Academic and teaching activities
Dr Neale Jackson is the Program Leader for B.Sc Applied Sciences (Multi Major) and is also a Senior Lecturer in Occupational Health & Safety (OH&S) in RMIT University, School of Applied Sciences. He is an active researcher in the area of nanosafety and nanotechnology. Neale maintains active links with industrial companies and the national OH&S regulator, SafeWork Australia. Dr Jackson is a laboratory Safety specialist who lectures at undergraduate and postgraduate levels in laboratory safety across the School of Applied Science. Neale coordinates the Laboratory Safety short courses for the School. These 3-day workshops, Safety in Laboratories (AS2243 and AS2982) are delivered in association with industry partners. In addition, Neale runs 1-day workshops in Safety in School Laboratories. These workshops have been run locally at RMIT, industry sites in Australia (e.g. CSIRO, DSTO, Baker Institute, UniSA) as well as in China and India.
Neale is the coordinator of courses in Laboratory and Fieldwork Safety (PUBH1369), Chemistry Principles (CHEM1242) (semester 2 offering) and Science Project (ONPS2186). He also teaches the OH&S component of Research Methods for Honours (ONPS2412) and Science Skills and Communication (ONPS2334/2375).
His teaching activities include on-campus and through Open University Australia.
Recent research activities
- SafeWork practices for working with engineered nanomaterials
- Dr Jackson ’s work was on developing the safe work practices and control measures required to protect workers from exposure to engineered nanomaterials (2007-2009). This project was completed in two parts.
- The first part the practical phase involved a series of walk through audits at research facilities who work with carbon nanotubes. The work practices and control measures used in this workplace were determined and a gap analysis made to compare with recommended work practices. This work resulted in a complete review and change of work practices at these important research facilities.
- The second part of this project was the review of the evidence for the effectiveness of workplace controls that are effective to protect workers from exposure to engineered nanomaterials. This work was funded by a grant ($61,260) from SafeWork Australia and resulted in a recent government report. This work has been nationally and internationally reviewed by a number of parties including government regulators, unions and research organisations.
- Investigating substitution and modification options to reduce potential hazards associated with engineered nanomaterials: A completed project with SafeWork Australia funded by a $52,600 grant. The report from this project was recently published by SafeWork Australia.
- Development of a short course on nanotechnology work health and safety with an Australian context: An ongoing project with SafeWork Australia funded by a $83,600 grant. Once developed the course will be presented nationally in Australia.
Laboratory Safety: Development of Snet, the chemical laboratory safetyNet
This project which was completed in 2008 involved the development of effective multimedia CD based resources for online OHS induction for lab workers at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. This project involved the use of QTVRs in of 14 different laboratories and associated areas to provide both detailed hazard and control information through a series of ‘hot spots’. The work was a collaborative project between Melbourne University, Monash University and RMIT University (from 2003-2008) through the VICS collaboration ($100,000) grant and has resulted in a creative work publication. In 2010 an extra laboratory scenario, a Food Science Pilot Plant was added into Snet and revisions were made to reflect current OHS legislation. There is an ongoing effort to ensure Snet is updated to reflect up to date work practices and legislation.
- Bachelor of Science (First Class Hons - Chemical Sciences), University of Leeds (UK), 1984
- Bachelor of Arts (Psychology), Deakin University, 2003
- Graduate Diploma of Education, University of Melbourne, 1995
- Graduate Diploma in Toxicology, RMIT, 2007
- Master of Professional Education and Training, Deakin University 2007
- Master of Applied Science (Toxicology), 2009
- PhD (Applied Chemistry), University of Leeds (UK), 1989
- Fellow Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC)
- Fellow Royal Australian Chemical Institute, Chartered Chemist (FRACI, CChem)
- Fellow Safety Institute of Australia (FSIA)
Industry, professional and community involvement
Dr. Jackson continues to be actively involved in the Safety Institute of Australia. Previously, he was the Victorian Vice President and Chair of Victorian Education Committee. He was a previous chairman of the membership grading committee of this organisation.
- Hugel, H.,Jackson, N.,May, B.,Zhang, A.,Xue, C. (2016). Polyphenol protection and treatment of hypertension In: Phytomedicine, 23, 220 - 231
- Hugel, H.,Jackson, N. (2015). Herbs and dementia: a focus on Chinese and other traditional herbs In: Diet and Nutrition in Dementia and Cognitive Decline, Academic Press, London, United Kingdom
- Hugel, H.,Jackson, N. (2015). Polyphenols for the prevention and treatment of dementia diseases In: Neural Regeneration Research, 10, 1756 - 1758
- Hugel, H.,Jackson, N. (2014). Danshen diversity defeating dementia In: Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry Letters, 24, 708 - 716
- Leonard, M.,Lingham, A.,Niere, J.,Jackson, N.,McKay, P.,Hugel, H. (2014). Alternative synthesis of the anti-baldness compound RU58841 In: RSC Advances, 4, 14143 - 14148
- Cornell, H.,Nguyen, T.,Nicoletti, A.,Jackson, N.,Hugel, H. (2014). Comparisons of halogenated ß-nitrostyrenes as antimicrobial agents In: Applied Sciences, 4, 380 - 389
- Wright, P.,Jackson, N. (2013). Safety of engineered nanomaterials and OH&S issues for commercial-scale production In: Nanotechnology Commercialisation, Pan Stanford Publishing, Singapore
- Lo, K.,Cornell, H.,Nicoletti, A.,Jackson, N.,Hugel, H. (2012). A study of fluorinated ß-Nitrostyrenes as antimicrobial In: Applied Sciences, 2, 114 - 128
- Hugel, H.,Jackson, N. (2012). Redox chemistry of green tea polyphenols: therapeutic benefits in neurodegenerative diseases In: Mini-Reviews in Medicinal Chemistry, 12, 380 - 387
- Hugel, H.,Jackson, N. (2012). Special feature organo-fluorine chemical science In: Applied Sciences, 2, 558 - 565