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Andrew B. Holmes

Andrew Holmes is a graduate of the University of Melbourne. He obtained the PhD (1971) with Franz Sondheimer at University College London supported by a Shell (Australia) Science Scholarship. After a postdoctoral spell at the E.T.H. with Professor A. Eschenmoser he was appointed to an assistant lectureship at Cambridge in 1972. He became Director of the Melville Laboratory for Polymer Synthesis in 1994 and was promoted to a personal Readership in 1995 and to a personal Professorship in 1998. In September 2004 he was appointed Professor of Organic and Polymer Chemistry at Imperial College and in October 2004 was given leave of absence to be seconded as ARC Federation Fellow and Inaugural VESKI Fellow at the Bio21 Institute in the University of Melbourne and CSIRO Molecular Science, Clayton. 

Professor Holmes's research interests span a range of natural and non-natural synthetic targets. In the natural products area he has concentrated on biologically active piperidine and indolizidine alkaloids, marine cyclic ethers and medium ring unsaturated lactams. Professor Holmes developed an interest in conjugated polymers as a result of an interdisciplinary collaboration with Professor R.H. Friend in the Cavendish Laboratory. This group discovered the first polymeric light emitting diodes. 
Professor Holmes was Chairman of the Editorial Board of Chemical Communications from 2000-2003, has served as a Principal Editor of the Journal of Materials Research (1994-2000) and as a member of the Board of Editors of Organic Syntheses, Inc., (1997-2001), and is a member of the editorial advisory board of Chemical Communications, Journal of Materials Chemistry, Australian Journal of Chemistry, and Bulletin of the Chemical Society of Japan.

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