Professor Douglas R. MacFarlane

Fellow of the Australian Academy of Sciences
Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering
School of Chemistry, Monash University, Victoria, Australia
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Professor Doug MacFarlane leads the Monash Ionic Liquids Group at Monash University. He is currently the holder of an Australian Research Council Laureate Fellowship – one of the most prestigious fellowships for senior researchers in Australia.  He is also the Program Leader of the Energy Program in the Australian Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science. His group, numbering around 25 research staff and students, focuses on a range of aspects of ionic liquids and their application in the energy sciences and Green Chemistry. Current projects include applications in carbon dioxide capture and reduction, water splitting, biomass processing and advanced batteries. He has published more than 500 papers and patents including a number of papers in Science, Nature and Nature Materials.  These have attracted more than 20,000 citations to date and have an h-index of 70.

Professor Macfarlane was a PhD graduate from Professor Austen Angell’s group at Purdue in 1983 and after postdoctoral fellowships in France and New Zealand took up an academic position at Monash. He has been a Professor of Chemistry at Monash since 1995 and Head of School 2003-2006. He was elected to the Australian Academy of Sciences in 2007 and to the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering in 2009. He is also Chair of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Australian Journal of Chemistry and is a member of the Editorial Advisory Boards of Royal Society of Chemistry journals Chemical Communications and Green Chemistry as well as ACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering.

Professor MacFarlane is an Adjunct Professor of the University of Alabama, an International Fellow of the Queens University Ionic Liquid Laboratory, Belfast and a Visiting Professor of the Chinese Academy of Science.

David Bergmann

David has over 12 years experience in product development and innovation management roles, within Consumers Goods and FMCG businesses and industries. He is experienced in managing product development teams and leading significant product-change projects.

David began his career as a surfactant chemist before moving into R&D and new product development. In his current position as Innovation Manager at PZ Cussons, he manages some of the company's most significant change processes and projects.

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