Tristan Clemons


  • The University of Western Australia (M310), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


Dr Tristan Clemons completed his PhD studies in 2014 as apart of the BioNano research group lead by Iyer Swaminathan at the University of Western Australia (UWA). Following this Tristan was successful in obtaining a NHMRC Peter Doherty Australian Biomedical Research Fellowship with the Fiona Wood Foundation research team where his work involved investigating nanomaterial applications for wound healing and scar treatments following burn injuries. Tristan is currently an American Australian Association post-doctoral research fellow in Chicago at Northwestern University in the laboratory of prof. Samuel Stupp. Tristan has won a number of awards including the Exxon Mobil WA Student scientist of the Year for his PhD work, a WA young Tall poppy Science Award (Australian institute of policy and science) and recently was acknowledged by the WA Business News with the 40 under 40 people’s choice award and as a CAS SciFinder Future Leader of chemistry in 2018.

Funding overview

  • (2018) Thin film microfluidic systems facility. Raston, Monteiro, Thordarson, Stubbs, Chalker, Forbes, Harmer-Bassell, Zhang, Rowan, Bond, Chua, Clemons, Smith, Beves, Nguyen. Australian Research Council, Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities (LIEF).
  • (2018) Peptide amphiphiles for wound healing applications. Clemons and Stupp. Australian Nanotechnology Network Overseas Travel Fellowship.
  • (2017) Self assembling peptide amphiphile based nanomaterials for wound healing. Clemons and Stupp. American Australian Association, Dow Chemical Company Fellowship.
  • (2016) The Smallest Trojan Horses Ever – Nanoparticles For Drug Delivery. Clemons. Faculty of Science Rising Star Award, The University of Western Australia.
  • (2016-2017) Nanoparticle delivery for the treatment of scarring. Clemons, Swaminatha, Fear, Stubbs & Wood. Raine Priming Grant, Raine Medical Research Foundation.
  • (2016) Applications of RAFT polymerisation for novel nanoparticle delivery vehicles. Clemons, Cameron and Hodgson. UWA Research Collaboration Award, University of Western Australia.
  • (2015) Multifunctional targeted nanoparticles for the effective delivery of therapeutics in models of colorectal cancer. Clemons and Clarke. Healy Research Collaboration Award, Raine Medical Research foundation.
  • (2014-2017) Assessing efficacy of polyfunctional nanoparticles engineered for the delivery of therapeutics to aid wound and scar healing following burn injury. Clemons. University of Western Australia Early Career Research Fellowship Support, University of Western Australia.
  • (2014-2017) Multifunctional polymeric nanoparticles for the delivery of multiple therapeutics to alleviate cardiac ischemia reperfusion injuries. Clemons and Hool. Early Career Research Fellowship, Peter Doherty - Australian Biomedical Fellowship, Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).
  • (2012-2014) Small particles that can make a big difference. Clemons. WA Nanotechnology Student Ambassador of the Year, Australian Nanotechnology Network (ANN).

Previous positions


  • (2018 – 2020) American Australian Association Postdoctoral Research Fellow. Simpson Querrey Research Institute, Northwestern University, Chicago, USA.
  • (2014-2018) Australian National Health and Medical Research Council Early Career Research Fellow. NanoBio Research group, University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia.
  • (2010-2014) PhD Applications of multifunctional poly(glycidyl methacrylate) (PGMA) nanoparticles in enzymestabilization and drug delivery. Nanotechnology and its applications in drug delivery - The main aim of this work is to develop multimodal polymeric nanoparticles which can be used as effective delivery vehicles of therapeutic agents to a range of diseases including cancer; and injuries including damage to the central nervous system. University of Western Australia, Perth Australia.

Teaching overview

CHEM 1003 - 1st Year Chemistry

Research interests

  • Polymer Chemistry
  • Supramolecular Assembly
  • Drug Delivery
  • Tissue Regeneration
  • Biomaterials
  • Chemistry Education

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy

Research expertise keywords

  • Nanotechnology and therapeutic delivery


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