatings (eg. paint) and nanofabrication. At the same time it is important for a material to have appropriate bulk properties, such as strength, durability, toughness and biodegradability, where in many cases the bulk and surface properties are incompatible or the cost is prohibitive. One approach to achieve the desired performance is to modify the surface properties of a material with appropriate bulk properties. A range of projects are available for investigating novel methods of surface modification and/or targeting novel applications.

  • Many inorganic nanoparticles possess interesting and useful properties that differ significantly from the bulk properties. The properties can be taken advantage of in a range of applications including, sensors, catalysts, biomedical imaging agents and photonics. In many cases the nanoparticles are unstable in the conditions that are applicable to the desired application. Self assembly of nanoparticles with polymers can be used to stabilise the particles and also mediate the degree of aggregation, which can also be used to tune the properties. Projects are available in the self assembly of novel polymer-nanoparticle materials and coatings.