A/Prof Prenzler completed a BSc(Hons) and PhD at the University of Queensland, where he researched platinum anti-cancer compounds. He then spent a year as a visiting Research Scientist at the Advanced Research Laboratory of Hitachi, in Japan, working on a project related to optical computing and genetically engineered octopus rhodopsin. Returning to Australia, A/Prof Prenzler was a postdoctoral fellow at the Research School of Chemistry ANU, where he was involved in several projects in inorganic electrochemistry, including the development of the first electrochemical cell designed to operate in a superconducting magnet in a Nuclear Magnetic Resonance spectrometer. His next postdoctoral appointment was at Melbourne University, which also involved inorganic electrochemistry, and from Melbourne he was appointed lecturer in Chemistry at CSU in July 1997.
At CSU A/Prof Prenzler’s research interests have diversified to encompass projects that are aligned with CSU’s location in rural Australia. The projects typically involve the application of different analytical techniques to solve chemical problems that have significance to the region. He is a co-author of 4 book chapters and 107 refereed publications, and the recipient of the Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Research Excellence. Paul is a member of the Editorial Board for Nutrients and co-Guest Editor of a Special Issue “Metabolomics in Nutrition”. He is actively involved in promoting chemistry in High Schools through the National Indigenous Science Education Program (NISEP).
Paul lecturers in the following subjects:
The common thread in A/Prof Prenzler's research is the application of analytical chemistry to solve real-world problems, spanning diverse areas such as: