About Associate Professor Tony Masters

If we are unable to hand to our children, and to their children, the means to at least as good a lifestyle as that we now enjoy, we have failed miserably as a civilisation. This challenge becomes more acute as we approach the resource and energy limits of our planet. To even approach a “sustainable” existence, such that the ecosphere exists in a “steady state” able to support our current lifestyle, a 4 to 10 fold increase in the resource efficiency of existing production processes will be necessary. In the longer term, this will involve the development of a suite of novel industrial chemical transformations, such as those envisaged in the biorefinery. However, in the short term, small absolute improvements to large scale existing processes can have maximum impact. Our research embraces both approaches, involving for example, fundamental studies of workhorse reactions, such as catalytic hydrogenations, as well as the development of improved catalysts for existing process, such as hydrocarbon oxidations. In applied studies, we collaborate with local industry to develop an Australian manufacturing capability for novel “ionic liquid” solvents.

For us to even approach a “sustainable” existence, such that the ecosphere exists in a “steady state” able to support our current lifestyle, a 4 to 10 fold increase in the resource efficiency of existing production processes is necessary. Our group’s research is centred around this theme.

Assoicate Professor Anthony Masters is a researcher in the School of Chemistry.