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Bronwyn Laycock

University of Queensland

Dr Bronwyn Laycock is an applied polymer scientist in the University of Queensland, Australia, working at the interface between chemistry and chemical engineering.

Much of her work has been through industry collaborations, where she has consistently driven complex projects and diverse teams to deliver innovative solutions and products, with fourteen patents and two products fully commercialized to date.

She holds multiple awards for research translation and co-developed the extended wear contact lenses in the Vision CRC, a product that is ranked by CSIRO Australia as its fourth top invention.

She has now established a significant research track record in bioderived polymer research and leads a vibrant research activity focused on bioderived materials, winning more than $AUD17million in grant funding over recent years, mainly in the area of biodegradable polymers, controlled release and composites.

Among her other activities, she is currently Program Manager in Food Waste Transformation for a recently announced, 10-year $133 million Fight Food Waste Cooperative Research Centre in Australia.