Wong Group


The Wong 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 Wallace Wong,

Graduate Students

Mr Bolong Zhang

Mr Nickolas Hui

Mr James Banal

Mr Quentin Hong

Ms Khuyen Vu

Mr Sacha Novakovic


Dr Wallace W. H. Wong is an ARC Future Fellow at the School of Chemistry. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Sydney in 2001 and his doctoral degree at the University of Oxford in 2005. After a postdoctoral position at ETH Zurich, Dr Wong returned to Australia to work with Prof Andrew Holmes. He was an Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) Research Fellow (2011-2014) and is now supported by an ARC Future Fellowship. The research interest of Dr Wong covers many areas of materials chemistry. The main focus has been on organic electronic materials from design and synthesis to structure-property relationships and device applications. He also has particular interest in topics such as supramolecular self-assembly, organic semiconductors, non-linear optical materials and light harvesting. More information on Dr Wong can be found on the University Find an Expert webpage, the School of Chemistry webpage and his research group webpage.