UNSW Chemistry Students Bring Home Awards from ICOMC2016

Posted 25 July 2016

At the international conference on organometallic chemistry held in Melbourne last week, UNSW Chemistry students, Matthew Mudge and Peter Jurd, each presented prize-winning research posters.

Matthew, a year and a half into his PhD with Associate Professor Stephen Colbran, presented his research entitled “A dixanthene scaffold for cooperative catalysis.” And Peter, a third year PhD student in Professor Les Field's research group, presented “Coupling reactivity of carbon dioxide and acetylene mediated by iron phosphine complexes.”

Photo: Peter is presented the Best Poster Prize by Professor Ekkehardt Hahn, Chair of Inorganic Chemistry, University of Münster, Germany.

Stephen Colbran, who also attended the meeting, said that posters presented “were from a large and very competitive international field.”

The organising committee – co-chaired by Peter Junk and Phil Andrews – were expecting over 600 delegates from around the world, including researchers, pharmacists and industry bodies. Six plenary and 19 keynote talks were delivered by international leaders in the field of organometallic chemistry. The program spanned fundamental science to applied research.

Running concurrently was the RACI Inorganic Chemistry Division National Conference, covering all aspects of inorganic chemistry including bioinorganic, supramolecular, solid state and materials chemistry.

ICOMC2016 was held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre in the South Wharf precinct between 17–22 July. This is the second time Australia has hosted this biennial conference, the first time was 20 years ago. Previous meetings have been in Japan, Portugal, Taiwan and France. The next one is in Italy in 2018.