Molecular Design and Synthesis
Flexible crystals - 2019 ARC Discovery Grant
Associate Professor John McMurtrie and Dr Aaron Micallef's team have received a $450,000 ARC Discovery Grant. This grant will go towards the team's project aiming to understand the elastic flexibility of a suite of metal-organic molecular crystals.Read the news article here
Radical redox indicators - 2019 ARC Discovery Grant
Professor Steven Bottle and his team have received a $400,000 ARC Discovery Grant to help back their Radical Redox Indicators project. This project aims to synthesise the first examples of advanced biological imaging agents that can reversibly respond to the oxidative status of living cells.Read the full list of QUT ARC funding recipients
High performance photocatalysts - 2019 ARC DECRA Fellowship
Dr Sarina Sarina has recently been awarded a 2019 ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) Fellowship valued at over $390,000. The fellowship will assist her in tuning non-plasmonic metals to high performance photocatalysts.Read the full list of QUT ARC funding recipients
Contributing to leading international journals
Associate Professor Prashant Sonar has published an article in the RSC Advances journal. The article explored the results of two different polymers coupled with dithienylbenzothiadiazole that were synthesized via the Stille coupling reaction and their influence on the organic field effect transistors (OFETs).Read the journal article here
Leading research in Australia
Professor Huai Yong Zhu was recognised as a leading researcher for Chemical and Materials Sciences in The Australian’s annual research magazine. The paper acknowledges that Professor Zhu’s research outputs and their quality are recognised by his peers worldwide.Read our report
Our research in this discipline examines the generation of new molecules and materials as well as the study of their chemical and physical properties.
Our work impacts on a wide variety of advanced manufacturing technologies ranging from medical to industrial settings.
Associate Professor Kathryn Fairfull-Smith
Discipline LeaderAssociate Professor Kathryn Fairfull-Smith is an an ARC Future Fellow and recipient of a 2017 Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in research.
Her work primarily focuses on using organic synthesis to build molecules or functionalise surfaces and polymers, for applications including drug delivery and imaging.
Professor Christopher Barner-Kowollik
Professor and Australian Laureate FellowProfessor Christopher Barner-Kowollik has been recognised with an Australian Laureate Fellowship along with more than $3M in ARC funding.
He is also head of the QUT Soft Matter Materials Laboratory and leads the Macroarc team which focuses on a wide range of polymer-related research fields.
Associate Professor Leonie Barner
Principal Research FellowAssociate Professor Leonie Barner’s current ARC Linkage grant will fund an advanced technology platform for the development of enhanced chromatographic materials, in partnership with a leading manufacturer in analytical instruments.
Professor Steven Bottle
ProfessorProfessor Steven Bottle has expertise in the synthesis and applications of nitroxide free radicals in diagnostics, medicines and materials. He is the current President Elect of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute.
Dr Nathan Boase
LecturerDr Nathan Boase’s work is investigating how to design and synthesise polymeric materials with highly controlled chemical properties, to improve their use as antibacterial coatings and imaging agents for detecting disease.
He is also interested in in how we engage and teach the next generation of chemists.
Associate Professor Tim Dargaville
ARC Future FellowAssociate Professor Tim Dargaville is developing new polymers and plastics as materials for implantation into the body to treat disease and other conditions. Applications include:
- devices to cure type I diabetes
- surfaces that improve integration of implanted materials
- injectable gels for drug delivery
- vaccine delivery devices for animals.
Dr David Marshall
Postdoctoral FellowDr David Marshall manages the CARF Mass Spectrometry Development Laboratory, partnering with users to acquire high quality mass spectrometry data across various applications, including lipids, polymers, and supramolecular complexes.
Within these research areas, David maintains a keen research interest in applying fundamental ion chemistry and spectroscopy to determine the structure, energetics and reactivity of gas-phase ions.
Associate Professor Prashant Sonar
Associate ProfessorAssociate Professor Prashant Sonar and his team at the Organic and Printed Electronic Research Group are developing high performance, low cost, carbon-based semiconductors for advanced electronic devices.
- Future Fellow
- Division / Faculty
- Molecular Design and Synthesis,
School of Chemistry, Physics, Mechanical Engineering
- Research fields
- Organic Chemistry
- Macromolecular and Materials Chemistry
- Medicinal and Biomolecular Chemistry