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Professor San Hoa Thang with one of his students

Monash Chemist recognised in Queen's Birthday Honours

It is a profoundly emotional experience for him.

Monash Chemistry Professor San Hoa Thang arrived in Australia as a refugee in 1979 – Australia, he says – was the first country to accept him.


US grants Monash scientists patent for a diagnostic technique that could deliver a more accurate test for malaria

Associate Professor Bayden Wood (centre) and his diagnostic tool.

A research collaboration headed by a Monash chemist was issued a US-issued patent for an invention that could deliver a more accurate test for malaria that is rapid and low cost, making it suitable for resource-poor environments. The patent is the first of its kind to utilise spectroscopy to quantify pathogens in blood.


Federal government funds Monash scientists to tackle time-critical sepsis disease

The Federal government has announced around $300,000 in funding to Biotech Resources in partnership with the Monash Centre for Biospectroscopy to combat sepsis – one of the leading causes of hospital deaths in Australia.


Cancer drugs could soon be activated by light, preventing toxic side effects

Researchers at Monash University are one step closer to developing a cancer drug triggered by light, preventing the toxic side effects caused by current chemotherapy treatments.

Professor Doug McFarlane

Liquid salts may fuel the future – and save our reefs

When Monash chemistry Professor Doug MacFarlane was a PhD student at Purdue University in Indiana, he worked on “liquid salts” for use in preserving living tissue – including human kidneys and marine corals. Fast-forward 30 years and marine biologists are now freezing hundreds of species of corals threatened by global warming in these salts, which are also known as ionic liquids.

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