Professor Michael Sherburn

Group Leader, Synthesis Research Group, Research School of Chemistry
ANU College of Science
T: (02) 6125 4988

Areas of expertise

  • Nanochemistry And Supramolecular Chemistry 030302
  • Organic Chemical Synthesis 030503
  • Quantum Chemistry 030701
  • Sensor Technology (Chemical Aspects) 030107
  • Structural Chemistry And Spectroscopy 030606
  • Physical Organic Chemistry 030505
  • Horticultural Crop Protection (Pests, Diseases And Weeds) 070603
  • Organic Chemistry 0305
  • Theoretical And Computational Chemistry 0307


Full Professor at the Research School of Chemistry, Australian National University.

Author profile in Angewandte Chemie:

Appointed as Fellow in December 2002; promoted to Senior Fellow/Associate Professor in January 2006; promoted to Professor in January 2012.

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer at The University of Sydney from 1997-2002, Lecturer at Massey University, New Zealand from 1994-1997, Postdoctoral Fellow at Research School of Chemistry, The Australian National University (with Professor Lew Mander) from 1991-1994. PhD from University of Nottingham, UK in 1991.

Awards: 2008 A. J. Birch Medal of the Organic Division of the RACI. I was also awarded the 2006 Le Fèvre Memorial Prize of the Australian Academy of Science.

Advisory Board, Synthesis and Synlett (2014–present)
International Advisory Board, Chemistry–An Asian Journal (2013–present
Editorial Board, Asian Journal of Organic Chemistry (2012–present)
Advisory Board, Natural Product Reports (2012–present)
Editor, Nature Scientific Reports (2011–present)

Royal Australian Chemical Institute service: President of the ACT Branch (2005–2010), Chair of the Organic Division of the RACI (2017-2019) and of the Organic18 conference (December 2018: 

Group website:

Twitter: @sherburn_lab

Researcher's projects

My group is a synthetic organic chemistry group. We are interested in synthesis and catalysis, and in devising better syntheses for reduced environmental impact. We prepare molecules that have interesting and important structures and functions, and we devise efficient new methods to make organic molecules. Specific projects include:

1. Total synthesis of natural products.

2. Targeted synthesis of designed hydrocarbons.

3. Efficient new synthetic and catalytic methods.

Available student projects

Several projects are available in the three categories listed above. Please contact for more information. 


Projects and Grants

Grants information is drawn from ARIES. To add or update Projects or Grants information please contact your College Research Office.

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