Ms Brianna Knowles
Ms Brianna Knowles commenced a cadetship with BlueScope in 2009, gaining experiencing working on plant and completing her Bachelor of Science Advanced (Chemistry) degree with the University of Wollongong part-time. She completed her honours year at the Intelligent Polymer Research Institute, investigating coatings that could prevent attachment of microorganisms.
As part of the Steel Research Hub, she has continued researching in this area with her PhD thesis focusing of the development and optimisation of hydrophilic antifouling coatings. Her interests include: understanding the interactions and adhesion mechanisms of microorganisms with surfaces and the design of hydrophilic materials that can be applied as surface coatings to prevent biological fouling.