Seminar Details

Upcoming Events

Monash Chemical Society Lecture

Prof. Jackie Y. Ying

Executive Director of A*STAR

Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (IBN), Singapore

“Nanostructured Materials for Catalytic, Energy and Biomedical Applications”

Monday the 10th October, 2016

@ 5:00 pm in lecture theatre S10

Nanostructured materials can be designed with sophisticated features to fulfill the complex requirements of advanced material applications.  This talk describes the synthesis of metallic, metal oxide, semiconducting and organic nanoparticles and nanocomposites of controlled size, morphology and architecture.  The nanocrystalline building blocks are used to create excellent materials for catalytic, fuel cell and battery applications.  We have also designed and functionalized nanostructured materials for drug delivery, nanomedicine, biosensor, cell culture and tissue engineering applications.  The unique properties of the various nanostructured materials synthesized will be presented in this lecture.

Jackie Y. Ying is the Executive Director of A*STAR's Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (IBN) in Singapore.  She was a Professor of Chemical Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She has received a number of awards, including the American Ceramic Society Ross C. Purdy Award, David and Lucile Packard Fellowship, Office of Naval Research and National Science Foundation (NSF) Young Investigator Awards, Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award, American Chemical Society Faculty Fellowship Award in Solid-State Chemistry, TR100 Young Innovator Award, and American Institute of Chemical Engineers Allan P. Colburn Award. She is named a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, and is currently the youngest member of the German Academy of Natural Scientists, Leopoldina.  She received her Ph.D. in chemical engineering at Princeton University in 1991, and was a NSF-NATO Post-doctoral Fellow and Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow in Germany before joining the faculty of MIT in 1992.

All welcome

Refreshments will follow the lecture in the Foyer of GCF (13 Rainforest Walk). Visit the MCS homepage for further information:


Prof. Margaret Brimble

Distinguished Professor, CNZM, FRSNZ

School of Chemical Sciences, School of Biological Sciences and the Maurice Wilkins Centre for Molecular Biodiscovery, The University of Auckland, NZ

“Nature’s Medicine Chest: Opportunities for Synthesis”

Wednesday the 8th of June, 2016 @ 4:00 pm in lecture theatre S3 16 Rainforest Walk

Professor Brimble’s research focuses on the synthesis of bioactive natural products and the synthesis of peptides, lipopeptides and glycopeptides as potential therapeutic agents. Prof Brimble’s lecture will showcase the intricate science of “making complex molecules.” The lecture will also describe her lab’s research on the synthesis of peptides, lipopeptides and glycopeptides as a platform for the discovery and development of peptide therapeutics as agents to treat traumatic brain injury, infectious disease, osteoporosis and diabetes. She discovered the drug NNZ2566 for Neuren Pharmaceuticals that is in phase 2b clinical trials for traumatic brain injury and was successful in phase 2 trials for Rett Syndrome. NNZ2566 has recently been named trofinetide and has received orphan drug status and fast track designation by the FDA as the first drug to treat Rett Syndrome. Professor Brimble’s laboratory has also been licensed by Medsafe NZ to manufacture clinical grade peptides under cGMP for human clinical trials of therapeutic cancer vaccines.

Distinguished Professor Brimble holds the Chair of Organic Chemistry and is Director of Medicinal Chemistry at The University of Auckland. She is President of IUPAC Organic and Biomolecular Division III for the 2016-17 biennium, is Chair of IUPAC Division III Synthesis Subcommittee, an Associate Editor for Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry, Chair of the RSNZ Rutherford Foundation and a panel member for the European Research Council PE5 Synthetic Chemistry/Materials Science.

In 2012 Professor Brimble was awarded the RSNZ Rutherford Medal (NZ’s top science medal), the Hector Medal (Chemical Sciences), the MacDiarmid Medal (research for human benefit) and the World Class NZ Award for Research, Science and Technology in 2008. She was awarded an IUPAC Distinguished Women in Chemistry/Chemical Engineering Award in 2015, was named the 2007 L’Oréal-UNESCO Women in Science Laureate for Asia-Pacific in Materials Science and has been awarded the RSC Natural Product Chemistry Award, the RACI Adrien Albert Award and the Novartis Chemistry Award. She has been conferred with two Queen’s honours (MNZM 2004 and CNZM 2012) for services to science. She has published >380 papers, 50 reviews and 26 patents.

All welcome

Refreshments and Dinner will follow the lecture.

For dinner reservations please email:

Dr Chris Teleha

Scientific Director at Janssen R&D, Johnson & Johnson, US

“A Perspective on the State of Science in the Pharmaceutical Industry in 2016”

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 20, 2016 @ 5:00pm


Lecture theatre S1, Clayton Campus

Some people allege that “science is dead” in Big Pharma. Others contend that “science has no place in the board room” of these companies, and further this by noting that “Wall Street financiers are calling all the shots” in Pharmaceutical Companies today.

Dr. Chris Teleha, Scientific Director at Janssen R&D, a company with Johnson & Johnson, an insider with over twenty-five years of experience in drug discovery and scale-up at two leading pharmaceutical companies, will give a pragmatic lecture about the role of science in Big Pharma today in order to controvert these statements. The lecture will also provide a “best-practices guide” to those entering the workforce, and shed light on how someone can become a “seasoned veteran” in the industry today.

Dr. Chris Teleha is Scientific Director in the Pharmaceutical Development and Manufacturing Sciences department at Janssen R&D, a part of the family of companies of Johnson & Johnson, and is responsible for managing the scale-ups and outsourcing of small molecule candidates from the East Coast Drug Discovery organization. He joined the J&J in 2003, where he had responsibilities for a small team of chemists performing scale-up of pre-nomination drug candidates from various therapeutic areas, designing new synthetic routes and purification methods, and initiating early Process research for promising lead compounds. Prior to joining J&J, Dr. Teleha spent 13 years at Bristol-Myers Squibb (formerly The DuPont Pharmaceutical Company), where he had a wide variety of experiences in drug discovery, process research and route optimization. Dr. Teleha holds a BS degree in Chemistry from Miami University (Ohio), a Ph.D. in Chemistry from The University of Rochester, working with Professor Andrew S. Kende, and had a postdoctoral fellowship at The Ohio State University with Professor Leo A. Paquette. He has authored or co-authored 36 research publications, reviews and presentations, and is inventor or co-inventor of 20 U.S. and foreign patents.

All welcome

Refreshments and Dinner will follow the lecture

For dinner reservations please email:

Prof Andrew Holmes
University of Melbourne, School  of Chemistry, BIO21 Institute
"Organic Electron Materials:  a licence to print money:
Wednesday 18th November 2015 @ 4pm in lecture theatre S4.

Polymer OLEDS were developed in Cambridge in the 1990's; they function by double charge injection that generates fluorescence in the active layer. Reversing the process it should be possible to make organic solar cells by using light to excite an active layer and generate an electric current.

In this presentation the work of the Victorian Organic Solar Cell Consortium will be reported. Attention has been focused on the development of bulk heterojunction (BHJ), dye-sensitised and perovskite solar cells (DSSC) with a view to translation of the laboratory results to a continuous deposition process for the production of solar cells at scale. A laboratory scale BHJ device exhibiting energy conversion efficiency in excess of 9.5% will be described, and a progress report on roll-to-roll deposition of large area polymer-fullerene BHJ solar cells on indium tin oxide/polyethylene terephthalate will be delivered.  The Consortium has aimed to provide an integrated approach to the design, synthesis, fabrication, encapsulation and evaluation of large area printed solar cells.

All welcome. Refreshments and Dinner will follow the lecture.
For dinner reservations please email:

Prof Simon Lancaster,  University of East Anglia, (UEA) Norwich UK

Title: "Active learning partnerships with students inside and outside the lecture theatre"
Monday 2nd November 2015 @ 4pm Lecture Theatre S2.

In the UK much university 'teaching' still consists of variations upon reading Powerpoint slides. Fortunately, Australia is ahead of the curve in Higher Education Practice. There is a widespread acceptance that requiring students in any discipline to prepare in advance of a contact session facilitates effective learning. In the UK, for all but the humanities, this is not the normal pattern and is referred to as "flipping".

We will explore the affordances of a partnership with students in which not just the mode of delivery is flipped but the roles of the academic and students. Are materials that resemble traditional lectures the best preparation for active learning? Can Web 2.0 technologies facilitate students curating and critiquing the best available learning materials? Prof Lancaster will advocate redressing the balance between content and concepts required in 21st century graduates. How do we know where student misconceptions lie? Prof Lancaster's presentation will use the Turning Technologies smartphone/web application to facilitate everyone in the room being active participants and experiencing the pedagogies discussed.

Prof. Simon Lancaster is an accomplished synthetic chemist. He now focuses on innovation in and evaluation of approaches to promote lasting conceptual understanding over rote memorisation in chemistry and more widely in Higher Education. He has been recognised by the Sir Geoffrey and Lady Allen Excellence in Teaching Award of the UEA (2010), the Royal Society of Chemistry Higher Education Award (2013) and he won a Higher Education Academy National Teaching Fellowship in 2013. In 2014 he was promoted to a chair in Chemical Education and appointed Pedagogical Innovation Ambassador. In 2014 Prof Lancaster became a distinguished educator for Turning Technologies. Simon is a committee member and external affairs officer for the Association of National Teaching Fellows. He is also vice-president of Education Council of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

All welcome

Refreshments and Dinner will follow the lecture

For dinner reservations please email:

Visit the MCS homepage for further information:

Dr Nurin Veis, Manager Scienceworks Museum.
Title: "The Evolving Science Museum"
Wednesday 16th September 2015 @4pm Lecture Theatre S3.

Science collections and science museums come out of an established tradition, yet it has taken on many roles in society and has also existed in various forms. From private elite collections to large halls of fame and crowded hand-on science centres - the science museum has an ever-growing and more significant role to play within our global community.

CSL influenza vaccine, circa 1919 Source - Museum Victoria

Dr Nurin Veis is the Manager of Scienceworks and one of the world's leading curators of human biology and medicine. She is an established science communicator with extensive knowledge in the ethical display of human remains and played a lead role in establishing guidelines for the ethical display of artworks by people who have experience of mental illness and trauma.She commenced at Museum Victoria in 1998 where she developed the permanent exhibitions for Melbourne Museum The Human Body and The Mind: Enter the Labyrinth which set an international benchmark for exhibitions based on sensory and exploratory scientific experiences.Dr Veis graduated from Monash University with a PhD in biochemistry. Previous to working at Museum Victoria she did undertake medical research at The University of Melbourne and The Rockefeller University, New York. She is currently engaged in the development of a new Scienceworks precinct which will revolutionise the way we think of science museums, creating a thriving, dynamic precinct where science, culture, industry and innovation come together for visitors of all ages.

All welcome
Refreshments will follow the lecture
Campus Map

Catriona Jackson

Ms Catroina Jackson, CEO of Science and Technology Australia

Title: "Science and Politics – Oil and Water?"

Can science and politics mix? How can scientists make a contribution to the policies that shape the nation? Should parliamentarians think like more like scientists, or vice versa? How to ensure a better evidence base in policy-making?

Date: Wednesday 2nd September 2015

@ 4pm Lecture Theatre S3, 16 Rainforest Walk.

Catriona Jackson has a 28-year history in government, media, and strategic communications at the highest levels. After starting her career as a journalist writing extensively on science, innovation, policy and politics, she became a senior adviser in Federal Parliament -  in government and opposition - for many years. Later she moved to become Director of Government Liaison and Communications at the ANU. For the past 3 years she has been CEO of the peak advocacy group Science & Technology Australia, which represents over 68,000 STEM professionals across the nation.

All welcome!

Refreshments and Dinner will follow the lecture.

For dinner reservations please email:

Campus Map

Paul BertschDr Paul M. Bertsch, CSIRO, Land and Water Flagship and Center for the Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology, Duke University, USA

"Big Challenges Surrounding the Tiny"

Wednesday the 10 June 2015

@ 4:00 pm in lecture theatre S2 (16 Rainforest Walk)

Towards an Understanding of the Fate, Transport, Bioavailability and Toxicity of Engineered Nanomaterials in Terrestrial Ecosystems: Despite the benefits that are currently being manifested and those transformative breakthroughs that will undoubtedly result from advances in nanotechnology, concerns surrounding the potential negative impacts to the environment and human health and welfare continue to emerge. Information on the transport and fate of engineered nanomaterials (ENMs) in the environment and on their potential effects to human and ecological receptors is emerging at an increasing rate. Notwithstanding these developments, the research enterprise focused on the environmental implications of nanotechnology is in its infancy and few unifying principles have yet to emerge. This lack of unanimity is related to many factors including, the vast diversity in chemical composition, size, shape, and surface chemical properties of ENMs, as well as the range of receptor species and cell lines investigated. Additionally, the large variation in exposure methodologies employed by various investigators as well as the discrepancies in the amount and quality of characterization data collected to support specific conclusions, provide major challenges for developing unifying concepts and principles. As the utilization of ENMs for a large variety of applications is currently in an exponential growth phase, there is great urgency to develop information that can be used to identify priority areas for assessing risks to humans and the environment, as well as in developing potential mitigation strategies.

We have been investigating the potential impacts of ENMs released into terrestrial ecosystems by examining the bioavailability and toxicity as well as the trophic transfer of a range of metal and metal oxide nanoparticles (Ag, Au, Cu, TiO2, ZnO, CeO2) and their transformation products (aged-ENMs) to microorganisms, detritivores, and plants. Interdisciplinary studies include the characterization of the nanoparticles in complex media, the distribution of nanoparticles in biological tissues, nanoparticle toxicity as referenced to the free metal ion concentration, and gene and protein expression associated with nanoparticle exposure. The results demonstrate the importance and challenges of characterization of nanoparticles under varying chemical conditions associated with exposure media. We have also demonstrated that metal and metal oxide nanoparticles undergo rapid transformations in the environment and are bioavailable and can be toxic to microorganisms, plants, nematodes, and earthworms. The results also suggest a different spatial distribution in tissues as well as unique toxicity mechanisms compared to the free metal ion concentration. Ongoing studies are evaluating the propensity for nanoparticles to be transferred from one trophic level to the next by feeding pre-exposed microorganisms (B. vietnamensis) to the nematode, C. elegans, pre-exposed earthworms (E. fetida) to bullfrogs (R. catesbeiana) and pre-exposed tobacco plants (Nicotiana tabacum L. cv Xanthi) to the caterpillar, tobacco horn worm (Manduca sexta), to test the hypothesis that surface modification of nanoparticles by peptides or other biomolecules facilitate the transmembrane transport of nanoparticles, thus enhancing the bioavailability to higher trophic levels.

Dr Paul Bertsch joined CSIRO in 2013 as Chief of the Division of Land and Water and in July, 2014 he was appointed Deputy Director-Science of the new Land and Water Flagship. The Flagship brings together a diverse team of approximately 700 scientists and technical specialists from across CSIRO and builds enduring partnerships with industry, government, and other research providers to generate the science which underpins sound stewardship of land and water resources, ecosystems, and the built environment.

Dr. Bertsch has championed inter- and transdisciplinary research approaches that integrate land, water, ecosystems, cities, social and economic sciences, environmental contamination, earth observation, and climate adaptation to address the grand challenges facing Australia and the global community.

Prior to joining CSIRO in 2013, Paul was the Director of the Tracy Farmer Institute for Sustainability and the Environment and Professor of Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology, University of Kentucky, Lexington. He is the Georgia Power Professor of Environmental Chemistry Emeritus at the University of Georgia, Athens and is an adjunct Professor of Environmental Systems Engineering and Science at Clemson University, South Carolina.

Dr Bertsch has 30 years of experience in the fields of soil science, environmental geochemistry, and hydrobiogeochemistry. His research has focused on the fate and transport of metal, metalloid, radionuclide, and organic contaminants, the biogeochemistry of natural organic matter, iron, and aluminium in aquatic and terrestrial environments, and the chemical speciation and ecotoxicology of metals, metalloids, and manufactured nanomaterials in terrestrial ecosystems. He also has significant international science administration, leadership, and policy experience.

Paul has authored or co-authored more than 300 scientific and technical publications and is an elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the American Society of Agronomy (ASA), the Soil Science Society of America (SSSA), and the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC). He is also a lifetime National Associate of the United States' National Academy of Sciences (NAS).

Soil Science Australia

All welcome!

Refreshments and Dinner will follow the lecture.

For dinner reservations please email:

Dinner Reservations

Are you a Monash staff member?

Not a Monash staff member?


Please observe all parking restrictions. Parking options nearest the lecture theatres (S3, Building25, map reference D2. S6, Building 24, map reference D2) can be found at W1 and W2 (mapreference C1) and the multi-level car park N1 (map reference B2).


Previous Seminars

Professor Tina Overton, School of Chemistry, Monash University

Tina Overton"From Parrots to Professionals: Developing Effective Chemistry Graduates"

Date: Wednesday the 6th of May, 2015
Time: 4:30 pm
Location: Lecture theatre S1/16 Rainforest Walk

The world faces many challenges which our graduates will be at the forefront of tackling. The traditional chemistry education which provides them with an extensive chemistry knowledge can only partially prepare them for a lifetime of work in which they will be tackling problems which we cannot even imagine existing. Consequently, the chemistry curriculum has to change in order to equip graduates with the knowledge, skills and attributes which will enable them to succeed in an increasingly competitive and challenging environment. Curriculum development, especially within higher education, has often happened in a piecemeal way, influenced by individual academic's research interests, personal views or current fashion. There is a need to base such development on sound research evidence and this seldom happens. This presentation will discuss the role of chemistry education research in developing a contemporary, fit for purpose chemistry degree programme. The case will be supported by research from the literature and recent research results.

Tina Overton is Professor of Chemistry Education at Monash University. She was previously Professor of Chemistry Education at the University of Hull, UK. She had a career in industry and the National Health Service before joining the chemistry department at the University of Hull. Tina has published on the topics of critical thinking, context and problem-based learning and their role in developing conceptual understanding and cognitive skills and the development of problem solving skills. She has published learning resources which have been adopted in many institutions and has co-authored several textbooks in inorganic chemistry and skills development. She has been awarded the Royal Society of Chemistry's HE Teaching Award, Tertiary Education Award and Nyholm Prize and is a National Teaching Fellow and Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.