Staff profile - Kieran Lim

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Aprof Kieran Lim

Position: Associate Professor
Faculty or Division: Faculty of Science Engineering & Built Environment
Department: School of Life and Environmental Sciences
Campus: Melbourne Burwood Campus
Phone: +61 3 92517403 +61 3 92517403



Member Royal Australian Chemical Institute,Member Australian College of Education,Fellow of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute,Chartered Chemist


Member Science Teachers Association of Victoria

Professional activities

Editorial Advisory Board, Teaching Science, Journal of the Australian Science Teachers Association


Subjects and units currently teaching

  • SLE010 - Laboratory and Fieldwork Safety Induction Program
  • SLE133 - Chemistry in Our World
  • SLE155 - Chemistry for the Professional Sciences
  • SLE210 - Chemistry the Enabling Science
  • SLE214 - Organic Chemistry
  • SLE235 - Chemical Systems
  • SLE344 - Chemistry Research Project

Knowledge areas

  • Chemistry
  • Chemical and science education
  • Spectroscopy
  • Forensic science


Awards and prizes

Australian Award for Teaching Excellence for Physcial Sciences and Related Studies, Australian Government, Office for Learning and Teaching (2014)

Visiting Erskine Fellowship, University of Canterbury, New Zealand (2012)

RACI Fensham Medal for Outstanding Contribution to Chemical Education, Royal Australian Chemical Institute (2011)

Australian Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning, Australian Government, Australian Learning and Teaching Council (2010)

RACI Division of Chemical Education Medal, Royal Australian Chemical Institute (2008)

RACI Division of Chemical Education Citation, Royal Australian Chemical Institute (2002).



Some recent publications are:

  • C. M. Hindson, Z. Smith, N. W. Barnett, G. Hanson, K. F. Lim and P. S. Francis, "Autocatalytic chemiluminescence sheds new light on the classic permanganate-oxalate reaction", Journal of Physical Chemistry A, 2013, 117 (19), 3918–3924.
  • R. Jelly, S. W. Lewis, K. F. Lim, A. Payne and W. van Bronswijk, "Infrared microscopy studies of the chemical composition of latent fingermark residues", Microchemical Journal, 2013, 111, 40-46.
  • R. C. Horton, T. L. Kelly, C. E. Lenehan, C. Lennard, S. W. Lewis, K. F. Lim, C. Roux and D. C. Southam, "Assessing students’ attitudes toward forensic science: collecting an expert consensus", Forensic Science Policy & Management: An International Journal, 2013, 3 (4), 180-188.
  • K.F. Lim and S.W.Lewis, “Spectroscopic Techniques (Chapter 255)” in J.A. Siegel and P. Saukko (eds), Encyclopedia of Forensic Sciences (2nd Edition), Academic Press, Waltham (MA), 2013, vol. 3, pp. 627-634.
  • S.W.Lewis and K.F. Lim, “Spectroscopy: Basic Principles (Chapter 256)” in J.A. Siegel and P. Saukko (eds), Encyclopedia of Forensic Sciences (2nd Edition), Academic Press, Waltham (MA), 2013, vol. 3, pp. 635-640.
  • D. R. Bedgood, Jr, A. Bridgeman, M. A. Buntine, M. Gardiner, K. F. Lim, M. Mocerino, G. Morris, S. M. Pyke, D. Southam, B. Yates and M. Zadnik, Developing leaders of change in the teaching of large university chemistry classes, Office for Learning and Teaching, Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education, Sydney, 2012 <>.
  • S. H. Kable, M. A. Buntine, A. Yeung, M. Sharma, K. F. Lim, S. M. Pyke, K. Burke Da Silva and S. C. Barrie, Advancing science by enhancing learning in the laboratory (ASELL), Australian Learning and Teaching Council, Strawberry Hills (NSW), 2012, <>.
  • D. N. Donaldson, N. W. Barnett, K. M. Agg, D. Graham, C. E. Lenehan, C. Prior, K. F. Lim and P. S. Francis, "Chemiluminescence detection of 1,3,5-trinitro-1,3,5-triazacyclohexane (RDX) and related nitramine explosives", Talanta, 2012,88, 743-748.
  • K. F. Lim, "Why is the tetrahedral bond angle 109°? The tetrahedron-in-a-cube", Teaching Science, Journal of the Australian Science Teachers’ Association, 2012, 58 (1), 46-47.
  • M. A. Addicoat, K. F. Lim and G. F. Metha, "Reactions of Nb2 and Nb3 with CO, D2, N2 and O2: Reconciling experimental kinetics with density functional theory-calculated energy reaction profiles", Journal of Chemical Physics, 2012, 137 (3), 034301 (9 pages).
  • K. F. Lim, " A tabular approach to titration calculations ", Teaching Science, Journal of the Australian Science Teachers’ Association, 2012, 58 (3), 33-39.

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