Professor Scott Kable wins Fulbright Senior Scholarship
19 March 2009
Professor Scott Kable, from the School of Chemistry, has won a 2009 Fulbright Senior Scholarship to visit the University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA, for six months.
During his time at the University of Wisconsin, Professor Kable will carry out research into ultrafast photochemistry, which aims to understand in detail how complex chemical reactions unfold.
"In the same way that time-lapse photography of plants growing speeds up a very slow process to the point where we can make sense of it, the project I'm working on is looking at making a very fast process 'slow' enough so that we can understand it," Professor Kable said.
"This is important because if we can understand and model chemical reactions it could mean that ultimately we could modify and control them."
Professor Kable's research is fundamental research in an area that is rapidly expanding into diverse scientific fields. It has possible applications in a wide range of areas, such as more efficient solar energy generation, atmospheric processes and even molecules in space.
Ultrafast photochemistry techniques such as this are not currently practiced in Australia, so when Professor Kable returns to Sydney, his students and post-docs in Australia will benefit from being trained in the latest ultrafast techniques.
"The outcomes of my program will be new research directions in ultrafast photochemistry and techniques being introduced to Australia. It will also lead to the sharing of education findings from both countries. Research and undergraduate students in both countries will benefit," Professor Kable said.
"The most immediate impact of the proposed program will be the new collaboration between the Crim group and my laboratory. This interaction will be on a daily basis and provide the most fertile environment for exchange of ideas and sharing of expertise."
Professor Kable completed his Bachelor of Science and PhD at Griffith University, in Queensland. He also has a Graduate Diploma in Business Administration from QUT. He has won three University of Sydney Excellence in Teaching Awards, a Carrick Program Award (National Teaching Award) and a Citation from Royal Australian Chemical Institute (service to physical chemistry). He is a Fellow of the RACI, has been JILA Fellow (University of Colorado) and was awarded the Le Fevre Prize (Australian Academy of Science).
The prestigious Fulbright program is the largest educational scholarship of its kind, created by USA Senator J. William Fulbright and the USA Government in 1946. Aimed at promoting mutual understanding through educational exchange, it operates between the USA and 150 countries. In Australia, the scholarships are funded by the Australian and USA Governments and corporate partners and administered by the Australian-American Fulbright Commission in Canberra.
Learn more about Professor Scott Kable's research at: www.chem.usyd.edu.au/~kable_s/index.html
Contact: Katynna Gill
Phone: 02 9351 6997