Ivan, an Associate Professor of Chemistry at the University of Sydney, received the award alongside Debbie Silvester-Dean of Curtin University.
The award provides funding for these outstanding physical chemists to promote their research, and research in physical chemistry in general.
It is anticipated that their presentations will be given as either webinars or, wherever possible, in-person lectures, and should hopefully take Ivan to every state and territory.
Ivan’s lectures will describe his work on using quantum computers for simulating chemical reactions, as well as his studies of fundamental charge and exciton processes that he has pursued as an Associate Investigator with Exciton Science.
Ivan said: “I feel tremendously honoured to have been selected for the PhysChem Lectureship, which puts me in the company of some great chemists, including Exciton Science’s Prof. Tim Schmidt, who received the inaugural lectureship in 2008.
“The lectureship will allow me to visit universities all over Australia, including those in regional locations that I have never had the opportunity to speak at before. I look forward both to explaining my science to a broad audience, and to meeting new colleagues and future collaborators along the way.”
As well as Tim Schmidt, Ivan’s fellow Exciton Science Associate Investigator Lars Goerigk is another former recipient of the award, winning it in 2017.