Two School of Chemistry students receive the 2020 Dean's Award for Outstanding PhD Theses

Posted 28 August 2020

The School of Chemistry congratulates Dr’s Daniel Wenholz and Thomas Macdonald, they are two of the 2020 recipients of the Dean’s Award for Outstanding PhD Theses, this award recognises high quality PhD theses produced at UNSW. 

To receive this award, candidates must have been commended by their thesis examiners and produced a thesis that requires only minimal corrections, receive outstanding and/or excellent levels of achievement for all examination criteria, and in the opinion of both examiners be in the top 10% of PhD theses examined.

Daniel’s thesis topic was on the “Development of Bacterial RNA Polymerase Holoenzyme Inhibitors and Total Synthesis of an Archaea Signalling Molecule”, his Primary Supervisor was Prof Naresh Kumar and his Secondary Supervisor was A/Prof Renate Griffith.

Thomas’s thesis topic was on “Controlling Molecular Motion”, his Primary Supervisor was Dr Jon Beves and his Secondary Supervisor was Prof Tim Schmidt.