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Thomas Maschmeyer
Revolutionising batteries

Thomas Maschmeyer is a Professor of Chemistry at the University of Sydney, where he established and leads the Laboratory of Advanced Catalysis for Sustainability and served as founding director of the university’s Nano Institute. He has authored over 330 publications, been cited 13,000+ times and holds 24 patents. He has received many prestigious international awards, and in 2020 was honoured with the Prime Minister’s Prize for Innovation — Australia’s top prize in the field. Maschmeyer is Fellow of four academies and is the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from the Universities of Ca’Foscari Venice and Trieste. 

Paddy Manning is an investigative journalist, contributing editor of The Monthly and author of Body Count: How Climate Change is Killing Us. Over two decades in journalism he has reported extensively on climate change, including for The Monthly, ABC RN’s Background Briefing, Crikey, SMH/The Age, Australian Financial Review and The Australian. He was the founding publishing editor of Ethical Investor magazine. Manning has written six books, including The Successor: The High-Stakes Life of Lachlan Murdoch (2022), and is currently undertaking a doctorate with the Centre for Media History at Macquarie University, on ‘A Century of News Corporation in Australia’.  

Thomas Maschmeyer’s innovative contributions to green chemistry have paved the way for more eco-friendly industrial processes. Maschmeyer is founder and director of Gelion, developing new batteries that deliver safe, cost-effective, long-life alternatives to traditional lithium-ion and lead-acid batteries. 

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