Dr. Gerry Wilson received his BSc (Hons) from University College Dublin (Ireland) and a PhD in 1986 from the Research School of Chemistry, Australian National University. He joined CSIRO in 1992 following 2 post-doctoral research fellowships, the first at the University of New South Wales, and the second at the University of Melbourne. His research interests are the interactions of light with matter, and in particular the ultra-fast photophysical and photochemical processes following light absorption. He has applied these fundamental studies to practical real-world applications such as developing high-level security features for banknotes and valuable documents; developing environmental and biological sensors, and most recently has led the development of new materials and devices based on OLED and OPV technology at CSIRO.
During his time at CSIRO he has led activities in the Water; the Biomaterials; the Surface and Colloid; Security Devices; the Nanomaterials and Polymer Groups. He has participated in four CRCs, the CRC for Water Quality & Treatment; the CRC for Eye Research & Technology (later the Vision CRC); the CRC for Polymers and the Rail Manufacturing CRC. He claims that despite his management, all these groups have had an amazingly high degree of impact – eg extended wear contact lens, security features for polymer banknotes and for other valuable documents, spin outs and joint ventures (PolyNovo and DataTraceDNA), MIEX resin for water purification, major licencing deals with multinationals etc – a tribute he claims is entirely due to the teams of great scientists and business development staff. In 2007, together with colleagues from University of Melbourne and Monash University he helped establish the Victorian Organic Solar Cell Consortium (VICOSC). Over its lifetime this consortium has progressed printed PV from a laboratory concept to a semi-commercial roll-to-roll reality and has trained hundreds of students in the area of organic semi-conductors. He is currently Research Director for Industrial Innovation which comprises 90 permanent staff and 40 Fellows including Post Docs and Students working across physics, chemistry and engineering. Impact areas include Flexible Printed Electronics, Sensors, Superconductivity, High-speed Instrumentation and Rapid Prototyping.