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Dr Melissa Skidmore

Group Leader


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Leading the Polymer Chemistry Team Dr Skidmore is an experienced organic, polymer and computational chemist who specialises in the development and commercialisation of CSIRO’s Reversible Addition Fragmentation chain Transfer (RAFT) polymerisation technology. Dr Skidmore’s current research interests include the commercial uptake of RAFT technology and RAFT agents. Melissa’s current research interests include using RAFT polymerisation technology to tailor PAN (polyacrylonitrile) material to enable the development of the next generation of carbon fibre, the development of improved aqueous polymer compositions (paint) and improvement of photochromic lens performance. Dr Skidmore is a former recipient of the Monica Elizabeth Reum Memorial Prize and CSIRO Payne-Scott Award.

Current Roles

  • Team Leader
    Polymer Chemistry

  • Research Scientist/ Engineer
    Polymer Synthesis

Academic Qualifications

  • 1996-1999

    PhD Chemistry
    The University of Melbourne

  • 1995

    Bachelor of Science (1st Class Honours)
    The University of Melbourne

  • 1992-1994

    Bachelor of Science
    The University of Melbourne

Achievements and Awards

  • 2010-2012

    Payne-Scott Award

  • 2003

    CSIRO Medal for Research Achievement

  • 2000

    Monica Reum award for best PhD organic chemistry thesis
    The University of Melbourne

  • 1999

    Writing Scholarship
    The University of Melbourne

  • 1998

    G. I Feutrill Award
    The University of Melbourne

Community and Corporate Citizenship

  • 2007-20014

    CSIRO Child Care Committee

  • 2001-2017

    First Aid Officer Level 2