Glen Deacon

Emeritus Prof

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1961 …2023

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Glen works in the School of Chemistry at Monash University as a Professor

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Glen Deacon graduated BSc(Hons) (HI) and PhD from the University of Adelaide (CSIRO and AAEC Scholarships, an ICIANZ Fellowship, and the Senior Tutorship at Lincoln College). Postdoctoral research work was carried out with Professor Sir Ronald Nyholm FRS at University College London (CSIRO Overseas Scholarship, ICI Fellowship) with additional collaboration with Professor Alwyn Davies FRS (UCL) and Dr John Green (NPL Teddington).

He was appointed to a lectureship at Monash in 1966, and received accelerated promotion to Senior Lecturer (1971) and Reader (1975). For his research work on Main Group Element Chemistry he was awarded the DSc degree of the University of Adelaide in 1972. He became a Fellow of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute in 1975. In 1994 he was appointed to a Personal Chair in Chemistry and was Professor of Chemistry from 2002-2012 when he was appointed Professor Emeritus.  In 2005-6, he was also a Senior Adviser in the Monash Research Office.

Glen Deacon has achieved international recognition in several areas of Inorganic and Inorganic Materials Chemistry, particularly the Chemistry of Main Group Elements, Rare Earths, Precious Metals (including platinum anti-cancer compounds), Small Cyano Anions,  New Materials (semi-conductor dopants and precursors) and Corrosion Inhibitors. He has received extensive research funding both alone and in research teams, e.g. from ARC (more than 50 grants including support from the Centre for Green Chemistry), ACCV, and GIRD, and is involved in extensive National and International (e.g. Germany, UK, France, Japan) research collaboration. He has supervised or jointly supervised 24 postdoctoral workers, 16 research assistants, and more than50 PhD, 4 MSc, 6 MEnvSci and over 70 BSc(Hons) graduates. Over 600 papers have been published in refereed journals and several book chapters have been published. Considerable consulting/contract research has been carried out for industry and government agencies, and a patent is in commercial use. 

Glen Deacon held a Visiting Lectureship at the University of Western Australia (1991), Guest positions at Universität Dortmund, Technische and Frei Universität Berlin, Universität Hannover, Universität Leipzig, Universität Tübingen, Universität Stuttgart, Universität Duisburg, KIT and Universität zu Köln, and was a Senior Academic Visitor, Queen Mary College, University of London and James Cook University, and has been Visiting Professor and Foundation Lecturer in Inorganic Chemistry, University of Sydney. Since 1987, he has given over 200 invited lectures/seminars at National and International (UK, USA, Germany, Netherlands, Eire) Conferences, Universities, Research Organisations etc. In 2006, he was awarded the Terrae Rarae Prize for Rare Earth Chemistry and in 2007 received the Burrows Award of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute for Inorganic Chemistry.  From 2002-2004, he served on the Committee of Experts of the Australian Research Council.  In 2012, the SO3 elimination synthesis of organometallic compounds discovered by the Deacon group in the 1970s, was named the Deacon reaction (Organometallics, 2012, 31, 1801).

In 2020, he was appointed to an Honorary Professorship in the Institute for Frontier Materials (IFM) at Deakin University.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water

Research area keywords

  • Synthetic and Catalytic Chemistry

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