In 2011 he was elected Foreign Member of the Academia Europea, as well as Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering and the Royal Australian Chemical Institute. In 2014 he was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of NSW, Australia’s oldest scientific society.
He is also co-founder of the renewable technology development start-ups Licella Holdings, formerly Ignite Energy Resources (2005) and Licella (2007), which currently operates three joint ventures (in Canada, Canfor Pulp, the UK, Armstrong Chemicals, and Australia, iQ Renew). He is also one of the founding Professors of Avantium (2001), an ESX-listed Dutch High-tech company, now with 180+ employees.
He serves on the editorial/advisory boards of ten international journals and on the external advisory boards of the State Key Laboratory for Catalysis, Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics; the Cardiff Catalysis Institute and was President of the Catalysis Society of Australia (2010 – 2015).
He has received many awards, including the most recently the Eureka Prize for Leadership in Innovation and Science (2018), the New South Wales Science and Engineering Award for Renewable Energy Innovation (2013), the RACI Weickhardt Medal for Economic Contributions through Chemistry (2012), the RACI Applied Research Award (2011), the Le Févre Prize of the Australian Academy of Science for Outstanding Basic Research in Chemistry by a Scientist under 40 (2007).
He has published more than 310 items, including 25 patents.