Chris Easton is a graduate of Flinders University and the University of Adelaide. He held positions at Harvard University (1980-1981), the Research School of Chemistry (1982), the University of Canterbury (1983-1986) and the University of Adelaide (1986-1994), before his appointment as a Senior Fellow in the Research School of Chemistry, in 1995.
He was awarded a D.Sc. from the University of Adelaide in 1998 and is the recipient of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute Birch Medal for 2000, and the Archibald Ollé Prize for Chemical Literature for 2000. He was promoted to Professor at the Research School of Chemistry in 2001 and elected as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science in 2004.
We analyse chemical reactions, particularly those occurring in biochemical systems, in order to develop new synthetic methods and to produce physiologically active compounds with potential as pharmaceuticals. We are also interested in the assembly of supramolecular systems.
We design and synthesise molecules to modify the systems for useful purposes. Our work in this area has already resulted in pharmaceutical formulations that are in everyday clinical use worldwide. This chemistry also has applications in the development of molecular devices such as catalysts, reactors and photochemical and thermal switches.