Professor David Young

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Professor David Young


Teaching areas

  • Chemistry

Research areas

  • Molecular materials


Professor David Young is the Head of School, School of Science and Engineering at USC and previously held the positions of Head of the School of Science and Interim Head of the School of Arts and Social Sciences at Monash University Malaysia. He is a chemist with an interest in new materials and has been awarded two national research medals by the Royal Australian Chemical Institute. Professor Young obtained his PhD from the University of Queensland before postdoctoral training at the University College of North Wales and at Oxford University. He joined University of Sydney as a Senior Tutor, from where he moved to the Queensland University of Technology and then to Griffith University. After 20 years at Griffith, he joined Universiti Brunei Darussalam and was appointed Dean of their Graduate Studies and Research Office. Professor Young holds the honorary post of Visiting Scientist at the A*STAR Institute for Materials Research and Engineering, Singapore, Visiting Professor at Soochow University, China and Adjunct Professorships at Monash University and Griffith University. He is an Associate Editor of Journal of Molecular and Engineering Materials.

Professional memberships

  • Fellow of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute
  • International Committee Member, Asian Coordination Chemistry Conference


Year Award
2009 Queensland International Fellowship
Department of Premier and Cabinet, Queensland Government
2000 Organometallic  Chemistry Award
The Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI)
1994 ARC Research Fellowship
Australian Research Council
1991 Rennie Memorial Medal
The Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI)
1988 Q.E. II Research Fellowship (declined)
Research Council
1982 Alfred and Olivea Wynne Memorial Scholarship

Potential research projects for HDR and Honour students

Developing New Antibacterial Gels

The increasing prevalence of antibiotic resistant bacteria is one of the most serious health challenges of our age. Front-line antimicrobial drugs are becoming less effective, increasing the risk of life-threatening infections, particularly for vulnerable groups such as older people, children and immunocompromised patients. This project is developing new antimicrobial gels with a reduced likelihood of promoting resistance. It involves organic chemistry and microbiology and is a collaboration with Monash University Malaysia and two A*STAR research institutes in Singapore.

Research grants

Year Scheme Project Title Principle Investigator Other Investigators Administering Institution     Amount
July 2015 - June 2016 Fundamental Research Grant Scheme (FRGS 1/14), Ministry of Education, Malaysia Antimicrobial Cyclodextrin Containing Polymers Prof David James Young

Dr Pushpamalar Janarthanan
Assoc Prof Song Keang Peng
Dr Lee Sue Mae

(Monash University, Malaysia)

Monash University, Malaysia MYR$76,000
Oct 2013 - Sept 2016 A*STAR Personal Care Grant Call, Singapore Novel Antimicrobial Materials for Use in Personal Care Products for Prevention of Multidrug-Resistant Infections Dr Yi Yan Yang, Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology, A*STAR, Singapore Dr Yygen Zhang, Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology, A*STAR, Dr Xian Jun Loh, Institute of Materials Research and Engineering, A*STAR, Prof David James Young A*STAR, Singapore SGD$1,454,700
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