LATEST NEWS


2017 Research News

 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.

Dr Amandeep Kaur

Dr Amandeep Kaur awarded prestigious Cornforth Medal

28 November, 2017

Congratulations to Dr Amandeep Kaur who has been awarded the RACI's 2017 Cornforth Medal for the most outstanding PhD thesis in chemistry.  Read more.

A/Prof Deanna D'Alessandro awarded Le Fèvre Memorial Prize

28 November, 2017

Congratulations to A/Prof Deanna D'Alessandro who has been awarded the 2017 Le Fèvre Memorial Prize for recognition of outstanding research in chemistry by an early career scientist.  Read more.
Ms Olivia McRae

Honours student, Olivia McRae wins 2nd Prize

24 November, 2017

Congratulations to Honours student, Ms Olivia McRae, who has taken out 2nd Prize at the RACI NSW Analytical and Environmental Chemistry Group Annual Honours and Master-by-Research Presentation Evening held at Western Sydney University. Olivia presented her Honours work on the synthesis and use of tailor-made block copolymers for nanoscale structuring of battery electrodes.

During 2016 and 2017, Olivia has won the following prizes and scholarships:

  • RJW Le Fevre DAASN Rao Prize in Physical Chemistry (2016)
  • Chemistry Summer Research Scholarship (2016)
  • Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering Honours Scholarship (20170

Well done Olivia!

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.

Meet one of our most influential minds of 2017

17 November, 2017

Congratulations to Professor Phil Gale on being named a 2017 Highly Cited Researcher, according to the Clarivate Analytics 2017 Highly Cited Researchers List. The results highlight the significant contribution he is making to the advancement of knowledge. Read more.

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.

Dr Aviva Levina declared a finalist in the 2017 Supervisor of the Year award

15 November, 2017

Congratulations to Senior Research Associate, Dr Aviva Levina, who was a finalist in the SUPRA's 2017 Supervisor of the Year award.  Aviva was presented with a certificate in recognition of her contribution to the advancement of science at a ceremony on the 9 November 2017.  Read more.

RACI 2017 Pat Rodgers Postgraduate Student Prize

20 October, 2017

Congratulations to PhD candidate, Mr Edwin Clatworthy, who has been awarded the 2017 RACI Pat Rodgers Postgraduate Student Prize for his research work and significant achievements in his field.  Read more.

Poster prize to Alvaro Garcia

13 October, 2017

Congratulations to Postdoctoral Research Associate, Alvaro Garcia, who has won a poster prize at the 15th International Conference on Na,K-ATPase and Related Transport ATPases held in Otsu, Japan, from 24-30 September.

Faculty of Science Learning and Teaching Awards 2017

13 October, 2017

Congratulations to A/Prof Chris Ling, who has been awarded the 2017 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. The award winner is recognised for the breadth and excellence of their contribution to the two primary aspects of academic work.

Phil Karpati global winner of the 2017 Undergraduate Awards

3 October, 2017

Congratulations to PhD candidate, Mr Phillip Karpati whose submission, "Selenium-Mediated Peptide Ligations at Proline-Proline Junctions" was chosen as the Global Winner for the Chemical & Pharmaceutical category of The Undergraduate Awards 2017. This is an outstanding achievement for Phil as 6,432 applicants from 300 schools across the globe applied to the award. The UA is the world’s leading undergraduate awards programme which recognises top undergraduate work, shares this work with a global audience and connects students across cultures and disciplines. As part of this award, Phillip, along with 150 other UA winners and highly commended entrants, will spend three days of celebration, collaboration, talks and workshops at the UA Global Summit in Dublin. This summit is aimed at fostering interdisciplinary collaboration and connecting students and recent graduates from around the world.  Read more.

2017 Westpac Future Leaders scholarship 

8 September, 2017

Congratulations to PhD candidate, Mr Phillip Karpati, who has been awarded a 2017 Westpac Future Leaders scholarship.

Conducting chemistry

26 September, 2017

Associate Professor Ling is one of three Faculty of Science recipients of the University’s Sydney Research Accelerator (SOAR) Fellowships. Six months into his two-year SOAR Fellowship, we catch up with Chris to find out more about the flow of his unique research. Read more.

Hoping to discover sure signs of life on mars?  New research says look for the element vanadium

22 September, 2017

The search for biology on neighbour planet Mars won’t play out like a Hollywood movie starring little green men. Rather, many scientists agree if there was life on the Red Planet, it probably will present itself as fossilized bacteria. To find it, astrobiologists likely will need to decode the chemical analysis of rock samples performed by a rover (like the one NASA plans to send to Mars in 2020). Only then might humankind conclude absolutely that life exists beyond Earth.  Read more.

Check out Issue 31 of ChemNEWS!

Ron Clarke made Fellow of RACI 

12 September, 2017

Congratulations to Associate Professor Ron Clarke who has just been made a Fellow of Royal Australian Chemical Institute.

Professor Michael Kassiou awarded two CDIP grants

29 August, 2017

Congratulations to Professor Michael Kassiou, and his team Dr William Jorgensen, Dr Tristan Reekie and Dr Eryn Werry, who have secured two Commercial Development and Industry Partnerships (CDIP) grants totaling $150K, quarter of the total number awarded. These grants will assist Professor Kassiou with the commercialisation of his research projects on the discovery of small molecules for the treatment of substance use and other psychiatric disorders. This has also attracted external investment leading to the formation of a spin-off company to progress to first-in-human studies.  Read more.

ACS Chemical Neuroscience most cited papers from 2015

29 August, 2017

In 2015, three papers have emerged as highly cited, and the most highly read in the neuroscience community. Two of these most highly cited papers, primary research articles, are from our very own Professor Michael Kassiou and co-workers. This is a great achievement signifying the importance and impact of their work.  Read more.

Dr Ivan Kassal recipient of the 2017 Tall Poppy award

18 August, 2017

Congratulations to Dr Ivan Kassal, recipient of the 2017 Tall Poppy award. The prestigious annual Young Tall Poppy Science Awards aim to recognise the achievements of Australia’s outstanding young scientific researchers and communicators.  Read more.

Dr Markus Muellner receives Sydney Vital Seed funding

18 August, 2017

Congratulations to Dr Markus Muellner and his collaborators – Professor Robert Baxter (Kolling Institute) and Dr Pegah Varamini (USYD Pharmacy) – who have received Sydney Vital Seed funding. Their project will focus on the treatment of triple-negative breast cancer. To minimise dose-limiting side-effects and direct the therapeutics directly to the cancer, the team will nano-engineer novel polymer architectures that uniquely target these aggressive cancer cells. The team anticipates that highly selective anti-cancer pharmaceuticals and treatment strategies will have a wide impact on patients’ survival and will improve their quality of life by minimising side-effects.

William Jorgensen placed third in 2017 Gobal SPARK Workshop

18 August, 2017

Congratulations to Postdoctoral research associate, William Jorgensen and his team, who placed third in the 2017 Global SPARK Biomedical-Innovation & Entrepreneurship Workshop held at the University of Tokyo Japan on the 11 August.  Read more.

AINST Postgraduate Top-up Scholarships announced

15 August, 2017

Congratulations to the nine research students working in the School of Chemistry who have been awarded the inaugural Australian Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology (AINST) Postgraduate Top-Up Scholarships.  Read more.

Liz New receives NSW industry and community engagement seed fund

4 August, 2017

Congratulations to Dr Liz New who is one of eight recipients of the NSW industry and community engagement seed fund.  The scheme, jointly funded by the University of Sydney and the NSW Government Boosting Business Innovation Program, aims to increase engagement with NSW businesses, and in particular, those located in regional NSW.  Read more.

2017 Vice-chancellor awards for excellence announced

1 August, 2017

Congratulations to the following staff who were included in the 2017 Vice-Chancellor's Awards for Excellence:-

  • Professor Kate Jolliffe for Outstanding Teaching and Research.
  • Professor Richard Payne for Outstanding Research.
  • Professor Michael Kassiou for Outstanding Research Engagement and Innovation.
  • Professor Greg Warr Outstanding Mentoring and Leadership.
  • Dr Jeanette Hurst for Outstanding Contribution to Educational Excellence.
  • Dr Ellen Braybon for Outstanding Contribution to Educational Excellence.
  • Dr Shane Wilkinson for Outstanding Contribution to Educational Excellence.
  • Dr Nicholas Proschogo for Outstanding Contribution to Research Excellence.

These awards will be presented at a special ceremony on 14 August 2017 as part of the University's Innovation Week. 

Liz New is a finalist in the 2017 3M Eureka Prize for emerging leader in science

28 July, 2017

Regarded as one of Australia’s brightest young inorganic chemists, Dr Elizabeth New's leadership extends beyond her research to encompass teaching, outreach and mentoring. Committed to developing the next generation of scientists, she has built a strong network of collaborators and works tirelessly to improve research culture and environments.

Sydney school students get hands-on at core facility

18 July, 2017

A group of students from Sydney Grammar School have spent the week at the University getting a glimpse of life as a research scientist.

The Michael Bishop Award in Chemistry is operated by the Foundation for Inorganic Chemistry and provides funding for Sydney Grammar students to participate in their own research project and visit the School of Chemistry to access the University’s range of specialist research equipment and scientific expertise.  Read more.

Research within industry - the best of both worlds (by Dr Adrian George)

18 July, 2017

The concept of a ‘stand-alone’ research laboratory is changing. Within the School of Chemistry projects crossing several research areas are becoming more common. Within the University of Sydney the establishment of multi-disciplinary centers housed in a single building such as The Charles Perkins Centre or the Australian Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology encourages interaction between discipline areas.  Read more.

67th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting

18 July, 2017

PhD candidates, Ms Haihui (Joy) Jiang and Mr Andrew Giltrap have just returned from the 67th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting in Germany. This was a unique opportunity for them to interact with over 30 Nobel Laureates and 400 most qualified early career researchers around the world. Read about their experiences.

Prestigious EU Erasmus+ Fellowship awarded to Lou Rendina

12 July, 2017

Congratulations to Professor Lou Rendina who has been awarded a prestigious EU Erasmus+ Fellowship to travel to the Alma Mater Studiorum - The University of Bologna, the oldest university in the world. He will present a series of keynote lectures later this year on the frontiers of boron chemistry. Furthermore, he will engage in several EU collaborative research discussions with leading academics. Prof. Rendina continues to be recognized internationally for his leadership in this field which follows on from previous international fellowships awarded by the UK (Oxford), US (International Institute of Nano and Molecular Medicine/University of Missouri), Japan (University of Osaka), and Canada (Western U).

2017 ACS 2016 best papers by Australian authors

7 July, 2017

Congratulations to staff and students who where featured in the ACS 2016 best papers by Australian authors. Read more.
Ms Katrina Zenere

2017 AINSE Postgraduate Research Award

7 July, 2017

Congratulations to Ms Katrina Zenere who was awarded an AINSE 2017 Postgraduate Research Award (PGRA). AINSE offers awards for Postgraduate students whose research projects are associated with the facilities at ANSTO.

Katrina commenced her PhD in 2015 under the supervision of Prof. Cameron Kepert, working on porous spin crossover framework materials. Her work involves exploring the magnetic and structural properties of these materials by investigating the effects of various external stimuli upon these systems, including variable temperature, guest exchange, photo-active spin state switching, and high pressure studies. 

2017 American Peptide Symposium success

30 June, 2017

Congratulations to PhD students, Ms Jess Sayers and Mr Luke Dowman, both of whom won poster prizes at the 2017 American Peptide Symposium in Whistler, Canada from 17-22 June. Well done!

Successful JIPDF grant to Professor Kate Jolliffe

23 June, 2017

Congratulations to Professor Kate Jolliffe, who has been awarded a Joint International Program Development Fund Grant along with Professor Jerome Lacour from the University of Geneva, for research to develop fluorescent sensors for anions in aqueous environments.  The University of Sydney and the University of Geneva's Joint International Program Development Fund provides funding to support collaborative partnerships in research and teaching between the two institutions.  Kate and Jerome will be awarded $10,000 each to undertake this joint project.

Liz New winner of the 2017 ChemComm Emerging Investigator Lectureship

13 June, 2017

Congratulations to Dr Liz New, winner of the 2017 ChemComm Emerging Investigator Lectureship.  As part of the Lectureship, Liz will present a lecture at three locations over the coming year, with at least one of these events taking place at an international conference, where she will be formally presented with her Emerging Investigator Lectureship certificate. Read more.

Linkage Project success for Liz Carter

7 June, 2017

Congratulations to Dr Elizabeth Carter (School of Chemistry, USYD), along with Dr Jude Philp (USYD); Professor Simon Ville (USYD); Associate Professor Anne Clarke; Dr Robin Torrence (Australian Museum); Professor Deirdre Coleman (UMELB) and Ms Vanessa Finney (Australian Museum) on their successful ARC Linkage grant. This research aims to reconnect zoological specimens with vital collection data. From 1758-1900 millions of specimens were commercially traded to and between museums and collectors, frequently without retaining the data associated with the specimen. This project pioneers spectroscopic techniques to reconstruct data and enhance material conservation practice. The impact of the project will provide new pathways for recovering lost ecological data, creating a resource to improve future biodiversity research.  Total funding:  $403,060

Annual student prize or scholarship recipients

7 June, 2017

Congratulations to all the students who were awarded prizes or scholarships for academic achievements in 2016 and 2017. These scholarships and prizes would not be possible without the generous contributions of our benefactors.   Read more.

Deanna D’Alessandro awarded an ARC Future Fellowship

7 June, 2017

Congratulations to A/Prof Deanna D’Alessandro who has been awarded an ARC Future Fellowship.  The Future Fellowships scheme encourages research in areas of national priority, with preference given to researchers who can demonstrate a capacity to build collaboration across industry, with other research institutions and with other disciplines.

Deanna's research looks at the development of electroactive nanoporous solids which is highly sought as their properties underpin the next generation of technologically and industrially useful devices.

Using a combined experimental, theoretical and computational approach this project expects to provide new insights of relevance to understanding biological photosynthetic systems and porous semiconductors. An expected benefit will be the development of devices for applications in energy storage and conversion, including electrochromic devices, electrocatalysts and battery materials.  Funding total: $860,000.

2017 AINSE Honours Scholarship

30 May, 2017

Congratulations to Ms Olivia McRae, who has won the 2017 AINSEHonours Scholarship. 

Olivia began a Bachelor of Science (Advanced) at the University of Sydney in 2014 with a double major in Chemistry and Environmental Studies. Over the 2015-2016 summer holidays, she completed a Summer Research Scholarship under Dr Girish Lakhwani. This project investigated the optical properties of conjugated polymers through different spectroscopic techniques.

In 2017, Olivia began a project for her Honours year in collaboration with Dr Markus Muellner and A/Prof Chris Ling. Her project focuses on the use of diblock copolymers to template a nanoporous metal oxide material for battery anodes.

Ahmed Owais wins The Surface Coatings Australia Scholarship

30 May, 2017

Congratulations to Mr Ahmed Owais, a PhD candidate in A/Prof Chiara Neto's research group, who has been awarded The Surface Coatings Australia Scholarship. The aim of Ahmed's PhD project is to develop energy- efficient methods to separate the crude-oil and renewable water-soluble chemicals from the water phase by developing robust nanostructured coatings on porous substrates, based on special wettability coatings and supramolecular chemistry. Well done!

A/Prof Ron Clarke featured in RACI's "Chemistry in Australia"

24 May, 2017

The June 2017 issue of RACI's Chemistry in Australia features an article by Associate Professor Ron Clarke, on "Pumps, channels and transporters. How chemists can help". Read more.

Professor Kate Jolliffe awarded A.J. Birch Medal

23 May, 2017

Congratulations to Professor Kate Jolliffe who is the recipient of the 2017 A.J. Birch Medal. This award acknowledges Kate’s significant contributions in the field of synthesis and molecular recognition of cyclic peptides.  We congratulate her on receiving this prestigious award.  Read more.

18th Australasian Polymer Summer School

23 May, 2017

In February members of the Key Centre for Polymer and Colloids, Dr Markus Muellner, PhD candidate, Mr Theophile Pelras, Honours students, Ms Olivia McRae and Ms Vivian Shang, attended the Australasian Polymer Summer School held at the University of South Australia. Read more.

Emeritus Professor Noel Hush

12 May, 2017

Congratulations to E/Prof Noel Hush and Prof Jeff Reimers, whose review article "Sulfur ligand mediated electrochemistry of gold surfaces and nanoparticles:  What, how, and why", appeared in the first issue of a new Elsevier journal Current Opinion in Electrochemistry.   Check it out here.

Len Lindoy - special 80th birthday issue

5 May, 2017

The May issue of RACI's Chemistry in Australia features a tribute to E/Prof Len Lindoy, who turned 80 in April.  Read more.

Elected OSA Fellow

5 May, 2017

Congratulations to Professor John Canning, who has been elected 2017 Optical Society of America (OSA) Fellow for significant scientific and engineering contributions in fundamental and applied photonics across materials, devices, system and instrumentation, and for translating these into industry” (Engineering and Science Research).

Awarded the OSA David Richardson Medal

5 May, 2017

Congratulations to Professor John Canning who has been awarded the Optical Society of America (OSA) David Richardson Medal for seminal scientific and engineering contributions in fundamental and applied photonics across materials, devices, systems and instrumentation, and for translating these into industry. The David Richardson Medal recognizes those who have made significant contributions to optical engineering, primarily in the commercial and industrial sector. In establishing this prize, OSA honors the unique contributions to applied optics made by David Richardson, who received the first award in 1966 for his distinctive contributions to the ruling and replicating of gratings.

The Medicine Maker's Power List

5 May, 2017

Congratulations to our very own A/Prof Mat Todd (Founder, Open Source Malaria) for making "The Medicine Maker's Power List" as a Champion of Change! Mat says he wants to see a “robust and large-scale trial of open source drug development as a competing model for the pharmaceutical industry.” The turning point in his career was the moment he realized that problems in science would be solved more quickly if the industry were more open with what it can’t do.

Check it out at https://themedicinemaker.com/power-list/2017.

Best Poster Presentation

3 May, 2017

Congratulations to Marcello Solomon who received the award for the "Best Poster Presentation (Student/Postdoc)" at the "Catalysed Energy Storage in Chemicals" symposium which was held in Melbourne from 26-28 April 2017.

Marcello recently completed his PhD under the joint supervision of A/Prof. Deanna D'Alessandro and Prof Kate Jolliffe, where he designed and synthesised porous solid state materials incorporating redox-active moieties for CO2 capture and conversion. His work also explored the fundamental charge transfer properties of discrete salen metal complexes and whether they could be used to electrochemically transform CO2 into commodity chemicals.

RACI Adrien Albert Award

28 April, 2017

Professor Michael Kassiou has been unanimously awarded the RACI Adrien Albert Award, given for sustained, outstanding research in the field of medicinal chemistry or chemical biology. It is the premier award of the Medicinal Chemistry and Chemical Biology Division of the RACI.

New podcast by Dr Alice Williams and Science Journalist Bernie Hobbs

28 April, 2017

Science journalist Bernie Hobbs and bona fide chemist Dr Alice Williamson take letters written to 'agony aunts' and provide entirely unsolicited, rigorously evidence-based replies.  Listen to podcast.

Priority Partnership Collaboration Award

26 April, 2017

Professor Cameron Kepert, A/Prof Deanna D’Alessandro and Dr Suzanne Neville have been awarded a Priority Partnership Collaboration Award with A/Prof Louise Berben at the University of California, Davis. The project titled “CO2 Capture and Electrocatalytic Conversion with Covalently Immobilized Porous Materials” has been selected to receive funding in the amount of AU$40,000 over 2017-18.

The Priority Partnership Collaboration Award will enable the team to establish a stronger connection with A/Prof Louise Berben who is an expert in organometallic chemistry, particularly relating to new compounds for catalysing the reduction of carbon dioxide and hydrogen. The Sydney-based team will develop new nanoporous materials with capacity to catalyse these environmentally and industrially important reactions. As part of the collaboration, A/Prof Berben will visit Sydney this July.

Priority Partnership Collaboration Award

26 April, 2017

Professor Thomas Maschmeyer, A/Prof Anthony Masters and Dr Xiaobo Li have been awarded a Priority Partnership Collaboration Award with Professor Frank Osterloh (Department of Chemistry, UC Davis). The project titled "Advanced semiconductor materials system for solar hydrogen generation" has been selected to receive funding of AU$40,000 over the period 2017-18.

The goal of the joint project is to develop an advanced semiconductor photocatalyst system that meets the essential requirements for photocatalytic hydrogen generation for renewable fuel applications.This goal will be accomplished by combining the synthetic and materials characterization expertise at the University of Sydney with expertise and advanced photovoltage characterization at the University of California, at Davis. The University of Sydney group is developing novel, inexpensive semiconductor photocatalysts. This effort involves a wider array of synthetic methodologies, obtaining semiconductor materials with controlled composition, structure and morphology at nanoscale. The University of California, Davis group is developing surface photovoltage spectroscopy (SPS) as a technique for the characterization of photocatalysts. In this way, SPS can be used to observe key variables in photocatalytic materials, including the identity of the majority carriers (which control the photochemistry), the effective band gap (which determines light absorption), the photovoltage (which determines power output), and the energy and concentration of defects (which control detrimental electron hole recombination).

Cleaning up fuels: Removing pollutants from renewable feedstocks

21 April, 2017

A simple, low energy method to reduce nitrogen content of fuels has the potential to reduce air pollutants generated from combustion.

Researchers, led by Professor Thomas Maschmeyer, from the Laboratory of Advanced Catalysis for Sustainability at The University of Sydney, have developed a simple technique to reduce the amount of nitrogen-based compounds commonly found in biocrude oils, when generated from biomass that contained some residual protein, e.g. algae, seaweed or municipal green waste. These nitrogen-containing residues interfere with traditional refining methods and need to be removed, prior to their integration in the supply chain.  Read more.

Living Light

21 April, 2017

There’s a strange yet beautiful glow coming from the Blue Mountains - all thanks to a collaboration between artist Marta Ferracin and chemist Dr Robert Baker.

Marta’s sculpture, entitled Organic Chemistry, is part of the sixth Sculpture at Scenic World festival, in Katoomba. A fascination with the way in which Nature uses chemistry to create light encouraged Marta to seek out some scientific expertise.  Read more.

Elected Fellows of the Royal Society of NSW

21 April, 2017

Congratulations to Professors Kate Jolliffe and Phil Gale, who have been elected Fellows of the Royal Society of NSW.

New Director of the Society of Radiopharmaceutical Sciences

7 April, 2017

Congratulations to Professor Michael Kassiou, who has been elected to the position of Director for the Society of Radiopharmaceutical Sciences. This is the peak international body that plays a key role in the advancement of radiopharmaceutical sciences. This enabling science provides the means for technological growth and the probes required to advance our understanding of normal human functioning and disease.
Mrs Shanthi Perera

2017 SHINE award

28 March, 2017

Congratulations to our Finance Manager, Mrs Shanthi Perera, who along with 3 others, won the 2017 SHINE award.  This award is in recognition of her professional and genuine effort in developing and successfully launching the Finance Mentoring Program at The University of Sydney.  Well done!
Dr Alice Williamson

Alice Williamson accepted as associate fellow of the HEA

24 March, 2017

Congratulations to Dr Alice Williamson who has been accepted as an Associate Fellow of The Higher Education Academy (HEA).  The Higher Education Academy (HEA) is a UK-based organisation responsible for enhancing teaching and supporting learning in higher education. They work with governments, universities and other higher education providers to help and achieve change in learning and teaching. HEA work to improve the experience that students have while they are studying, and we support and develop those who teach them.  Alice was part of a pilot group who applied from The University of Sydney in 2016.  Well done!

Research spotlights early signs of disease using infrared light

21 March, 2017
University of Sydney researchers have used infrared spectroscopy to spotlight changes in tiny cell fragments called microvesicles to probe their role in a model of the body’s immunological response to bacterial infection.

The research led by Professor Peter Lay (School of Chemistry/VSCF) and Professor Georges Grau (School of Medical Sciences) used Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy to detect and characterize the release of sub-micron sized microvesicles.  Read more.

Patent licensed for cancer-fighting molecule

17 March, 2017
New Sydney-developed brain cancer-fighting molecule licensed and attracts $1.2 million in research funding.

A new brain cancer-fighting molecule developed by Sydney researchers Associate Professor Lenka Munoz (Sydney Medical School) and Professor Michael Kassiou (School of Chemistry) has been licensed by drug development company Lin BioScience.  Read more.

2017 Alan Sargeson Lectureship

15 March, 2017
We are delighted to announce that A/Prof Deanna D’Alessandro has been selected from a strong field of applicants as the winner of the RACI Inorganic Chemistry Division's Alan Sargeson Lectureship for 2017. Deanna obtained her BSc(Hons) (2001) and PhD (2006) degrees at James Cook University under the supervision of E/Prof. Richard Keene, followed by postdoctoral research (2007-9) with Prof. Jeff Long at the University of California, Berkeley. Since 2010, she has been based at the University of Sydney where her group works on fundamental and applied aspects of electroactive microporous materials. This award assists the recipient to undertake a lecture tour of Australia and New Zealand.

Mr Andrew Giltrap

67th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting, Germany

14 March 2017
Congratulations to PhD candidate, Mr Andrew Giltrap, who has been invited to attend the 67th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting, Germany. This is an unique opportunity to interact with over 30 Nobel Laureates and 400 most qualified early career researchers around the world.  Well done!

School of Chemistry building

The 2017 QS Subject Rankings

10 March 2017

I’m pleased to announce that The University of Sydney remains in the top 50 Universities for Chemistry in the QS rankings . Given the strong competition from across the globe, this is a great achievement. Well done everyone! Read more.

Dr Alice Williamson

Our new Lecturer in Chemical Education and Outreach

7 March 2017
Congratulations to Dr Alice Williamson who has been appointed the first Lecturer in Chemical Education and Outreach in the School of Chemistry. 
Ms Joy Jiang

67th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting, Germany

7 March 2017
Congratulations to PhD candidate, Ms Haihui Joy Jiang, who has been invited to attend the 67th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting, Germany. This is a unique opportunity to interact with over 30 Nobel Laureates and 400 most qualified early career researchers around the world.  Well done!
Associate Professor Chiara Neto

Nature works with nanotechnology to extract water from thin air

3 March 2017
Professor Richard Payne

Drug lead identified in fight against TB

3 March 2017
Antibacterial compounds found in soil could spell the beginnings of a new treatment for tuberculosis.  New findings lead the way to a much-needed treatment for the world's most deadly infectious disease.  Professor Richard Payne talks about his work and passion for finding a cure for highly infectious diseases such as tuberculosis. Read more.

 Liam Scarratt

Lim Scarratt wins Postgraduate Research Prize

24 February 2017
Congratulations to PhD candidate, Mr Liam Scarratt, who has been awarded the "Postgraduate Research Prize for Outstanding Academic Achievement" for a paper published in 2016 entitled "Durable superhydrophobic surfaces via spontaneous wrinkling of Teflon AF".

Liam completed his Bachelor of Science majoring in Chemistry and Physics at The University of Sydney in 2013. During this time, he spent a year working as an Industrial Chemist at NICNAS as part of the Year In Industry Program provided by the School of Chemistry. He commenced his PhD candidature in 2015 on the fabrication of superhydrophobic surfaces for anti-drag and anti-fouling applications. He has since begun working on liquid infused surfaces, which display enhanced versatility for different applications and greater robustness, despite relying on similar nano-scale surface properties. Using colloid probe atomic force microscopy, he now studies the flow of liquids over these surfaces at the nano-scale, with the aim to understand how to minimise hydrodynamic drag.

Liam plans to visit the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research in Mainz later this year to work under Professor Doris Vollmer and gain further insight into the fluid dynamics on these surfaces at the micro-scale.

 Katrina Zenere

SANZ-O-MAG2 Murray Student Talk Prize

24 February 2017
Congratulations to Ms Katrina Zenere who was awarded the Murray Student Talk Prize (named in honour of Emeritus Professor Keith Murray from Monash University) for the best student research seminar at the 2017 SANZ-O-MAG2 workshop.

The second Southampton-Australia-New Zealand workshop on molecular magnetism was held at The University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand, on 8th-10th February 2017. With the aim of bringing together researchers who have an interest in molecular magnetism, the workshop featured a range of tutorials given by international experts in the field, as well as numerous high quality student talks and posters.

Katrina is a third year PhD student in the Molecular Materials Group working on porous spin crossover framework materials. Her work involves exploring the magnetic and structural properties of these materials by investigating the effects of various external stimuli upon these systems, including variable temperature, guest exchange, photo-active spin state switching, and high pressure studies. 

$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.