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University of Otago honours Chemistry research leader

Friday 24 July 2015

Professor Sally Brooker (in red jacket) and her research group known as 'Brooker's Bunch'. Photo: Sharron Bennett

Professor Sally Brooker, an internationally leading inorganic chemistry researcher who designs and creates innovative molecules that could underpin future technologies, is the latest recipient of the Distinguished Research Medal, the University of Otago’s highest distinction.

The University awards the Medal for outstanding scholarly achievement, including the discovery and dissemination of new knowledge, the development of innovative technology, or the development of concepts that lead to significant advances.

Announcing the honour, Vice-Chancellor Professor Harlene Hayne warmly congratulated Professor Brooker, noting that she is a “thoroughly deserving recipient of the Medal”.

“Sally Brooker has an impressive record in producing world-class research and in training and mentoring dozens of postgraduate students and early-career researchers. She is an internationally recognised leader and innovator in her field,” Professor Hayne says.

Professor Brooker is based in Otago’s Department of Chemistry and works to design and construct molecular-scale self-assembling systems that could ultimately be used as nano components to replace silicon chips.

She leads a rigorous programme to synthesise designer magnetic compounds and develop functional nano-scale magnetic switches, down to the ultimate limit of single-molecule magnets. In contrast to the current ‘top down’ approach of creating ever-smaller circuits on silicon chips to improve computing power, her approach is a ‘bottom up’ one.

Read the full story via the Otago Bulletin