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2017 Research News

$17M NHMRC program grant

7 February 2017
Professor Michael Kassiou is one of 8 Chief Investigators in receiving a $17M NHMRC program grant over the next 5 years.

The research project aims to study frontotemporal degeneration of the brain which is a leading cause of morbidity due to a pathologically heterogeneous, rapidly-progressive group of disorders with behavioural, language and motor deficits. The NHMRC Program Grant will continue to develop the necessary tools and therapies to effectively diagnose, manage and treat these disorders, with particular focus on understanding the unusual genetics underpinning these disorders, and fast-tracking any potential treatments.

Highly cited paper

7 February 2017
Congratulations to Emeritus Professor Leo Radom whose 1996 paper entitled "Harmonic Vibrational Frequencies: An Evaluation of Hartee-Fock, Møller-Plesset, Quadratic Configuration Interaction, Density Functional Theory, and Semiempirical Scale Factors", by Anthony P. Scott and Leo Radom, has just been listed as the fifth most cited article in the 120 year history of the American Chemical Society's Journal of Physical ChemistryDOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/jp960976r

 

RACI's 2016 Cornforth Medal winner

3 February 2017
Congratulations to Dr Carol Hua (MRACI CChem) on receiving the Royal Australian Chemical Institute's 2016 Cornforth Medal for the best PhD thesis in Australia.

Carol completed her PhD in 2016 in the Molecular Materials Group working on the development of electroactive nanoporous materials (molecular complexes, metal-organic frameworks and porous organic polymers). She is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Limerick, Ireland, with Professor Mike Zaworotko, working on the development of nanoporous materials as carbon dioxide sensors and for the storage and delivery of NO in biomedical applications.

Carol was recently awarded two prestigious postdoctoral fellowships including the a Dow Chemical Company Fellowship of the American-Australian Association and an Endeavour Fellowship which she will commence in May 2017 at Northwestern University with Associate Professor David Harris, focusing on stimuli-responsive magnetic materials.

Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI) Archibald D. Ollé Prize

7 January 2017
Congratulations to Associate Professor Ron Clarke on being awarded the 2016 Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI) Archibald D. Ollé Prize for publication of Pumps, channels and transporters: methods of functional analysis. This book is volume 183 of Chemical Analysis: a series of monographs on analytical chemistry and its applications. Ron and Mohammed Khalid (University of Taif, Saudi Arabia) were co-editors for this volume; review for which can be found in the July issue of Chemistry in Australia. Archibald Ollé was very active in the chemical and scientific life of NSW in the first 40 years of the twentieth century, and his wife, who outlived him, left a bequest to the RACI to his name with an annual prize. The Ollé Prize is awarded to a member of the institute who submits the “best treatise, writing or paper” on any subject relevant to the Institute’s interests.

Smaller and safer batteries for electric cars

4 January, 2017
Congratulations to Associate Professor Chris Ling who has been awarded one of ten inaugural Sydney Research Accelerator (SOAR) fellowships for mid-career researchers. In its first year, the program will enable 10 mid-career researchers to further their research. Chris' research into the power-to-weight ratio of lithium-ion batteries has led them to dominate consumer electronics and early electric vehicles. As part of his fellowship, Chris hopes to design and build new materials into these batteries that will improve their performance – making them smaller, safer and more powerful – with a particular focus on large-scale automotive and renewable energy storage applications. Read more here.

Developing new materials for energy conversion and storage

4 January, 2017
Congratulations to Associate Professor Deanna D'Alessandro who has been awarded one of ten inaugural Sydney Research Accelerator (SOAR) fellowships for early-career researchers. In its first year, the program will enable 10 early-career researchers to further their research. Deanna is at the forefront of developing new materials that have enormous potential to further sensing technologies and energy conversion and storage, as well as creating new electrochromic devices that change colour with electricity. Her fellowship will allow her to build her international profile in the field of materials science. Read more here.

ARC funding success

4 January, 2017
Congratulations to those who were successful in receiving their ARC Discovery and LIEF grants for 2017. To find out who was successful please visit here.