Dr Matthew Hill

Dr Matthew Hill
Dr Matthew Hill

Dr Matthew Hill has joined the Department of Chemical Engineering as Associate Professor. This is a joint appointment alongside his current role as Principal Research Scientist at CSIRO.

Dr Hill said, “The appointment came about through discussions between the two organisations about how we might be able to work more closely together.”

Dr Hill said that he would share his time evenly between CSIRO and Monash University. He explained, “The idea is to build that development pipeline for both research, and researchers, where fundamental discoveries made have the chance to head towards commercialisation, by partnering the university  with  CSIRO.”

He added, “I look forward to learning more about academic life, and trying to promote more of a team-based approach to how we make and implement new discoveries.”

As Senior Research Scientist at CSIRO, Dr Hill successfully lead a team of 18 people to develop a platform technology position called Metal Organic Frameworks (MOFs). MOFs are porous structures which can be used for gas separation and storage. The technology is currently in use in defence, automotive,  agricultural,  energy  and water sectors.

Dr Hill has a strong interest in carbon dioxide. He said, “This interest came about because of the pressing issue of climate change, and the realisation that the materials I was working in could be able to make some kind of a difference to the emission of carbon dioxide.”

Dr Hill has been recognised and lauded for his research career. His accolades include; the 2014 Prime Minister’s Prize for Science – the Malcolm McIntosh Prize for Physical Scientist of the Year, the 2014 MIT Technology Review Innovators under 25 Asia Pacific Region award, an ARC Future  Fellowship  (2013),  2012 Australian Leadership Award, 2011 Eureka Prize Finalist, 2011 Victorian Young Tall Poppy of the Year, 2010 Victoria Fellowship and CSIRO Julius Career Award.

Dr Hill was awarded with a PhD in Chemistry from the University of New South Wales in 2006. He is also adjunct lecturer at University of Melbourne and University of Adelaide.

He has over 70 publications and 9 patents.

Click here to watch a video about Dr Hill and his work.