New Head of School for Chemical and Physical Sciences

Associate Professor Martyn Coles has been appointed as the new Head of School for Victoria University’s School of Chemical and Physical Sciences.

The Associate Professor in Inorganic and Materials Chemistry and previous Deputy Head of School began his new position on 1 December.

Professor Coles says he is thrilled to be taking on this new role in what is a very exciting time for the School.

“I am looking forward to the challenge of strengthening our research and teaching relationships within the wider Victoria community, with a main focus on our relationship with Ferrier and Robinson Research Institutes.”

Dean of Science Professor Dave Harper says, “We are excited to have Professor Coles lead the School into an exciting future, and know he will make great contributions to support the Schools new direction, including addressing the recommendations from recent teaching programme reviews and preparing the School for the forthcoming PBRF round.”

Associate Professor Coles joined the University in 2011. His research focuses on synthetic inorganic and organometallic chemistry, with particular emphasis on the development of main group compounds as catalysts.

He received his PhD at the University of Durham, and has published over 120 articles covering research on many aspects of synthetic (inorganic) chemistry.