Materials Science

Materials science at Monash Chemistry covers a broad range of activities across the traditional areas of organic, inorganic, physical and analytical chemistry.

There is a particular focus on synthesis, advanced characterisation, and structure-property relationships.
Coordination polymers and metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) are studied for their applications in gas capture and storage, heterogeneous catalysis, molecular separations, sensing, and novel magnetic and electronic materials.
Revolutionary synthetic approaches to organic polymers are leading to new generations of important plastics, polymers, lubricants and surfactants.

Other materials are being studied for their novel magnetic and electronic switching behaviour and their electrical conductivity, with applications including:

  • information storage
  • solar cells
  • next generation batteries

Advances in nanotechnology are being driven by research into nanocrystals, quantum dots, nanocomposite catalysts, and surface-based materials.

Our wide-ranging research is supported by excellent collaborations both within Monash Chemistry and with external collaborators world-wide. Our world class facilities, together with the larger Monash precinct (e.g. the Monash Centre for Electron Microscopy), and external facilities such as the Australian Synchrotron and the OPAL multi-purpose nuclear reactor combine to make our research in this field second to none.


The following researchers contribute to this theme:

MOFs Soft Materials Nanomaterials / 2D
Stuart BattenDoug MacFarlaneAlison Funston
David TurnerDrasko VidovicRico Tabor
Organic Polymers Solar CellsElectrochemistry
Tanja JunkersDoug MacFarlaneAlan Bond
Kei SaitoSubashani ManiamJie Zhang
San ThangSasha SiminovLisa Martin
Gas sorptionMagnetismOther
Alan ChaffeeKeith MurrayPhilip Chan - Catalysis
  Phil Marriott - Separation
  Toby Bell - Lasers
  Katya Pas - Modeling