2012 Achievements


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

 

  • Congratuatulations to Mr Andrew Danos, who is the recipient of an Australian Solar Institute Postgraduate Research Scholarship ($40kpa).

  • Congratulations to MIroslav Dvorak is the recipient of an Australian Solar Institute Postdoctoral Research Fellowship.

  • Congratulations to Postgraduate Teaching Fellow, Ms Josie Auckett who was awarded Best Student Presentation at the AINSE-ANBUG Neutron Scattering Symposium, held at ANSTO on 7-9 November.

  • Congratulations to Mr John Moraes, PhD candidate, who was awarded third place in the New Scientist Prize for Scientific Writing.

  • Congratulations to Professor Thomas Maschmeyer who has won the RACI 2012 Weickhardt Medal for Distinguished Contribution to Economic Advancement. Awarded annually to a RACI member who has contributed significantly towards the economic advancement of the Australian Economy through work in the chemistry area, which may include contributions to policy development, commercial activity and technology transfer.

  • Congratulations to Professor Sébastien Perrier, who was awarded the RACI Applied Research Award for "his significant contribution towards the development of, and innovation through, applied research". 

  • Congratulations to Mr Alex Diwa (PhD student), Mr Tom Whittle (PhD student), Ms Chanel Leong (2012 Honours student) and Ms Katrina Badiola (2012 3rd Year TSP student), who have received awards for the best Oral Presentations (Alex and Tom) and the best Poster Presentations (Chanel and Katrina) at the 2nd Annual Students’ Symposium on Inorganic Chemistry which was held at the ANU on Friday, 30 November.


  • Congratulations to PhD student, Mr Anthony Lo, who has won a poster prize at the Asian Biological Inorganic Chemistry conference in Hong Kong.

  • Congratulations to Dr Peter Rutlege, who has been awarded the Pearson Education RACI Centenary of Federation Chemistry Educator of the Year Award for 2012. Pearson Education Australia have established this joint award with the RACI for academics whose primary activity is teaching in the chemistry discipline. This award is designed to encourage developing teachers, and is open to tutors, lecturers and senior lecturers (academic levels A, B and C) teaching in undergraduate or postgraduate University courses.

  • Congratulations to Dr Siggi Schmid, who has been awarded the 2012 University Co-Operative Bookshop Excellence in Teaching Award. The Selection Panel noted that Siggi's applications successfully demonstrated his enthusiasm for his discipline and his students and his commitment to life-long learning evidenced by very impressive peer and student comments. The Panel commended him for his work in developing a first year text book written specifically for Australian Chemistry students which for the first time allowed them to access a single textbook that covered all of first year chemistry using nomenclature and conventions consistent with curricula at Australian universities.

  • Congratulations to all the successful applicants who have been awarded Discovery Project, DECRA and LIEF grants. The School was successful in six out of the seventeen DP grants we submitted this year (35%), providing a total of $2.48M in new direct research funding to the School. This is (again) well above the national average success rate of 21.37% overall from the ARC (or the 22.85% from the PCE panel).  Two DECRA applicants were also successful, and we were partners in a large LIEF grant for pulsed EPR. Visit the ARC Funding Outcomes here.

  • Congratulations to MSc candidate, Mr Hadi Sabouri, who has won a $5,000 scholarship from Surface Coatings Association Australia. This scholarship will help support Hadi during his MSc degree.

  • Congratulations to Professor Thomas Maschmeyer, who has been awarded the 2012 Liversidge Lecture by the Royal Society of NSW and the RACI. This award is given at intervals of two years for the purpose of encouragement of research in Chemistry. Thomas' lecture is entitled "Low carbon technologies: from brown coal and biomass to solar hydrogen" and will be given at the University of Sydney on 19 November, 2012.

  • Congratulations to Professor John Canning, who was voted onto the International Steering Committee of Optical Fiber Sensors, the world’s most important waveguide based sensing conference, to represent our region.

  • Congratulations to Professor John Canning, who was voted along with others in the 20 top reviewers by the Optical Society of America  (OSA) to receive the inaugural 2012 OSA Outstanding Reviewer Award, selected by the Editors-in-Chief. This award is intended to publically recognize John's indispensable contribution to the success and stature of OSA’s journal publishing program.

  • Congratulations to Dr Toby Hudson who was part of a team involving Physics and IT colleagues that obtained a 2012 Inspiring Australia Unlocking Australia’s Potential grant.  The project, ‘The National Science Challenge’, will receive funding of $45,000 to run a pilot online course/contest around science week 2013 that trains students in analysing scientific data.

  • Congratulations to first year PhD student, Mr Patrick O'Toole, who has won the best poster prize at the CCP5 Summer School in Molecular Simulation 2012 in Cardiff, UK.

  • Congratulations to Mr Andrew Danos, who has been awarded a PhD scholarship from the Australian Solar Institute, for his project entitled "The role of spin in photochemical upconversion".

  • Congratulations to PhD student, Mr Manuel Ghezzi, who has been awarded a Postgraduate Studentship with CSIRO Materials Science and Engineering. The project is in collaboration with CSIRO Material Science and Engineering division in Clayton, Victoria. The title of the project is "Study of stem cell behaviour on micropatterned thin polymers films: a new route to surfaces for bioregenerative engineering."

  • Congratulations to Dr Richard Payne for the award of an NHMRC Project Grant for a collaborative project with Professor Warwick Britton (Centenary Institute), Dr Nick West (University of Queensland) and Professor Kim Chan (Faculty of Pharmacy). The project will involve the development of novel conjugate vaccines for tuberculosis and new mechanisms for pulmonary delivery.


  • Congratulations to Professor Max Crossley, who has been awarded an Australia-India Senior Visiting Fellowship 2012-2013. The award was one of 33 announced in New Delhi on Tuesday 16 October by the Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard. The Fellowship program supports Australian senior researchers from the public, not-for-profit and commercial sectors to facilitate targeted research collaboration, short visiting lectureships and networking activities.

  • Congratulations to Dr Elizabeth New, who was awarded a Ramaciotti Establishment grant. Since 1971, the Ramaciotti Grants (General Awards) have honoured groups or individuals in universities, public hospitals or institutes undertaking biomedical research. Elizabeth's project will be on the role of oxidative stress in obesity.


  • Congratulations to Postgraduate Teaching Fellow, Mr Tom Whittle, who won a prize for 3rd best talk at the AXAA (Australian X-ray Analytical Association) student seminar day.

  • Congratulations to Emeritus Professor Noel S. Hush who has won the 4th Ahmed Zewail Prize in Molecular Sciences award for his outstanding contributions to electron transfer processes. Find out more here.

  • Congratulations to PhD candidate, Mr William Brant, who has won first prize for the best talk at the AXAA student talks this month. The award had a value of $500.

  • Congratulations to PhD candidate, Mr Mitch Quinn, who has won the prize for best PhD student talk at the recent Student Conference on Physical Chemistry in Katoomba.  

  • Congratulations to Honours student, Mr Alex Clubb, who was runner-up for best talk by an Honours student at the recent Student Conference on Physical Chemistry in Katoomba.  

  • Congratulations to Dr Siggi Schmid who was among the 152 winners nationally of the 2012 Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning. The citations are awarded annually by the federal government's Office for Learning and Teaching to recognise quality teaching practice and contributions towards student learning. Find out more here.

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  • Congratulations to Professor Leo Radom who was selected as the 2012 Canadian ACENet Lecturer.  This involved presenting lectures at five universities in Atlantic Canada, specifically the University of New Brunswick (Fredericton), University of Prince Edward Island (Charlottetown), Dalhousie University (Halifax), Cape Breton University (Sydney, Nova Scotia) and Memorial University of Newfoundland (St John's).


  • Congratulations to PhD students, Ms Anita Das and Mr Stephen Ogilvie, who have been awarded scholarships from ANBUG to attend the 5th AONSA (Asia-Oceania Neutron Scattering Association) Neutron School which will be held from 23-28 October, 2012, in Beijing, China.


  • Congratulations to Dr Michela Simone, who has been made Senior Editor of the journal Chemistry Biology and Drug Design. Michela is also Editor for the Australian Journal of Chemistry and PLoS ONE.

  • Congratulations to PhD candidate, Mr Patrick O'Toole, who was awarded the poster prize at the "Collaborative Computational Project 5" (CCP5 Summer School) held in Cardiff, Wales between the 22nd and 31st of July.

  • Congratulations to PhD candidate, Ms Denissa Murphy, who was recently awarded a travel fund by AINSE and ANBUG to attend the 5th Asia-Oceania Neutron Scattering Association (AONSA) Neutron School in Beijing, China from 23rd to 28th October 2012. This award is very competitive as there were only 4 places available for students from Australia and New Zealand.

  • Congratulations to PhD candidate, Ms Lara Malins, who has been awarded a George Harris Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded annually to students who have completed two years of study towards the degree of Doctor of Philosophy for their contribution to the research and teaching activities in the School.

  • Congratulations to Ms Anh Tran, PhD candidate, who was awarded a scholarship to attend and present an invited talk at the 2012 Southern Highlands Conference on Heterocycles.

  • Congratulations to Emeritus Professor Len Lindoy, who has had the title of AINSE Honorary Fellow conferred on him by the Council of the Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering in recognition of distinguished and dedicated service to the Institute. Professor Lindoy was the guest of honour at the Fourth International Symposium on Coordination and Supramolecular Chemistry held at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand 12-14 August 2012. The conference was organised in commemoration of his 75th birthday.


  • Congratulations to Professor Scott Kable and Dr Meredith Jordan, who are lead authors of a study published in Science. In a classic example of an accidental scientific breakthrough they may have solved the mystery of why there is more non-industrial acid in air than anyone can explain. Find out more here.

  • Congratulations to Professor Sébastien Perrier, who has been awarded a Future Fellowship by the ARC. Sébastien's project is entitled "Soft nanotubes for biomedical applications". Project summary: Nature employs self-assembly of small molecules to build complex materials. This project will mimic natural self- assemblies to design synthetic tubular structures on the nanoscale, and apply these nanostructures to solve problems in the fields of biology and medicine. Find out more here.

  • Congratulations to PhD student, Mr Duncan Andrews, who has been awarded a Vice-Chancellor's Research Scholarship (VCRS). This year, up to 10 VCRS were offered to attract students with an outstanding track record of academic achievement and research potential to pursue full-time PhD studies at the University of Sydney.

  • Congratulations to Associate Professor Tim Schmidt, who has been awarded the 2012 APA Prize for Young Scientists. This award was established to recognize distinguished scientists. The award ceremony is scheduled during the Asian and Oceanian Photochemistry Conference (APC) in Osaka, Japan from November 12-15, 2012.

  • Congratulations to Dr Nicole Bryce, who won an award for the reduction of the use of animals in research  from the Animal Ethics Committee of the University of Sydney.

  • Congratulations to Honours student, Ms Madeline Kavanagh, who has won the poster prize at the RACI Division of Biomolecular Chemistry One Day Symposium. The symposium was held on the 1 June at the University of Sydney.

  • Congratulations to Ms Lara Malins, a PhD student in the Rich Payne Group, who was recently awarded the prestigious RACI Feutrill Prize for the best student presented lecture at the 19th International Conference on Organic Synthesis. The conference was held in Melbourne from 1-6 July.

  • Congratulations to Dr Rich Payne, who has been awarded the 2012 RACI Organic Chemistry Division Athel Beckwith lectureship. The Organic Division of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute has established an annual funded lectureship to allow outstanding recently appointed organic chemists to travel around Australia and present the results of their research work. The objective is to provide the Lecturer with the opportunity to achieve broader recognition and exposure at an early stage in their careers.

  • Congratulations to Ms Madeline Kavanagh who was recently awarded 1st Class Honours and the University Medal (H1M).

  • Congratulations to Ms Alexandra Manos-Turvey, PhD candidate, who has been awarded one of three oral presentations (and the sole student talk) at the recent RACI Division of Biomolecular Chemistry One Day Symposium. The symposium was held on the 1 June at the University of Sydney.

  • Congratulations to PhD candidate, Ms Josie Auckett who has received a postgraduate research award from the Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering (AINSE). AINSE offers these awards for postgraduate students whose research projects are associated with nuclear science, or its applications, and require access to the unique national facilities at the Lucas Heights Science & Technology Centre.

  • Congratulations to Professor Max Crossley, who has been awarded the Robert Burns Woodward Career Award in porphyrin chemistry. This award is a Lifetime Achievement Award given every two years to a highly distinguished senior investigator by the international Society for Porphyrins and Phthalocyanines. It is the highest award of the society. The award is named to honour of the contributions to porphyrin chemistry of Professor Robert Burns Woodward of Harvard University who was awarded the 1965 Nobel prize in Chemistry. Max will receive the Award and present a Prize Lecture on July 4, 2012 at an International Symposium on Porphyrins and Phthalocyanines in South Korea.

  • Congratulations to Emeritus Professor Len Lindoy, who has been awarded a "University of Canterbury Erskine Fellowship" for teaching and research at the University of Canterbury New Zealand. This Fellowship is for  three months divided into two periods during 2012/2013.

  • Congratulations to Dr Michela Simone who has been inducted as a new member of the Inorganic Chemistry Foundation at the University of Sydney. Michela has also been made Senior Editor of the journal Chemical Biology and Drug Design as well as Editor for Australian Journal of Chemistry and PLoS ONE.

  • Congratulations to Emeritus Professor Noel Hush who was inducted as Foreign Member into the United States National  Academy of Sciences in a ceremony during the Academy's Annual on 28 April, 2012.

     

  • Congratulations to PhD candidate, Mr William Brant, who has been awarded the Joan R Clark scholarship to perform part of his PhD at a research facility overseas. William has also been awarded the George Harris scholarship in recognition of his contribution to the research and teaching activities of the School. View photos from 2012 Prize Giving Ceremony here.

  • Congratulations to 2011 Honours students Ms Anita Das and Mr Steven Ogilvie (currently PhD students) who received Highly Commended citations from the RACI Western Sydney Section for their theses. They were presented with their awards at a presentation evening on 22 May at the Campbelltown Campus of the University of Western Sydney where they presented posters on their work. See Chemistry Facebook.


  • Congratulations to Professor Max Crossley who was awarded the 2012 David Craig Medal by the Australian Academy of Science in recognition of his outstanding research contributions in chemistry.

  • Congratulations to Dr Siegbert Schmid who was recognised for Outstanding Teaching in this year’s Vice Chancellor’s Awards. The selection panel commented on the very high standard of the applications and strong competition in the category. Engaged enquiry was a feature of the winning applications. Siggi’s enthusiasm about his teaching is reflected in a comment from the Head of the School of Chemistry, stating that he is a "distinguished chemical education researcher who applies his research to introducing new and original teaching developments". The Selection Panel was impressed by evidence of his respect for students and his influence on the teaching of Chemistry beyond the university.

  • Congratulations to PhD student, Mr Robert O'Reilly for his award for the Best Student Talk at the 5th Asia-Pacific Conference of Theoretical and Computational Chemistry (APCTCC-5), 9–13 December 2011, Rotorua, New Zealand.

  • Congratulations to Associate Professor Tim Schmidt and Professor Max Crossley, together with the Helmholtz Centre Berlin for Materials and Energy, who have developed a "turbo for solar cells", called photochemical upconversion that allows energy, normally lost in solar cells, to be turned into electricity. Find out more here

  • Congratulations to Professor Thomas Maschmeyer and Dr Toby Hudson, who with two other collaborators in Italy, were successful in receiving a "Cooperlink" grant from the Italian Ministry of Education and University Research.  This grant provides funds for four PhD students to jointly study at the Universities of Sydney and Venice, two each way, during 2012-2013.   In July this year, PhD students, Mr Patrick O’Toole and Ms Jessica Stanley will be leaving for Venice to take up studies at the University of Venice.

  • Congratulations to Mr Derrick Roberts, who has recently been awarded a Gates Scholarship to complete his PhD at Cambridge, starting in 2013. As many of you would know, Derrick graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Science (Hons 1 & Medal) majoring in physical and organic chemistry, and he plans to continue his fascination of synthetic chemistry under the supervision of Dr Jonathan Nitschke at the University of Cambridge.

  • Congratulations to Professor Kate Jolliffe who has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

  • Congratulations to Mr Tom Whittle, Mr Alex Diwa, Mr Sam Liu, Mr Steve Ogilvie, Mr Gajan Santhakumar, Mr Manuel Ghezzi, Ms Josie Auckett, Mr Jacob Fenton and Mr Jim Ge. All 9 PhD candidates have been awarded a Postgraduate Teaching Fellowship position.

  • Congratulations to PhD candidate, Ms Karen Yuen Ka Ying, who has been awarded the Henry Bertie and Florence Mabel Gritton Research Scholarship for 2012.

  • Congratulations to Postgraduate Teaching Fellow and PhD candidate, Mr Murad Tayebjee, who was recently awarded a DAAD Short-term research grant which will fund travel for a short project in Berlin at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie.

  • Congratulations to Emeritus Professor Noel Hush, who was elected as Fellow of the Royal Society of New South Wales on 24 February 2012. The Fellowship is limited to 14 members, most recently previously elected were Lord May and Nobel Laureate Elizabeth Blackburn.

  • Congratulations to Mr Manuel Ghezzi, PhD candidate, who was awarded Best Poster presentation at the 28th Australian Colloid and Surface Science Student Conference, Riverwood Downs, Newcastle NSW. Manuel was also awarded a Postgraduate Teaching Fellowship.

  • Congratulations to Dr Deanna D’Alessandro, who was awarded “The Distinguished Lectureship Award” from the Chemical Society of Japan for 2012.  This involves talks at Osaka University and the annual meeting of the Chemical Society of Japan, Tokyo in late March.


  • Congratulations to Ms Wei Zhao, PhD candidate, who has received the Treloar Prize for Best Poster at the recent 33rd Australasian Polymer Symposium, held in Hobart from 12 to 15 February 2012. Wei is the fourth student from KCPC to win this annual award in the last four years!


  • Congratulations to Professor John Canning, who was elected to SPIE Fellow for his contributions in photonic materials, devices and technologies. SPIE is the worlds largest cross-disciplinary photonics society.

  • Congratulations to Professor Thomas Maschmeyer, who was voted by the readers of Biofuels Digest and the Digest’s editorial board, as one of the Top 100 People in Bioenergy for 2011-12.

  • Congratulations to Professor Thomas Maschmeyer, who has been awarded the 2011 Applied Research Medal by the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI). This medal is awarded annually to an RACI member who has contributed significantly towards applied research or industrial fields. Thomas receives the award for his work on catalysis and sustainable processes. He has developed hydrothermal methods to generate either advanced lignocellulosic “drop-in” biofuels, or VGO-type oils (vacuum gas oil) and low-mineral black coal slurries as heavy fuel oil substitutes from brown coal. Both processes are in the commercial demonstration phase.

  • Congratulations to Dr Asaph Widmer-Cooper who has just been awarded an International Short Visit fellowship by the Swiss National Science Foundation to collaborate with Professor Emanuela Del Gado at the ETH Zurich for 2 months. They will study the connection between amorphous ‘structure’, soft modes and the microscopic dynamical processes underlying stress relaxation, in order to determine the consequences of these relationships for the mechanical properties of materials such as metallic glasses and cement. Further, one of Asaph's papers is the current cover article in Nature Materials http://www.nature.com/nmat/index.html

  • Congratulations to Professor Leo Radom, who has been elected President of the Asia-Pacific Association of Theoretical and Computational Chemists.

  • Congratulations to Dr Lars Goerigk, Postdoctoral Fellow with Professor Jeff Reimers, who was awarded a prize for his PhD thesis entitled "Density Functional Theory Approximations: Development and Evaluation for Electronic Ground and Excited States" from the University of Muenster, Germany.  Part of this prize includes about $10,000 to pursue his own research interests here in the School of Chemistry.

  • Congratulations to Associate Professor Louis Rendina and Professor Michael Kassiou, who have been awarded a two year Novel Concept Grant by the National Breast Cancer Foundation of Australia to undertake research into the treatment of metastatic breast cancer. For further information, please visit our Latest News page.

  • Congratulations to Professor Peter Harrowell, Dr Meredith Jordan, Associate Professor Chris Ling and Professor Greg Warr on their recent success with University of Sydney Bridging Support Grants. For further information, please visit our Latest News page.

  • Congratulations to Ms Lara Malins, Postgraduate Teaching Fellow, for the award of the best oral presentation at the 2011 NSW Royal Australian Chemical Institute Organic Division One Day Symposium at UNSW in December 2011.

  • Congratulations to Mr Robert Thompson, PhD Candidate, for the award of the best oral presentation at the 2011 NSW Royal Australian Chemical Institute Organic Division One Day Symposium at UNSW in December 2011.

  • Congratulations to Ms Alexandra Manos-Turvey, Postgraduate Teaching Fellow and PhD candidate, for the award of best poster prize at the 2011 Royal Australian Chemical Institute Biomolecular Division Conference, Torquay in December 2011.

  • Congratulations to Dr Richard Payne, in collaboration with Associate Professor Paul Gorry from the Burnet Institute, who has secured funding from the Australian Centre for HIV and Hepatitis Virology Research Centre to undertake research into HIV inhibitors. For further information, please visit our Latest News page.


  • Congratulations to Sebastien Perrier who has been promoted to Professor of Chemistry. For further information, please visit our Latest News page.

  • Congratulations to Chris Ling who was recently promoted to Associate Professor. For further information, please visit our Latest News page.