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2018 Research News

Michael Kassiou

Australian Research Council to fund new research training centre for the Development of Tools for Fragment Based Design

August 2018

Worth $4,163,359.00 under the Industrial Transformation Research Training Scheme, the ARC Training Centre for the Development of Tools for Fragment Based Design aims to inspire the next generation of drug discovery research leaders. It plans to provide direct experience with industry partners, training and master classes in early stage drug-discovery from industry experts. The Centre is expected to accelerate research translation and industry engagement by providing an efficient strategy for the screening of a biological target and early medicinal chemistry for optimisation. The expected outcome of the Centre is to equip the trainees with the skills to make key contributions to the sustainability and growth of the sector and to provide significant capacity to address global challenges for 21st century pharmaceutical innovation.  

The new ARC Training Centre will be led by Asssociate Professor Martin Scanlon from Monash University, other collaborators include Professor Sally-Ann Poulsen; Professor Michael Kassiou (School of Chemistry at USYD); Dr Roisin McMahon; Professor Raymond Norton; Professor Jennifer Martin; Professor Joel Mackay; Dr Ben Capuano; Professor Jonathan Baell; Dr Gregory Savage; Dr Timothy O'Meara; Dr Manuel Perez Pacheco; Dr Pedro Serrano navarro; Dr Paul Colussi; Dr Wim Meutermans; Dr James Murrray; Dr Amabel tan; Dr C Begley; Dr Brittany Howard; Dr Gareth Goodier.

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Genevieve Sergeant wins USYD 2018 Visualise your Thesis competition

August 2018

Congratulations to Genevieve Sergeant, a PhD student in Kate Jolliffe's group, who came first in the University of Sydney 2018 Visualise your thesis competition. Genevieve's 60 second video, titled ‘Fluorescent Arrays for Phosphate Sensing’, describes her PhD research and can be found at https://library.sydney.edu.au/research/visualise-your-thesis/ 

 

Debora Monego awarded two prizes to help support her research

August 2018

Congratulations to Debora Monego, a PhD student in Dr Asaph Widmer-Cooper's group, who has recently received two awards to help support her research on ligand-mediated interactions between nanoparticles; a University of Sydney Nano Institute Postgraduate Top-up Scholarship and an Australian Nanotechnology Network Overseas Travel Fellowship. 

Chiara Neto

Biomimetic surface coatings for drag and fouling reduction

August 2018

Congratulations to A/Prof Chiara Neto who has secured a 2018 Future Fellowship funded by the Australian Research Council (ARC).

This project aims to develop new slippery lubricant-infused surfaces that reduce liquid drag and inhibit fouling – a build-up of unwanted material - while being non-toxic. The developed coatings will provide a sustainable and green solution to the marine fouling problem, and will reduce the energy required to produce flow.

The successful completion of the project will bring economic, health, and environmental benefits to Australia. The fundamental understanding gained will have broadtechnological implications and will produce important benefits in the marine, food, biomedical and microfluidic industries.  Read more.

Thomas Maschmeyer

Thomas Maschmeyer named as finalist for the Australian Museum Eureka Prizes

July 2018

Congratulations to Professor Thomas Maschmeyer who is one of seven outstanding researchers from University of Sydney named as a finalist for the Australian Museum Eureka Prizes for the CSIRO Eureka Prize for Leadership in Innovation and Science.  Read more | watch video.

Liz New

Liz New named as finalist for the Australian Museum Eureka Prizes

July 2018

Congratulations to A/Prof Liz New who is one of seven outstanding researchers from University of Sydney named as a finalist for the Australian Museum Eureka Prizes for the 3M Eureka Prize for Emerging Leader in Science  Read more | watch video.

Faculty of Science Awards announced

July 2018

Congratulations to A/Prof Siggi Schmid, who has been awarded the 2018 Faculty of Science Learning and Teaching Award for Outstanding Teaching and Research. This award celebrates the achievements of a University of Sydney academic in the Faculty of Science who has made outstanding contributions in both research and education. Siggi is recognised for the breadth and excellence of his contribution to the two primary aspects of academic work.

Faculty of Science Award announced

July 2018

Congratulations to Dr Adrian George, who has been awarded a 2018 Faculty of Science Award for Outstanding Teaching.  This award recognises the breadth and excellence of Adrian's contribution to teaching as he continues to find innovative ways to engage students with his passion for chemistry.

Vice-Chancellor's Awards announced

July 2018

Congratulations to the following people who have been recognised through the Vice-Chancellor's Awards for Excellence.  They are:

A/Prof Brian Hawkett for Outstanding Research Engagement and Innovation.

Drs Shelley Wickham and Markus Muellner for Outstanding Early Career Research.

Liz New selected to represent Iron

July 2018

Congratulations to Associate Professor Liz New who has been selected by IUPAC to represent Iron on their periodic table of younger chemists.  Read more

 

Liz New elected a Fellow of The Royal Society of NSW

July 2018

Congratulations to Associate Professor Liz New who has been elected a Fellow of The Royal Society of NSW.  This appointment recognises the substantial contributions Liz has made within the field of science.  Liz is an inorganic chemist who develops sensors to enable revolutionary understanding of the chemical processes taking place within biological cells.  She is also acclaimed for her university teaching.

Shelley Wickham awarded Westpac Fellowship to study DNA origami

June 2018

Congratulations to Dr Shelley Wickham on her wonderful achievement of a Westpac Fellowship to study DNA origami. Shelley is now the third recipient in our School along with Liz New and Ivan Kassal. Shelley will build new tools made from DNA origami - tiny tweezers, spanners, wrenches and springs - to better understand blood clotting on nanosurfaces and ultimately design better materials.  Read more.

Hamid Arandiyan

Hamid Arandiyan named an Emerging Investigator 2018 by ChemComm

June 2018

In recognition of outstanding work in the early stages of his scientific career, Dr Hamid Arandiyan, a Senior Research Fellow at School of Chemistry at the University of Sydney, has been named an Emerging Investigator 2018 by the ChemComm. Read more.

Hamid Arandiyan

Hamid Arandiyan awarded 2018 Young Researcher Award

June 2018

Congratulations to Senior Research Fellow, Dr Hamid Arandiyan, who has been awarded the 2018 Young Researcher Award by the Global Green Chemistry Centres G2C2.  The G2C2 network was born out of the need to promote communication between the many green chemistry centres scattered around the world.  Hamid will present a lecture about his research entitled “Single atom catalysts for a green chemistry:  Sustainable conversion of CO2” as part of the next G2C2 symposium at a time to be advised.

Sever Sternhell

Sev Sternhell made Officer (AO) in the Queen's Birthday Honours list

June 2018

Emeritus Professor Sever Sternhell has been honoured as an Officer (AO) in the general division in the Queen's birthday 2018 Honours list.  This is a wonderful achievement for Sev's distinguished service to education in the field of organic chemistry, specifically to nuclear magnetic resonance, as an academic and researcher, and to scientific institutions.  

Life, mathematics and gender diversity

May 2018

An inspirational talk by Professor Nalini Joshi, School of Mathematics and Statistics, The University of Sydney.

Listen at: life-mathematics-and-gender-diversity.m4v

Discovery for grouping atoms invokes Pasteur

May 2018

Australian scientists have found a new way to make isomers - molecules made of the same atoms connected together differently - which is expected to open a new field of chemistry, with important applications possible soon. Read more.

Research grant to focus on mining in high temperature geothermal ore body

April 2018

Mining companies operating in extreme temperatures may soon find processes and procedures a lot less onerous, thanks to the funding of a major research project by the Australian Research Council. Read more.

Mosquito saliva vital to the discovery of future drugs

April 2018

By mimicking the anti-clotting properties of the proteins in a mosquito’s saliva, scientists could develop new drugs to treat conditions like deep vein thrombosis or stroke, according to new University of Sydney research. Read more.

Getting to the bottom of plastic pollution in Sydney's marine life

20 March 2018

Researchers at the School of Chemistry in collaboration with UNSW are using new analysis methods to learn more about plastic contamination in Australia’s fish.  Read more.

Prof Phil Gale wins prestigious 2018 Izatt Christensen Award in Macrocyclic and Supramolecular Chemistry

13 March 2018

Congratulations to Professor Phil Gale who has been awarded the prestigious 2018 Izatt Christensen Award in Macrocyclic and Supramolecular Chemistry.  Read more.

Dr Jon Danon

Dr Jonathan Danon awarded USyd postdoctoral Fellowship 2018

23 February 2018

Congratulations to Dr Jonathan Danon, who has been awarded a University of Sydney Postdoctoral Fellowship for 2018. He will be working with the Kassiou group in the School of Chemistry and the Brain and Mind Centre, focusing on the development of effective diagnostics and therapies for frontotemporal dementia syndromes (FTD).  Read more.

Kinoxis Therapeutics launched to develop anti-addiction drugs

20 February 2018

Some $3.9 million has been raised in an initial financing round to develop novel anti-addiction compounds. SOC-1, which will progress through pre-clinical testing, mimics the properties of the “pleasure hormone” oxytocin. 

A collaboration between the School of Chemistry and School of Psychology led by Professor Michael Kassiou and Professor McGregor resulted in the group researching small compounds that stimulate the central oxytocin system, have oral bioavailability and demonstrate favorable pharmacokinetic profiles. Read more.

 

ICONN conference

20 February 2018

Congratulations to PhD candidate, Mr Jared Wood, who won a best Oral Presentation prize for his burster session talk "The Self-Assembly of Nanorods in Polymer Solution" at the 2018 International Conference On Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICONN2018) held over 29 Jan - 2 Feb.

Jared presented his work on simulating semiconductor nanorod behaviour and its relation to experimental results.

Linkage grants foster new industry collaborations

9 February 2018

More than $1.7 million was today awarded to Sydney projects in the first Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Project outcomes for 2018. Linkage Projects support academics to work with government and industry partners to tackle complex problems and fast-track solutions to benefit end users.  Read more.

New drug discovery project tackles neglected tropical disease

9 February 2018

A drug discovery project launched late yesterday will take an open source approach to discover compounds that could lead to treatment for a neglected tropical infectious disease which causes devastating deformities. Read more.

Harvard and beyond!

9 February 2018

Forty-five Sydney academics and PhD students have been granted funding to build collaborations with colleagues at some of the top institutions in Asia, Britain and the United States. Two of which are our very own PhD candidates, Ms Haihui Joy Jiang and Mr Samuel Peppou-Chapman who will be spending time at Harvard University.  Read more.

2018 Sydney Research Accelerator (SOAR) fellows announced

30 January 2018

Congratulations to Associate Professor Liz New who has been named a 2018 Sydney Research Accelerator (SOAR) fellow for early-career researchers.  The SOAR fellowships, a key initiative in the 2016-20 Strategic Plan, support outstanding up-and-coming research stars to fulfil their potential.

Liz’s  develops fluorescent chemical sensors that help visualise biological processes to better understand Alzheimer’s, obesity and cancer, as well as find toxic metals in soils to improve agriculture in remote communities. Already a leader at the forefront of chemical probe development within Australia, the fellowship will assist with the commercialisation of her research.

2018 Sydney Research Accelerator (SOAR) fellows announced

30 January 2018

Congratulations to Associate Professor Chiara Neto who has been named a 2018 Sydney Research Accelerator (SOAR) fellow for mid-career researchers.  The SOAR fellowships, a key initiative in the 2016-20 Strategic Plan, support outstanding up-and-coming research stars to fulfil their potential.

Chiara’s research takes inspiration from nature to design slippery nanostructured surface coatings that have a variety of applications, from increasing the energy efficiency of commercial shipping to alleviating water scarcity in arid climates. The fellowship will expand her leadership at Sydney Nano and enable face-to-face collaborations with leading global experts in her field and industry.

Faculty of Science Research Equipment and Infrastructure Scheme 2017

30 January 2018

Congratulations to Professor Michael Kassiou who has been awarded a Faculty of Science Research Equipment and Infrastructure Scheme 2017.  The award of $48,000 will help purchase a EasyMax 402 Advanced Synthesis Workstation.

Faculty of Science Research Equipment and Infrastructure Scheme 2017

23 January 2018

Congratulations to Professor Richard Payne who has been awarded a Faculty of Science Research Equipment and Infrastructure Scheme 2017.  The award of $121,806 will help purchase a high-performance liquid chromatography auto purification suite for the separation and characterisation of drugs, polymers and biomolecules.

Faculty of Science Research Equipment and Infrastructure Scheme 2017

23 January 2018

Congratulations to Dr Girish Lakhwani who has been awarded a Faculty of Science Research Equipment and Infrastructure Scheme 2017.  The award of $53,549 will help purchase a TCSPC System (DeltaFelx-01-NL).

Sydney Nano Research Collaboration Award

16 January 2018

Congratulations to Associate Professor Siggi Schmid, PhD candidate, Mr Chee Wah Loy (School of Chemistry) and Dr Yixiang Gan (School of Civil Engineering) who have received a Sydney Nano Research Collaboration Award for 2018.

Prof Chris Ling receives Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award

22 December, 2017

Congratulations to Professor Chris Ling who has received the Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award. The Humboldt Foundation grants about 20 such awards worldwide each year across all fields, in recognition of outstanding lifetime research achievements. Chris will use the €45,000 award to spend 6 months in Germany working on new projects and forming new collaborations in the field of materials chemistry.

Funding fosters strategic relationships

19 December, 2017

Congratulations to Associate Professors Brian Hawkett and Chiara Neto, who have gained funding from the Australian Research Council (ARC) as part of the Linkage Funding Scheme for their project investigating stain-resistant paint.  Read more.

 Dr Liz Carter

Dr Liz Carter receives Leading Edge Shine Award

15 December, 2017

Congratulations to Dr Liz Carter who shared the Leading Edge Shine Award presented at the DVR end-of-year party for innovation within the research portfolio of the University of Sydney in her position as Facility Manager of the Vibrational Spectroscopy Core Facility (VSCF). This is due recognition for the outstanding level of innovative research service Liz has provided to the University in contributing to the research excellence within the University and for many external users.  Read more.

 Dr Thomas Whittle

Dr Tom Whittle awarded 2018 Endeavour Fellowship

15 December, 2017

Congratulations to Dr Thomas Whittle who received the Endeavour Fellowship from the Australian government to do postdoctoral research at the University of Kent in the United Kingdom in 2018.  Read more.

Chris Ling receives the ANBUG Neutron Award

24 November, 2017

Congratulations to A/Prof Chris Ling who has received the ANBUG Neutron Award for outstanding research in neutron science and leadership promoting the Australian neutron scattering community at the 2018 ANSTO user meeting.

ARC Funding outcomes 2018 (Round 1)

14 November, 2017

We are delighted to congratulate the School of Chemistry researchers awarded ARC funding through the Discovery Project; Discovery Early Career Awards; and LIEF schemes - one of which was awarded to Professors Rich Payne and Phil Gale and their team for funding to develop the NSW molecular analysis platform. Total funding announced for the School of Chemistry was $6M.  Read more.