MIPS researcher receives prestigious Humboldt Research Award

Professor Nicolas Voelcker from the Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences (MIPS) has received a Humboldt Research Award to the value of EUR 60,000 (approximately AUD $94,000).

The award has been granted by Germany’s Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in recognition of Professor Voelcker’s accomplishments in research and teaching.

Nico Voelcker smiling widely standing in front of brick wallEach year the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation grants awards to internationally leading researchers from around the globe in recognition of their academic record to date.

Professor Voelcker, who sits with the Drug Delivery Disposition and Dynamics Theme at MIPS, is a world-leading materials scientist at the interface of university research and industry. Leading a team of about 50 researchers, his scientific work bridges disciplines to creatively solve fundamental and applied problems in forensics, environmental science, and healthcare.

To this end, his research focuses on the fabrication of silicon-based nanomaterials for applications including biosensors, biochips, biomaterials and drug delivery. A deeper understanding of the interactions at biointerfaces i.e. interactions between nanostructured materials and living cells and tissues, is the framework required for developing novel and highly functional analytical and experimental nanomaterial-based tools.

Those eligible for nomination for a Humboldt Research Award are researchers whose fundamental discoveries, new theories or findings have had a lasting effect on their discipline beyond their immediate research area, and who are expected to continue to produce outstanding research in the future.

Professor Voelcker said: “I would like to thank the Humboldt Foundation for this award and support of my research. For decades the Foundation has backed scientists and scholars from around the world, playing a vital role in helping to foster research, collaboration, global networking and much more.”

Professor Voelcker is currently the Scientific Director of the Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication, Professor at the Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Science Leader at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO).

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