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Joint UQ-India research harnesses light for the future

Dr Ebinazar Namdas, Dr Shih-Chun Lo, and Professor Paul Burn of the Centre of Organic Photonics & Electronics, The University of Queensland (UQ), AUCAOS colleague, Assoc Prof Chris McNeill (Monash University), and Dr Elizabeth Krenske (School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences, UQ) will be collaborating on a project entitled "Large Area Opto-Electronics (LAOE) for Australia and India". The program is being funded under the Australia-India Strategic Research Fund (AISRF) scheme. The Indian partner is CSIR-National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science and Technology (NIIST).

UQ Development Fellowship awarded to Dr Xiuwen Zhou

Dr Xiuwen Zhou has been awarded a prestigious UQ Development Fellowship. Xiuwen is an expert on computational and theoretical chemistry/physics. Her recent interest, in conjunction with Professors Burn and Powell, has been on understanding why some iridium complexes that are typically used in organic light-emitting diodes are highly luminescent and others not. Xiuwen’s Fellowship will enable her to continue these studies and we look forward to her further contribution to the COPE research program.

COPE awarded two Discovery Projects for 2017

Professor Paul Burn and colleagues Professor Ian Gentle and Dr Paul Shaw have between them been awarded two ARC Discovery Project Grants. The first of these is in collaboration with Professor Adachi at Kyushu University, Japan to develop new materials for organic light-emitting diodes (see: The second is to develop sensors for chemical warfare agents in conjunction with Associate Professor Hodgkiss at the University of Victoria Wellington, NZ and Dr Nick Fitzgerald at the DSTG.

Professor Paul Meredith to take up Chair at Swansea University, UK

Professor Paul Meredith has resigned his position at the University of Queensland to take up a prestigious Chair at Swansea University, UK. Paul joined UQ in 2001 and was promoted to Professor in 2010. Paul played a key role in attracting Professor Paul Burn as an ARC Federation Fellow in 2007 and after the founding of COPE became a co-Director. Paul’s interests have had a strong focus on solar energy both at the research level at COPE and through his engagement as Director of UQ solar with UQ becoming the world’s largest university operator of renewable energy infrastructure to date.

DECRA awarded to Dr Ardalan Armin

Dr Ardalan Armin has been awarded an ARC Discovery Early Career Research Award to work on perovskite-based solar cells at the University of New South Wales. Ardalan undertook his PhD at COPE before taking up a post-doctoral position supported by the Australian Centre for Advanced Photovoltaics, also at COPE. Ardalan’s research focus has been on charge generation and transport in organic solar cells and we wish him well as he takes up his first independent research position.

Professor Paul Burn FAA FRSC awarded ARC Laureate Fellowship

Professor Paul Burn has been awarded a prestigious ARC Laureate Fellowship in the 2016 round. The Laureate Fellowship aims to develop efficient solid-state lighting based on organic light-emitting diodes. For more information on this story please see:

Queensland Government Mid-career Fellowship Funding Awarded to Dr Paul Shaw

COPE is delighted to announce that Dr Paul Shaw has won Mid-career Fellowship Funding from Queensland Government. Paul leads the sensors team at COPE which develops technology for the selective detection of explosives from their vapours. For more details, please see the following link:

MRS Graduate Student Gold Award won by COPE PhD student, Qianqian (Vincent) Lin

Vincent has won a highly competitive Graduate Student Gold Award at the 2016 Material Research Society (MRS) Spring Meeting in Phoenix, Arizona. The MRS Meeting is one of the leading international stages to present cutting edge materials research. Vincent won the award for his work on perovskite materials, and in particular, their application in wavelength selective photodiodes. If you are interested in reading more on this work see "Filterless narrowband visible photodetectors", Nature Photonics, 2015, 9, 687-694.

COPE students win prizes at the 11th Annual SCMB Research Students Symposium

Image: 11th Annual SCMB Research Students Symposium: Qianqian Lin and Sarah McGregor

Qianqian Lin and Sarah McGregor both enjoyed success at the recent SCMB Research Students Symposium held on the 26th November.
Sarah McGregor won 2nd prize for her Poster presentation & Qianqian Lin won 1st prize in the Oral presentations. Congratulations Sarah and Vincent.

COPE Selected as 2015 Eureka Prize Finalist

We are delighted to announce that the sensors team at COPE has been selected as a finalist for the 2015 Defence Science and Technology Organisation Eureka Prize for Outstanding Science for Safeguarding Australia:

COPE, University of Queensland
Improvised explosive devices (IEDs) are one of the greatest threats faced by military personnel and homeland security. Detection of the vapours released by explosives is the best strategy for the identification of IEDs.

Professor Paul Burn represents the Australian Academy of Science at InterAcademy Partnership Workshop

Invited to attend on behalf of the Australian Academy of Science, the itinerary included a symposium ‘Getting from where we are to where we want to be in clean energy’, held at the Royal Palace Amsterdam, where former Secretary of Energy Prof Steve Chu (Stanford University) was guest of honour.

SMP Three Minute Thesis competition won by COPE student Khalid Muhieddine

The SMP Three Minute Thesis competition has been won for the second year running by Khalid Muhieddine. His presentation was entitled “Organic Electronics: My Bubble; Your World”. Khalid will go on to represent SMP at the Faculty of Science final on Wednesday 5th August... Congratulations Khalid! Update: Khalid was runner-up at the Faculty of Science final, and 'People's Choice' winner. As 'People's Choice' winner he will be able to participate in the UQ 3MT Wildcard Competition on September 2nd. The Wildcard Competition will be another oppurtunity to reach the UQ Grand Final...

COPE student wins School of Chemistry & Molecular Biosciences tutor award

COPE PhD student Sarah Mcgregor has been recognised as being one of UQ's top performing tutors in Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences for second semester 2014. Congratulations Sarah!

COPE Student Receives Prestigious Honours Scholarship Award

Ilene Alison has been awarded with an Honours Scholarship from UQ’s School of Chemistry & Molecular Biosciences in the recognition of her outstanding undergraduate achievements. Congratulations to Ilene on receiving this prestigious award and welcome to COPE!
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