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. 

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: >4,100

Selected Publications: