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Dr Ian Potter Senior Lecturer, Chemistry

Dr Potter completed his PhD on the 'Synthesis of some copper(I) tetrahydroborates and related silver (I) compounds: Reactivity with carbon dioxide and small heteroallene-like molecules' from La Trobe University under the supervision of Associate Professor Bruce James. He then completed a postdoctoral fellowship with the Centre for Scientific Instrumentation, La Trobe University during 1997-98 working on industry research contracts to develop polymer membranes for the extraction of precious metals, specifically: copper from mining ore liquors (BHP Research), and gold from ground waters (Advantage Geochemical Solutions). He was appointed as a Lecturer in Analytical Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry, La Trobe University in 2003.

Dr Potter served as Head of Chemistry from 2009 until the end of 2014 during a transformative period for the department. He managed the appointment of new staff to replace long-serving staff, and the relocation and design of chemistry spaces to the new La Trobe Institute for Molecular Science (LIMS) building. During this time, he managed an extensive renewal of the chemistry curriculum, as designated feeder courses were closed, to meet university “Future Ready” expectations and satisfy professional (the Royal Australian Chemical Institute) graduate requirements. Dr Potter recommended important design concepts, that were implemented, for the chemistry teaching and research facilities in the new LIMS building as chair of a LIMS executive users group.

Dr Potter was the science course coordinator for a number of single and double degree courses (listed below) from the start of 2006 and 2010, respectively, until the end of 2017. He has also been the course advisor for students completing a Law/Science (LWLSC) or Commerce/Science (LZCOMS) double degree since 2010.
2006 – 2017. Bachelor of Science (SBS), Bachelor of Science with Honours (SHS), Graduate Diploma in Science (SGSC), Bachelor of Chemical Sciences (SBCHS) (withdrawn since 2105), Bachelor of Chemical Sciences with Honours (SBCSC)
2010 – 2017. Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Science (SZSS), Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science (SZAS), Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Accounting (SZSC) (until 2015, now LZCOMS).

Dr Potter has research and teaching expertise in analytical and polymer chemistry with a particular focus on applications to environmental and forensic chemistry.


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