Dr Sarah Windsor

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Dr Sarah Windsor


Teaching areas

  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Environmental Chemistry

Research areas

  • analytical chemistry
  • science education

Program coordinator

Research areas

Research interests analytical chemistry and science education:

  • In analytical chemistry, Dr Windsor analysed the amount of methylglyoxal and dihydroxyacetone in Australian Leptospermum polygalifolium honeys via high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC). This technique was extended to include the analysis of hydroxymethylfurfural content in a student research project with Kristyn Kavazos. Dr Windsor also collaborated with Dr Peter Brooks (USC) on analysing the concentration of know bioactives in Leptospermum essential oils from Sunshine Coast and Northern Rivers New South Wales Regions via gas chromatography mass spectrometry (GC-MS). Drs Windsor and Brooks and their PhD student, Daniel Meloncelli, used a combination of HPLC and GC-MS techniques to differentiate between the chemical finger prints of Manuka honeys from Tasmania and New Zealand and Leatherwood and Manuka honeys from Tasmania. Dr Windsor supervised another student research project with Amanda Neilen investigating the active ingredients in African and Australian insect repellents via GC-MS. Dr Windsor is currently collaborating with Prof David Schoeman to analyse the amounts of nutrients in beach sands and water.
  • In science education, Dr Windsor collaborated with Professor Noel Meyers and Drs David McKay and Kerry Rutter to investigate the development and delivery of the chemistry major at USC. Dr Windsor has just completed a project comparing the affective and effective gains of on and off campus regional engagement chemistry experiments for students in their penultimate year of schooling. Dr Windsor is currently working on the Regional Universities Network Digital Classroom project.


Dr Sarah Windsor was awarded her PhD in Chemistry from the University of Queensland in 2010. Dr Windsor has had two successful grant applications: A$5,000 USC Internal Research Grant (Seed) for a project entitled, “Essential oils from Leptospermums of the Sunshine Coast and Northern New South Wales Regions. Part 2 of Medicinal Products from Leptospermums”; A$20,000 USC University Research Grant for a project entitled, “Isolation and identification of phenolic compounds in Leptospermum and non-Leptospermum honeys and their wound healing and antimicrobial properties”.

Dr Sarah Windsor has been appointed as the Program Coordinator for the Bachelor of Science.

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