Professor Michelle Coote is a Matthew Flinders Professor in Chemistry at Flinders University, having recently moved from the Australian National University (ANU). She completed a PhD in polymer chemistry at the University of NSW (2000), followed by postdoctoral fellowships in polymer physics at the University of Durham, UK (1999-2001), and computational chemistry, at the ANU (2001-2004). She established her own research group at the ANU in 2004, where she served in various roles until early this year. She is a Georgina Sweet ARC Laureate Fellow, an Executive Editor of JACS, an elected fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, and is the 2021 recipient of the RACI Leighton Memorial Medal. Her group uses theory and experiment to design new synthetic methods and catalysts, with an emphasis on non-traditional methods of bond activation using electricity and light.
BSc(Hons) industrial chemistry (UNSW 1995)
PhD polymer chemistry (UNSW 2000)
Elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, the Royal Society of Chemistry, and the Royal Australian Chemical Institute
Royal Australian Chemical Institute: Cornforth Medal (2000), Rennie Medal (2006), David Sangster Polymer Science and Technology Achievement Award (2010), HG Smith Medal (2016), Physical Division Medal (2019), Polymer Division Citation (2019), Leighton Memorial Medal (2021). Australian Academy of Science: Le Fevre Memorial Medal (2010)
International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry Prize for Young Scientists (2001). Australasian Association of Theoretical and Computational Chemisty Pople Medal (2015).
Royal Society of Chemistry Australasian Lectureship (2021). Paul Schleyer Lectureship (University of Georgia, 2018). Huayuan Lectureship, (Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, 2018).
ARC Postdoctoral Fellowship (2002-2004). ARC Future Fellowship (2010-2014). Georgina Sweet ARC Laureate Fellowship (2017-2022)
Research Leader, Flinders Institute for Nanoscale Science & Technology
Professor Coote is an Executive Editor of the Journal of the American Chemical Society, and also serves on the Editorial Advisory Boards of ACS Phys Au and Chemical Reviews. Her previous editorial roles include stints at the Australian Journal of Chemistry and Scientific Reports. She is a member of the equity committee of the Australian Academy of Science, having previously chaired the equity committee of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute. She is also a former chair of both the RACI Physical Division and Polymer Division, and is part of the organising committee for the biennal RACI Australasian Polymer Science Schools. She has previously served on the ARC College of Experts, and numerous other advisory committees, panels and organising committees.
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