school research


The School of Chemistry is one of the top research Chemistry Departments in Australia. The School has about 36 research groups, each headed by a member of the academic staff, spanning a wide range of Chemistry disciplines with identified areas of research strength including:

Our research leadership in many areas is built on our collective expertise and experience with major national and international research facilities including the Australian Synchrotron and ANSTO Opal research reactor, as well as international collaborations and facilities such as the Australian National Beamline in Japan, the US NIST Center for Neutron Research and the UK's Rutherford-Appleton Laboratory. This is substantially enhanced by the enviable research infrastructure housed within the School, supported by dedicated high-level professional and technical expertise, including NMR Spectroscopy, Mass Spectrometry, Vibrational and Optical Spectroscopy, X-ray Crystallography, Separations, Thermophysical Properties and High-Performance Computing.

While our own undergraduate students continue to be the lifeblood of our outstanding cohort of research students, our international research student numbers are also a significant factor in both quality and our continually growing reputation in the region. In addition to the 131 postgraduate research students in the School in 2012, there were 50 Honours students undertaking year-long, research-intensive training, as well as numerous undergraduate scholars completing Talented Student Program research projects and summer research scholarships.

Our publication output, competitive research grant success and awards to School members all attest to our continued high level of research performance. In 2012 the School maintained its strong publication record, producing 10 book chapters, 242 research papers and 32 refereed conference papers. Our research publications continue to be directed towards highly ranked international journals. Staff and research students maintain our significant presence at national and international conferences and pleasingly many of our research students have been awarded prizes for their presentations at such conferences, reflecting both the excellence of the research they are undertaking and their outstanding ability to present this to an audience. I thank our alumni/ae and donors for their generous support, particularly of postgraduate research scholarships and travel grants.

In 2012, members of the School received over $7.3M in new research funding, leading to a total of 32 Discovery Grants, 3 ARC Future Fellows; 7 other Fellowships and 6 Linkage Grants from the Australian Research Council, totaling (with other grants) $12.1M in competitive research funding. Our research continues to receive national and international recognition with highlights in 2012 including the David Craig Medal and the Robert Burns Woodward Career award to Professor Max Crossley; the RACI Weickhardt Medal for Distinguished Contribution to Economic Advancement to Professor Thomas Maschmeyer; the RACI Applied Research Award to Professor S├ębastien Perrier; the Ahmed Zewail Prize in Molecular Sciences to Emeritus Professor Noel Hush; the Asian and Oceanian Photochemistry Association prize to Associate Professor Tim Schmidt; PhD candidate, Ms Lara Malins, who was awarded the prestigious RACI Feutrill Prize and a number of other prizes, and Professor Scott Kable and Associate Professor Meredith Jordan, who were lead authors of a study published in Science.