Professor Joe Shapter received his PhD from the University of Toronto in 1990. He subsequently held an NSERC Fellowship at The University of Western Ontario before moving to Australia in 1996 to take up a position at Flinders University. Joe served as Dean of the School of Chemical and Physical Sciences, heading the Flinders involvement in both Microscopy Australia and the Australian National Fabrication Facility (ANFF). Joe commenced at the University of Queensland in February 2018 as Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research Infrastructure). His major interests are in novel nanomaterial production and applications of the materials in, for example, sensors or solar cells.