Leonie Barner is an Associate Professor in Macromolecular and Materials Chemistry, in QUT's Science and Engineering Faculty. She is also the leader of QUT's Institute for Future Environment Enabling Platform "Manufacturing with Advanced Materials". She is a polymer chemist with a strong research focus in synthesis and characterization of polymers and particles as well as modification and characterization of surfaces. Leonie Barner also has a strong interest in the so-economical impact of waste and especially plastic waste.