2011 Achievements


The School congratulates the following staff and students on their achievements:

 

  • Congratulations to Professor Peter Lay who was the Inorganic Chemistry Lecturer for the Commission Scientifique pour L'enseignement du 3e Cycle en Chimie, Switzerland.  He delivered five lectures in a lecture series entitled Metal Ions in Physiology, Disease and Treatment over five days to universities in the French-speaking part of Switzerland in late November 2011.  Lectures were given in Geneve, Neuchatel, Fribourg and Lausanne and covered topics that included: Complementary Biospectroscopic Microscopies in Medicine; Ruthenium Anti-Cancer Drugs; Applications of X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy; Metal Anti-Diabetic Drugs; and Cerebral Malaria.

  • Congratulations to Mr Andrew Telford, who has won the prize for Best Poster at the Australian Nanotechnology Network Early Career Symposium at McQuire University, Sydney, at the end of November 2011. Poster title: "Advanced functional coatings for biomedical applications: control over cell interaction with artificial surfaces".

  • Dr Richard Payne was honoured at the 2011 RACI National Awards Dinner in Melbourne with the award of the 2011 Rennie Memorial Medal for his outstanding contributions to synthetic organic chemistry and drug discovery. The Rennie Memorial Medal is awarded annually to a financial member of the RACI with less than eight years of professional experience since completing their most recent relevant qualification of a BSc, BSc (Hons), MSC or PhD Degree, or the equivalent, who in the opinion of the Board of the RACI, has contributed most towards the development of some branch of the chemical science. The contribution is judged by the research work published during the 10 years immediately preceding the award.

  • Dr Matthew Todd won the Emerging Research category of the NSW Science and Engineering Awards for the open source project he led that discovered a new way to produce medicine now used worldwide for the treatment of Bilharzia, a terrible parasitic disease that afflicts millions of the world's poorest people. As an organic chemist Dr Todd works on drug development, but this project was innovative in applying open source principles to experimental research by freely sharing ideas and making results available online. For further information, please visit a more detailed article in the University News.

  • Congratulations to Dr Luke Hunter and Dr Elizabeth New on being awarded an ARC Discovery Early Career Research Award and to Professor John Canning on his success with the ARC Future Fellowship scheme. For further information, please visit our Latest News page.


  • Congratulations to PhD candidates, Mr John Moraes, Ms Jessica Chadbourne and Ms Alexandra Manos-Turvey, winners of the Le Fèvre Student Lecture Awards for 2011. Mr John Moraes - Synthesis and post-functionalization of hybrid nanoparticles; Ms Jessica Chadbourne - Thermal expansion: how atomic scale changes can sink ships and shrink chips;Ms Alexandra Manos-Turvey - From design to evaluation: overcoming difficulties in the discovery of new anti-infectives.

     

  • Congratulations to PhD candidate, Ms Jessica Stanley, who has been awarded the Joan R Clarke Scholarship.

  • Congratulations to Dr Deanna D'Alessandro on winning a Young Tall Poppy Science Award from the Australian Institute of Policy and Science, announced at an awards ceremony on 3 November 2011. The prestigious annual science awards recognise young scientists who are doing outstanding work in their field and actively engage and educate the community about their work. Dr D'Alessandro is developing 'Metal-Organic Frameworks' (or MOFs) to capture and convert carbon dioxide emitted from power plants and natural gas wells. These materials have unique optical and electronic properties and can act as 'molecular sponges' to mop up greenhouse gases - one teaspoon full can have a surface area equivalent to an entire football field. They have the potential to significantly reduce the amount of carbon dioxide emitted by power plants and may help to reduce the penalty for capture using current technologies. Read more about Deanna here.

  • Congratulations to Associate Professor Lou Rendina, in collaboration with Professor Michael Kassiou, who has been awarded funding from the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia. A total of $300K over the next two years will support research into carboranes as novel pharmacophores in the treatment and imaging of advanced prostate cancer.

  • Congratulations to Professor Thomas Maschmeyer on being elected as a 2011 Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering. For further information, please visit our Latest News page.


  • Congratulations to Dr Richard Payne who was awarded an International Program Development Fund (IPDF) grant. This grant will fund travel for Dr Payne to Professor Robert Prud’homme’s laboratory at Princeton University to encapsulate some of his group’s TB drug leads into slow releasing nanoparticle formulations for aerosol delivery.


  • Congratulations to PhD candidate, Ms Lara Malins, who has won a prize for Best poster at the 9th Australian Peptide Conference for her poster entitled "Synthesis and Biological Evaluation of Glycopeptide Cancer Vaccine Candidates".

  • Congratulations to PhD candidate, Mr Robert Thompson, who has won a prize for Best poster at the 3rd Modern Solid Phase Peptide Synthesis Symposium for his poster entitled "Total Synthesis of Microcin B17 via a Fragment Condensation Approach". Robert also won Best poster at the 9th Australian Peptide Conference for his poster entitled "Total Synthesis of Microcin B17 via a Fragment Condensation Approach".


  • Congratulations to PhD candidate and Postgraduate Teaching Fellow, Ms Michelle Wong, who has won a prize for the best student oral presentation at the RACI NSW Natural Products Group one day symposium for her seminar "Synthesis of Small Cyclic Peptides Using a Traceless Pseudoproline Turn-Inducer".


  • Congratulations to PhD candidate, Ms Cheuk Ka Poon, who was recently awarded a Gritton Scholarship.

  • Congratulations to Dr Richard Payne in securing NHMRC funding for a collaborative project with Professor Roland Stocker from the Sydney Medical School. The project will involve the chemical and biochemical study of a novel pathway for the control of vascular tone which will have important medical implications. NHMRC Project Grant: A Novel Pathway for the Regulation of Vascular Tone: $569,685.

  • Congratulations to Professor Michael Kassiou on his outstanding success in securing NHMRC funding. He has been awarded Project Grant funding for his research into oxytocin receptor agonists for treatment of social anxiety, and has also been successful with the European Union Collaborative Research Scheme for his research into new strategies for the treatment and imaging of brain diseases. For further information, please visit our Latest News page.

  • Congratulations to Dr Elizabeth New on receiving the 2011 Dalton Young Researchers Award. Granted by the Royal Society of Chemistry, this award is in recognition of her research in bioinorganic chemistry, and in particular the development of new probes for molecular imaging in living systems. For further information, please visit the RSC website.


  • PhD candidate, Ms Lisa Cameron, received a Maslen Scholarship from the society of crystallographers in Australia and New Zealand (SCANZ) to attend IUCr2011, the XXII Congress and General Assembly of the International Union of  Crystallographers, in Madrid, Spain.


  • Professor John Canning has been appointed an Honorary Professor at the University of New South Wales for his contributions towards supporting a new advanced optical fibre national fabrication facility and for promoting stronger joint activities.  This position will pave the way for ready access to the fabrication facility to support many of our chemical sensor activities across the school and elsewhere. Read more here.

  • PhD candidate and Postgraduate Teaching Fellow, Ms Jessica Chadbourne, received a RACI Graduate Student Travel Award for attendance at the Denver X-ray Conference in Colorado in August. Jessica also received a Maslen scholarship from the Society of Crystallographers in Australia and New Zealand (SCANZ) to attend the IUCr XII International Conference in Madrid in August.


  • PhD candidate, Mr Patryck Allen, won a poster prize at Crystal 27 – The 27th Meeting of the Society of Crystallographers in Australia and New Zealand (SCANZ) for his poster titled “The Unusual Phase Behaviour of Sr2TiSi2O8 and Structurally Related Compounds”.

  • PhD candidates, Mr Robert Chapman and Mr John Moraes, were awarded a 2011 Graduate Student Travel Award to fund travel to the United States in order to present at the 242nd American Chemical Society National Meeting.

  • PhD candidate, Mr John Moraes, was awarded one of the Best Poster Prizes at the 242nd American Chemical Society National Meeting in the Controlled Radical Symposium.

  • PhD candidate, Ms Caroline Nesbitt has won the Southern Highlands Conference on Heterocyclic Chemistry Postgraduate Scholarship (1 of only 2 nationwide). She also presented a 45 minute seminar on her recent research results at the conference.

  • PhD candidate, Mr Carl Recsei has won the Australia-Israel Scientific Exchange Foundation Postgraduate Fellowship for 2012. The award is valued at AUD$7,500 and will enable Carl to undertake research at the Schulich Faculty of Chemistry, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in the laboratories of Prof. Mark Gandelman between January and July next year. Carl has also been invited to give an oral presentation at the RACI One Day Natural Product Symposium, UoW, 30 September on his biomimetically inspired brominative cyclisation work and its application to the synthesis of natural products.

  • PhD candidate, Ms Anna Goldys has won the internationally prestigious Clarendon Scholarship to undertake research towards a D.Phil. at the University of Oxford in the research group of Prof. Darren Dixon. Unfortunately, this means that Anna will be leaving the McErlean group in October (date to be confirmed). Anna was an outstanding Sydney graduate and University Medallist, who already has 2 publications from her time in the McErlean Research Group and has a further 2 manuscripts undergoing peer-review.

  • Emeritus Professor Len Lindoy presented a public lecture as part of the Friday night opening ceremony of the First International Symposium on Molecular Aesthetics at the ZKM Center for Art and Media held in Karlsruhe, Germany over the weekend 15-17 July, 2011. Professor Lindoy's lecture was entitled: "Art, Architecture and Engineering at the Molecular Level." The Symposium, believed to be the first international symposium in this area, was sponsored by the Baden-Württenberg State Government and proved effective in bringing together international speakers from the graphic arts, science and music under the one banner.

  • Dr Mat Todd has been awarded a travel grant from the Australian Academy of Science to participate in an EU COST meeting on New Drugs for Neglected Tropical Diseases in Modena, Italy in October 2011.

  • Congratulations to Dr Chris McErlean who was awarded the 2011 Selby Research Award. This award is given by the Faculty of Science to an outstanding academic within five years of their first appointment as a Lecturer or Senior Lecturer in the physical, chemical or biochemical disciplines to establish their research career.

  • Honours students Mr Callan Wilcox and Mr Jimmy Ge both took out the student poster prizes at the International Symposium on Free Radicals, held in Port Douglas, Australia in July. These were the only two poster prizes awarded, and they won against a field that included PhD students. Also at this symposium, Postdoctoral Fellow Dr Burkhard Fueckel took out one of the two senior poster prizes.

  • PhD student Ms Cécile Roche has won the ChemSocRev Poster Prize at the 6th International Symposium on Macrocyclic and Supramolecular Chemistry, Brighton, UK which was held from the 3-7 July, 2011.

  • Phd student, Mr John Moraes, who received one of the Dean's Award for Citizenship for contribution to the Science Faculty's non-academic activities and interests.

  • Dr Natasha Fleur Sciortino has been awarded an 'Overseas Travel Fellowship' of $5,000 by the Australian Nanotechnology Network (ANN, formerly the ARCNN) for a research visit to the Institute de Chimie de la Matiere Condensee de Bordeaux, France.

  • Associate Professor Adam Bridgeman and Dr Peter Rutledge have been awarded an Australian Learning and Teaching Council Award for Programs that Enhance Learning. Adam and Peter won the award for their development of a program providing individualised feedback to very large first- and second-year chemistry cohorts. To read more visit http://sydney.edu.au/news/84.html?newscategoryid=8&newsstoryid=7356

  • PhD student, Ms Jessica Stanley, has won "Best Oral Presentation" at the Inaugural One-day Student Symposium in Inorganic Chemistry on 30 June, held at the University of Sydney. This symposium was sponsored by the Royal Australian Chemical Institute NSW branch and the National Inorganic Division branch.

  • PhD students Mr William Jorgensen and Ms Iman Moussa have won the first and second poster prizes respectively at the RACI Biomolecular Chemistry meeting held at Macquarie University on 13 July 2011.


  • PhD student John Moraes has won Tech on Tap – a science communication competition giving PhD students and researchers the opportunity to explain their research, and how it will benefit society, in 2.5 minutes. Read more at http://bit.ly/kzbBUN

  • Dr Peter Rutledge has been awarded a 2011 Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning by the Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC). The Citations recognises those who have made significant contributions to student learning in a specific area of responsibility over a sustained period.


  • Dr Chris Ling, Lecturer, who received a Faculty of Science Teaching Citation for Excellence in Teaching.

  • Postgraduate students Ms Lisa Cameron, Mr Stephen Kolman and Ms Caroline Nesbitt who have each been awarded a 2011 George Harris Scholarship.

  • Postgraduate student Mr John Moraes who has been awarded the Surface Coating Australian Top-Up Scholarship.

  • Associate Professor Sebastien Perrier who has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC).

  • Mr Bradley Green, Postgraduate Teaching Fellow, who is the recipient of the Dr Joan R Clarke Scholarship.

  • Professor Thomas Maschmeyer, who has been appointed to the Establishment Council that will advise the Gillard Government on how best to set up the new $20 million Australian Biofuels Research Institute.

  • Emeritus Professor Noel Hush on his election to the prestigious US-based National Academy of Sciences for his excellence in original scientific research.

  • Mr Ming Liang Koh was awarded a Postgraduate Research Prize for Outstanding Academic Achievement.

  • The legacy of Dr Bob Hunter, Honorary Associate Professor and former Head of School, is being honoured by the RACI at a special meeting  to be held in June, where his exceptional and influential work as educator and scientist, both within Australia and internationally, will be celebrated and remembered.

  • Dr Peter Rutledge has been awarded a Vice-Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Teaching and both Dr Adrian George and Dr Don Radford have been awarded a Vice-Chancellor's Award for Support of the Student Experience for the School's Bridging Course.

  • Postgraduate Teaching Fellow, Mr Patryck Allen won best student poster prize at Crystal 27 Conference 2011 – The Meeting of the Society of Crystallographers in Australia and New Zealand.

  • Professor Thomas Maschmeyer for being featured on the ABC's "7.30" for his work on biofuels.

  • Postgraduate student, Mr Matthew Dunstan has been awarded an Australian Synchrotron Postgraduate Awad 2011-2014.

  • Professors Trevor Hambley and Thomas Maschmeyer have both been elected as Fellows of the Australian Academy of Science.  The full list of new FAAs is at http://www.science.org.au/news/media/24march11.html.

  • Dr Raphael Clady has been awarded a 3 year fellowship from the Australian Solar Institute to continue his research in fundamental energy transfer processes for the new generation of solar cell.

  • Mr Swapnil Anam, postgraduate student, has been awarded a Gritton postgraduate scholarship.

  • Associate Professor Brian Hawkett and Dr Chiara Neto have received a Linkage grant with Dulux for $480k from the ARC over 3 years. The title is Janus particles and nanorattles: new materials for paint technology.

  • Postgraduate student, Mr Masood Naqshbandi has won the Gritton scholarship to pursue studies in nanophotonics.

  • Dr Deanna D'Alessandro and Professor Cameron Kepert, who are leading a collaborative research initiative into carbon capture and conversion, have received funding of $6M over 5 years from the Science and Industry Endowment Fund.

  • Associate Professor Sébastien Perrier has been appointed on the Physics, Chemistry and Earth Sciences (PCE) panel of the Australian Research Council College of Experts. To view list visit (http://www.arc.gov.au/about_arc/CoE_PCE.htm).

  • Mr John Moraes, P/G Teaching Fellow, who was awarded the Treloar Prize for Best Oral Presentation, and Ms Jessica Tom, Postgraduate, who was awarded the CRC Polymer prize for best thesis, at the 32nd Austalasian Polymer Symposium, organised by the Royal Australian Chemical Institute, Polymer Division, in Coffs Harbour (13-16th February 2011).

  • Ms Jessica Chadbourne, PG Teaching Fellow, has been awarded a student oral presentation prize at the Australian X-Ray Analytical Association for the most promising work using ANSTO facilities. Part of this prize is a bursary to attend the Denver X-ray Conference in Colorado in August.

  • Mr John Moraes, P/G Teaching Fellow, has been awarded a PhD Studentship to develop a bio-chemical polymer for diagnostic and clinical applications in conjunction with Dr John Arkwright at CSIRO.

  • Professor Leo Radom has received the Inaugural 2010 AMMA Medal. This Medal is awarded by the Association of Molecular Modellers of Australasia.

  • Dr Mat Todd who has been placed among the top ten lecturers at The University of Sydney for 2010 in the recently held UniJobs Lecturer of the Year Award national poll. This award allows students and staff to recognise outstanding lecturers.

  • Dr Ron Clarke who has been awarded the inaugural McAulay-Hope Prize for Original Biophysics at the Annual Conference of the Australian Society for Biophysics (ASB), held last week in Adelaide. The McAulay-Hope Prize for Original Biophysics is designed to recognise true originality and innovation in the field of biophysics, rather than the use of existing techniques or applications.

  • PhD student Ms Lisa Cameron who has been awarded a Dr Joan R Clark Scholarship.

  • Dr Timothy Schmidt, Professor Maxwell Crossley and A/Prof Sebastien Perrier who have received funding from The Australian Solar Institute and the NSW Government through its Science Leveraging Fund totalling $967,000 for photovoltaic energy research.