DR Luke Connal

DR Luke Connal


  • Biomimicry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Polymer chemistry
  • Self assembly



  • Luke Connal received a bachelor’s of Chemical engineering in 2002 and a PhD in polymer chemistry in 2007 both from the University of Melbourne, Australia. From 2007 to 2009 he completed a post-doctoral position with Frank Caruso developing new techniques for the self-assembly of polymers. In 2009 he was a joint Sir Keith Murdoch postdoctoral Fellow and Australian Linkage International Fellow at University of California Santa Barbra with Prof Craig Hawker. In 2013 Luke has returned to the University of Melbourne as a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. His research interests lie in the development of biomimicry materials using advanced polymer design, self-assembly and catalysis.

    In 2013 Dr Connal accepted a prestigious VESKI Innovation Fellowship worth $150,000 over three years. The fellowships fund the return of important researchers to Victoria.



Member of

  • American Chemical Society (ACS). Member of the American Chemical Society (ACS) 2008 -
  • Royal Australian Chemical Institute (MRACI). Member of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (MRACI) 2008 -


Selected publications


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Additional Grant Information

  • 2013 - Dr Connal accepted a VESKI Innovation Fellowship worth $150,000 over three years. The funding will be matched in cash and in-kind by his host organisation The University of Melbourne.

    2009-2010 - L. Connal awarded an ARC International Fellowship for research collaboration with the Hawker Research Group, University of California - Santa Barbara (UCSB), USA

    2009-2010 - L. Connal, C. Hawker and G. Qiao, 'Advanced nanoparticle stabilisation and functionalism: Small particles with huge potential', ARC Linkage International, (LX0989942), $86,000   


Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne 2007
  • BE, University of Melbourne 2002

Awards and honors

  • VESKI Innovation Fellowship 2013, Victorian Government, 2013
  • Sir Keith Murdoch Fellow, American Australian Association, 2008
  • IUPAC prize for Young Scientists, International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC), 2008
  • Treloar Prize, Polymer Division of Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI), 2007
  • Victoria Fellowship, Victorian Government, 2007
  • O'Donnell Young Scientists Prize, Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI), 2004


Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • PhD scholarships are available within the group. High calibre students interested in polymer chemistry, biomimicy and nanotechnology are encouraged to apply.