Researcher biography

Jason Stokes is Deputy Associate Dean of Research (Research Training) for the Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology and is a Professor in the School of Chemical Engineering. His formal qualifications include a Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical) and PhD from The University of Melbourne, Australia. He spent 10 years (1999 – 2008) as a research scientist at Unilever’s corporate research laboratory in the United Kingdom and joined The University of Queensland in October 2008.

Jason’s research principally concerns the rheology, tribology and interfacial properties and structure of complex fluids and soft materials encompassing nanocrystalline cellulose, microgels, biopolymers, colloids, emulsions, gels, biofluids, plant cells, bacterial cellulose hydrogels and liquid crystals. In partnership with industry, his research is applied to diverse research areas such as food oral processing and sensory science, food structure design and food engineering, and in the flow and pumping of non-Newtonian fluids and suspensions. Fundamental research includes developing new principals in viscoelastic lubrication of complex fluids, including soft-tribology and biotribology, as well as development of soft materials with programmable anisotropy using aqueous suspensions of nanocellulose.

Jason has over 120 publications and h-index of 43 (google scholar), and awards include a the British Society of Rheology Annual Award 2013 for contributions to the field of rheology, and the 2012 Capt. Alfred E. Hunt Memorial Award from Society of Tribology Lubrication Engineers (STLE) for authoring "the best paper dealing with the field of lubrication". He is an Elected Delegate of the Individual Members for the European Society of Rheology Committee (2018– 2022), Associate editor for the Korea-Australia Rheology Journal, and member of the editorial boards for the Journal of Texture Studies, Journal of Biotribology, Cogent Engineering.

Jason has trained over 17 Higher Degree by Research students (completions) and 16 Early & Mid-career researchers (EMCR), and his group currently consists of 8 PhDs and 5 EMCRs. Recognising his contribution to the training Higher Degree by Research students, including PhD students, he was awarded a Special Commendation for Industry Engagement in Graduate Research from 2020 Australian Council of Graduate Research Excellence.