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.

Go8-Germany joint research grant to Wu & Lamb

Monday, 15 December 2014 - 12:30am

Dr Alex Wu and Professor Rob Lamb have been successful in the 2015-16 Group of Eight Australia – Germany Joint Research Co-operation Scheme and awarded a grant to establish a new collaboration with Prof Rosenhahn at the Ruhr-Universität  Bochum. The title of the project is 'Novel ultra-rough antifouling surfaces through air engineering'. In addition they have also just been awarded considerable time on Europe’s largest light source - ESRF in the south of France.

Go8-Germany joint research grant to Lars Goerigk

Monday, 8 December 2014 - 10:00pm

Dr Lars Goerigk has been successful in the 2015-2016 Group of Eight Australia-Germany Joint Research Co-operation Scheme and awarded a grant to establish a new collaboration with Dr Tobias Schwabe at the University of Hamburg. The title of the project is "New efficient double-hybrid density functionals for the treatment of electronic excited states”.

Organic polymer chemist - interview with Andrew Holmes

Sunday, 7 December 2014 - 6:00pm

Recently Lab + Life Scientist interviewed Professor Andrew Holmes (November 2014) Vol 25 (5) 6-10. Read Andrew's views on science and industry and the role of serendipity at

Welcome to 2014 McKenzie Fellow Yuning Hong

Friday, 5 December 2014 - 11:00pm

The 2014 McKenzie Fellows were officially welcomed with a lunch at University House attended by senior University staff, including Professor John McKenzie, for whom the scholarships are named. This year, Dr Yuning Hong joined the School of Chemistry from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, with a project titled ‘Fluorescence approaches to probing the conformational transition of intrinsically disordered proteins and investigation of their pathogenic mechanism’.

Feutrill Travel Awards to Chemistry research students

Friday, 21 November 2014 - 11:30pm

Congratulations to the following research students who are recipients of an Feutrill Award for 2014, which helps support travel to an international conference in the area of Organic Chemistry: Aaron Brown for 20th International Conference on Organic Synthesis (ICOS-20) in Budapest in June-July 2014; Wenyi Li for 33rd European Peptide Symposium, Aug-Sep 2014, in Sofia, Bulgaria; and Sayali Shah & Gaetano Speciale for International Carbohydrate Symposium in Bangalore in January 2014.

Angewandte cover for Mass Spec team

Monday, 10 November 2014 - 9:00pm

The mystery of why water and salt contaminants destroy organometallic reagents has been solved by chemistry researchers, Prof Richard O’Hair, Dr George Khairallah and Dr Gabriel da Silva, who used a combination of mass spectrometry and theoretical simulations; see Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 53: 10979 (2014).

ARC grant success

Friday, 7 November 2014 - 9:00pm
Congratulations to the following members of the School on their success in the recent ARC grant schemes:
Prof Evan Bieske: Cold ions and fire; Dr Colette Boskovic: Smart molecular materials for sensors, displays and nanoscale devices; Assoc Prof Craig Hutton: New roles for thioamides in peptide synthesis; Prof Richard O’Hair: Coinage metal nanoclusters: synthesis, structure and reactivity; Dr Alessandro Soncini: Spin detection and control in molecular nanomagnets at surfaces; Dr Lei Zhang (DECRA): Water oxidation catalysts for artificial photosynthesis; Assoc Prof Brendan Abrahams (DP with D’Alessandro, USyd) and Prof Paul Mulvaney (LIEF with RMIT).

Healy Awards to PhD students

Saturday, 1 November 2014 - 12:15am

Tom Healy Awards were presented to PhD students, Nicholas Kirkwood, Brendan Dyett and Anna Mularski, to enable them to travel to international conferences.

MNI Interdisciplinary Seed Funding to Yuning Hong

Friday, 17 October 2014 - 3:45pm

Dr Yuning Hong was successful in her grant application, 'Developing biomarkers of proteostasis decline for translational medicine in neurodegenerative diseases' funded by Melbourne Neuroscience Institute. Well done Yuning!

Wille Lab research highlighted in Chemistry World

Thursday, 2 October 2014 - 9:15pm

The magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry, Chemistry World, has highlighted research from Assoc Prof Uta Wille’s lab, which was published in Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry. Discussion of the paper, entitled "Oxidative damage of aromatic dipeptides by the environmental oxidants NO2• and O3”, can be viewed at

Controlled quench of NMR

Wednesday, 17 September 2014 - 7:30pm

After almost 20 years, the solid-state 300 MHz NMR is being replaced. The superconducting magnet was decommissioned on 10 Sep 2014. The controlled quench of the 300 magnet story with accompanying video is on the website – follow link

Chemistry Nobel Laureate on Up Close

Monday, 8 September 2014 - 9:30am

Ribosomes: Unlocking the secrets to cellular protein factories. Nobel Laureate Professor Ada Yonath discusses her work on understanding ribosomes, the protein factories that are found in every cell of every living organism. Presented by Dr Dyani Lewis. More information:

Dyason Award for Spas Kolev

Thursday, 4 September 2014 - 9:45am

Prof. Spas Kolev has been successful with his application for a Dyason Fellowship for a project entitled, “Novel methods for coating metal substrates with gold nanoparticles using polymer inclusion membranes”,  which will involve a visit to the School of Chemistry by Prof. Tony Spassov, Dean of the Faculty of Chemistry &Pharmacy, University  of Sofia, Bulgaria.  

Ian Potter Foundation Award to Lars Goerigk

Friday, 29 August 2014 - 4:45pm

Congratulations to Dr Lars Goerigk who was recently awarded an Ian Potter Travel Grant to support his attendance at the triennial congress of the World Association of Theoretical & Computational Chemists “WATOC 2014” in Santiago de Chile, Chile, 5-10 October 2014. WATOC is the biggest and most important meeting in this field and Lars will have the opportunity to present his results and get to know local researchers at the conference.

Public Lecture by Nobel Laureate

Tuesday, 26 August 2014 - 1:15am

In celebration of the International Year of Crystallography, the School of Chemistry hosted a public lecture by Professor Ada Yonath who was awarded the 2009 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for her pioneering work on the structure of the ribosome. Professor Yonath was here on a Miegunyah Distinguished Visiting Fellowship and spoke on 'Chemical bases of life processes revealed by X-ray crystallography’ to an enthusiastic audience of almost 500 in the Copeland Theatre. Read her interview in The Conversation.

New book edited by Prof Anthony Wedd

Friday, 22 August 2014 - 11:00am

Congratulations to Tony Wedd who together with Wolfgang Maret has edited a new book which is part of the RSC Metallobiology Series, "Binding, Transport and Storage of Metal Ions in Biological Cells”. This book is the first to comprehensively survey the molecular nature of the overall natural balance of metal ions in nutrition, toxicology and pharmacology. It is written as an introduction to research for students and researchers in academia and industry.  Further information is available from

CNRS grant to Sani & Separovic

Wednesday, 20 August 2014 - 11:45pm

Congratulations to Dr Marco Sani and Prof Frances Separovic who were awarded a French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) Researcher Visit grant for "The use of NMR to understand the association at cell membranes of proteins involved in Alzheimer’s disease". See

Opening of Chemistry East Wing Research Laboratories

Thursday, 14 August 2014 - 8:45pm

The new research laboratories in the East Wing of the Chemistry Building were officially opened on 13 Aug 2014 in the presence of Nobel Laureate, Professor Ada Yonath, who was awarded the prize for Chemistry in 2009. Prof Yonath was assisted by the Provost, Prof Margaret Sheil, the DVCR, Prof Jim McCluskey, and the Dean of Science, Prof Karen Day. The opening signifies the completion of the research laboratory redevelopment from basement to Level 5 in the East building. Together with modern Chemistry research laboratories in Bio21 and teaching laboratories in the West Wing (officially opened in 2011), the School now has upgraded almost all of its research and learning spaces. Read more about the Chemistry building program here.

Frances Separovic elected US Biophysical Society secretary

Wednesday, 13 August 2014 - 12:15am

Congratulations to Professor Frances Separovic, who has been elected Secretary of the Biophysical Society (USA). Frances will begin her four year term on 1 July 2015. She has been a member of the Society since 1985. The Biophysical Society, founded in 1958, is a professional, scientific society established to encourage development and dissemination of knowledge in biophysics. The Society promotes growth in this expanding field through its annual meeting, monthly journal, and committee and outreach activities. Its 8900 members are located throughout the USA and the world, where they teach and conduct research in colleges, universities, laboratories, government agencies, and industry.

ChemComm introduces Rachel Caruso as Associate Editor

Thursday, 31 July 2014 - 8:30pm
Assoc Prof Rachel Caruso, from the School of Chemistry, is a new Associate Editor of the RSC journal, Chemical Communications. Rachel is a materials chemist with expertise in the fabrication of advanced porous functional materials. She is now accepting submissions to ChemComm in the area of materials chemistry. Submit your next top-notch, high-impact Communication to Rachel Caruso's Editorial Office.