Talented student program

TSP students, Ms Inga Topolnicki and Ms Carmen Tran

TSP students, Ms Inga Topolnicki and Ms Carmen Tran, photo courtesy of Ms Dimetra Skondras-Silva

What is the talented student program

The Talented Student Program (TSP) is a special program of study intended for students of exceptional merit who are enrolled in degrees administered by the Faculty of Science. Entry to the Talented Student Program is by invitation from the Dean. For more information, visit the TSP page on the Faculty of Science website.

There are many opportunities for chemistry TSP students to get involved in research in the School, and to learn from more experienced researchers. For more information about any of the opportunities below, please contact the TSP coordinator, .

TSP showcase

The TSP showcase is the first opportunity for first year students to become involved in research at the university, and is a chance for third year students to experience mentoring. The TSP showcase is organised by the Faculty of Science, and more information will be available early in first semester.

TSP research projects

As a Talented Student, you have the opportunity to complete a research project within a research group in the School. Students typically perform projects for 3 or 6 credit points. Only second and third year students can undertake projects in Semesters 1. The list of offered TSP projects are shown below, and projects will be allocated on a first come-first served basis. To register your interest in a project, please email with your three preferred projects (in order of preference) by the end of Week 1 of semester.

TSP projects currently on offer

  • Biospectroscopic studies of diseases and disease processes (Prof. Peter Lay)
  • Catalysis of sustainable processes (A/Prof. Tony Masters)
  • Cholesterol interaction with the sodium pump (A/Prof. Ron Clarke)
  • Collisional energy transfer in atmospheric chemistry (A/Prof. Meredith Jordan)
  • Computer simulations of new materials, predicting their properties and behaviour (Dr. Toby Hudson)
  • Computer simulations of nanoparticle interactions and assembly, with relevance to solar energy and health (Dr. Asaph Widmer-Cooper)
  • Designing functional surface coatings that have special interactions with liquids (A/Prof. Chiara Neto)
  • Detection of specific anions in the environment and the body (Prof. Kate Jolliffe)
  • Developing tools to study the interactions of drugs and other chemicals with the body (Dr. Liz New)
  • Drug discovery (A/Prof. Mat Todd)
  • Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) for gas capture and separation (Dr. Deanna D’Alessandro)
  • Modifying the chemistry of lithium-ion battery materials in order to enhance stability and performance (A/Prof. Chris Ling)
  • Organic and inorganic synthesis and structural and magnetic characterisation of new spin crossover materials ((Dr. Suzanne Neville)
  • Studies of newly-discovered antimicrobial peptides that occur naturally in Australian marsupials, such as the Tasmanian devil (Prof. Richard Payne and Prof. Kate Jolliffe)
  • Synthesis and structural studies of functional oxides (Prof. Brendan Kennedy)
  • Synthesis of novel chemical entities to develop better drug treatments for diseases of the brain (Prof. Michael Kassiou)
  • The synthesis and characterisation of Prussian blue type materials as positive electrodes in re-chargeable Li- or Na-ion batteries (A/Prof. Siegbert Schmid and Dr Alex Yuen)
  • Thermoplastics and thermopolymers (Prof. John Canning)
  • Using the tools of synthetic organic chemistry to address problems of medical significance, including antibacterial, antiviral and antiparasitic drug discovery and the development of peptide and protein-based therapeutics including cancer vaccines and anti-thrombotics (Prof. Richard Payne)

Contact details

Dr Elizabeth New


Dr Liz New
TSP Coordinator
Room 543
T: +61 2 9351 1993