Dave has a PhD in radioastronomy and microwave spectroscopy with degrees in chemistry, chemical engineering, and physics. He focuses strongly on fundamental science that can be translated into tangible impact. His research applies modern machine learning and evolutionary methods to design of bioactive molecules, nanomaterials, biomaterials, 2D materials and other bespoke materials for industrial applications.
He has published ~250 research papers in high impact journals (e.g. Chemical Reviews, Nature Materials, Nature Machine Intelligence, Science Advances, Angewandte Chemie, PNAS, Advanced Materials), 30 book chapters, ~60 research and client reports, and is an inventor on 25 patents. His current H-index is 53 and i10 index is 164. His research output is summarised on his Google Scholar and LinkedIn pages.
He is the past President of the Federation of Asian Chemical Societies and the Asian Federation for Medicinal Chemistry, umbrella organisations representing chemical and medicinal chemistry societies in the Asia-Pacific region. Dave is a Fellow, former Board Chair and Honorary General Secretary of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute, a former Director and member of the Board Executive of Science and Technology Australia, a member of the Australian Academy of Science’s National Committee for Chemistry, member of the Board and Fellow of the Asian Federation for Medicinal Chemistry, He also served on a nomenclature committee of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry, and is the Australian representative on the Pacifichem 2021 organising committee.
He is the recipient a several international awards and honours including the Herman Skolnik award from the American Chemical Society (cheminformatics), the Adrien Albert award of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (medicinal chemistry), the Royal Academy of Engineering (UK) Distinguished Fellowship (bioengineering), the CRC for Polymers Chairman’s Award for Excellence in Commercialisation (cancer drug design), and the CSIRO Medal for Business Excellence (translation of agrochemical to industry).