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Biographical entry Thang, San (1954 - )

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Born
28 August 1954
Saigon, Vietnam
Occupation
Chemist

Summary

San Thang is a chemist whose research focus is primarily on the interface between organic and polymer chemistry. He is a leading expert in the field of free radical chemistry and polymer chemistry and has developed and held several key inventions in the area of controlled/living radical polymerisation. He is a co-inventor of the reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) process of polymerisation, a groundbreaking technique that allows for individual molecules that make up polymer chains to be precisely manoeuvred.

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1976
Education - BSc in Chemistry, University of Saigon, Vietnam
1976 - 1979
Career position - Chemist at SINCO Sewing Machine Manufacturing Co., Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
1979
Life event - Sought asylum in Australia
1983
Education - BSc (Hons) in Chemistry, Griffith University, Brisbane
1984 - 2006
Career position - Member, Royal Australian Chemical Institute
1986 - 1987
Career position - Research Fellow at the CSIRO
1987 -
Career position - Member, American Chemical Society
1987
Education - PhD in Organic Chemistry, Griffith University, Brisbane
1987 - 1990
Career position - Research Scientist, ICI Australia Research Group
1990
Career position - Committee Member, Royal Australian Chemical Institute Polymer Division 18th Australian Polymer Symposium
1990
Award - CSIRO Medal for Research Achievement (team member)
1990
Career event - Rejoined the CSIRO, Division of Chemicals and Polymers
1998
Career position - Member, National Organising Committee, World Polymer Congress, Gold Coast
2000 - 2005
Career position - Senior Principal Research Scientist, CSIRO Division of Molecular Science
2001 - 2003
Career position - Secretary-General, Federation of Asian Chemical Societies
2003
Award - CSIRO Medal for innovation in polymer science
2005 -
Award - Life Member, Federation of Asian Chemical Societies
2005 - 2011
Career position - Treasurer, Federation of Asian Chemical Societies
2005 - 2012
Career position - Senior Principal Research Scientist, CSIRO Molecular and Health Technologies
2006 -
Award - Fellow, Royal Australian Chemical Institute
2006 -
Award - Fellow, International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry
2010 -
Award - Fellow, Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering
2010
Award - Newton Turner Award, CSIRO
2012 - 2014
Career position - Chief Research Scientist, CSIRO Division of Materials Science and Engineering
2013
Award - Pioneers from Asia Trophy, Singapore
2014 -
Award - Honorary Fellow, CSIRO Manufacturing
2014
Award - Griffith Sciences Inaugural Outstanding Alumnus of the Year Award
2014
Award - Clunies Ross Award, Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering
2014 - 2018
Career position - Distinguished Expert, China Recruitment Program of Global Experts (1000 Plan), Beijing University of Chemical Technology, China
2015 -
Career position - Professor of Chemistry, Monash University
2015 -
Award - Fellow, Australian Academy of Science
2015
Award - Doctor of the University, Griffith University
2018
Award - Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) for eminent service to science, and to higher education, particularly in the fields of polymer chemistry ad materials science, through seminal contributions as a research innovator, as a mentor, and to the community

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