About Mick

Mick Sherburn

Mick is one of Australia’s leading researchers in synthetic organic chemistry. His group has made important contributions spanning all aspects of the discipline including the synthesis and exploratory chemistry of fundamental hydrocarbons, the total synthesis of biologically important compounds employing domino reactions, the development of new synthetic methods, strategies and tactics and host-guest chemistry.

Mick’s research contributions were recognised by the award of the 2008 A. J. Birch Medal (the premier award of the Organic Division of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute). He is one of only two non-professors to win this award since its inception in 1992. He was also awarded the 2006 Le Fèvre Memorial Prize of the Australian Academy of Science. Other recipients (Kepert, 2004; Caruso, 2005; Maschmeyer, 2007) were ARC Federation Fellows. (The Le Fèvre Memorial Prize is an award for “outstanding basic research in chemistry by scientists no more than 40 years of age”).

Mick was one of the first Australians to be featured in an author profile in Angewandte Chemie.

Mick has presented many invited lectures at national and international conferences and research institutions.  He is the first and only Australian to deliver a plenary lecture at a Tetrahedron Symposium (14th Tetrahedron Symposium, Seoul, Korea, 22–25 October 2013).

Mick will speak at 100th Canadian Society for Chemistry Conference in Toronto, 28 May–1 June 2017 and the Gordon Research Conference on Physical Organic Chemistry in New Hampshire on 25-30 June 2017. Mick will deliver the 2017 Pattison Lectures at the University of Western Ontario in May 2017 and be a distinguished visiting professor at the University of Ottawa in September 2017.

Invited overseas visiting professorships include: 2007 Merck Frosst Visiting Professor, University of Toronto, Canada; 2008 Erskine Fellowship at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand; 2009 Distinguished Visiting Professor, University of Ottawa, Canada; 2009 Visiting Professor, University of Muenster, Germany; 2010 Invited Professor, Universite Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France; 2011 Distinguished Visiting Professor, University of Ottawa, Canada.

Mick serves on the Advisory Board of the journals Synthesis, Synlett, Natural Products Reports, and Chemistry: An Asian Journal. He is an Editorial Board member of the Asian Journal of Organic Chemistry and Nature Scientific Reports.

Mick is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and a Fellow of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute.

Mick was awarded a PhD degree in 1991 from The University of Nottingham under the supervision of Professor John Murphy before completing a Postdoctoral Fellowship with Professor Lew Mander at ANU. Mick has held positions as lecturer at Massey University, NZ (1994–1997) and The University of Sydney (1997–2002). He moved to the Research School of Chemistry in December 2002.

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