Professor Sally Brooker awarded NZ Order of Merit (MNZM)
Thursday 15 June 2017
Prof Sally Brooker
Services to science
Being named as a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit has come as a "lovely surprise'' for an internationally respected researcher at the University of Otago, Prof Sally Brooker.
The honour also provided "recognition of all the efforts'' of her research team, and "some very talented people'' had come through the group over the years, Prof Brooker said.
Her research and teaching career has been primarily based as a professor of chemistry at Otago University.
She was pleased to have been working in areas including sustainable energy sources and green technology, such as helping develop plastics that could be composted and recycled at the end of their life.
Prof Brooker's award-winning research, which has taken place in collaboration with scientists in New Zealand, Australia, Europe, the United States, and Canada, has focused primarily on the structure, design, and synthesis of innovative new metal molecules whose spin states could be controlled and changed.
Prof Brooker is the author or co-author of more than 185 research articles in peer-reviewed publications, has delivered 51 lectures at international conferences, and received several international fellowships.