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A virtual live book launch for the recently published history of the School of Chemistry

A virtual live book launch for the recently published history of the School of Chemistry

23 June 2020

The current Head of School, Prof Scott Kable hosted a virtual live book launch of the recently published history of the School of Chemistry, where he was joined by three special guests:

Prof Barbara Messerle - former Chemistry Head of School - currently Provost and Deputy Vice Chancellor at The University of Sydney

Emeritus Prof David Black - former Chemistry Head of School and our longest serving and most decorated member of academic staff

A/Prof Peter Southwell-Keely - Book Author and former Chemistry staff member.

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Congratulations to the 2019 Chemistry Prize Winners

Congratulations to the 2019 Chemistry Prize Winners

11 June 2020

Each year, the School of Chemistry holds an event to celebrate its brightest and best students, acknowledging the achievements of our prize and medal recipients and scholarship winners for their incredible academic results in the previous year. The event is an absolute highlight in our calendar, as we love celebrating each of our talented chemistry students and thanking our generous Donors and their families. 

So, it is with some regret that, in line with current guidelines on large gatherings, we could not hold the event in 2020. 

In its place the Head of School, Professor Scott Kable and Associate Professor Alison Beavis, Deputy Dean (Education), UNSW Science, recorded a video to personally congratulate our students for their academic achievements and acknowledge and thank our generous Donors. 

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Vale Dr Sergio Dilli

Vale Dr Sergio Dilli

1 June 2020

With over 20 years teaching and researching analytical chemistry at UNSW, Dr Sergio Dilli inspired a generation of scientists with his lifetime love of learning. 

Dr Dilli spent his most of his professional life at the UNSW School of Chemistry.  He received his PhD in 1966 at UNSW in analytical chemistry and continued to teach at here until his retirement in the late ‘80s.

With over 70 research publications, Dr Dilli’s research and teaching focused on analytical chemistry a field that assesses the chemical structure and nature of substances and is used in areas like toxicology, pharmaceuticals and forensics. He was the resident expert in gas chromatography in the then Department of Analytical Chemistry, and he was particularly fond of applying this technique to the separation of metal chelates.  He was well-known internationally for this research. 

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Dr Nicole Rijs has been appointed as a DAAD Research Ambassador for 2020/21

Dr Nicole Rijs has been appointed as a DAAD Research Ambassador for 2020/21

29 May 2020

DAAD Research Ambassadors are scholars and scientists in Australia who have conducted advanced long-term research projects in Germany and are interested in promoting research in Germany at their home universities and among their peers and students.

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Scientia Professor Justin Gooding has been awarded an NHMRC Investigator Grant

Scientia Professor Justin Gooding has been awarded an NHMRC Investigator Grant

20 May 2020

Congratulations to Justin, who has just been awarded an NHMRC Investigator Grant to research:  

An in vitro pipeline for liquid biopsy biomarkers for cancer diagnosis and therapy

The grant is worth $3.76M over 5 years.

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Soap Vs Sanitiser - A TED-Ed Animation co-developed by Prof Palli Thordarson

Soap Vs Sanitiser - A TED-Ed Animation co-developed by Prof Palli Thordarson

8 May 2020

Professor Pall Thordarson from the School of Chemistry at UNSW has co-developed an animated video with TED-Ed.

The animation "Which is better: Soap or hand sanitizer?" has had close to 300,000 views on YouTube in the first three days of its release!

TED-Ed is TED's youth and education initiative, it aims to spark and celebrate the ideas and knowledge-sharing of teachers and students around the world.

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IUPAC Global Women’s Breakfast 2020

IUPAC Global Women’s Breakfast 2020

8 May 2020

Way back on the 12th of February the School of Chemistry celebrated and highlighted the achievements of Women in Chemistry with the IUPAC Global Women’s Breakfast 2020. The networking event, themed “BUILDING BONDS TO CREATE FUTURE LEADERS”, was held at JG’s café, whose namesake, June Griffith, was UNSW’s first female chemistry graduate.

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Dr Anna Wang appears on ABC Catalyst ‘Asteroid Hunters’ program

Dr Anna Wang appears on ABC Catalyst ‘Asteroid Hunters’ program

5 May 2020

Dr Anna Wang Scientia Fellow in the School of Chemistry and Mr Luke Steller, PhD candidate at UNSW’s Australian Centre for Astrobiology are currently collaborating to trace when – and how – chemistry became biology. Late last year, Mr Steller and Dr Wang travelled to Rotorua in New Zealand with ABC Catalyst The Catalyst episode, ‘Asteroid Hunters’, aired on Tuesday 5 May.

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The NSSN COVID-19 Q&A Forum returns on 21 May 2020

The NSSN COVID-19 Q&A Forum returns on 21 May 2020

29 April 2020

Opened by Professor Justin Gooding, Co-Director at NSSN, the virtual forum brought together world-renowned scientists and practitioners from across NSW and ACT to inform Australians about how research institutions and thought leaders are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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COVID-19: Rapid Response Research funding awarded to Dr Padmavathy Bakthavathsalam and Scientia Professor Justin Gooding

COVID-19: Rapid Response Research funding awarded to Dr Padmavathy Bakthavathsalam and Scientia Professor Justin Gooding

28 April 2020

Congratulations to Dr Padmavathy Bakthavathsalam and Scientia Professor Justin Gooding who have recently been awarded funding as part of the UNSW COVID-19 Rapid Response Research Initiative.

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