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Executive Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science and Director of the Intelligent Polymer Research Institute, University of Wollongong

Professor Gordon Wallace’s research interests include organic conductors, nanomaterials and electrochemical probe methods of analysis and the use of these in the development of intelligent polymer systems. A current focus involves the use of these tools and materials in developing biocommunications from the molecular to skeletal domains in order to improve human performance via medical Bionics.

Gordon is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE), Institute of Physics, and Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI). He received the Inaugural Polymer Science and Technology Award from the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI) in 1992; the RACI Stokes Medal for Research in Electrochemistry in 2004; and the HG Smith Memorial award from the RACI in 2008. He was awarded an ETS Walton Fellowship by the Science Foundation Ireland in 2003; named NSW Scientist of the Year (Chemistry) in 2008; appointed as a Professor in the World Class University by the South Korean Government in 2009; received the SPIE Smart Materials Research Lifetime Achievement Award in the USA in March 2009 and was honoured with the 2009 Smart Structures and Materials Lifetime Achievement Award.

He has published more than 600 refereed publications; a monograph (3rd Edition published in 2009) on Conductive Electroactive Polymers: Intelligent Polymer Systems and co-authored a monograph on Organic Bionics (published 2012). Gordon has supervised more than 65 PhD students to completion.

Gordon completed his undergraduate (1979) and PhD (1983) degrees at Deakin University. And was awarded a DSc from Deakin University in 2000. He was appointed as a Professor at the University of Wollongong in 1990. He was awarded an ARC Professorial Fellowship in 2002; an ARC Federation Fellowship in 2006 and ARC Laureate Fellowship in 2011.


  • 2011–present
    Laureate Fellow, Australian Research Council (ARC)
  • 2005–present
    Executive Research Director, ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science
  • 1994–present
    Director, Intelligent Polymer Research Institute, University of Wollongong
  • 2006–present
    Director, Australian National Fabrication Facility (ANFF)


  • 2000 
    Deakin University, Geelong, Australia, DSc
  • 1983 
    Deakin University, Geelong, Australia, PhD
  • 1978 
    Deakin University, Geelong, Australia, BSc (Hons. 1st Class)


  • 2014
    Formation and processability of liquid crystalline dispersions of graphene oxide, Materials Horizons
  • 2013
    Carbon nanotube - reduced graphene oxide composites for thermal energy harvesting applications, Advanced Materials
  • 2012
    Synergistic toughening of composite fibres by self-alignment of reduced graphene oxide and carbon nanotubes, Nature Communications
  • 2011
    Torsional Carbon Nanotube Artificial Muscles, Science
  • 2009
    Electrode-Cellular Interface, Science
  • 2008
    Processable aqueous dispersions of graphene nanosheets, Nature Nanotechnology
  • 2008
    Mechanically strong, electrically conductive, and biocompatible graphene paper, Advanced Materials

Grants and Contracts

  • 2013
    ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science
    Funding Source:
    Australian Research Council

Research Areas

  • Synthesis Of Materials (030306)
  • Functional Materials (091205)
  • Nanomanufacturing (100707)
  • AIIM Faculty, Innovation Campus, Wollongong
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