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Dr David Smith

Name Dr David Smith  
Position Title Lecturer
Campus Gippsland
Room 2W204
Phone +613 51226023

Research interests

  • Open Source Drug Discovery
  • Fluorescent Sensing Arrays for Environmental or Medicinal Analytes
  • Supramolecular Chemistry
  • Chemical Education

Short biography

I am a lecturer in chemistry at the Gippsland campus at Federation University. I completed my PhD at Durham University in the UK. After a postdoctoral position at Newcastle University (UK) I moved to Australia in 2013 to undertake a University of Sydney Gritton Postdoctoral Research Fellowship. Two further postdoctoral appointments followed in Sydney, most recently working with the Open Source Malaria consortium. I moved to Federation University in February 2019.

My research interests span a range of chemistries including supramolecular chemistry, fluorescent sensing, medicinal chemistry, and chemical education.

I teach throughout the chemistry component of the undergraduate degree course covering general first year chemistry through to a focus on organic and medicinal chemistry in the third year course.


  • MChem (Hons) Chemistry – Durham University, 2008
  • PhD in Chemistry – Durham University, 2012

Teaching areas

  • SCCHM1001 - Chemistry I
  • SCCHM1002 - Chemistry II
  • SCCHM2001 - Analytical Techniques
  • SCCHM3001 - Medicinal Chemistry
  • SCCHM3004 - Organic Chemistry for Drug Design

Extended research profile