NOEL DAVIESThe Gallaugher Bequest Churchill Fellowship to visit leading research and applications laboratories in the area of gas chromatography and mass spectrometry, with emphasis on analytical work in the fields of natural product chemistry and forensic science and to attend the 11th Triennial International Spectrometry Conference - UK, France
Noel worked at Uni of NSW 1975-1979 working on Argentine Ant pheromones, and Uni of Tasmania since 1979 working on an extremely broad range of collaborative projects from within his position in the Central Science Laboratory but including essential oils, insect and mammalian pheromones, plant hormones, pigments and phenolic compounds, drug metabolism studies, forestry research and fatty acids in fish to name just a few. He has been employed as a Research Fellow, then Senior Research Fellow and now as Associate/Professor, the Principal Research Fellow in Mass Spectrometry. He has been charge of the Organic Mass Spectrometry facility there since 1984 where he supervises the use and the interpretation of data from a suite of instruments worth around $2 million. For many years he undertook forensic chemistry analyses for the police.
He has been married to his wife Sharn since 1976, and they have 2 adult children living in Melbourne. His hobbies/activities include music (piano, choral singing), collecting high quality aesthetic miniature mineral specimens, theatre and international travel.
Noel recently won two prestigious national awards in the field of analytical chemistry; the Lloyd Smythe Medal of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute in 2012 for his work in analytical chemistry, and the Morrison Medal of the Australian and New Zealand Society for Mass Spectrometry in 2013 for his outstanding research in this field. He is currently working part time and will formally retire at the end of 2016 but will continue to be involved in research projects an honorary capacity.
Gallagher Bequest Churchill Fellowship, to visit leading research and applications laboratories in the area of gas chromatography and mass spectrometry, with emphasis on analytical work in the fields of natural product chemistry (especially aroma and flavour compounds) and forensic science, and to attend the 11th Triennial International Mass Spectrometry Conference in Bordeaux.
FELLOWSHIP CONCLUSIONS & OUTCOMES
During his fellowship Noel visited several leading perfume and flavouring company labs as well as academic research and government laboratories in France and England, including INRA Aroma Research Laboratory in Dijon, the Dept. of Pharmacology at Oxford University, Newmarket Horseracing Forensic Laboratory, R.C.Treatt and Co at Bury St Edmonds, Quest International in Ashford, Kent, and Bush, Boake and Allen, the Overseas Development Natural Resources Institute and the Metropolitan Police Laboratory all in London.
He gained invaluable experience that helped in his position at the University of Tasmania, as well as making or reinforcing a number of long term international contacts. Specific data was exchanged with various groups, and a number of techniques were later applied to specific analytical problems in Tasmania. The opportunity at the international conference to see a wide range of equipment in operation helped to inform decisions made a few years later about a major instrument acquisition.