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Dr Clare Flakelar Name: Dr Clare Flakelar
Lecturer (Science)
+617 3861 6257
Organisational Area
Faculty of Health Sciences
School of Behavioural and Health Sciences (QLD)
Building 208 (1100 Nudgee Road, Banyo QLD 4014)-Level 2-Room 208.2.08
Biographical Information

I have taught and held leadership responsibilities at Charles Sturt University, University of Queensland and ACU. I have also held a Biochemistry Technician position with Queensland University of Technology. 

My PhD and related research has largely been in lipidomics. As an analytical chemist, most of my work has involved analysis of lipids and method development for quantification of bioactive compounds in oil. The work involved the development of a novel mass spectrometric technique. This work also generated commercial interest and involved travel to attend and present at various lipidomics conferences, MS symposiums and several Australian Oil Federation (AOF) meetings.

My role as biochemistry technician at QUT involved me working with and maintaining a LC-QTRAP-MS, preparing biochemistry practicals and various WHS responsibilities. 

Other work includes collaboration with researchers at CSU investigating the feasibility of pyrolysis to reduce volumes of clinical waste produced in hospitals. 


Journal Articles

Flakelar, C. L., Luckett, D. J., Howitt, J. A., Doran, G., & Prenzler, P. D. (2015). Canola (Brassica napus) oil from Australian cultivars shows promising levels of tocopherols and carotenoids, along with good oxidative stability. Journal of Food Composition and Analysis, 42(0), 179-186.

Flakelar, C. L., Prenzler, P. D., Luckett, D. J., Howitt, J. A., & Doran, G. (2017). A rapid method for the simultaneous quantification of the major tocopherols, carotenoids, free and esterified sterols in canola (Brassica napus) oil using normal phase liquid chromatography. Food chemistry, 214, 147-155.

Flakelar, C. L., Howitt, J. A., Prenzler, P. D., Doran, G., Coombes, N., & Luckett, D. J. (2017). A multiphase experiment for the analysis of bioactive compounds in canola oil: Sources of error from field and laboratory. Chemometrics and Intelligent Laboratory Systems, 162, 55-64.

Flakelar, C. L., Doran, G. S., Howitt, J. A., Luckett, D. J., & Prenzler, P. D. Effects of storage temperature and duration on bioactive concentrations in the seed and oil of Brassica napus (canola). European Journal of Lipid Science and Technology.

Conference Papers

Flakelar, C., Prenzler, P. D., Howitt, J., Doran, G., & Luckett, D. The assessment of Australian canola oil for relationships between oxidative stability, trace elements and fatty acid profiles of selected cultivars. In AAOCS Annual Meeting 2013, vol. 5). Newcastle.

Flakelar, C. L., Luckett, D. J., Howitt, J. A., Doran, G., & Prenzler, P. D. (2015). Australian canola oil quality &ndash the influence of varietal traits and other parameters on valuable minor components. In GRDC Update Southern NSW. Wagga Wagga: GRDC.

Magazine Articles

Allana Bryan, Greg Doran, Clare Flakelar, Julia Howitt, Michael Oelgemöller, & Shields, L. (2019). Clinical Waste - a major environmental burden. Australian Hospital and Health Care. Retrieved from

Flakelar, C. L., & Prenzler, P. D. (2016). A rapid analytical method for bioactives in edible oils. In INFORM magazine, vol. 28 (pp. 22-25): AOCS.

More information:



Bioactive components and quality parameters in Australian Canola.


Canola quality: the influence of seed variety, commercial processing, and storage on valuable minor components.


Assessing the chemical composition of hospital clinical waste and the potential for microwave pyrolysis to assist in reduction of waste volume in Australia.

Professional Memberships

Australasian Section of the American Oil Chemist's Society (AAOCS) Communications Manager and Committee Member (2017-current)

American Oil Chemist's Society member (2014-current)

Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI) member (2012-current)


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