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2018 Laureate Profile: Professor Julian Gale

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Professor Julian Gale

Professor Julian Gale

Administering Organisation: Curtin University

Discipline Area: Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Earth Sciences

Fellowship project summary:


This project aims to create new methodologies for quantitatively predicting the result of crystallisation processes, which are central to industries from pharmaceutical and food manufacture through to minerals processing. The outcomes will include the commercialisation of new technologies for computer modelling, economic impact in several key industries, and capacity building in analytical skills. Target project applications includes accelerating the development cycle for pharmaceuticals and reducing scale formation within both oil/gas pipelines and desalination plants.

Australian Research Council funding: $2,539,442

About Professor Gale

Professor Julian Gale is a Professor in the School of Molecular and Life Sciences at Curtin University.

Professor Gale’s research specialises in the development and application of theoretical or computational methods to problems in chemistry, physics, geochemistry, mineralogy and materials science.

Working with the Curtin Institute for Computation and The Institute for Geoscience Research (TIGeR), Professor Gale’s current research focus includes polymorphism, crystallisation, mineral-water interfaces, fuel cells, lithium battery materials and desalination membranes.

Professor Gale is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, the Royal Australian Chemical Institute, and the Royal Society of Chemistry. In 2013, he received the RACI Physical Chemistry Division Medal and in 2015, received the Association of Molecular Modellers of Australasia Medal for his research.

Find out more about Professor Gale’s research by visiting his profile page on the Curtin University website.

For further information about this funding scheme, please visit the Australian Laureate Fellowships scheme page on the ARC website.


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