Joe received his PhD in Reaction Dynamics from the University of Toronto in 1990. He subsequently held an NSERC Fellowship at The University of Western Ontario before moving to Australia in 1996 to take up a position at Flinders University. He took up his position at UQ in February 2018. Joe served as Dean of the School of Chemical and Physical Sciences for six and half years and headed the Flinders involvement in both the Australian Microscopy and Microanalysis Research Facility (AMMRF) and the Australian National Fabrication Facility (ANFF) and was SA Director for AMMRF. His major interests are in the area of novel nanomaterial production, nanometer-scale of these materials and their applications in for example sensors or solar cells.