Professor Mark Humphrey

BSc(Hons) PhD DSc (Adel.) DUniv (h.c.) (Rennes) MAE CChem FRSC FRACI
ANU College of Science

Areas of expertise

  • Structural Chemistry And Spectroscopy 030606
  • Organometallic Chemistry 039904
  • Organic Chemical Synthesis 030503
  • Quantum Chemistry 030701
  • Materials Engineering 0912
  • Inorganic Chemistry 0302
  • Transition Metal Chemistry 030207
  • Optical Properties Of Materials 030303
  • Nonlinear Optics And Spectroscopy 020503


Mark Humphrey received PhD (1987) and DSc (2002) degrees from the University of Adelaide and a DUniv (h.c.) from the Université Rennes 1, France (2019). He held positions at Universität Würzburg, Germany (1987-1989), the University of Illinois, USA (1989-1990), and the University of New England (1990-1994), before being appointed to the ANU as Lecturer in 1994 and being promoted to Senior Lecturer (1995), Reader (1998) and Professor (2003). He has been elected to the European Academy of Sciences (2020) and the Academia Europaea (2021).

He has been awarded fellowships by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (Germany, 1987), CNRS (France, 1988) (not activated), Telstra (Australian Telecom) (1991), the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (1997), the Science and Technology Agency (Japan, 2001), the Royal Society of Chemistry (UK, 2002), and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (2009), as well as the Gritton Fellowship (University of Sydney, 1990) (not activated), the inaugural RACI Organometallic Award (1998), the RACI Inorganic Award (Burrows Award) (2008), the RACI H.G. Smith Memorial Medal (2010), the RACI A.E. Leighton Memorial Medal (2017), and the David Syme Research Prize (2001), an ARC Australian Research Fellowship (1994), ARC Senior Research Fellowship (1999), and two ARC Australian Professorial Fellowships (2004, 2009), an International Distinguished Professorship (Jiangsu Province, 2011), and a Chinese Government 1000 Talents Award (2012) (not activated). He has been Professeur Invité at the Université Rennes I (France) on several occasions (2007, 2015, 2016, 2019), Visiting Professor at the KU Leuven (Belgium) (2006), and was an Honorary Professor at Nanjing University of Science and Technology (2007), Anniversary Professor at Jiangsu University (2007), and Guest Professor at Ningbo Institute of Materials Technology and Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences (2015). He was Associate Director (Research) of the RSC, ANU (2011-2013), a former Chair of the Inorganic Division of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (2010-2013), and a former President of the ACT Branch of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (1999-2001). He was the Australian Director of the Australian Government Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research-funded Australia-China Joint Research Centre for Functional Molecular Materials (2009-2011), and a CNRS (France)-funded CNRS International Associated Laboratory (2017-2020). He was a member of the Australian Research Council College of Experts (2016-2018) and a member of two ARC Excellence in Research for Australia Research Evaluation Committees (2012, 2018).

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Updated:  30 May 2024 / Responsible Officer:  Director (Research Services Division) / Page Contact:  Researchers