Australian researcher wins global award

21 Dec 2017
Professor Paul Burn

A University of Queensland researcher in “high-tech” materials is one of five outstanding global scientists awarded prestigious Helmholtz International Fellowships in the latest round announced this week.

ARC Laureate Fellow and Head of the Centre for Organic Photonics & Electronics, School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences Professor Paul Burn researches materials used in flat panel displays, solar cells, photodiodes and sensors.

Professor Burn was the only Australian scientist selected in the 2017 second round, with the Helmholtz International Fellowships awarded to scientists who “have excelled in extraordinary ways in research fields that are central to the work of the Helmholtz Association”.

“I look forward to further building research collaborations and, as a Fellows, the opportunity to act as an ambassador between the institutions and the Helmholtz Association,” he said.

The Fellowship will support the collaboration between Professor Burn and Dr Alexander Colsmann at the Light Technology Institute, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).

“Dr Colsmann is a leading scientist in the field of organic optoelectronics who has made seminal contributions to organic photovoltaic and light-emitting diode technologies,” Professor Burn said.

The Fellowship recognises burgeoning activities between UQ and KIT, which have been supported in the past by the Australia-Germany Solar Photovoltaics Research Program and the Go8 Austra­lia - Germany Joint Research Co-operation Scheme.

Dr Colsmann is an international collaborator on Professor Burn’s ARC Laureate Fellowship that aims to develop new approaches to solid-state based OLED lighting.

The Helmholtz Association is the largest scientific organization in Germany. Its work is rooted in the tradition of the great natural scientist Hermann von Helmholtz (1821-1894).