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Three Monash University researchers who have been awarded highly prestigious Australian Laureate Fellowships by the Australian Research Council will contribute to the competitive research capacity not only of Monash, but also of Australia. Professor Douglas MacFarlane, based at the Monash School of Chemistry, has been recognised for his investigations of new chemical technologies to assist the transition to a more sustainable society. You can read more about Professor MacFarlane’s research into renewable energy generation on page 10 of this issue.Professor Michael Fuhrer, a fellow of the American Physical Society and formerly of the University of Maryland, has plans to dramatically expand his work on new electronic materials, such as graphene, which will revolutionise electronics for use in computing, sensors and solar power generation. Professor Nicholas Wormald brings to Monash from the University of Waterloo his expertise in probabilistic combinatorics, which has applications in computer science, physics, coding theory for communications and genetics. The three fellowships total A$7.3 million over five years.

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