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George Simon

2004 to present

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George Simon completed his undergraduate degree in Physical Chemistry and Applied Mathematics at the University of Adelaide, graduating with Honours in 1982. He went on to complete his PhD also at the University of Adelaide, but jointly between the Department of Physical and Inorganic Chemistry and the Department of Chemical Engineering, graduating in 1986.

After graduating, Simon started working in the Bureau of Meteorology in Melbourne. He first investigated the possibility of joining Monash during this time from one of his PhD examiners who was working in the Department of Materials Engineering at Monash. However, he continued to work at the Bureau, then took up a one year post doctorate position at the University College of Wales in Aberystwyth in the UK. While overseas, Simon saw an advertisement for a continuing position at Monash University. He applied and got the job, starting as a Lecturer in the Department of Materials Engineering on 1 September 1988. He went on to become Senior Lecturer in 1992 and Reader in the School of Physics and Department of Materials Engineering in 1998. In 2004, Simon was promoted to Professor with a Personal Chair in Polymer Science and Engineering. He became Head of the School of Physics and Materials Engineering in July 2004, and of the Head of the Department of Materials Engineering when it became a separate entity in 2005.

During his academic career, Simon has worked on a variety of different industry projects, working with companies like Qenos, Visy, Plantic, Huntsman and Olex Cables, predominantly through Linkage funding and by working with the Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for Polymers for almost twenty years.

George Simon won the Faculty of Engineering Teaching Prize in 1991 as well as the Royal Australian Chemical Institute Polymer Division Award for ‘outstanding contributions to the understanding of the structure property relationships of polymeric materials’ in 2001. His current research interests have been focused on a range of nanomaterials, from nanoclays to carbon nanotubes to electrospun polymer nanofibres, as well as combining these various functional materials in polymer matrices (nanocomposites) for a range of applications including conductivity, gas barrier and for electron emission.