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Dr Kristen Bremmell 

Position: Senior Lecturer in Pharmaceutical Science
Division/Portfolio: Division of Health Sciences
School/Unit: School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences
Campus: City East Campus
Office: P1-13
Telephone: +61 8 830 22311
Fax: +61 8 830 21087
Email: Kristen_dot_Bremmell_at_unisa_dot_edu_dot_au
URL for Business Card: http://people.unisa.edu.au/Kristen.Bremmell

Professional associations

Royal Australian Chemical Institute

International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineering


PhD (Chemical Engineering), University of Newcastle, 1999.

BSc, Honours (Physical Chemistry), University of Sydney, 1993

BSc (Chemistry), University of Newcastle, 1992.

Research publications

Singh, G., Griesser, H.J., Bremmell, K., Kingshott, P. Highly ordered nano-meter-scale chemical and protein patterns by binary colloidal crystal lithography combined with plasma polymerisation. Advanced Functional Materials, 21, 540-546, 2011

Regini, J.W., Ecroyd, H., Meehan, S., Bremmell, K., Clarke, M., Lammie, D., Wess, T., Carver, J.A., The interaction of unfolding alpha-lactalbumin and malate dehydrogenase with the molecular chaperone alphaB-crystallin: a light and X-ray scattering investigation. Molecular Vision, 16, 2446-2456, 2010.

Banerjee, K.K., Kumar, S., Bremmell, K.E., Griesser, H.J.,Molecuar level removal of proteinaceous contanimation from model surfaces and biomedical device materials by air plasma treatment. Journal of Hospital Infection, 2010.

McFarlane, A., Yeap, K.Y., Bremmell, K., Addai-Mensah, J. The influence of flocculant adsorption kinetics on the dewaterability of kaolinite and smectite clay mineral dispersions. Colloids and Surfaces A, 317, 39-48, 2008.

McGuire, M.J., Addai-Mensah, J., Bremmell, K.E., Improved dewaterability of iron oxide dispersions: the role of polymeric flocculant type, pH and shear. Asia-Pacific Journal of Chemical Engineering., 3, 4-12, 2008

Bremmell, K., Considine, R.F., Drummond, C.J. Application of the Atomic Force Microscope to Determine the Nano-Scale Structure and Interactions of Biological Surfaces. In, Surface Structure and Properties of Microbial Cells on a Nanometer Scale. Ed Elena P. Ivanova. Nova Publishers 2006. ISBN: 1-60021-242-5.

Bremmell, K.E., Evans, A., Prestidge, C.A., Deformation and nano-rheology of red blood cells – An AFM study. Colloids and Surfaces B, 50, 43, 2006.

Kaggwa, G.B., Huynh, L., Ralston, J., Bremmell, K.E., The influence of polymer structure and morphology on talc wettability. Langmuir, 22, 3221, 2006.

McGuire, M.J., Addai-Mensah, J., Bremmell, K.E., The effect of polymer structure type, pH and shear on the interfacial chemistry, rheology and dewaterability of model iron oxide dispersions. Colloids Surfaces A, 275, 153, 2006.

Bremmell, K.E., Kingshott, P., Ademovic, Z., Winter-Jensen, B., Griesser, H.J. Interaction and adsorption of fibrinogen with plasma polymer modified surfaces prepared with different surface properties. Langmuir, 22, 313, 2006.

McFarlane, A.J., Addai-Mensah, J., Bremmell, K.E., Improved dewatering behaviour of clay minerals dispersions via interfacial chemistry and particle interactions optimization. J. Colloid Interface Sci., 293, 116, 2006.

McFarlane, A., Addai-Mensah, J., Bremmell, K.E., Rheology of flocculated kaolinite dispersions. Korea-Australia Rheology J., 17 (4), 181, 2005.

McFarlane, A.J., Addai-Mensah, J., Bremmell, K.E., Microstructure, rheology and dewatering behaviour of smectite dispersions during orthokinetic flocculation. Minerals Engineering, 18, 1173, 2005.

McFarlane, A.J., Addai-Mensah, J., Bremmell, K.E. Optimising the dewatering behaviour of clay tailings through interfacial chemistry, orthokinetic flocculation and controlled shear. Powder Technology. 60(1) 27, 2005.

Zhang, H., Bremmell, K.E., Smart, R. StC., Direct Measurement of interactions between adsorbed Vitronectin layers: The influence of Ionic Strength and pH. J. Biomed. Mater. Research A. 74A, 59-68, 2005.

Kaggwa, G., Huynh, L., Froebe, S., Ralston, J., Bremmell, K.E., The morphology of adsorbed polymers and solid surface wettability. Langmuir, 21, 4695-4704, 2005.

Bremmell, K.E., Addai-Mensah, J., Interfacial Mediated Behaviour of colloidal talc dispersions. J. Colloid Interface Sci, 283, 385-391, 2005.

Bremmell, K.E., Fornasiero, D., Ralston, J., Pentlandite-lizardite interactions and implications for their separation by flotation. Colloids and Surfaces A. 252, 207-212, 2005.

Bremmell, K.E., Scales, P.J., Adhesive forces between adsorbed anionic polyelectrolyte layers In high ionic strength solutions, Colloids Surfaces A, 247, 19-25, 2004.

Zhang, H., Bremmell, K.E., Kumar, S., Smart, R. StC., Vitronectin adsorption on surfaces visualized by tapping mode atomic force microscopy, J. Biomed. Mater. Research, 68A, 479-488, 2004.

Bremmell, K.E., Dunstan, D.E., Probe diffusion measurements of polystyrene latex particles in polyelectrolyte solutions of varying ionic strength. Macromolecules, 35, 1994, 2002.

Bremmell, K.E., Dunstan, D.E., Scales, P.J., Particulate hematite diffusion in sodium polyacrylate solutions. The effect of ionic strength. J. Colloid Interface Sci., 247, 303, 2002.

Bremmell, K.E., Wissenden, N., Dunstan, D.E., Diffusing probe measurements in polyelectrolyte solutions – Deviations from Stokes-Einstein behaviour, Advances in Colloid and Interface Science, 89-90, 141, 2001.

Bremmell K.E., Biggs S.R., Jameson G.J., Adsorption of ionic surfactants in Particulate Systems: Flotation, Stability and Interaction Forces. Colloids and Surfaces A, 146, 75, 1999.

Bremmell K.E., Biggs S.R., Jameson G.J., Forces Between Surfaces in the Presence of a Cationic Polyelectrolyte and an Anionic Surfactant. Colloids and Surfaces A, 155, 1, 1999.

Bremmell K.E., Biggs S.R., Jameson G.J., Polyelectrolyte adsorption at the solid/liquid interface: Interaction forces and stability. Colloids and Surfaces A, 139, 199, 1998.

Research Degree Supervisor

Kristen's area of research is in the interaction of macromolecules with surfaces, formulation of novel pharmaceutical delivery particles and production of pharmaceutical nano-particles. Specific projects include protein interactions with chromatography materials for purification applications, protein aggregation, solid-state formulation of particle-stabilised emulsions and production of pharmaceutical nanoparticles using an emulsion template. Another area of interest is investigatng the deformation and elasticity of biological cells.

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