Research Funding

The School of Chemistry receives research funding and grants from a variety of sources, including the Australian Research Council (ARC), the National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and other Government and Industry bodies.

Information is available for potential research and postdoctoral fellows.

Research Funding for 2016

Members of the School were successful in leading the following ARC & NHMRC grants:

Prof. Muthupandian Ashokkumar Ultrasound-assisted fabrication of biofunctional materials
Prof. Evan Bieske Shape-shifting molecules: photoisomerization action spectroscopy
Assoc. Prof. Paul Donnelly Technetium and copper complexes for diagnostic imaging of neurodegeneration
Prof. Paul Mulvaney The role of molecular dipole layers on charge carrier separation
Prof. Frances Separovic Atomic details of antimicrobial peptides at work in live cells
Assoc. Prof. Spencer Williams Unravelling the immunology of complex glycolipids by chemical synthesis
Prof. Gavin Reid An ultra-high-resolution mass spectrometry facility for lipidomics research
Prof. Frances Separovic Dynamic nuclear polarisation system for molecular structure determination
Assoc. Prof. Paul Donnelly Molecular imaging of cancers with copper and zirconium radiopharmaceuticals

Research Funding for 2015

The School was successful in the following ARC grants:

Prof Evan Bieske Cold ions and fire
Dr Colette Boskovic Smart molecular materials for sensors, displays and nanoscale devices
Assoc Prof Paul Donnelly Gallium, copper and metal fluoride complexes designed for brain imaging
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 Water oxidation catalysts for artificial photosynthesis (DECRA)
Assoc Prof Brendan Abrahams A radical approach to multifunctional coordination solids (with D'Alessandro)
Prof Paul Mulvaney Collaborative facility for high resolution spectroscopy of thin films and devices (LIEF with RMIT)

Research Funding for 2014

The School was successful in several major grant schemes, including leading the following ARC grants:

Dr Lars Goerigk Quantum refinement of DNA X-ray structures
Dr Paul Donnelly Site-specific conjugation of zirconium and copper complexes to antibodies for application in diagnostic imaging and therapy
Assoc. Prof. Spencer Williams Breaking it down: dissecting the mechanism and exploring new inhibition strategies for polysaccharide cleaving enzymes
Dr Wallace Wong Self-organised materials for flexible electronics
Assoc. Prof. Craig Hutton Chemical probes for the study of a unique enzyme from Mycobacterium tuberculosis
Prof. Mark Rizzacasa Total synthesis of Myxobacteria metabolites and analogues
Prof. Carl Schiesser Radicals in unconventional media - improving the sustainability of radical reactions through next generation ionic liquid radical chemistry
Prof. Frances Separovic Structure and activity determination of membrane-active peptides
Prof. Frances Separovic
Dr Marco Sani
Biomembrane interactions facility

Research Funding for 2013

The School was awarded several new major grants, including ARC and NHMRC projects, commencing in 2013:

Prof. Spas Kolev The pollution potential of mercury in legacy biosolids and possibilities for its minimisation by phytoremediation and phytostabilisation approaches
Dr Georgina Such Advanced bio-inspired polymer assembly: tools for diagnostics, imaging and therapies
Prof. Frances Separovic Targeting the bacterial membrane
Assoc. Prof. Uta Wille
Prof. Anthony Wedd
Extending frontiers of structural chemistry and biology through high resolution pulsed electron paramagnetic resonance
Assoc. Prof. Spencer Williams Defining the biosynthesis and immunological properties of mycobaterial glycolipids
Prof. Evan Bieske
Assoc. Prof.Trevor Smith
Prof. Ken Ghiggino
Supercontinuum fibre laser consortium for the chemical and materials sciences
Prof. Ken Ghiggino
Assoc. Prof. Trevor Smith
Time-resolved microspectroscopy of conjugated polymer films for organic photovoltaic applications
Prof. Carl Schiesser
Prof. Peter Taylor
Developing and Applying Free Radical Quantum Dots and Diamonds: Improving the performance of modern artists paint
Prof. Paul Mulvaney Quantum Dot Energy Transfer-The chemistry of blinking
Prof. Anthony Wedd How does Redox Cycling Drive the Metabolism of the Essential Metals Iron and Copper
Dr Christopher Ritchie Rational Design and Farication of Polyoxometalate Based Nanodevices
Dr James Hutchison Molecules and mirrors: new directions in chemistry and organic optoelectronics using hybrid light/matter states
Dr Viktoras Dryza Guiding the Rational Design of Organic Dye Sensitisers for Solar Cell Technologies
Assoc. Prof. Jonathan White Synthesis of new DNA Binding Radioprotectors

Research Funding for 2012

A strong year for the School of Chemistry with new ARC and NHMRC projects commencing in 2012 including:

Assoc. Prof. Brendan Abrahams
Prof. Richard Robson
New molecular architectures: synthesis, structure and properties
Prof. Evan Bieske Laser spectroscopy of functional molecules
Dr Paul Donnelly Copper complexes for the diagnostic imaging of Alzheimer's disease
Dr Paul Donnelly Copper and gallium radiopharmaceuticals for the diagnosis and therapy of cancer
Dr Paul Donnelly Modulating cellular copper levels to prevent the effects of excitotoxicity in neurodegenerative diseases (with Pathology)
Dr John Gehman
Prof. Frances Separovic
Advanced biophysical characterisation centre (with RMIT)
Assoc. Prof. Craig Hutton Solid phase synthesis of side-chain cross-linked peptide oligomers
Prof. Robert Lamb Tunable antifouling behaviour on rough surfaces
Prof. Frances Separovic A 700 MHz Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectrometer for the Melbourne Biomolecular NMR Network: A high throughput resource (with Biochemistry)
Prof. Anthony Wedd
Dr Paul Donnelly
Redox sulphur chemistry in copper nutrition
Assoc. Prof. Spencer Williams Dissecting catalysis and inhibition of a unique endo-acting mannose-processing glycosidase

Research Funding for 2011

Another strong year for the School with new ARC and NHMRC projects commencing in 2011 including:

Dr Stephen Best Synchrotron X-ray absorption fine structure and fundamental X-ray interactions for nano-physics, chemistry and mineralogy
Assoc. Prof. Evan Bieske Getting the drift - new frontiers in ion spectroscopy
Dr Colette Boskovic Switchable molecules for molecular nanoscience
Dr Paul Donnelly Validating a potential therapeutic for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
Assoc. Prof. Rachel Caruso High efficiency dye-sensitised solar cells containing multiple sensitisers
Assoc. Prof. Michelle Gee Imaging the action of antimicrobial peptides in living cells
Prof. Franz Grieser & Prof. Muthupandian Ashokkumar Free radical generation and reactions in ultrasound assisted processes
Prof. Paul Mulvaney The Victorian integrated plasmonics facility
Prof. Paul Mulvaney Molecular Plasmonics - from single electrons to quantum catalysis and optical logic gates
Prof. Richard O'Hair & Dr George Khairallah Decarboxylation to unmask organometallics: scope and utility in bond formation
Prof. Mark A Rizzacasa & Assoc. Prof. Craig Hutton Biogenesis inspired total synthesis of natural products
Prof. Frances Separovic The mechanism of membrane disruption by antimicrobial peptides
Prof. Frances Separovic Advanced characterisation of materials by nuclear magnetic resonance
Assoc. Prof. Jonathan White PET imaging agents for the differential diagnosis of hypoxic tumors

Research Funding for 2010

2010 was a strong year for the School of Chemistry. New ARC projects commencing in 2010 include:

Assoc. Prof. Spas Kolev Phytoextraction approaches for mitigating heavy metal release from unlined and loosely capped rural landfills
Dr Spencer Williams Mannosyl Transfer processes in leishmania and mycobacteria
Prof. Anthony Wedd Chemistry of the Transport of Nutrient Copper in Biological Cells
Prof. Paul Mulvaney Repulsive van der Waals Forces and Brownian ratchet motors: manipulating thermal and quantum Fluctuations
Prof. Paul Mulvaney Australia/Germany: scaleable interdigitation arrays for solar photovoltaics project
Dr George Khairallah Catalytic currency: the role of size-reactivity relationships of simple and mixed "coinage" metal clusters in C-C bond forming reactions
Dr Linda Feketeova Formation, structure and chemistry of non-covalentcomplexes of biomolecules via mass spectrometry
Prof. Andrew Holmes Synthesis of phosphatidylinositol and inositol polyphosphate derivatives to probe key signaling proteins associated with cell growth and cancer
Assoc. Prof. Evan Bieske Laser facility for ultra-sensitive molecular characterization
Prof. Andrew Holmes Advanced ultrasonic spray deposition system for large area solar cells fabrication
Assoc. Prof. Jonathan White Small molecule X-Ray molecular structure elucidation facility

Research Funding for 2009

2009 was a strong year for the School of Chemistry. New ARC projects commencing in 2009 include:

Assoc. Prof. Spas Kolev Enhanced Capacity in UltraTrace Level Detection and Speciation of Compounds of Environmental, Biological and Materials Science Interest (Infrastructure Grant)
Dr Uta Wille Reaction Kinetics Analysis Facility (Infrastructure Grant)
Dr Amanda Barnard Environmental stability of nanoscale materials for catalysis and sensing
Assoc. Prof. Evan Bieske Lighting up the charged brigade: laser spectroscopy of protonated and metal containing complexes
Dr Rachel Caruso Flexible dye sensitised solar cells on polymer substrates
Prof Franz Grieser An integrated study of dynamic interactions in soft matter systems
Dr John Gehman, Prof. Frances Separovic & Prof John Wade Membrane associated structure and the effect of metals on Abeta peptide from Alzheimer's disease
Prof. Ken Ghiggino Energy transforming polymers: from single molecules to devices
Prof. Paul Mulvaney Nanocrystal Electronics: A SolGel Approach
Assoc. Prof. Charles Young New Frontiers in Molybdenum Chemistry: Electronic Structure and Molybdoenzyme Function

Research Funding for 2008

2008 was an outstanding year for the School of Chemistry. New projects commencing in 2008, include:

Assoc. Prof. M Ashokkumar & Prof. Franz Grieser Composite nanomaterials for environmental remediation and fuel cell applications
Assoc. Prof. Evan Bieske Understanding and controlling ion neutral interactions
Dr Colette Boskovic New approaches to bistable spin clusters
Dr Colette Boskovic & Prof. Frances Separovic Enhanced NMR Research, Analysis and
Characterisation Facility
Dr Rachel Caruso Synthesis of functionalised metal oxide beads with hierarchical pores for radionuclide and metal sequestration
Dr Evan Moore Novel Lanthanide Complexes and Polymeric Luminescent Chelates for Biomedical Imaging and Bioassay
Prof. Mark Rizzacasa Synthesis of Myxobacteria Metabolites and Analogues
Prof. Anthony Wedd & Dr Paul Donnelly Molecular Probes for BioMetals
Prof. Anthony Wedd & Dr Paul Donnelly Investigating protein/protein interactions
Dr Spencer Williams Understanding the cardioprotective effects of flavonolds
Dr Wallace Wong Novel organic materials for efficient lowcost solar cells
Prof. Richard O'Hair Mass spectrometry facility for the quantitation and analysis of post-translationally modified peptides

Research Funding for 2007

Funding in excess of $2.9 million was awarded to Chemistry staff and their collaborators in 2007, as detailed below:

Dr Spencer Williams Mannose Metabolism in Pathogenic Microorganisms
Assoc. Prof. Mark Rizzacasa Biomimetic and Methodology Based Total Synthesis of Bioactive Natural Products
Dr Paul Donnelly Copper Radiopharmaceuticals for Molecular Imaging of Alzheimer's Disease
Assoc. Prof. Jonathan White Structures and Properties of beta-R3M (M = Si, Ge, Sn)- and beta-Chalcogenyl-substituted Carbenium Ions
Dr Jingli Xie Novel Photo-Catalysts for Water Oxidation: Linking Nature to New Technologies
Assoc. Prof. Charles Young & Dr Stephen Best A National Biomedical Electron Paramagnetic Resonance and Molecular Imaging Centre

Chemistry staff were also participants in the following successful collaborative research grants:

Assoc. Prof. M. Ashokkumar Surfactant Effects in Sonoprocessing
Dr Craig Hutton Dissociation of a Tetrameric Enzyme with Interface-Targeted Peptides
Prof. Andrew Holmes Identifying Mitogenic Signalling Proteins with Phosphatidylinositol Lipids

Research Funding for 2006

The School had another very successful year in research funding. Staff who received external grants for funding of research commencing in 2006 included:

Dr M. Ashokkumar Ultrasonic processing of dairy ingredients to control protein aggregation and promote heat stability
Dr Damian Bird An investigation into the absorption of nanoparticles through skin via time-resolved scanning near-field fluroescence microscopy
Dr Rachel Caruso Nanostructured materials as both separations media and transmutation hosts for minor actinides in advanced fuel cycle reprocessing solutions
Dr Rachel Caruso Chemical and morphological engineering of semi-conductor electrodes for high efficiency solar cells
Dr Rachel Caruso The incorporation of gold nanoparticles in porous titanium dioxide materials for photocatalytic applications
Dr Craig Hutton Synthesis of the celogentin family of anti-tumour cyclic peptides
Dr Spas Kolev Extraction of uranium and thorium using novel polymer inclusion membranes
Prof. Paul Mulvaney Energy conversion and signal transduction in nanomechanical systems
Prof. Carl Schiesser Centre for free radical chemistry and biotechnology
Prof. Frances Separovic Membrane interactions and neurotoxicity of Amyloid Abeta peptides from Alzheimer's disease
Prof. Frances Separovic Membrane protein structure and interaction facility
Prof. Frances Separovic Structure and activity of host-defence peptides from Australian anurans: anticancer agents, neuropeptides and NOS inhibitors
Dr Trevor Smith Towards Nano-Assembled Light Emitting Polymer Films
Assoc. Prof. Jonathan White Evaluation of new radioprotectors
Assoc. Prof. Jonathan White Structures and properties of beta-silyl and beta-chalcogenyl-substituted carbenium ions