Biography - Prof Sean Smith

Professor Sean Smith, FRACI, Fellow AAAS

Sean Smith received his PhD in theoretical chemistry at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, in 1989. Following an Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship at the University of Göttingen and postdoctoral research at the University of California, Berkeley, he accepted a faculty position at The University of Queensland, Australia in 1993. He became Professor and Director of the Centre for Computational Molecular Science at UQ in 2002 and in 2006 his laboratory moved to the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology at UQ. Over an eight-year period prior to his departure for Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) located in Tennessee USA, he also worked with colleagues in the ARC Center of Excellence for Functional Nanomaterials as Program Leader (Computational Nanoscience) and Deputy Director (Internationalisation). In 2011, he accepted the position of Director of the Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences (CNMS) at ORNL. The CNMS is a synergistic user and science facility funded by the Scientific User Facilities Division, Basic Energy Sciences, US Department of Energy. His specific research involves theoretical and computational studies of chemical kinetics; reaction dynamics; catalysis; as well as structure, self-assembly and transport phenomena within nanomaterials, proteins, and hybrid nano-bio systems. He has published over 220 refereed journal papers. In 2006 he was recipient of a Bessel Research Award of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Germany and in 2012 he was elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).