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UTS's Prof. Geoffrey B. Smith,
Named 'NSW Scientist of the Year - 2011'

University of Technology Sydney

Two UTS researchers named among NSW's finest


Two leading UTS researchers were recognised at the 2011 NSW Science and Engineering awards announced last night. Professor Geoff Smith was joint winner in the Invention category, while Professor Chengqi Zhang won the Engineering and Information and Communications Technology category.

Professor Smith was recognised for his pioneering work into sustainable and energy efficient technologies, especially his contributions to green roofing systems, window and lighting technologies.

"It's an honour to receive this prestigious and competitive award, given how much groundbreaking science goes on in NSW," Professor Smith said.

"It's great to have the value of our findings and their impact recognised."

Professor Smith is a leading expert in energy efficient lighting and windows. His research has led to the development of coloured heat-reflective coatings and a range of nanoscale window and rooftop coatings that can minimise daytime heat absorption and pump residual heat into the night sky. 

Professor Smith's award caps off an exciting year during which he was nominated as a fellow of SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics; and co-authored a highly acclaimed book on nanotechnology. 

Professor Geoff Smith receives his award from NSW Governor Professor Marie Bashir.


picture by Sharon Hickey Photography.

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