The future is greener on the other side

June 2015

Surprise would be an understatement, describing Professor Milton Hearn’s reaction upon learning that he was the recipient of the prestigious 2015 Alan S. Michaels Award from the American Chemical Society.

“I am thrilled that the research my team and I have carried out has been recognised for its global and environmental impact,” Club Melbourne Ambassador Professor Hearn AM said.

The Award, conferred in March in Denver Colorado, acknowledges the outstanding research and practice contributions towards the advancement of science and technology for the recovery of biological products.

Fundamental research in this field has revealed new avenues to produce safe and effective drugs and well as many other applications in the life and chemical sciences.

This was not the only announcement from the American Chemical Society (ACS) this year with Professor Hearn, Associate Director (Industry) of Monash University’s Green Chemical Futures Centre and Director and Lead Scientist of the Victorian Centre for Sustainable Chemical Manufacturing, also awarded the very prestigious 2015 ACS Award in Chromatography.

Back home, Professor Hearn was recognized in the 2015 Australia Day Honors List, becoming a Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia for his significant service to science through major contributions to advances in chemical manufacturing and his pioneering work in the separation sciences, analytical chemistry and biotechnology.

Professor Hearn and his team have also been working with the Melbourne Convention Bureau on bringing the 8th International Conference on Green and Sustainable Chemistry to Melbourne in 2017. They submitted the bid in May and the decision will be made next month.

And now for a wide shelf to put all those awards

The newest major building at the heart of the Monash University Clayton campus, opened in late March, is an impressive architectural and research statement, giving sustainable chemical manufacturing a location and edifice befitting its importance to the economic and research future of Australia.

The opening of the Green Chemical Futures Centre at Monash University heralds a significant shift in the way the chemical manufacturing industry and research is forging a new collaborative path towards sustainability.

”The Centre is transformational in identifying and recognising Australia’s emerging strengths in advanced chemical manufacturing and research in the green chemical manufacturing sector,’ Professor Hearn AM said.

The 9500m2 building has the capacity to house 1000 students, 100 industry collaborators and 100 engineers and chemists, giving rise to the largest dedicated green manufacturing research infrastructure in Australia.

'I have no doubt that the Centre will be one of the primary drivers of Australia’s expanding green workforce and the rise of new technologies,’ Professor Hearn added. 

Asked if there was a long shelf for all of the new awards he’s recently collected in his new office, Professor Hearn just smiled.