Professor Pall Thordarson (Palli)


Pall Thordarson (Palli) was born and raised on a farm in Vopnafjörður, Iceland. He undertook his B.Sc. (Chemistry) at the University of Iceland before heading to Australia in 1997 to do a Ph.D. in the group of Prof. Maxwell J. Crossley at the University of Sydney. After completing his thesis in 2001 he obtained a Marie Curie Fellowship to work with Prof. Roeland J. M. Nolte and Prof. Alan E. Rowan at the University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands. Dr. Thordarson returned to Australia in 2003 to take up an independent position as a Sesqui Research Fellow with a joint position at the Electron Microscope Unit and the School of Chemistry, The University of Sydney. He held an Australian Research Fellowship from the Australian Research Council (ARC) from 2006-2010. Dr. Pall Thordarson moved to the School of Chemistry at UNSW to take up a position as a Senior Lecturer in November 2007. In 2012 he was awarded a four year Future Fellowship from the Australian Research Council (ARC). He was promoted to the position of Associate Professor in 2013 and then to the position of a full Professor starting in January 2017. Prof. Pall Thordarson is the current Deputy Head of School of Chemistry, UNSW.


Prof. Pall Thordarson has been awarded the New South Wales Young Tall Poppy Science Award in 2008, The International Society of Porphyrins and Phthalocyanines (SPP) / Journal of Porphyrins and Phthalocyanines (JPP): SPP/JPP Young Investigator Award for 2010 and the Le Févre Memorial Prize from the Australian Academy of Science for 2012.

His publication record includes a paper in Nature and several papers in high-impact chemistry journals such as Nature CommunicationsJ. Am. Chem. Soc.Chem. Commun. and Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. More details about the work of Prof. Pall Thordarson are available in his CV.

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