BSc/MSc (NCHU), GCHEd (UQ), DPhil (Oxford)
Senior Lecturer
+61 7 334 67657

Lawrence held a prestigious Swire Scholarship while carrying out his DPhil study on organic materials for solar cells and organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs) at the University of Oxford, UK, (1996-2000). His post-doctoral research at Oxford University focused on the design, synthesis and characterisation of fluorescent and phosphorescent dendrimers (branched macromolecules) for OLEDs. He played a key role in electro-active dendrimers development so that light-emitting dendrimers have been recognised internationally as the third main class of OLED materials (alongside small molecules and pi-conjugated polymers). In December 2007, he joined the University as a Lecturer in Chemistry of Materials.

Brief Research Description: 
Functional (organics & organometallics) materials design, synthesis and characterisation for organic opto-electronics
Research Focus and Collaborations: 

His research group focuses on functional materials development (from novel molecular design, synthesis and characterisation to device fabrication and analysis) using small molecules, oligomers, dendrimers and polymers for opto-electronics (e.g., next-generation light-emitting displays, solid-state lighting, lasers, orgnaic solar cells, photodetectors and sensors, recent reviews: Chem. Rev. 2007, 107, 1097; Adv. Mater. 2007, 19, 1675), superconductors, health-care applications (e.g., cancer detection and therapy by multiphoton absorption: Nature Mater. 2005, 4, 435), and clean fuel generation (e.g., water splitting driven by sunlight; Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2009, 48, 2842). Most of the projects are highly interdisciplinary in collaboration with researchers within the School, University, Australia and overseas. 

Post-doc and PhD candidates who have excellent synthetic organic chemistry skills and experiences, and high interest in new materials development for organic opto-electronics should contact Dr Lo asap.

Secondary Research Areas: 
Funded Projects: 

The Commonwealth Australia-India Strategic Research Fund Project: 2017-2020
Large Area Opto-Electronics for Australia and India

ARC Discovery Project: 2016-2019
Light Emitting Transistors: A New Route to Digital Displays and Lasers

ARC Discovery Project: 2014-2016
Molecular Alignment in Organic Semiconductors

ARC Discovery Project: 2012-2014
Fundamental Processes in Organic Photodetectors - Towards Next Generation Imaging and Sensing Systems

ARC Discovery Project: 2010-2012
Spin-Liquids, Antiferromagnetism, and Superconductivity in Organic Charge Transfer Salts, Synthesis, Neutron Scattering and Theory

ARC Linkage Infrastructure Equipment Facilies: 2011
High Pressure Facility for Optical Spectroscopy – Investigation of Novel Superconductors and Strongly Correlated Electron Systems

Australian Synchrotron Beamtime: 2011
XAS Water Splitting Investigation

Smart Futures National and International Research Alliances Program: 2009-2013
Organic Solar Cell Alliance (OSCA)

UQ Major Equipment and Infrastructure Funds: 2010, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2017

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Advanced Organic Chemistry
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry
  • Experimental Chemistry
  • Nanoscience
  • Introduction to Research
Significant Professional Activities and Awards: 
  • Progress 100 Visiting Professor (Kyushu University, Japan)


Invited Journal Reviewer:

  • ACS Nano
  • Advanced Functional Materials
  • Advanced Optical Materials
  • Advanced Materials
  • Angewandte Chemie
  • Australian Journal of Chemistry
  • Chemistry-An Asian Journal
  • Chemistry-A European Journal
  • Journal of Luminescence
  • Journal of Materials Chemistry C
  • Journal of Organic Chemistry
  • Journal of The American Chemical Society
  • Macromolecules
  • Materials Chemistry & Physics
  • Organic Electronics
  • Organic Letters
  • Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics
  • RSC Advances
  • Synthetic Metals
  • The Journal of Physical Chemistry
  • Tetrahedron
  • Tetrahedron Letters


Invited Grant Application Reviewer:

  • ARC Discovery Projects, Future Fellowships, Discovery Early Career Researcher Awards, & Linkage Schemes
  • The Innovation and Technology Commission of Hong Kong 
  • The Research Grants Council of Hong Kong


8 patents on light-emitting applications and 1 patent application on water splitting


Publication Summary:

refereed journal publications: >60; h-index: 27; total citations: >4,000

Selected Publications: