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Biographical entry Caruso, Frank (1968 - )


Materials science and Physical chemist


Professor Frank Caruso obtained his PhD from the University of Melbourne in 1994 for his research into molecule dynamics. He obtained a postdoctoral fellowship at the CSIRO Division of Chemicals and Polymers to research how surfaces should be altered to allow specific molecules to be detected, and in 1997, was a recipient of an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship to work at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces in Berlin. Here, utilising the self-assembly technique, he created a strategy to alter the surface of nano-sized colloid particles. The nanoparticles that resulted could then perform new roles (e.g. biosensors) and be utilised to create advanced materials. He has been awarded medals from the Royal Australian Chemical Institute and the Royal Society of Chemistry-Royal Australasian Chemical Institute in 2000 and 2001 respectively. In 2002, Caruso received a Federation Fellowship to become a Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Melbourne.



1991 - 2006
Career position - Member, Royal Australian Chemical Institute
Education - PhD, University of Melbourne
1996 - 1997
Career position - Postdoctoral Fellow, CSIRO Division of Chemicals and Polymers
1997 - 2002
Career position - Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow, Max Planck Institute Colloids and Interfaces, Berlin, Germany
1999 - 2002
Career position - Group Leader, Max Planck Institute Colloids and Interfaces, Potsdam, Germany
Award - Rennie Memorial Medal, Royal Australian Chemical Institute
Award - Exchange Medal, Royal Australian Chemical Institute/Royal Chemical Society
2002 - 2012
Award - ARC Federation Fellow, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, University of Melbourne
2003 -
Career position - Professor in chemistry, University of Melbourne
2005 -
Career position - Member, American Chemical Society
Award - Le Fèvre Memorial Prize, Australian Academy of Science
2006 -
Award - Fellow, Royal Australian Chemical Institute
Award - David Sangster Polymer Science and Technology Achievement Award, Polymer Division, Royal Australian Chemical Institute
Award - Woodward Medal for Science and Technology, University of Melbourne
2009 -
Award - Fellow, Australian Academy of Science
Award - Royal Society of Victoria Medal for Excellence in Scientific Research in the Physical Sciences
2012 - 2017
Award - ARC Laureate Fellow
Award - CSIRO Eureka Prize for Leadership in Science
2014 -
Career position - Deputy Director, ARC Centre of Excellence in Convergent Bio-Nano Science and Technology
2017 -
Award - Fellow, Asia Pacific Academy of Materials
2018 -
Award - Fellow, Royal Society, London
Award - Batteard-Jordan Australian Polymer Medal, Polymer Division, Royal Australian Chemical Institute
Award - Leverhulme Medal, Royal Society, London

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