Professor Nicolas Voelcker named Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering Fellow

Professor Nicolas Voelcker from the Drug Delivery Disposition & Dynamics Theme at the Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences (MIPS) has been named an Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering Fellow.

Professor Voelcker, who also holds a CSIRO Science Leader position and is an adjunct professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Monash University, is a world-leading materials scientist at the interface of university research and industry. As a professor at MIPS he leads a team of 50 researchers currently making a major international impact in bionanotechnology through the translation of patented research into spin-off enterprises. As Director of the Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication (MCN), the central facility of the Victorian Node of the Australian National Fabrication Facility, he has grown the number of users and extent of industry engagement at MCN, helping build the nanotech industry and creating a Victoria-wide collaboration of universities and CSIRO.


Professor Voelcker has authored more than 390 peer-reviewed journal articles with more than 9500 citations, and has received fellowships from the German Research Foundation (DFG), the CSIRO and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.  He is also a recipient of the Tall Poppy Science Award, and was a finalist for the 2015 South Australian Scientist of the Year and the Australian Innovation Challenge. He has served on the College of Experts of the Australian Research Council.

Professor Voelcker is thrilled about the recognition, and is thankful to many people who have supported his research, in particularly Emeritus Professor Chris Fell AM who nominated him for the Fellowship. “I look forward to making a contribution to solving the Academy’s technology challenges, particularly in the health field. I’m interested in developing disruptive technologies that cut across the pillars of the health systems, including innovative cell therapies, and technologies that will connect to Big Data and the internet of things, such as wearable biosensors for continuous monitoring.”

Contact: Divya Krishnan