Professor David W. Lupton
The premier award of the Organic Chemistry Division, for sustained excellence in organic chemistry research conducted in Australia by a member of The RACI.
David was born in South Australia receiving his undergraduate education at the University of Adelaide and PhD at the Australian National University. Between 2005 and 2007, Dr Lupton was an American Australian Association postdoctoral fellow with Professor Barry M. Trost. In 2007, he commenced an independent appointment at Monash University and was promoted to Full Professor in 2018. He is a previous Future Fellow (ARC), Rennie Medallist, and Beckwith Lectureship, among other awards. His group is focused on the transformative impact of catalysis on science. In the last 10 years, David’s research group has played a significant role in establishing N-heterocyclic carbenes as universal catalysts not limited to polarity inversion. This has led to a series of pioneering results that have impacted the direction of this field internationally. For these efforts the committee awarded the Birch medal.