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Deanna D'Alessandro

Professor & ARC Future Fellow, University of Sydney

Deanna received her BSc (Hons) in 2001 and her PhD in Chemistry from James Cook University in 2006 under the supervision of E/Professor Richard Keene. She held a brief postdoctoral position at the University of Sydney before venturing to the US to undertake a postdoctoral position with Professor Jeff Long at the University of California, Berkeley from 2007-9 as a Dow Chemical Company Fellow of the American-Australian Association and a Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 Research Fellow. Deanna returned to Australia in 2010 as a University of Sydney Postdoctoral Research Fellow and L’Oréal for Women in Science Fellow in the School of Chemistry. In 2011 she received an Australian Research Council QEII Fellowship which allowed her to start building her own research group exploring electronic and optical properties of inorganic materials, along with their applications in energy-related fields.


  • 2020–present
    Professor, ARC Future Fellow, University of Sydney
  • 2017–2019
    Associate Professor, ARC Future Fellow, University of Sydney
  • 2011–2016
    Australian Research Council QEII Fellow, University of Sydney
  • 2010–2010
    University of Sydney Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Sydney
  • 2010–2010
    L'Oreal Australia for Women in Science Fellow, University of Sydney
  • 2007–2009
    Royal Commision for the Exhibition of 1851 Fellow, University of California, Berkeley
  • 2007–2008
    Dow Chemical Company Fellow (American Australian Association), University of California, Berkeley
  • 2006–2006
    Postdoctoral Fellow, Molecular Electronics Group, University of Sydney


  • 2006 
    James Cook University, PhD
  • 2001 
    James Cook University, BSc (Hons)

Professional Memberships

  • Royal Australian Chemical Institute (Fellow)
  • American Chemical Society
  • Association of Justices of the Peace and Commisioners of Declaration