Australian Journal of Chemistry Australian Journal of Chemistry Society
An international journal for chemical science

About the Editor-in-Chiefs

Editor-in-Chief - George Koutsantonis

George Koutsantonis is a synthetic chemist with an interest in functional materials that contain metals. He is a graduate of the University of Adelaide where he obtained his BSc(Hons) and PhD degree, the latter under the supervision of Michael Bruce. He began his scientific life studying the coordination properties and reactions of alkynes and often returns to this fascinating area. He undertook a postdoctoral position at the University of Kentucky. In Lexington, he continued his work with alkynes, more specifically investigating metathesis reactions with metalloalkynes. After a fruitful period in the USA, he returned to Australia on an inaugural ARC Postdoctoral Fellowship at Griffith University in 1991. In Brisbane, still essentially an inorganic chemist, he worked with Main Group hydrides of Group 13. He was appointed to the staff at the University of Western Australia in 1995 where he remains. In Perth, he established an independent research programme in organometallic and inorganic chemistry. His work in this area was recognised by the joint award of the RACI Organometallic award in 2004. He is active in the RACI, being a member of the Inorganic Division’s Committee for a number of years and is currently on the RACI Board as the Western Representative.

He is an enthusiastic amateur cabinetmaker and has for many years exhibited purebred German Shorthaired Pointers under the Dürers prefix.

Professor George Koutsantonis
Australian Journal of Chemistry
School of Chemistry and Biochemistry
The University of Western Australia

Editor-in-Chief - John D. Wade

John Wade obtained his PhD in protein chemistry at Monash University (Australia) and spent several years at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, UK, with one of the pioneers of chemical peptide synthesis, Dr R. C. Sheppard. He returned to Australia in 1983 to the University of Melbourne where he presently holds appointments as Professor at the School of Chemistry and Professor of Neuroscience at the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health. He has made numerous contributions to the field of the development of the chemistry of solid phase peptide synthesis and its application to the chemical biology of large, complex peptides with a particular emphasis on the maternal hormone, relaxin, and related insulin-like peptides. John has published more than 200 peer reviewed articles, book chapters and patents, and has been peer elected to fellowship of both the Royal Australian Chemical Institute and Royal Society of Chemistry.

Professor John D. Wade
Australian Journal of Chemistry
Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health
School of Chemistry, University of Melbourne

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Professor Kenneth Seddon OBE, one of AJC’s longest-standing Editors, sadly passed away on 21 January from prostate cancer. Ken was one of the world's best ionic liquids experts. His consistent unwavering support, loyalty and advocacy for AJC over the last 10 years will be sorely missed.