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Joe Shapter obtained his Ph. D. from the University of Toronto in 1990 working with Prof. J. C. Polanyi on the detection of small molecules and the determination of their energies. From 1990 to 1996, he worked at the University of Western Ontario (London, Ontario) building a scanning tunnelling microscope and lecturing first-year chemistry. In 1996 he moved to Flinders and is now Professor of Nanotechnology and Dean of the School of Chemical and Physical Sciences. Prof. Shapter led the establishment of and is now course coordinator for the Flinders Bachelor of Science Degree in Nanotechnology (2000-2003, 2007-present). This was the first degree of its kind in the world. He was the founding Director of the Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO) funded Centre of Expertise in Energetic Materials (CEEM) and is currently the Director of the South Australian node of the Australian Microscopy and Microanalysis Facility (AMMRF). In research, our group is working generally in the area of Nanotechnology using various techniques to examine material on the micron or nanometer scale. Our group builds phospholipid bilayers on substrates such as mica and uses physical techniques to examine properties and dynamics of these important biological systems. Work with carbon nanomaterials is also an active area of research in our group. These materials have been used for applications in areas such as sensing and solar cells.