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Phil completed his PhD at the University of Strathclyde, in Glasgow and joined Monash as a Research Fellow in 1995 and was subsequently successful in being awarded a five-year ARC QEII Fellowship in 1997. He was appointed as a lecturer in the School in 2004. Prior to joining Monash Professor Andrews was an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow, at the Philipps Universität, Marburg, Germany, and he held a Royal Society Fellowship, at Griffith University in Queensland.

The highly esteemed chemist is a Fellow of both the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Royal Australian Chemical Institute. Phil is currently Professor and Interim Head of the School of Chemistry. 

In 2020, Phil joined the Monash Centre to Impact AMR as a founding member and is helping drive the Centre's industry engagement strategy.


Research interests

Discovering new bioactive metal compounds as anti-inflammatory, antitumour and antimicrobial agents, development of new antimicrobial materials, synthesis of homo- and hetero-bimetallic metal cages and materials for medical imaging and therapeutics, and exploring metal-mediated anion rearrangements in main group organometallic complexes.

His main research areas of interest are:

  • Main Group Organometallic Chemistry: Synthesis, Structure and Application
    Novel chiral main group metal organometallic and amido complexes in asymmetric synthesis.
    Synthesis and structural studies of homo- and hetero-bimetallic main group metal complexes.
    Investigations into the synthesis, structure and stability of novel heavy p-block metal complexes.
  • Medical Imaging
    New bismuth and rare-earth based contrast media for optical and radiographic imaging.
  • Medicinal Chemistry
    Development of new bioactive bismuth compounds as anti-inflammatory, anti-tumour and anti-microbial 
    Development of new metallo-drugs for combating Leishmania.
    Cellular uptake and bio-distribution of Bi(III).
  • Green and Sustainable Chemistry
    Solvent-free and microwave assisted metal mediated syntheses.
    New catalysts for sustainable chemistry.

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 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy

Education/Academic qualification

Chemistry, PhD, 'Synthesis and Characterisation of Novel Alkali Metal Amides, University of Strathclyde

Award Date: 19 Jul 1992

Research area keywords

  • Organometallic Chemistry
  • Metals in Medicine
  • Biological Chemistry
  • Green and Sustainable Chemistry
  • Antimicrobials

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