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.

School of Chemistry Student Prizes for 2013

Thursday, 17 April 2014 - 5:45pm

Congratulations to the following students who have been awarded prizes based on 2013 results:

Dwights Prize – Wenxiao Yue

Exhibition Prize - Stephanie Quah

CA Taylor Prize – Luke Wilson

Huntsman Australia Prize – Liselle Aitkin

J.S. Anderson Prize – Claire Baillie

Dulux Australia Prize – Tessa Young

Fred Walker Scholarship – Joses Grady Nathanaael

James Cuming Memorial Scholarship (Major) - Scott Fletcher

James Cuming Memorial Scholarship (Minor) - Marcus Giansiracusa

Agilent Award For Excellence – Calvin Lee

Dr Rex Williamson and Family Scholarship – Anton Zalewski

Andrew Kirby Award for Research Excellence – Athanasios Zavras

Kernot Research Scholarship – Tessa Young

Stanley Harvey Prize – Tessa Young

Dixson Research Scholarship – Ashley Sutton

Ronald Riseborough Prize – Ognjen Belic

Monica Elizabeth Reum Memorial Prize –  JiaYing Linda Chan

Thomas Healy Award (round 1) - Lu Cao and Quinn Besford

Thomas Healy Award (round 2) - Erwin Rodriguez

MS Provides Insights Into Insecticide Resistance

Tuesday, 15 April 2014 - 11:30pm

By using twin ion mass spectrometry, researchers in the School of Chemistry led by Prof. Richard O’Hair in collaboration with the Batterham lab in Bio21 have explained how fruit flies express a single gene at high levels to rid themselves of a common insecticide (Anal. Chem. 2014, DOI: 10.1021/ac404188g). The work was highlighted in Chem & Eng News.

MUCS: Valda McRae Memorial Lecture

Tuesday, 8 April 2014 - 5:00pm

The Melbourne University Chemical Society, MUCS, hosted a Lecture in honour of Valda McRae on 2 April 2014 in the Cuming Theatre. The Lecture, entitled "What possible use can nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy have for chemistry?”, was delivered by Emeritus Professor Don Cameron. Some pictures from the event can be viewed here.

Launch of Chemistry Virtual Museum

Friday, 4 April 2014 - 10:15am

The School of Chemistry has set up a Virtual Museum to display items from the Chemistry Cultural Collection, which can be seen at The Virtual Museum was launched at the Valda McRae Lecture held at the Melbourne University Chemical Society (MUCS) meeting on 2 April 2014 and initially funded by a Scholarly Information Grant awarded to Michelle Gee.

Grimwade Prize to Chris Burns

Monday, 31 March 2014 - 5:45pm

The 2013 Grimwade Prize has been awarded to Dr Chris Burns (WEHI) for ‘The discovery and development of the dual JAK1/JAK2 inhibitor CYT387 (Momelotinib)'. The Grimwade Prize was established in 1905 by the Hon. Frederick Sheppard Grimwade, a drug wholesaler and part-owner of Felton, Grimwade & Co. The company later became Felton, Grimwade and Bickfords Pty Ltd, the largest drug wholesaler in Victoria. For a list of previous prize-winners see .

International Year of Crystallography Public Lecture

Sunday, 30 March 2014 - 8:15pm

Professor Jenny Martin from the University of Queensland presented a lecture entitled, "Australia's Bragging rights", to celebrate 2014 the UNESCO International Year of Crystallography.

Journal of Chemical Physics 2013 Editors’ Choice

Friday, 28 March 2014 - 12:00pm

Congratulations to Alessandro and Willem whose article was chosen as one of the Journal of Chemical Physics 2013 Editors’ Choice. See Communication: Paramagnetic NMR chemical shift in a spin state subject to zero-field splitting A. Soncini, W. Van den Heuvel, J. Chem. Phys. 138, 021103 (2013)

Education Week Grant

Saturday, 22 March 2014 - 12:15am

Mick Moylan received a grant from the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development to fund visits to schools during Education Week. The grant will allow students to investigate properties of chemical elements and get a better understanding of the way properties change across the Periodic Table.

RSC book on biological solid-state NMR

Saturday, 8 March 2014 - 10:45am

The Royal Society of Chemistry are delighted to announce publication of the new book, Advances in Biological Solid-State NMR: Proteins and Membrane-Active Peptides, by Frances Separovic (School of Chemistry) and Akira Naito.

See the ToC and abstracts for each chapter here.

Research prize to PhD student

Friday, 7 March 2014 - 6:00pm

Congratulations to Boskovic group PhD student, Michele Vonci, who won a student poster prize at the recent "SANMAG" meeting at the University of Sydney.

QS World University Rankings by Subject 2013/14

Wednesday, 5 March 2014 - 10:00pm

The discipline of Chemistry at the University of Melbourne was ranked top in Australia and 26 in the world according to the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2013/14. See Top Universities.

New research laboratories

Friday, 28 February 2014 - 11:15pm

Stage 2 East, the final stage of the laboratory redevelopment in Chemistry, was completed in February 2014. The new research laboratories on Level 2 of the East Wing of the Chemistry Building include excellent analytical and instrumentation areas, see

Richard O’Hair elected Fellow of ANZSMS

Thursday, 6 February 2014 - 9:30pm

Prof. Richard O’Hair has been elected as an inaugural Fellow of the Australian New Zealand Society for Mass Spectrometry (ANZSMS). Fellow status recognises and honours the contribution of distinguished members of ANZSMS to the field of mass spectrometry and their enduring support of the Society. 

Rob Lamb, Executive Director of Canadian Synchrotron

Wednesday, 5 February 2014 - 10:15pm

Prof Rob Lamb from the School of Chemistry has been appointed Executive Director of the Canadian Light Source. See Light Source news.

Ship-shape inhibitors in the Williams Group!

Thursday, 23 January 2014 - 11:15pm

Mannosidases are glycoside hydrolases that catalyze the hydrolysis of a diverse range of polysaccharides and glycoconjugates, with applications in the pharmaceutical, detergent, food, biofuels and oil and gas industries. Using a combination of computational chemistry, inhibitor design and synthesis, and X-ray crystallography of inhibitor/enzyme complexes, Dr Rohan Williams and Assoc Prof Spencer Williams, along with collaborators at York (UK), Newcastle (UK) and Barcelona (Spain) (Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2014, 53, 1087-1091) have shown that that so-called mannoimidazole-type inhibitors are energetically poised to report faithfully on mannosidase transition-state conformation. Using the newly synthesized mannobiose-derived mannimidazole (ManMIm) direct evidence was provided for the conformational itinerary used by poorly characterized mannosidases and provided elusive, direct evidence in support of a boat-shaped transition state. You can read about the work here:

Editorial role for Mark Rizzacasa

Friday, 17 January 2014 - 5:15pm

Professor Mark Rizzacasa has been invited to join the Editorial Advisory Board of ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters, which is a companion journal to J. Med. Chem.

vale Valda McRae

Saturday, 4 January 2014 - 11:30am

 Dr Valda McRae passed away on Friday 3 January. Valda was a great stalwart of the School and much  loved. She will be greatly missed by her friends and colleagues at the University of Melbourne.