Sean Smith

Professor and Director IMDC
School of Chemical Engineering
Contact details:
+61 (0)478 492150

School of Chemical Engineering, Bldg F10

Director of the Integrated Materials Design Centre in the School of Chemical Engineering

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. He worked with colleagues in the ARC Center of Excellence for Functional Nanomaterials 2002-2011 as Program Leader (Computational Nanoscience) and Deputy Director (Internationalisation). In 2011, he accepted the position of Director of the US Department of Energy funded Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences (CNMS) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, one of five major DOE nanoscience research and user facilities in the US. He joined the School of Chemical Engineering at UNSW Australia in 2014. 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 230 refereed journal papers. In 1998 he was elected Fellow of the RACI. 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).


Research Interest

  • Theoretical and Computational Chemistry
  • Theory and Design of Materials
  • Nanobiotechnology