Professor Richard O’Hair



Location: Room 554, Bio21 Building, Parkville Campus
Address: School of Chemistry, The University of Melbourne,
Parkville, Victoria 3010. Australia

Phone No: 8344-2452

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  • BSc(Hons), University of Adelaide, 1986
  • PhD, University of Adelaide, 1991
  • DSc, University of Adelaide, 2005
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Wollongong, 1990
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Colorado at Boulder, 1991-1993
  • Assistant Professor, Kansas State University, USA, 1993-1996
  • U.S. Department of Energy Faculty Research Fellow, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA, 1996
  • Senior Lecturer, University of Melbourne, 1996-2002
  • Selby Research Award, University of Melbourne, 1998
  • David Syme Research Prize, University of Melbourne, 2002
  • Gilmour Research Award, University of Melbourne, 2002
  • Associate Professor and Reader, University of Melbourne, 2002-2006
  • Elected Fellow of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (FRACI), 2004
  • Professor, University of Melbourne, 2006-
  • Morrison Lecturer, Australian and New Zealand Society for Mass Spectrometry, 2007
  • Associate Editor Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry, 2009-
  • Visiting Research Professor, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, France, 2009
  • Visiting Research Professor, Université Claude Bernard, France, 2010


Areas of Interest


Fundamental and Applied Mass Spectrometry

Mass spectrometry, MS, is a powerful tool to analyze a wide range of molecules and to study fundamental chemistry in the gas phase.

Research in our group is focused on the use of advanced MS techniques and molecular modelling methods to explore contemporary problems in chemistry. We are particularly interested in understanding the mechanisms of reactions widely used in synthesis, including organometallic reactions and transition metal catalysed reactions. Another key area is the development of radical based methods for the analysis of biomolecules via MS. We undertake these studies in collaboration with workers in the USA and France and with our collaborators in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Free Radical Chemistry and Biotechnology.


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