- Nevitt Professor in Chemistry, James Cook University, Australia
Peter Junk graduated from The University of Western Australia in 1984 obtaining a Bachelor of Science with first class honours in Chemistry, and completed his Ph.D in Organometallic Chemistry in 1988. His Ph.D. work involved the use of organometallic reagents in organic syntheses, and also the synthetic and structural aspects of organo- and amido- main group metal complexes. After four years employed in the petroleum industry, Peter held several Postdoctoral positions including two years with Prof. Jerry Atwood at Alabama, and one year with Prof. Glen Deacon at Monash University. In 1997, Peter gained an academic position at James Cook University as a Lecturer in Inorganic Chemistry. He was given an accelerated promotion to Senior Lecturer in 1999. He moved to the School of Chemistry at Monash University in 2001 where progressed to Professor of Chemistry. Since July 2012 he has been the Nevitt Professor of Chemistry at James Cook University. His main research interests are in rare earth and main group organometallic, organoamido and aryloxo chemistry, but has applied interests in X-ray imaging and corrosion inhibition. He has published in excess of 340 publications and is the Associate Editor of New Journal of Chemistry.