Australian solar researcher awarded prestigious Royal Medal


CSIRO Fellow, University of Melbourne Laureate Professor of Chemistry at the Bio21 Institute, and Distinguished Research Fellow at the Imperial College London, Professor Andrew Holmes, has been awarded the 2012 Royal Medal from the Royal Society London – the only Australian in 10 years to receive the award.

Professor Holmes leads the Victorian Organic Solar Cells Consortium involving the University of Melbourne, CSIRO, Monash University and industry partners. The Consortium aims to deliver efficient flexible printed solar cells for low cost applications in electricity generation and benefits from a strong collaboration with the Imperial College Doctoral Training Centre in Plastic Electronics. Further information about the Consortium’s ASI-supported project

He is recognised for his contributions at the interface of the materials and biological sciences that will lead to outcomes that will benefit society. He played a pioneering role in the field of applied organic electronic materials.

Three Royal Medals, also known as the Queen’s Medals, are awarded annually for the most important contributions in the physical, biological and applied or interdisciplinary sciences. Former recipients include Charles Darwin, Francis Crick and Suzanne Cory.