Three Australian Laureate Fellowships for Monash

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Monash University has congratulated three researchers who have been awarded highly prestigious Australian Laureate Fellowships by the Australian Research Council (ARC).

The 17 Australian Laureate Fellows for 2012 were announced today by the Federal Minister for Science and Research, Senator Chris Evans. The fellowships aim to attract and retain world-class researchers who will build Australia's international competitive research capacity. 

The Monash fellowships total $7.3 million over five years. Professor Douglas MacFarlane is based at the University's School of Chemistry and Professors Michael Fuhrer and Nicholas Wormald will shortly join Monash from overseas institutions.

Monash Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Edwina Cornish congratulated the University's first Australian Laureates.

"To be awarded an Australian Laureate Fellowship is an extraordinary achievement and the fact that Monash has attracted three is a testament to the quality and relevance of the research undertaken here," Professor Cornish said.

"I am very pleased that Professor MacFarlane's distinguished career at the University has been recognised by the ARC and will continue to produce innovations."

"Both Professors Fuhrer and Wormald are internationally renowned in their fields and I am delighted to welcome them to Monash, where their research will continue in exciting new directions."

Professor MacFarlane, a fellow of the Australian Academy of Sciences and Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, has been recognised for his investigations of new chemical technologies to assist transition to a more sustainable society. His research will drive developments in renewable energy generation, energy storage and the conversion of carbon dioxide into valuable chemicals.

Professor Fuhrer, a fellow of the American Physical Society, will join Monash from the University of Maryland. At Monash, he will dramatically expand his work on new electronic materials, such as graphene, that will revolutionise electronics for use in computing, sensors and solar power generation.

Professor Wormald, currently of the University of Waterloo is a winner of the Euler medal of the Institute of Combinatorics and its Applications. He will bring to Monash his expertise in probabilistic combinatorics, which has applications in computer science, physics, coding theory for communications, and genetics.

For more information contact Emily Walker, Monash Media & Communications on +61 3 9903 4844 | +61 428 277 308 or emily.walker@monash.edu.