Esteemed Professor Maschmeyer will explore Australia’s future potential as a powerhouse in science, technology and innovation when he presents the next Science talk at Stanton Library as part of The Spark Festival
Australia is uniquely positioned to take advantage of a highly trained and skilled ‘ideas’ workforce. It is home to 10% of the top 50 universities worldwide – and with a population of just under 25 million that is an astounding achievement!
Leverage of these resources, that are the envy of much of the world, is actually an incredibly low-hanging fruit. By being smart, we can transform this academic leadership into an equal global lead in new, innovative, nimble high-tech companies with technologies that drive and power our future.
This point will be illustrated with a review of ventures co-founded by the speaker (www.avantiun.com, www.licella.com, www.gelion.com) that are poised to have global impact.
Thomas Maschmeyer is Professor of Chemistry at the University of Sydney and served as Founding Director of the new A$150m Australian Institute of Nanoscale Science and Technology (“Sydney Nano”).
In 2001, he was one of the founding Professors of Avantium, a Dutch High-tech company that listed in 2017 on Euronext with a current market cap of A$345m. He is also co-founder of the privately held Licella, a waste to fuels and chemicals company and Founding Chairman of Gelion Technologies, a battery company.
He has held positions at the Royal Institution of Great Britain and the University of Cambridge (Peterhouse), and was appointed to Professor and Department Head at the Delft Institute of Chemical Technology (1998), becoming Vice-Chairman of that Institute in 2000. He returned in late 2003 to the University of Sydney to ARC Future and Federation Fellowships.