Freewheeling chemist

Australia’s leading scientific institution CSIRO has seen its budgets cut as have many other organizations. However, so dedicated to his research is one CSIRO scientist, San Thang that he is working unpaid. Thang fled war-torn Vietnam at the age of 24 and was tipped as one of three favorites for the 2014 Nobel Prize in Chemistry by pundits at Thomas Reuters. Thang is perhaps best known to chemists as having helped invent Reversible Addition-Fragmentation Chain Transfer (RAFT), with Graeme Moad and Ezio Rizzardo. "In Australia, the doors opened [for me] and I still want to be part of CSIRO and elsewhere to make use of my knowledge, I want to inspire people," Thang said.