Gelion Inventor honoured with prestigious award


The inventor of Gelion Ltd.’s battery and the Renew ELP Ltd.’s waste plastic technology, both advised by Armstrong Energy, is recognised for his outstanding work in technology development.

The Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI) has announced it was honoured to award the 2018 R.K. Murphy Medal to Professor Thomas Maschmeyer FAA FTSE FRACI FRSN, Gelion Founding Chairman and inventor of the technology used by Renew ELP. The R.K. Murphy Medal is the most prestigious honour awarded by the Industrial Chemistry Division of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute.

The R.K. Murphy Medal is awarded to Professor Maschmeyer in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the creation, development and commercialisation of many new technologies in the field of industrial chemistry and chemical engineering.

Thomas Maschmeyer is Professor of Chemistry at the University of Sydney and serves as Founding Director of the Laboratory of Advanced Catalysis for Sustainability. He is Honorary Distinguished Professor at the University of Cardiff and Honorary CSIRO Research Fellow. He also served as Founding Director of his University’s new A$150m Australian Institute of Nanoscale Science and Technology (AINST, “Sydney Nano”).

In 2011 he was elected Foreign Member of the Academia Europea, as well as Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering and the Royal Australian Chemical Institute. In 2014 he was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of NSW, Australia’s oldest scientific society.

He is also co-founder of the renewable technology development start-ups Licella Holdings, formerly Ignite Energy Resources (2005), Licella (2007) (the developer of the Renew ELP technology) and Gelion (2015). He is also one of the founding Professors of Avantium (2001), an ESX-listed Dutch High-tech company, now with 180+ employees.

He serves on the editorial/advisory boards of ten international journals and on the external advisory boards of the State Key Laboratory for Catalysis, Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics; the Cardiff Catalysis Institute and was President of the Catalysis Society of Australia (2010 – 2015).

He has received many awards, including the Eureka Prize for Leadership in Innovation and Science (2018), the New South Wales Science and Engineering Award for Renewable Energy Innovation (2013), the RACI Weickhardt Medal for Economic Contributions through Chemistry (2012), the RACI Applied Research Award (2011) and the Le Févre Prize of the Australian Academy of Science for Outstanding Basic Research in Chemistry by a Scientist under 40 (2007).

He has published more than 310 items, including 25 patents.

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