Professor Philip Andrews appointed Head of School of Chemistry

Professor Philip Andrews
Professor Philip Andrews.

Professor Philip Andrews has been appointed Head of the Monash University School of Chemistry – the best in Australia – following a global selection process to fill the role.

The School of Chemistry is ranked*:

  • 35th in the world for chemistry (QS Subject rankings 2019, and
  • the best university in Australia for chemistry (Academic Ranking of World Universities, 2019).

Professor Andrews has been the Acting Head of School throughout 2019 and was the Deputy Head of School from 2015 to 2018.

He completed his PhD at the University of Strathclyde, in Glasgow and joined Monash as a Research Fellow in 1995 and was subsequently successful in being awarded a five-year ARC QEII Fellowship in 1997. He was appointed as a lecturer in the School in 2004. Prior to joining Monash Professor Andrews was an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow, at the Philipps Universität, Marburg, Germany, and he held a Royal Society Fellowship, at Griffith University in Queensland.

The highly esteemed chemist is a Fellow of both the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Royal Australian Chemical Institute.

Professor Andrews’ key research areas involve the role of metals in:

  • Chemical synthesis and catalysis
  • Medical Imaging
  • Biological and Medicinal Chemistry
  • Green and Sustainable Chemistry.

Since 1998 Professor Andrews has succeeded in securing nine major Australian Research Council (ARC) grants and most recently a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) grant for just over $476,000 to produce a new range of bismuth-based antibacterial materials to combat the threat from resistant bacteria, commonly found in health-care facilities on medical instruments, devices, equipment, surfaces and implants.

“I am honoured to be appointed the Head of the School of Chemistry at Monash with its international reputation for quality research and education,” said Professor Andrews.

Announcing the appointment Monash Science Dean Professor Jordan Nash said Professor Andrews would lead the School’s strategic direction and growth and capitalise on existing educational and research strengths.

“I congratulate Professor Andrews on the appointment and look forward to a new era of growth for the School under his leadership,” Professor Nash said.

Professor Andrews replaces Professor Bart Folink as the Head of School with Professor Folink remaining at Monash to pursue his research interests.

In October the Faculty of Science announced the appointment of world-renowned mathematician Professor Warwick Bryan Tucker, as the new Head of the Monash School of Mathematics.

A global recruitment search is currently underway for a new Head of School of Physics and Astronomy with an appointment expected to be made in 2020.

*For information about Monash School of Chemistry rankings visit: Academic Ranking of World Universities, QS World Rankings 2019.


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