John B. Goodenough Award 2011 winner


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Andrew Holmes
University of Melbourne

Awarded for his groundbreaking contributions to our understanding of the synthesis, properties and practical device-applications of polymeric materials for optoelectronics and for harvesting energy from light.


About the Winner


Andrew Holmes was as an undergraduate at the University of Melbourne, PhD student (with Professor Franz Sondheimer) at University College London and Royal Society European Postdoctoral Fellow at the ETH-Zürich (with Professor A. Eschenmoser).  He was appointed to a Demonstratorship at Cambridge in 1972 where he remained for thirty-two years, ultimately as Professor of Organic and Polymer Chemistry and Director of the Melville Laboratory for Polymer Synthesis. 

In 2004 he moved to Imperial College from where he was given long term leave of absence to take up an ARC Federation Fellowship and Inaugural VESKI Fellowship at the Bio21 Institute in the University of Melbourne.  He is now a CSIRO Fellow at CSIRO Materials Science and Engineering, a University of Melbourne Laureate Professor at the University of Melbourne and Distinguished Research Fellow at Imperial College. His research interests involve applications of synthesis to materials science and biology.  He has made extensive contributions in the area of light emitting and photovoltaic devices.  

Professor Holmes is a co-recipient of the Descartes Prize 2003.  In May, 2000 he was elected FRS.  He was appointed AM in the Australia Day Honours List in 2004 and he was elected FAA in March 2006 and FTSE in November 2006.  He is Foreign Secretary of the Australian Academy of Science.  From 2000-2003 he was Chairman of the Editorial Board of Chemical Communications and he has been an Associate Editor of Organic Letters since April 2006. He is a member of the CSIRO Publishing Advisory Board.

  • CSIRO Division of Materials Science and Engineering (CSIRO Fellow)
  • University of Melbourne School of Chemistry, Bio21 Institute (Laureate Professor of Chemistry)
  • Imperial College Department of Chemistry (Emeritus Professor and Distinguished Research Fellow)

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