From time to time, School of Chemistry staff and students will make the news! Below are excerpts from, and links to, recent news stories and articles about the School of Chemistry from print and electronic media.

Global Environmental Sustainability Award

Friday, 31 July 2015 - 8:15pm

PhD student Kyra Schwarz, from the Ghiggino lab, has received a Global Environmental Sustainability (GES) award from the Rotary Club of Balwyn. The award will help Kyra attend an international conference in Italy next year on organic electronics.

Poster prize for Chemistry students

Friday, 31 July 2015 - 1:15pm

Congratulations to Mina Barzegar Amiri Olia, from the Schiesser research group, who won the Best Poster Prize at the recent 7th Pacific Symposium on Radical Chemistry, held in Singapore from 15 – 18 July 2015. Congratulations also go to Laura Cortes, from the Wedd Lab, who won the poster prize at the 17th International Conference on Biological Inorganic Chemistry, held in Beijing over July 20-24.

Science Engagement Grant for Chemistry with Light

Thursday, 30 July 2015 - 10:45pm

Chemistry staff members, Dr Chris Ritchie and Dr Lars Goerigk, in collaboration with alumnus, Dr Kerwyn Alley, have been awarded a Dean's Engagement Seed Funding grant to initiate an outreach programme on "Chemistry in action through light” with the Nossal High School.

DAAD travel award to Chemistry student

Wednesday, 29 July 2015 - 10:00pm

PhD student, Hedi Karou from the Ritchie lab, is the recipient of a DAAD short term research grant to visit the University of Ulm to work with Professor Carsten Streb for two months to conduct photocatalytic experiments relating to his thesis project.

Dyason Fellowship to Chris Ritchie

Wednesday, 29 July 2015 - 10:00pm

Dr Chris Ritchie has been awarded a Dyason Fellowship to visit the Instituto de Nanociencia de Aragón to work with Dr Jesús Martínez de la Fuente on the project, "Synthesis, assembly and antibacterial properties of polyoxometalate containing polysaccharide nano capsules”.

New solid-state NMR installed at Bio21

Thursday, 23 July 2015 - 11:30pm

A 400 MHz solid-state NMR spectrometer with a wide bore magnet has been installed at the Bio21 NMR Facility. The NMR purchase was funded through an ARC LIEF grant awarded to Prof. Frances Separovic and colleagues. Read more about the instrument and how it will be used at 'Everyday quantum mechanics and the study of cell membranes'.

Chemistry students awarded best talks at ANZSMS

Thursday, 23 July 2015 - 4:30pm

PhD students, Michael Leeming and Neville Coughlan, won the best and runner up award for student talks at the 25th Australian & New Zealand Society for Mass Spectrometry (ANZSMS) meeting in Brisbane.

IRRTF grant award for semiconducting materials

Tuesday, 21 July 2015 - 7:00pm

Congratulations to Prof. Ken Ghiggino and colleagues on the success of their International Research & Research Training Fund (IRRTF) application in the Research Network & Consortia category, entitled "Asian Research Network for Characterising Semi-Conducting Materials at High Spatial and Temporal Resolution”, which involves researchers at Shandong University, IIS Bangalore, IIS Kanpur, Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry CAS, and Nanjing University of Post & Telecommunications.

ARC Linkage grant success

Tuesday, 7 July 2015 - 5:45pm

Congratulations to Assoc Prof Paul Donnelly who was successful in his ARC Linkage grant application, "Gallium, copper and metal fluoride complexes designed for brain imaging”.

Luke Gamon blogs for Nature Chemistry

Monday, 6 July 2015 - 11:45am

Luke Gamon, PhD student in Chemistry, has been chosen to do the July 'Blogroll column’ for Nature Chemistry. Read his column on creativity in drug discovery, entitled 'Patently inventive', at Nature blog.

Faculty of Science Travelling Scholarship

Friday, 3 July 2015 - 9:00pm

Congratulations to PhD student, Michele Vonci, from the Boskovic group, on the award of a Faculty of Science Travelling Scholarship. Michele will use this scholarship to attend the European Conference on Molecular Magnetism and the European Conference on Neutron Scattering in Zaragoza, Spain, in September. Michele will also undertake collaborative research at the University of Florence, Italy.

Site-specific modification of antibodies by click chemistry

Wednesday, 1 July 2015 - 6:15pm

A versatile two-step modular system for site-specific antibody modification and conjugation has been reported in Angew. Chem. See: .The team led by researchers from the School of Chemistry (Paul Donnelly & Brett Paterson) and Baker Heart IDI (Christoph Hagemeyer, Karl Heinz Peter, Karen Alt) demonstrated the versatility of the two-step approach by selectively incorporating fluorescent dyes and a positron-emitting copper-64 radiotracer to a single-chain antibody fragment that targets activated platelets. The resulting constructs could be used for fluorescence or PET imaging of activated platelets and thrombi. This approach could be readily adapted to incorporate a large array of tailor-made functional groups using reliable click chemistry whilst preserving the activity of the antibody or other sensitive biological macromolecules.

Georgina Such – new Senior Lecturer

Friday, 26 June 2015 - 1:30pm

The School of Chemistry is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Georgina Such as a Senior Lecturer (Level C). Georgina joined the School in 2013 as an ARC Future Fellow and has established a research group in Advanced Polymer Assemblies of Medicine, Energy and Catalysis. Her appointment strengthens our research in the area of materials chemistry. Find out more about Georgina’s research at

Dean's Awards for Excellence to Chemistry Staff

Wednesday, 24 June 2015 - 10:15pm


Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research (Teaching & Research) to Dr Alessandro Soncini for fundamental research in the field of single molecule magnets.



Dean’s Award for Excellence in EH&S to Sioe See Volaric for outstanding contribution to the management of environment, health and safety issues in the Faculty.



Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research (Research Only) to Dr Wallace Wong for contributions to the field of organic electronic materials.


M Ashokkumar appointed editor of Ultrason. Sonochem.

Thursday, 18 June 2015 - 10:45pm

Professor M. Ashokkumar has been appointed as an Editor (Asia) of Ultrasonics Sonochemistry, a leading international journal dedicated to research publications in the areas of ultrasonics and sonochemistry, see

Equity Innovation Grant to Mick Moylan

Friday, 12 June 2015 - 9:15pm

Mick Moylan has been awarded a 2015 Equity Innovation Grant entitled "What's in Water" to engage with students in priority schools in rural and remote areas.

Bob Cattrall - Member of the Order of Australia

Monday, 8 June 2015 - 11:45am

The School of Chemistry is delighted to hear of the award of Member (AM) in the General Division to Emeritus Professor Robert Walter Cattrall for significant service to science, particularly analytical chemistry, as an academic, educator, researcher and author, and to cricket. Congratulations Bob and thank you for your service to chemistry.

Perovskites - the next big jump in solar cell efficiency

Wednesday, 3 June 2015 - 5:45pm

Perovskites are a class of materials with a specific crystal structure, named after the mineral that was the first substance found to have this structure, and are superb semiconductors like silicon. One perovskite, methylammonium lead iodide, shows great promise. In the lab, solar cells with this perovskite can produce electricity with 20% efficiency, a rate close to silicon. The perovskite cell is produced by pouring a solution thinly over a backing, or by letting a vapour condense on the backing. Methylammonium lead iodide absorbs light in wavelengths not absorbed by silicon, so in tandem provides a substantial boost to efficiency. Professor Andrew Holmes describes the challenges and promise of perovskite solar cells on Radio National.

Science can build a better Australia

Friday, 29 May 2015 - 2:00pm

Professor Andrew Holmes (Chemistry), President of the Australian Academy of Science, delivered an address to Science at the Shine Dome 2015 about how scientists are increasingly being taken seriously by the public and in the halls of power. It was published in The Conversation.

Outreach Student Experience

Wednesday, 27 May 2015 - 2:00pm

Dr Sean Murphy, from the Mulvaney Research Group, visited Year 11 Chemistry Class, at Hoppers Crossing Secondary College recently. The students in the photo are holding vials of magnetic nanoparticles and others are holding bucky balls.

Photo credit: Science Teacher, Renae Crossi