two great achievements


Professor Max Crossley wins 2012 David Craig Medal for outstanding contributions to chemical research; and the Robert Burns Woodward Career Award.

David Craig Medal

Professor Maxwell Crossley is a world leader in research on porphyrins, a class of compounds of great importance to life and for which many new uses are emerging in nanosciences. Haem, the red coloured oxygen carrier in blood, and chlorophylls, green pigments responsible for photosynthesis in plants, are important porphyrins. He designs and constructs new functional porphyrin systems for use in solar energy devices, in mimicry of photosynthesis and also in the burgeoning field of molecular-scale electronics. Max has been responsible for many seminal advances in the field.
Max received his Medal at a ceremony in Canberra in May 2012.


Professor Max Crossley receiving the David Craig Medal from the President of the Austalian Academy of Science, Professor Suzanne Cory.
Robert Burns Woodward Career Award

The Robert Burns Woodward Career 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 received the Award and presented a Prize Lecture on the 4 July, 2012 at an International Symposium on Porphyrins and Phthalocyanines in South Korea.