Rona Chandrawati is a Scientia Associate Professor and NHMRC Emerging Leadership Fellow in the School of Chemical Engineering at The University of New South Wales (UNSW Sydney). She obtained her PhD from The University of Melbourne in 2012 and was then a Marie Curie Fellow at Imperial College London before returning to Australia in 2015 to establish her research group as a Lecturer (2015 – 2017), Scientia Senior Lecturer (2018 – 2020), and Scientia Associate Professor (2021 – present). Rona was awarded the 2021 NSW Early Career Researcher of the Year (Physical Sciences). She was a finalist of the 2021 Eureka Prize for Outstanding Early Career Researcher and named in Australia’s Most Innovative Engineers 2020 by Engineers Australia. Rona is an Editor of Communications Materials. Her research group focuses on developing nanomaterials for sensors in food safety and health monitoring.