Current links with industry:

The school of chemistry is proud of its strong links with industry. Collaboration with industry ranges from co-supervision of honours students to research projects that are targeted to the development of novel technologies. Our academics are active in the development of next-generation products. Some examples are listed below:     

Flurosol Industries Pty Ltd and Prof Pall Thordarson at the School of Chemistry UNSW are working on the development of novel dyes for use in the renewable energy sector, with particular focus on light capture for applications such as photo-bioreactors. Through this collaboration, several new dyes have been synthesised and their properties investigated. Flurosol’s work with the School of Chemistry at UNSW has been instrumental in allowing Flurosol to stay ahead of its completion and secure valuable intellectual Property. Now in its 5th year, this collaboration has now been extended to a successful ARC Linkage grant between Thordarson and Flurosol.


A Cochlear implant is an established, effective and long-term solution for people with moderate to profound hearing loss. Cochlear pioneered the implant technology and is still the world’s industry leader.  The projects, led by A/Prof Chuan Zhao from our school, relate to new materials and technologies to understand the device/human interface, improve the capabilities of the devices, enable new device design and create better outcomes for recipients.


Exonate is a biopharmaceutical company focussed on the discovery and development of small molecule drugs that modulate alternative mRNA splicing to address diseases of high unmet medical need. Alternative mRNA splicing is modulated in disease states resulting in pathological blood vessel formation (angiogenesis), which is a key driver of disease progression in ophthalmic conditions and cancer. Based on a deep understanding of the biology of VEGF alternative splicing, Exonate has worked with A/Prof Jonathan Morris from our school to discover a proprietary series of first in class therapeutics, the SPHINXes, and now has a lead candidate under development for the treatment of wet age-related macular degeneration (wAMD). In animal models this has demonstrated a high penetration into the eye when administered topically.  It therefore has the capacity to be administered as an eye drop rather than the currently available drugs which are given as intravitreal injections.


Novogen has set itself the lofty goal of conquering cancer through comprehensive cancer treatment. Novogen has a superior technology platform that has the unheralded ability to generate keys that unlock the gates to the pathway to conquering cancer. In cooperation with Prof Martina Stenzel, Novogen is committed to further improve their formulation employing cutting-edge delivery techniques developed in the school of chemistry.


Pharmaxis is a specialist pharmaceutical company that researches, develops and commercialises new therapies for undertreated respiratory diseases. In collaboration with PharmAxis, Dr Luke Hunter develops new methods for creating selectively fluorinated molecules. These molecules are potent enzyme inhibitors with valuable therapeutic applications