Leslie is a Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering and Director of the Micro/Nanomedical Research Centre.Prior to joining RMIT, he was a Mathematical Modeller at Det Norske Veritas UK and a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Notre Dame, USA, after which he held a faculty position at Monash University. He was the recipient of both the Australian Research Fellowship and Future Fellowship from the Australian Research Council from 2009 to 2017. Leslie is best known for his work on acoustically-driven microfluidics and is the Editor-in-Chief of the American Institute of Physics journal Biomicrofluidics.
Accomplishments and achievements
- 2019: RMIT University Distinguished Professorship – Awarded in recognition of sustained, outstanding research performance
- 2018: RMIT University Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Research Excellence – Awarded in recognition of an individual researcher who has achieved the highest level of excellence in their research activity for the preceding five years
- 2016: Johnson & Johnson World Without Disease Quickfire Challenge Award – Awarded for game-changing, early-stage innovation in the therapeutics, consumer, health technologies and medical device sectors
- 2015: RMIT University Innovation Excellence Award – Awarded in recognition of demonstrated excellence by academics in bringing innovation to their research activity in the preceding five years
- 2013-2017: Future Fellowship Level 3 – Awarded by the Australian Research Council to outstanding Australian and international mid-career researchers to promote research in areas of critical national importance.
- 2010: Eureka Prize for Early Career Research Finalist – Awarded by the Australian Museum for outstanding achievements in Australian research & innovation, science leadership, school science and science journalism & communication
- 2009-2013: Australian Research Fellowship (ARF) – Awarded by the Australian Research Council to postdoctoral researchers of exceptional promise to undertake research in Australia of national and international significance
- 2009: Monash University Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Research by an Early Career Researcher – Awarded in recognition of research excellence by an early career researcher within ten years of the start of their research careers
- 2009: Monash University Faculty of Engineering Early Career Researcher Award – Awarded in recognition of research excellence by an early career researcher within ten years of the start of their research careers
- 2008: Eureka Prize People’s Choice Award Finalist – Awarded by the Australian Museum for outstanding achievements in Australian science and science promotion/communication
- 2007: Young Tall Poppy Science Award – Awarded by the Australian Institute of Policy & Science in recognition of the achievements of outstanding young researchers in science
- 2007: Fresh Science Finalist – For new and interesting research being done by early-career scientists in Australia
- 2002: Dudley Newitt Prize - Awarded by Imperial College London for theoretical/computational PhD thesis of outstanding merit
- 1999-2001: University of London Knight Studentship in Science & Engineering – Awarded by the University of London for support of doctoral studies
- 1998-2001: Overseas Research Scholarship (ORS) – Awarded by the UK Committee of Vice Chancellors and Principals for support of doctoral studies
- 2000: Society of Chemical Industry Messel Fund Bursary – Travel subsidy to the International Symposium on Multi-Phase Flow and Transport Phenomena in Antalya, Turkey
- 1999: Imperial College London Beit Fellowship (declined in lieu of Knight Studentship) – Awarded by Imperial College London in support of doctoral studies
- 1998: Henry Sawistowski Travel Fellowship – Awarded by Imperial College London in recognition of best undergraduate industrial link and research project
Selected Media Releases
- Hybrid Sound Wave a ‘Game-Changer’ for Vaccines and Nebulisers. The Australian, 7 January 2016.
- A Sound Idea for Treating Lung Disease. Chemistry World, 8 December 2015 (Royal Society of Chemistry).
- Micro-motor Developed to Treat Strokes. ABC News, 24 July 2012 (Australian Broadcasting Corporation).
- Delivering Medicines, ABC Catalyst (Special Edition: Little Wonders – Medical Nanotechnology), Broadcast date: 25 August 2011 (Australian Broadcasting Corporation).
- Microfluidics Streamlines Laboratory Operations, SPIE (International Society for Optical Engineering) Newsroom, 7 December 2010.
- Sound-Blasting Chips for On-the-Spot Forensics, New Scientist, 24 May 2010.
- Jet Stream, Nature Research Highlights 23 July 2009, Nature 460, 439 (2009).
- Squirting Water Without a Gun, Physical Review Focus, 13 July 2009 (American Physical Society).
- Physics of Pizza Tossing for Micro-Motors, Europhysics News, Vol 40, No 4, July-August 2009 (European Physical Society).
- Earthquake on a Wafer Could Boost Asthma Relief, New Scientist, 28 May 2009.
- Drug Delivery’s a Blast, Chemical Technology, 15 May 2009 (Royal Society of Chemistry).
- If Research is Your Cup of Tea, this Eureka Moment will Stir the Blood, The Age, 16 August 2008.
- Eureka Prize People’s Choice Award, ABC Catalyst, Broadcast date: 14 August 2008 (Australian Broadcasting Corporation).
- Personal website: http://www.leslieyeo.net
Leslie’s current research interests are in acoustically and electrokinetically driven microfluidics for engineering and biological applications such as drug delivery and nanomedicine, point-of-care diagnostics, tissue engineering and biosensor technology.
- 2002: PhD (Chemical Engineering), DIC – Imperial College London
- 1998: MEng (Chemical Engineering), ACGI – Imperial College London
- Editor-in-Chief, Biomicrofluidics (American Institute of Physics)
- Editorial Board Member, Scientific Reports (Nature Publishing Group)
- Editorial Board Member, Interfacial Phenomena & Heat Transfer (Begell House)
- Chair - Journal Editor Search Committee for APL Bioengineering (American Institute of Physics)
- Research Evaluation Committee Member – Australian Research Council Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) 2015
- Assistant Chair – National Health & Medical Research Council Grant Review Panel (2014)
- Technical Review Panel Member – Science & Engineering Research Council, Agency for Science, Technology & Research Singapore (A*STAR) (2014)
- Grant Review Panel Member - National Health & Medical Research Council Development Grants (2016-2017)
- Chan, J.,Poh, P.,Ismadi, M.,Yeo, L.,Tan, M. (2020). Enhancing greywater treatment via MHz-Order surface acoustic waves In: Water Research, 169, 1 - 10
- Sudeepthi, A.,Sen, A.,Yeo, L. (2019). Aggregation of a dense suspension of particles in a microwell using surface acoustic wave microcentrifugation In: Microfluidics and Nanofluidics, 23, 1 - 11
- Das, S.,Mohammed, M.,Gibson, I.,Weerasiri, L.,McDonnell, A.,Xiang, J.,Yeo, L. (2019). Oscillation characteristics of low Weber number impinging micro-droplets In: Theoretical and Computational Fluid Dynamics, 33, 197 - 213
- Wong, K.,Lee, L.,Yeo, L.,Tan, M. (2019). Enhancing rate of water absorption in seeds via a miniature surface acoustic wave device In: Royal Society Open Science, 6, 1 - 11
- Ahmed, H.,Rezk, A.,Richardson, J.,Macreadie, L.,Babarao, R.,Mayes, E.,Lee, L.,Yeo, L. (2019). Acoustomicrofluidic assembly of oriented and simultaneously activated metal-organic frameworks In: Nature Communications, 10, 1 - 9
- Ahmed, M.,Ahmed, H.,Rezk, A.,Yeo, L. (2019). Rapid dry exfoliation method for tuneable production of molybdenum disulphide quantum dots and large micron-dimension sheets In: Nanoscale, 11, 11626 - 11633
- Wong, K.,Lee, L.,Hung, Y.,Yeo, L.,Tan, M. (2019). Lamb to Rayleigh Wave Conversion on Superstrates as a Means to Facilitate Disposable Acoustomicrofluidic Applications In: Analytical Chemistry, 91, 12358 - 12368
- Ahmed, H.,Ramesan, S.,Lee, L.,Rezk, A.,Yeo, L. (2019). On-Chip Generation of Vortical Flows for Microfluidic Centrifugation In: Small, , 1 - 25
- Lim, E.,Lee, P.,Yeo, L.,Hung, Y.,Tan, M. (2019). Acoustically driven micromixing: Effect of transducer geometry In: IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control, 66, 1387 - 1394
- Cheng, K.,Alhasan, L.,Rezk, A.,Al-Abboodi, A.,Doran, P.,Yeo, L.,Chan, P. (2019). Fast three-dimensional micropatterning of PC12 cells in rapidly crosslinked hydrogel scaffolds using ultrasonic standing waves In: Biofabrication, 12, 1 - 12
- Acoustomicrofluidic platforms for two-dimensional materials processing. Funded by: ARC Discovery Projects 2018 from (2018 to 2020)
- Inhaled therapeutics for the treatment of childhood Tuberculosis with a next generation nebulisation platform. Funded by: Rebecca Cooper Medical Research Foundation Grant 2017 from (2018 to 2020)
- Nebulised Nano-therapeutics for the treatment of drug resistant Tuberculosis. (Grant number 414953790). Funded by: ATSE Global Connections Fund Bridging Grant 2016 onwards from (2018 to 2019)
- New strategy for managing diabetic retinopathy - evaluation of somatostatin formulations. Funded by: 111-Diabetes Australia Research Trust Grant 2018 from (2018 to 2019)
- Autonomous platform for remote aerosol-based threat neutralisation and soldier countermeasure therapeutics. Funded by: Defence Science Insitute (DSI) Grant for Scholarships from (2018 to 2022)
5 PhD Completions and 2 Masters by Research Completions8 PhD Current Supervisions and 1 Masters by Research Current Supervisions