Heather completed her Bachelor of Science (2009) and Master of Science (2011) at the University of Melbourne, graduating with distinction. After spending a few years in South Korea exploding vinegar volcanoes with kindergarten students, in 2017 she chose to return to Australia to pursue her PhD with Michelle Coote at ANU. As a student of Carl Schiesser's at the University of Melbourne, Heather explored the mechanisms of fundamental radical reactions, specifically homolytic substitution at sulfur and selenium, using computational chemistry. At ANU, she hopes to expand her computational skill set with a view towards catalyst design. By studying the catalytic cycle of known organocatalysts, she hopes to design new, pH-switchable, organocatalysts using charged functional groups.
Amber N. Hancock, Sara H. Kyne, Heather M. Aitken, Carl H. Schiesser, 2016, Intramolecular homolytic substitution in selenoxides and selenones, Tetrahedron, 72, 48, 7790-7795
Aitken, H. M; Horvat, S. M; Schiesser, C. H; Lin, C. Y; Coote, M. L., 2013, Rate Coeficients for Intramolecular Homolytic Substitution of Oxyacyl Radicals at Sulfur, Aust J Chem, 66, 323-329.
Aitken H. M; Hancock A. N; Schiesser C. H, 2012, Understanding (the lack of) Homolytic Substitution Chemistry of Sulfones, Chem Comm, 48, 8326-8328.
Macdougall P. E; Aitken H. M; Scammells P. J; Kavanagh Y; Kyne S. H; Schiesser C. H, 2012, 7-Selenabicyclo[2.2.1] Heptane, Chem Comm, 48, 9126-9128.
Kyne S. H; Aitken H. M; Horvat S. M; Lin C. Y; Coote M. L; Schiesser C. H, 2012, Homolytic Substitution Chemistry: From James Franz to Antihypertensives, Prep Pap Am Chem Soc, Div Fuel Chem, 57, 927-928.
Neves A. C; Aitken H. M; Kyne S. H; Fensterbank L; Lacôte E; Malacria M; Ollivier C; Schiesser C. H, 2012, Intramolecular Homolytic Substitution of Seleninates – a computational study, Tetrahedron, 68, 323-328.
Aitken, H. M; Horvat, S. M; Schiesser, C. H; Lin, C. Y; Coote, M. L, 2012, Rate Coefficients for Intramolecular Homolytic Substitution of Oxyacyl Radicals at Selenium, Int J Chem Kinetics, 44, 51-58.
Kyne, S,H; Aitken H. M; Fensterbank L; Lacôte E; Malacria M; Ollivier C; Schiesser, C.H, 2011, Intramolecular Homolytic Substitution of Sulfinates and Sulfinamides – a computational study, Org Biomol Chem, 9, 331.
Aitken, H. M; Schiesser, C. H; Donner, C. S, 2011, Synthetic and Computational Studies of Acyl Radical Cyclizations with Alkoxyacrylates: Formal Synthesis of (±)-Longianone, Aust J Chem, 64, 409-415.