Prof Doug MacFarlane named a 2012 Australian Laureate Fellow
Congratulations to Prof Doug MacFarlane who this morning was named a 2012 Australian Laureate Fellow!
Prof MacFarlane's Fellowship brings the running total within the ACES team to three, with Prof Maria Forsyth and Prof Gordon Wallace named as 2011 Australian Laureate Fellows.
Leader of the ACES Energy program, Prof MacFarlane is a Professor of Chemistry at Monash University. His Fellowship will assist the creation of materials that will be used to develop new sustainable chemical technologies.
Incorporating local and international collaborators, the project will focus on new approaches to the conversion of carbon dioxide into valuable chemicals and for renewable energy generation and storage.
“I am pleased this fellowship will allow me to focus entirely on my research goals and provide an exceptional research training opportunity for the next generation of Australian scientists,” Doug says.
Doug was awarded his PhD in 1983 from Purdue University, United States in the field of Chemistry. He held postdoctoral positions in France and New Zealand before coming to Australia to take up an appointment at Monash University. He is also currently an International Fellow of Queen’s University Belfast, United Kingdom, an Adjunct Professor at the Centre for Green Manufacturing at the University of Alabama and a Visiting Professor of the Chinese Academy of Science in Beijing.
“These international experiences have tremendously broadened my perspectives on research in other parts of the world, as well as the different cultural, political and economic factors that drive their research priorities,” Doug says.
Doug is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Sciences and the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering.
His current research interests include ionic liquids for a range of applications in electrochemistry, green chemistry, solar cells and batteries and biotechnology.