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Professor Jeffrey Reimers wins Royal Australian Chemical Institute award



2 December 2009

Professor Jeffrey Reimers, from the School of Chemistry, has won the 2009 H G Smith Memorial Award from the Royal Australian Chemical Institute.

Professor Jeffrey Reimers, from the School of Chemistry, is presented with the 2009 H G Smith Memorial Award by Professor Bob Watts, President of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute.
Professor Jeffrey Reimers, from the School of Chemistry, is presented with the 2009 H G Smith Memorial Award by Professor Bob Watts, President of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute.

The award was presented by Professor Bob Watts, President of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute, at an awards ceremony held on 27 November 2009 in Melbourne.

Awarded each year from 1929 (except for three years in the late 1930s), the H G Smith Memorial Award is awarded to an outstanding chemistry researcher who has made an exceptional contribution towards the development of their branch of chemistry, with most of the work being conducted in Australia.

The Board of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute judge the award based on the research work published by candidates during the ten years immediately preceding the award.

"I am very flattered to receive this award, an award that has been received by most of the greats of Australian Chemistry both past and present. It is also hard to believe that I actually got the award, given how exciting chemical research is at the moment, with new fields opening up every year, nanotechnology and biotechnology taking chemical synthesis and analysis to once unimaginable targets, and so many of my colleagues at the University of Sydney and around the country doing so well," said Professor Reimers.

"Of course it makes me very thankful for the strong support that I have received over the last 35 years, from my 'student days' to the 'professor days', support from mentors, local, national, and international colleagues, and especially my previous and current hard working and inspirational students and post docs.

"Combining all these aspects, what receiving the award means most to me is the scientist's call to dream the impossible dream... and then to make it happen!"

When presenting the award, Professor Bob Watts congratulated Professor Reimers on his huge contribution to theoretical and physical chemistry, listing his many achievements across numerous fields in chemistry.

In the submission for the award, Professor Noel Hush, from the School of Molecular Bioscience, wrote: "Jeffrey Reimers is an outstanding theoretical chemist whose research is of highly unusual breadth and depth. His work has elucidated the electronic and vibrational structure of many complex materials and ranges from advances in fundamental chemical interactions and spectroscopy to mutagenesis effects on protein function to surface interface structure, catalysis and spectroscopy to single-molecule electronic devices and circuitry to photosynthesis to profound macroscopic quantum effects in biology to organic solar cells.

"This work has led to collaborative experimental programs in molecular memory construction, to a new photonics paradigm, and to projects envisaging the construction of solar cells based on new fundamental principles.

"Professor Reimers is also a significant leader in the international physical and theoretical chemistry community; is currently on the Editorial Advisory Board for the Journal of Physical Chemistry; acts as a referee for two dozen journals covering fields from biotechnology to nanotechnology that encompass all sub-disciplines of chemistry; organises many national and international meetings; is involved with teaching theoretical chemistry at national summer schools; and is a regular invited speaker at national and international conferences."

See photos from the Royal Australian Chemical Institute's 2009 National Awards Night at: www.raci.org.au/page/Awards/RACI-2009-National-Awards-Night.htm

Read more about the H G Smith Memorial Award at: www.raci.org.au/page/Awards/Index-of-Awards/National-Awards/H.G-Smith-Memorial-Award.htm


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