Newsletter January February 2018



“The good thing about science is that it's true whether or not you believe in it."
Neil deGrasse Tyson
1958 - present



Winners are chosen by our computer on a random basis. The prize is the client’s choice of $100 worth of laboratory items from a supplied list.


From Atotech Australia:

Although our history traces a long way back, Atotech was officially founded in 1993.

Today, we are a global leader in the highly complex world of plating chemicals, equipment and services for decorative and functional surface finishing; paint support technologies (PST) which include surface pretreatment, cleaners, and strippers; and equipment and services for the printed circuit board (PCB).

Within the chemical sector, we have developed distinct capabilities in general metal finishing.

Our business is equipped with comprehensive experience, deep market insights and advanced solutions to address the specific needs of the markets.



Can an unreactive dye be used to improve the visual detection of the colour change of an indicator at a titration endpoint?

The answer to this will be in the next edition of the Rowe Scientific newsletter.

Did you know the answer to the last quiz question?
Which metal can be used to filter hydrogen gas?

Hydrogen readily diffuses through heated palladium metal and many of its alloys.






Ms Ling Ling Pin from PLC Sydney came 3rd overal and was awarded the Rowe Scientific Equipment Prize.

She was concerned about the effects on phytoplankton when sunscreen washes from swimmers.

Using an electronic balance, she tested the effect of the same amount of common sunscreens on samples of water. After filtering and staining the samples and viewing under a microscope she found that the zinc sunscreen led to the smallest decrease in the phytoplankton population.
Ling Ling was presented with her award by Rowe Scientific NSW State Manager, John Dwyer.


Research Investigations Senior Secondary Winner
Mr Logan Howell, Don College, Devonport

“NO₃-Free (Low voltage, low current electro-reduction of aqueous nitrates via single cell electrolysis and subsequent observations of gas-particle phase equilibria”. Logan was also awarded the Rowe Scientific Most Promising Young Scientist Award (Senior Secondary).

Research Investigations Intermediate Winner
Ms Eloise Deconinck, St Mary’s College, Hobart

“Material World – a sustainable method to break down plastic waste”. Eloise was awarded the Rowe Scientific Most Promising Young Scientist Award (Intermediate).

Research Investigations Junior Secondary Winner
Ms Emma Spurr, Kingston High School

“Effects of Temperature & Light on Lettuce Seed Germination (part 2)”. Emma was awarded the Rowe Scientific Most Promising Young Scientist Award (Junior).


From left to right; Logan Howell, Eloise Deconinck and Emma Spurr


Rowe Scientific was pleased to be able to donate some 60 cash prizes to category winners in the STANT Young Scientist competition. The awards took place in Darwin, on 23 November, 2017.

The following photograph includes students who were Rowe Scientific award winners from Our Lady of the Sacred Heart school (OLSH) in Alice Springs, who were not able to attend the award ceremony in Darwin.


The awardees, are left to right, with their award category, and school year;

Shawn Bett (1st Scientific Communication – Scientific Writing 7-9 individual, 1st STEM in the NT – Life Application 7-9 Individual, 2nd Scientific Communication – video 7-9 Group) Sarah Muller (2nd Scientific Communication – writing 7-9 Individual) Chiara Antonelli (1st Stem in the NT – Life Application 7-9 Individual) Matilda Kneiss (3rd Scientific Communication – Video 7-9 Group) Jacob Gardner (2nd Scientific Communication – Video 7-9 Group) Shaelyn Crowhurst (3rd Scientific Communication – Video 7-9 Group) Leticia Alcantara Keane (3rd Scientific Communication – Scientific Writing 10-12 Individual) Sarah Harris (3rd Scientific Communication – Video 7-9 Group) Jack van der Geest-Hester (3rd Scientific Communication – Scientific Writing 7-9 Individual) Nirali Panchal (2nd Scientific Communication – Poster 10-12) Joshua Mullan (1st Scientific Communication - Web based 10-12 – Individual)

Also pictured, far right, is Ms Jillian Neyland, NT nomination for BHP Billiton Foundation Teacher of the Year. Although not a recipient of a Rowe Scientific STANT prize, she teaches at OLSH in Alice Springs, and we offer our congratulations on her nomination.

Rowe Scientific Pty Ltd have pledged to support science teaching in each state and territory of Australia, through the Australian Science Teachers Association (ASTA), for an initial period of 5 years (commenced in 2016).



(From left to right; Georgia Hannah, Claire Galvin, Eliza Dalziel and Anna Hardy)
These 4 students also won the UQ Young Scientist Award as well as the Sleek Geeks Science Prize at the Eureka Awards. See the video here. Well done ladies.

On 28 October, 2017, the above students from St Monica's College, Cairns, were the recipients of a Rowe Scientific Pty Ltd Rural/ Regional Secondary Student Award, in the STAQ science competition, at the University of Queensland (UQ).

In their film Manure You Know, Eliza, Claire, Georgia and Anna explain the importance of dung beetles in our ecosystem. They investigate why the introduction of dung beetles has positively influenced farms on the Atherton Tablelands in Far North Queensland, and demonstrate how the belt transect method can be used to monitor dung beetle populations.


Rowe Scientific Pty Ltd is again pleased to advise that we contributed to the 2017 Oliphant Science Awards, as a Platinum sponsor, at the SASTA awards in Adelaide.

The awards were held on 22nd September, and attended by our SA State Manager, Mr Doug McPhee. He is shown here with the winner of 1st prize in the GAMES division, Ms Amber Washington of Norwood Morialta High School.

The title of Amber’s winning project is “Race to Save the Planet”. Well done to all those students who received awards, and to all those who participated,

from the staff of Rowe Scientific.



On 23 October, 2017, the following two students, chosen at random from many winners of Rowe scientific prizes, received their awards by the STAV’s Science Talent Search.


Mr Dylan Zipsin, of Viewbank College.

Dylan won his award in the Junior (Yr 7-8) Inventions section, by inventing a Smart Lock: The “ZipVault” was constructed using complex wood working knowledge as well as the advanced use of electronic components and wiring and the development of code using high levels of logical and mathematical thinking.

It was designed to give people peace of mind, knowing that their belongings were safe and out of anyone elses reach.

The box features two extra layers of security on top of the expected 6-digit pin, with already over ten million different possible combinations, requiring a magnet to turn it on, as well as for the owner to tilt the box four times, before you are confronted with the 6-digit pin.

Once you are finished, the box locks and shuts down, using no power whatsoever.

Well done Dylan.


Ms Eleeza Maqsood, of Sirius College, Eastmeadows.

Eleeza won her award in the Junior (Yr 7-8) Experimental Research section, for the following project: “Does Aromatherapy essential oils vapour inhibit the growth of Escherichia Coli?”

Abstract: Stated on the internet, it has been said that essential oil aromas can help sanitize a room of bacteria. This experiment looked at the effect of the vapour of essential oils in the presence of Escherichia Coli (E. coli) bacteria. To verify this claim, essential oils were placed in plastic wells in the centre of nutrient agar plates streaked with E. coli bacteria. The plates were left in the incubator for three days and then were moved into the fridge, and the plates were analysed. The plates were examined in sections for bacterial growth, and bacterial coverage was totalled.

The results showed that the most effective oils in descending order were tea tree, eucalyptus, grapefruit, peppermint, and lavender. Only tea tree oil and grapefruit oil were significantly effective and consistent with background research claims.

Sounds like impressive work for a Junior Eleeza. Well done, from the Rowe Scientific staff. 


Ms Jessica De La Perrelle


In Jessica's own words;

I moved from the country to the University of Adelaide because of the high quality of teaching. From a young age I was passionate about 'saving the world' via sustainable technologies and still hope to work one day in research in the sustainable technology field.
I intend to graduate with honours in either physical chemistry or physics. Receiving this scholarship has had a significant positive impact and I would like to sincerely thank you for your generous support.

My intense study load means I have little time for a part time job, and rely on savings and family for financial support. The scholarship contributed to easing my anxiety and financial pressures, enabled me to purchase a new laptop, and allowed me to focus on my university studies.

This scholarship has helped me to realise a lifelong dream of researching improvements to sustainable technologies. In addition, I would like to thank you for making the scholarship available to rural, regional and remote students, as the transition to university is often so much more complex for them, and I would love to see more rural students succeeding at university.

Mr Brandt Dolic


In Brandt's own words;

I have enjoyed my studies at the University of Adelaide and hope to one day complete a PhD and work in the research area.

My favourite thing at the University is The Braggs Laboratory and the investment and facilities they have put into the research area.

This scholarship has allowed me to focus more on studies rather than be distracted with juggling the financial issues that come with moving states.

Thank you for believing in the future I want to achieve. I really enjoy synthetic chemistry and wish to continue my studies further representing this scholarship.

Thank you very much for your support.


Mr Michael Van Wageningen


In Michael's own words;

I enjoy studying chemistry and plan to follow a career in that field.

I would love the opportunity to make wine in Europe and have already begun to make some connections through the University. I hope to one day start my own vineyard in Tasmania.

Being awarded this scholarship has made a big difference to my living conditions and helped to reduce stress about finances or placing additional burdens on my family.

You have changed my life in a way I never knew could happen. I am very grateful for your support and can't thank you enough.



Ms Georgia Free, Bachelor of Science (Advanced) - Key Program: Chemistry

In Georgia's own words;

“I am a hard-working and determined individual who wants to use chemistry to better healthcare and the environment. Over the past year, I have been doing undergraduate research with potential anticancer agents, under the supervision of Janice Aldrich-Wright; focusing on synthesis and characterisation of platinum metal-ligand complexes - some of which are more cytotoxic than cisplatin!

This summer, I have received a summer scholarship with CSIRO Energy in Newcastle, and will be developing catalysts to transform carbon dioxide into usable materials, to reduce air pollution.
Receiving recognition for hard work is always a great feeling, however it is simply icing on the cake, because using chemistry to solve big problems is reward enough. Next year, I aim to study a Masters of Philosophy at Western Sydney University and this scholarship has eased a significant amount of financial burden off of my shoulders for next year. I am extremely grateful for this prestigious scholarship - and I hope to make the donors proud with my research over the next few years.”


The following are the two 2017 Rowe Scientific Metallurgy scholarship winners.

Mr Brendan Jones


In Brendan’s words;

My name is Brendan Jones and I am a current student at Curtin University studying a double degree in Chemical Engineering and Extractive Metallurgy.

At the end of 2017 I will have finished my third and final amazing year at Curtin’s West Australian School of Mines (WASM) in Kalgoorlie. Extractive metallurgy is a specialist field that deals with the extraction of metals and mineral products from their ores through the application of scientific principles.

Extractive metallurgists play a key role in the mining industry. Throughout the last three years at Curtin I have enjoyed every discipline which involved chemistry, and metallurgy is no different. Metallurgy incorporates all the best elements of practical chemistry from leaching to electrochemistry.

I enjoy the challenges that metallurgy provides, particularly when analysing or partially designing process flow systems and understanding the mechanisms involved.

Although learning about metallurgy is fascinating, I am very much looking forward to putting my theoretical knowledge into action with upcoming vacation work and potential employment in the mining industry in the future. I would like to extend my gratitude to Rowe Scientific for providing me with financial aid and allowing me to continue to enjoy the field of metallurgy.

Ms Tram Nguyen


In Tram’s words; 

I have always been interested in chemistry since I was in high school.

The fact that you can make different kind of alloys that can be applied to real life situations just by changing the composition of the metal input is really fascinating.

As a university student, I am always supported by Curtin. The Engineering and Science department tries their best to give me chances to get my hands on real life process through the laboratories.

One of the labs really got my interest was the extraction of gold from the ore. Even though we didn’t have the chance to deal with real gold due to high cost of gold, we actually had chance to extract metal out of the sample. In my point of view, it was a fantastic process.

Starting from a mixture between two things, by using the differences in their physical and chemical properties, we are able to separate them. That’s why I really like metallurgical field.

With the support of Rowe Scientific, through the Rowe Scientific Metallurgy Scholarship, I will be able to spend more time on my study. It also helps me prove that hard work will be rewarded. Thank you for your generosity and all your supports.






Dear Clients,

The New Year has started as the old one ended with a continuous stream of requests for supply of instrumentation and consumables.

The last quarter of 2017 proved to be the most successful in the history of Rowe NSW and has provided the platform for sustained growth in 2018.

The Rowe product range continues to expand and now includes both instrumentation and consumables for use in Histology, Haematology, Cytology, Microbiology and Life Science laboratories. Additionally the NSW customer service team was bolstered by the recent addition of Ms Julie-Ann Carroll. Julie-Ann is a familiar name in the scientific community in NSW having worked in the industry for more than 20 years in a customer service role.

The NSW team is embracing the New Year with energy and enthusiasm and it promises to be a watershed year in the history of Rowe Scientific in the state.

All the best from:
Allan, John, Julie-Ann, Kathryn, Ken, Rodney and Jim.



Dear Clients,

We wish you and your families a very happy and safe New Year and we thank you for your continued custom throughout 2017.

I’m sure we will face many challenges in the year ahead and together with your support we will do our best to keep you supplied with the products you need to do your work.

Much of our stock replenishment from overseas suppliers will be landing into our warehouses by mid-to late January so it will be a good time to place your orders for those regular products you use on a daily basis. It’s sunny, the tennis is back on and we have plenty of work to do. What more could we ask for in the “lucky country”.

Cheers from the Queensland team:
Yvonne, Martin, Brian, Sean, Josephine, Leon, John, Steve, Adam, Colin and Robert.



Dear Clients,

Merry Christmas and Seasons Greetings from the South Australian office.

Well it’s the silly season again as they say and this year it certainly feels like it has come and gone so quickly.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our clients in SA for their continued business and support, which has enabled us to grow over the last 12 months.

Jo and Dani are settling in well to the team here in Lonsdale. In the new year you can expect to see Jo out and about visiting her clients. Please to do not hesitate to ask how she can assist you with your requirements.

Edition 13 of our Vintage Catalogue price list is now out in the market. Daniel and I have attempted to see all of our clients pre-vintage. If anyone requires a copy of the Vintage Catalogue, or would like an extra copy, please let us know and we will arrange one for you.

As a side note to all of our NSW clients reading this, and to all who I recently caught up with in the Hunter Valley, thank you for your hospitality and allowing me to show Allan from our Sydney office the ropes.

All the best from:
Doug, Steve, Mark, Michael, Daniel, Jo, Dani and  Paula.



Dear Clients,

Thank you Victoria and Tasmania for your continued support throughout 2017 - it was our best year to date. We trust you and your families had a fantastic festive season and wish you all a safe and prosperous New Year.

The year ahead offers some exciting challenges and we will be striving to provide you with the best service possible.

Our first task will be to appoint a new sales person to look after the Tertiary Education and Research sectors in Victoria with the view of improving our response to this vital part of our industry.

Our Marketing team have been absolutely flat-out getting the new catalogues and brochures prepared, please take a look at the Downloads section of our website for the latest Winery catalogue, Schools catalogue and brochures on Chromatography, Chillers, Filtration and much more.

While you are there don’t forget to check out the specials section for Cupels, Stirrers, Vials.

Looking forward to hearing from you soon.
From your team in Victoria:
Garry, Nic, Mango, Amanda, Adam, Brian and Christine.



Dear Clients,

Thank you for your orders over the Christmas period which kept us very busy.

We understand that in many cases your business never ceases and hence we strive to be available when you need us.

Many of you would use pipette tips or filter tips across a broad range of pipettes. We are steadily increasing our stock holding of Universal Tips from TARSONS which are receiving wide acceptance in the market place.

Please contact your Account Manager if you would like to trial these tips which in many cases offer an improvement in quality as well as delivering a saving in cost.

All the best from:
Peter Sommers and the Western Australian Team.


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