Darwin’s concept of evolution revolutionised biology some 150 years ago and remains a central paradigm of biology. This year’s Nobel Prize in Chemistry recognises the application of evolutionary principles at the molecular level, directing molecules to rapidly evolve useful functions.
In this International Year of the Periodic Table, Dave Sammut and Chantelle Craig profile Australia’s representative to the IUPAC Analytical Division, Emeritus Professor Brynn Hibbert.
Industry networks are surprisingly fragile, and Australia’s chemical industries are no exception. Tom Spurling and colleagues explain the importance of social network analysis.
A scientist once told me that identifying the optimal interaction between molecules is like finding a needle in a haystack. Professor Brian Smith, molecular modeller at the La Trobe Institute for Molecular Science at La Trobe University, is an expert at just that.