Graeme Moad

By Colin WardMarch 30th, 2012


Graeme Moad was born in Orange, New South Wales on 25 June 1952.

He obtained his BSc Honours (1st Class) in 1974 and his PhD in 1977 from the University of Adelaide in the field of Organic Free Radical Chemistry. Between 1977 and 1979 he undertook postdoctoral research at Pennsylvania State University in the field of biological Organic Chemistry.

He joined CSIRO as a research scientist in 1979, was promoted to the position of Chief Research Scientist in 2003 and was a project leader in the CRC for Polymers.

Dr Moad is author or co-author of more than 120 papers in refereed journals, co-inventor on more that 25 patent families (including 5 relating to the RAFT process) and co-author of the book The Chemistry of Radical Polymerization which is now in a second edition.

His research interests lie in the fields of polymer design and synthesis (free radical polymerisation, reactive extrusion), polymerisation kinetics and mechanism and most recently polymer nanocomposites.


Honours and awards


2021 Fellow, Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE)
2012 Fellow, Australian Academy of Science
1992 Fellow of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute


2014 Citation Laureate Thomson-Reuters
2014 Clunies Ross Award Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineerin
2012 Battaerd-Jordon Polymer Medal RACI Polymer Division
2004 CRC for Polymers Chairman’s Awards for Excellence in Commercialisation
2003 CSIRO Medal for Research Achievement (seminal contributor) for innovation in polymer science
2003 CRC for Polymers Chairman’s Awards for Excellence in Commercialisation
1995 Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI) Polymer Division Citation
1982 Ciba/IUPAC Bursary

Membership of Organisations and Committees

2006 International Advisory Board, SML06, Il Ciocco, Italy
2005 Member of Subcommittee on Developing Polymer Materials of IUPAC Macromolecular Division
2004 International Advisory Board, IUPAC Macro 2004, Paris
2003-2006 Councillor for Australia in the Pacific Polymer Federation
2001 Member of Subcommittee on Modeling of Polymerization Kinetics and Processes of IUPAC Macromolecular Division
2001 Member of Subcommittee for Macromolecular Terminology of IUPAC Macromolecular Division (task group co-chair 2003)
2001 International Advisory Board, SML05, Il Ciocco, Italy
2001 Chairman Organising Committee, 24th Australian Polymer Symposium
2000 Editorial Board, International Journal of Polymeric Materials
1999 International Advisory Board of Proposed Indian Institute of Polymers
1999-2001 National Representative for Australia on International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry Macromolecular Division
1994 Member RACI Polymer Division Standing Committee (Secretary 1996-98, Chairman Elect 1998-, Chairman 1999-2001)
1992 Senior Associate, Melbourne University
1987 Member IUPAC Working Party, Modelling of Polymerisation Processes
1984-1996 Committee Member, RACI, Victorian Polymer Group (Treasurer 1985-86, Secretary 1987, Chairman 1988)
1977 Member of the American Chemical Society


  • Moad G, 2009, Personal communication.