Professor Andrew Holmes awarded COA

Professor Andrew Holmes was recognised for his work on solar technology, lab-made vitamin B12, and much more, by being awarded the Companion of the Order of Australia in the 2017 Australia Day Honours.

Professor Holmes, from the School of Chemistry and Bio21 Institute, was profiled in The Guardian for his achievements, which includes the discovery of a light-emitting plastic that may revolutionise solar technology and allow printable football-field-sized televisions. This discovery, which was made while he and his team were working on reproducing a poison found on the skin of a Colombian frog, allows for bright, colourful and flexible displays to be produced​ using a machine that works similarly to an ink-jet printer.

Professor Holmes began his science 50 years ago, after graduating with a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science from the University of Melbourne, and a PhD from University College London.

He is currently the president of the Australian Academy of Sciences.

To read more on Professor Holmes' work, click here.