Jones Group


The Jones group is interested in synthesis of all kinds. The common theme is that our target must have a use, whether it allows us to probe a biological system or to make a smart material.

Our interest in the Bio21 Institute is to address the interface of  materials science and biological systems. Specific research interests include development of organic semiconductors for light-emitting polymers, organic photovoltaics, and biosensors. Our research also involves extensive collaboration with chemists at CSIRO, Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research (Mainz), Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (Light Technology Institute), Georgia Institute of Technology, University of Queensland and others. 


Comprehensive organic synthesis, UV-Vis, FTIR and fluorescence spectroscopy, differential scanning calorimetry, HPLC, GC, electrochemistry, high vacuum thermal evaporation / coating of substrates, polymer electronic device fabrication and characterisation, medium pressure hydrogenation, microwave accelerated chemical reactions (Biotage), and continuous flow synthesis.

Group Members

Group Head

Dr David Jones

Postgraduate Fellows

Dr Jegadesan Subbiah

Graduate Students

Ms Valerie Mitchell

Mr Paul Geraghty

Mr Calvin Lee

Ms Monca Kartica

Mr Haotian Wang

Mr Fadi Jradi (Visitor from Georgia Tech, USA)


Dr David J. Jones is a Senior Research Associate and until 2015 was the Project Coordinator of the Victorian Organic Solar Cell Consortium (VICOSC). He completed his undergraduate and graduate studies at the University of Tasmania before completing postdoctoral work at the University of Sheffield and Cardiff University before moving to Imperial College London as the Team Leader for the BP Catalyst Discovery Project lead by Prof Vernon Gibson. He joined Prof Andrew Holmes in Cambridge in 2004 before moving to the University of Melbourne with Prof Holmes in 2005. He has been at the forefront of ligand design and high throughput screening for organometallic catalyst development and translation to industry of university research. He is research group leader in the area of organic semiconductors and has been at the forefront in translation of printable solar cell technology to large-scale pilot scale.