Assoc. Prof. Amanda Ellis graduated with a Ph.D (Applied Chemsitry) from the University of Sydney in 2003. She then undertook 2 US postdoctoral fellowships. The first at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute working on the modification of carbon nanotubes and self-assembly processess on 2D and 3D surfaces. Her second post-doc was at New Mexico State university which resulted in the development and patenting of a method to functionalise carbon nanotubes for transparent antistatic coatings. In 2004 she was awarded a prestigious New Zealand Foundation of Science and Technology Post doctoral fellowship (1 of 16) and since late 2006 she has been a teaching/research academic at Flinders University.