Stephen Blanksby completed his PhD (1999) in the field of gas phase ion chemistry at the University of Adelaide under the supervision of Professor John Bowie. He then undertook postdoctoral research in the laboratories of Professor Helmut Schwarz at the Technical University of Berlin (1999) and at the University of Colorado with Professor G. Barney Ellison and the rest of the famed “Boulder ion gang” (2000-2002).
Stephen was appointed to the School of Chemistry at the University of Wollongong in 2002 where he built a research group focussed on putting the “fun” back into fundamental ion chemistry. Discoveries made by Stephen’s group have been successfully applied to develop new analytical technologies for lipidomics and polymer coatings research.
In 2014, Stephen joined QUT as Director of the Central Analytical Research Facility (CARF) and he continues an active research program exploring the unique properties of gas phase radical ions and developing new technologies for advancing mass spectrometry.