Our Program Leaders

Laurence Meagher

Health Therapies & Delivery

Dr Laurence Meagher (CSIRO) is a Senior Principal Research Scientist at CSIRO in the Materials Science and Engineering Division. He is a Research Group Leader in the area of supramolecular materials and a Project Leader in the CSIRO Biomedical Materials and Devices Theme. He is conducting research in the area of surface modification for biomedical applications and leading multi-million dollar projects for CSIRO. Laurence is a physical chemist and received his PhD from the Australian National University for his studies in colloid science, specifically understanding the role of surface forces in microfiltration membrane fouling.

Water & Food Security

Prof. Graeme George (QUT) is Australia’s pre-eminent expert in the area of environmental performance of polymers and has had an international reputation in that field for over 25 years. He is a former President of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute. He has received a number of national and international awards for his contributions to polymer science. He has served on the editorial boards of several international polymer journals, and is presently an Editor of Polymer Degradation and Stability, as well as a referee for over twenty major polymer journals. He has a well-equipped polymer materials laboratory at QUT and has collaborated with many researchers across three faculties at QUT, from the University of Queensland and from industry for the past two decades.

David Officer

Polymer Solar Cells

Prof. David Officer (Wollongong) is a Professor of Organic Chemistry in the Intelligent Polymer Research Institute and the ARC Centre of Excellence in Electromaterials Science at the University of Wollongong. Prior to moving to Wollongong in 2007, he was on the staff at Massey University, New Zealand where he was Director of the Nanomaterials Research Centre and Professor of Chemistry. His research interests are to develop functional material and nanomaterial systems. This includes functionalised conducting polymers and graphene, and an internationally recognised program on the synthesis and use of porphyrins (artificial chlorophyll) in solar cells, which has produced the best
porphyrin-based solar cells in the world.


Mr Steve Wright (CRC-P) is the Business Manager at the CRC for Polymers. Steve commenced with the CRC-P in 1997 and has a BEc (ANU) and an Executive MBA (UNSW). His role encompasses all the necessary administrative functions such as finance, staffing, governance, legal and contract arrangements. He is also Company Secretary for Polymers CRC Ltd, the registed company managing and operating the CRC for Polymers.