Enterprise Leader: Prof Tony Patti
The international impact of Green Chemistry is well established, with all the world’s leading chemical companies (e.g. BASF, Bayer, Dow, Dupont and Pfizer) embracing its principles of designing safe chemicals, employing energy efficient and hazardless chemical synthesis and using renewable feedstocks.
Monash Chemistry has a strong history in Green Chemistry through the ARC Centre for Green Chemistry, awarded in the early 2000’s through the efforts of Colin Raston and Roy Jackson. The state of the art Green Chemical Futures building serves to showcase much of the sustainable chemistry research at Monash Chemistry and demonstrably shows that green chemical principles are embedded in much of what we do from harvesting chemical feedstock from waste to the generation of high performance, biodegradable polymers.
The ARC Training Centre for Green Chemistry in Manufacturing is an interdisciplinary research and training environment where new green and sustainable chemical technologies are developed for use in manufacturing. The Centre has research nodes at Monash University, Deakin University, Flinders University and Curtin University that work together with industry, government authorities and key industry bodies.
Enterprise Leader: Prof Bayden Wood
Chem4Health is dedicated to developing new approaches to diagnosing, treating and understanding the fundamental chemistry of the world's most devastating diseases. The initiative draws upon the collective expertise of physical, analytical, computational, medicinal and synthetic chemists in collaboration with the nation’s leading medical researchers to develop, commercialise and translate new technologies and therapeutics to modern hospitals and to remote environments in the developing world.
Research strengths and facilities within Monash Chemistry and the Faculty of Science are combined with those in the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, utilising Monash’s Technology Platforms and the Australian Synchrotron. The consortium has leading collaborations with Melbourne’s premier hospitals and medical research institutes including Monash Health, The Alfred, WeHI, The Austin, VIDRL and the Burnett Institute. It also has direct project engagements with the ARC Centre of Excellence for Molecular Imaging and international networks including University of Warwick, University of Leipzig and many leading Universities in Europe, UK, Asia and the USA.
Chem4Health is at the forefront of the “Big Data” medical revolution providing a holistic framework to meet the demands of medical innovation. It combines extensive analytical and imaging instrumentation and advanced computational modelling, with new methods to synthesise biologically active molecules and novel sensing materials. Chem4Health provides an attractive research environment for targeted pharmaceutical development, testing and modelling.
Enterprise Leader: Prof Doug MacFarlane
The Clean Energy sector at Monash Chemistry aims to build a well-connected research program in Clean Energy Technologies that engages with industry and government agencies to lead the transition towards a zero-carbon future.The enterprise sector also connects strongly to demonstrator level developments at Monash in the context of the Net Zero Carbon initiative. The Clean Energy sector interacts with Faculty of Engineering researchers through the Monash Energy Materials and Systems Institute.
Australia has an enormous potential to generate and export renewable energy. To support the development of this future energy export industry, aspects of our research is directed towards technologies for conversion of renewable energy into transportable materials, for example hydrogen, and ammonia. Carbon capture, combined with renewable energy based reduction to formate and methanol, are also a significant focus. Work in these areas is supported by the Australian Centre for Electromaterials Science (ACES) and the Australian Renewable Energy Agency as well as attracting strong interest from industry.
Electrical energy storage technologies, including new advanced battery chemistries (lithium metal, sodium, magnesium and flow chemistries) as well as supercapacitors, is a core activity supported by ACES and the new ARC Industry Transformation Training Centre in Future Energy Storage Technologies.
Biomass energy sources, especially when derived from waste, has an important role to play in the future energy technology mix. Work on chemistries for the dissolution, extraction of bioactives and other valuables, and then conversion to a transportable fuel are an ongoing interest in the School that also connects strongly with several collaborators in the Monash-IITB Academy.
Enterprise Leader: Prof Louise Bennett
After a very long uninterrupted period of plentiful food available to the developed world, this status is being threatened by climate change, population pressures and arguably, the fact that food substrates are now traded as commodities and subject to market forces without special protections. These future challenges are creating exciting new research pathways and opportunities spanning all disciplines.
Research and development in food supply, innovation, technology and nutrition are developing rapidly at Monash as academics seek to apply their expertise to food-related challenges.
Monash is exceptional in having the Monash Food Innovation (MFI), a highly successful initiative that supports Monash and industry-driven innovation into the marketplace. MFI operates at the interface of both education and research, with tailored chaperoning of knowledge and products to benefit society and industry.
The need is greater than ever for education and research to inform the understanding and operations of stakeholders, including government, industry and consumers.
The Monash Master of Food Science and Agribusiness will commence in 2020. This post-graduate theme of study will be focused from post-farm-gate to consumer and address the cross-disciplinary and inter-dependence of technical, business, nutritional and consumer facets of training needs, with a view to empowering graduates to meet future challenges. The Smart Food enterprise is lead from Monash Chemistry and supported strongly by collaborations across the University.
Discovering new bioactive metal compounds as anti-inflammatory, antitumour and antimicrobial agents, development of new antimicrobial materials, synthesis of homo- and hetero-bimetallic metal cages and materials for medical imaging and therapeutics, and exploring metal-mediated anion rearrangements in main group organometallic complexes.
Our group explores the relationship between solid state structures (particularly of coordination complexes and polymers) and properties such as magnetism and porosity (including gas capture and storage).
Single molecule spectroscopy, time resolved fluorescence, energy transfer (FRET), energy transfer, annihilation phenomena, photon bunching and photon correlation.
My research centres on the use of glass nanopipettes to “see” the nanoscale active sites of electrodes during operation, through high-resolution electrochemical microscopy.
Research interests across all types of (food) chemistry, processing bio/physical-functionality and clinical research. There are great opportunities for applying chemistry into the food space, with significant outcomes for human health and industry development.
Main Group Organometallic Chemistry. In particular the synthesis structure and application of organometallic P-chiral and C-chiral phosphido complexes.
The recovery, conversion and utilisation of solid, liquid and gas fuels and the development of efficiency improvements and emission reductions associated with their use. A particular focus on the capture and utilisation of CO2 through the development of novel adsorbents and heterogeneous catalysts.
The interests of the group focus on the development of new catalytic methods which is of broad utility to synthetic organic chemistry. Three thematic approaches of the group are: (1) Lewis and Brønsted acid-catalyzed C-OH bond activation; (2) gold-catalyzed cycloisomerization of alkynes; and (3) transition metal- and Brønsted acid-mediated chemistry of iminoiodanes. The application of these novel catalytic methods in natural products synthesis and drug discovery is also pursued.
Cycling of organic matter and nutrients in coastal ecosystems including: nutrient cycling in stratified estuaries and lagoons; nutrient cycling in permeable (sandy) sediments; bioavailability and sources of dissolved organic matter and nutrients.
We carry out research in the areas of nanoscience, spectroscopy and energy and transfer. Our group is involved in the synthesis and growth mechanism of novel nanocrystals, including metal nanocrystals (plasmonics) and quantum dots (QDs).
My principal role over the next three years will be as Course Coordinator for the Master of Green Chemistry and Sustainable Technologies but will also be involved in embedding sustainable chemistry principles and activities into our overall undergraduate program.
Aquatic chemistry; biogeochemical cycling of metals and nutrients; stream metabolism; freshwater ecology; natural resource management.
Catalysis for organic synthesis, organometallic catalysis, organocatalysis and catalysis for polymer chemistry.
Synthesis of precision polymer materials via controlled polymerization, using conventional and continuous flow synthesis techniques and the study of polymer materials for applications ranging from industrial use to biomedical studies.
Very low oxidation state and low coordination number s- and p-block compounds. Preparation of numerous fascinating compound types that were thought incapable of existence at room temperature until a few years ago.
The development of catalytic reactions for the synthesis of chiral organic molecules and their application in the synthesis of biologically relevant targets.
Materials for energy conversion and storage. Low temperature synthesis of ammonia. Preparation and characterization of ionic liquids and other types of ionic materials for a range of applications in electrochemistry, green chemistry, solar cells, batteries and biotechnology, including protein stabilization and biopreservation.
Food Science: sensory evaluation; machinery evaluation plus panel identify what makes products similar or different; identify a design of chewing process, eyes tracking, aroma transformation, food processes.
Gas chromatography; mass spectrometry; multidimensional and comprehensive 2D GC; absolute configuration by using chromotography with spectroscopic methods; capillary electrophoresis; high performance liquid chromatography; analytical chemistry; application of chromatography methods in the analysis of illicit drugs, petrochemicals, pesticides, essential oils, foods & beverages, herbs & spices, metabolomics.
Use of lipid membranes as a biomimetic material to explore activity, structure and function of (i) redox active membrane proteins, including protein assembly in membranes and (ii) peptide-membrane interactions; including anti-microbial peptides (AMP), carrier peptides (eg. Tat), insulin and neurodegenerative peptides that aggregate.
Synthesis and characterization of novel materials e.g. ionic liquids in sustainable catalysis and renewable energy storage. Currently the main goal of my research is to find the most suitable, inexpensive, and sustainable intermediate temperature phase change material for the revolutionary Carnot Battery to store renewable energy.
Development of cost-effective quantum chemical methods for intermolecular interactions and chemical reactions; coding of these methods in a program for massively parallel computers, prediction of properties of condensed systems such as molecular crystals and ionic solvents.
The chemistry and applications of natural organic matter including, valorisation of biomass from various sources, mainly from food production/consumption and agricultural wastes, the production of useful chemicals and fuel additives from biomass; humic/fulvic substances as plant growth promotors and biostimulants in agriculture.
Our teams' research is focused on the discovery of new molecules (inorganic and organic) that respond to a stimulus or stimuli such as light and pressure (photochromism, fluorescence and mechanochromism).
Organic synthesis; asymmetric synthesis; organometallic catalysis; medicinal chemistry; peptide synthesis; peptidomimetics; cascade/tandem reactions.
Electrocatalysis; electrochemistry; materials chemistry; solar energy conversion; 3rd generation solar cells; water splitting devices
My group explores colloid science spanning a wide range of soft and self-assembled systems, from novel emulsifiers to microcapsules and liquid crystals.
Macromolecules (polymers) design and synthesis * Nitroxide-Mediated Polymerization (NMP) * Reversible Addition-Fragmentation chain Transfer (RAFT) * Development of universal (switchable) RAFT agents * Synthesis of polymers of novel architectures * Synthesis of precision polymers and sequence control polymers
The synthesis of bioactive compounds (peptidomimetics and natural products) with potential therapeutic applications, as the development of luminescent sensors for environmentally- and biologically-relevant species.
Supramolecular chemistry; organic crystal engineering; anion-sensing; neutron crystallography; porous coordination polymers; anion-templated networks.
Development of various catalytic protocols using electron deficient species (i.e. Lewis acids) based on, for example, aluminium, phosphorus and ruthenium.
Chemist, inventor, educator, entrepreneur and co-founder of Green Chemistry.
Vibrational spectroscopy is sensitive to detecting chemical changes and in combination with artificial intelligent systems represents a fundamental new approach to analysing single molecules, subcellular structures, cells, tissues, entire organisms and ultimately ecological systems.
Electrocatalysis for energy and sensing applications. Development of advanced electrochemical techniques and the corresponding quantitative theories.
Theory, instrumentation and application of electrochemistry in sensing, ionic liquids, trace analysis. Fundamental studies with polyoxometalates, photoelectrochemistry and solid state electrochemistry.
Rare earths; main group elements; precious metals; synthesis and catalysis; organometallics; coordination compounds; organooxo- and organoamidometallics; corrosion inhibitors; anticancer compounds; ionic liquids; MOCVD precursors; metals in the environment.
Aquatic chemistry; biogeochemical cycling of metals and nutrients; stream metabolism; freshwater ecology; natural resource management.
Donald is professor of molecular sciences in the school of chemistry and director of the centre for biospectroscopy. His main interests are : vibrational spectroscopy and spectroscopic imaging directed to understanding the molecular basis of biological systems; microwave spectroscopy directed at transient species, atmospheric species and interstellar molecules; synchrotron infrared spectroscopy.
Keith works in the School of Chemistry within the Faculty of Science at Monash University as an Emeritus Professor. His research interests are in the field of molecular magnetism dealing with single molecule magnets (SMMs) and spin-crossover species.
Operations & Research Support
Dr Tzekih Tsai
Dr. Shah Taghavimoghaddm
Dr. Alasdair McKay
Dr. Boujemaa Moubaraki
Dr. Craig Forsyth
Wei (Winnie) Cao
Yue (Moon) Gao