Talented Students 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 Students program?

The Talented Students 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 TSP 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.

First year research experience

In the second semester of 1st year, students have the opportunity to undertake a 3 cp research experience unit, which involves learning about the work of a research group and one individual researcher. To register your interest, please email .

TSP esearch projects

Second and third year TSP students 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. 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

  • Cholesterol interaction with the sodium pump (A/Prof. Ron Clarke)
  • Radical MOFs: from microporous conductors to CO2 capture materials (A/Prof. Deanna D’Alessandro)
  • Transmembrane anion transport for future cystic fibrosis treatment (Prof. Phil Gale)
  • Computer simulations of new materials, predicting their properties and behaviour (Dr. Toby Hudson)
  • Computer simulations of how next-generation solar cells work (Dr. Ivan Kassal)
  • Synthesis of novel chemical entities to develop better drug treatments for diseases of the brain (Prof. Michael Kassiou)
  • Synthesis and structural studies of functional oxides (Prof. Brendan Kennedy)
  • Studying the self-assembly of conjugated molecules using polarised light (Dr. Girish Lakhwani)
  • Synthetic chemistry and biology for building nanoscale machines (Dr. Yu Heng Lau)
  • Catalysis of sustainable processes ()
  • Catalytic methods for the total synthesis of the phytohormone mimic (+)-GR24 (A/Prof. Chris McErlean)
  • Art meets science: looking at plants and paintings through the nano lens (A/Prof. Chiara Neto and Dr. Alice Williamson)
  • Developing tools to study the interactions of drugs and other chemicals with the body (A/Prof. Liz New)
  • Using the tools of synthetic organic chemistry to address problems of medical significance (Prof. Richard Payne)
  • 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)
  • Breaking good: making expensive medicines with high school students (A/Prof. Mat Todd and Dr. Alice Williamson)
  • Deep eutectic liquids that exhibit nanoscale structure (Prof. Greg Warr)
  • Building a modern chemistry set (Dr. Alice Williamson)

Contact details

Associate Professor Elizabeth New


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