(CANCELLED) Associate Professor Colette Boskovic - Title Inorganic Molecular Materials: Functional Metal Complexes


Molecular materials with physical properties that can be controlled by external parameters, such as temperature, light or magnetic field are important synthetic targets because they form the basis of molecular devices. The miniaturisation required by technological advances in electronics makes the demand for such nanoscale devices inevitable. Research in our group is focused on the exploration of different families of inorganic molecules that can display functionality arising from their electronic structure: single-molecule magnets (SMMs), valence tautomeric (VT), spin crossover (SCO) and redox-switchable complexes. We are particularly interested in complexes of 3d and 4f metals. This lecture will present our recent research efforts directed towards the exploration of lanthanoid(III) SMMs and switchable cobalt VT and SCO complexes.1–3


  1. Rousset, E.; Piccardo, M.; Boulon, M.-E.; Gable, R.; Soncini, A.; Sorace, L.; Boskovic, C. Slow Magnetic Relaxation in Lanthanoid Crown Ether Complexes: Interplay of Raman and Anomalous Phonon Bottleneck Processes. Chem. - A Eur. J. 2018, 24, 14768–14785.
  2. Gransbury, G. K.; Boulon, M. E.; Petrie, S.; Gable, R. W.; Mulder, R. J.; Sorace, L.; Stranger, R.; Boskovic, C. DFT Prediction and Experimental Investigation of Valence Tautomerism in Cobalt-Dioxolene Complexes. Inorg. Chem. 2019, 58, 4230–4243.
  3. Tezgerevska, T.; Rousset, E.; Gable, R. W.; Jameson, G. N. L.; Sañudo, E. C.; Starikova, A. A.; Boskovic, C. Valence Tautomerism and Spin Crossover in Pyridinophane-Cobalt-Dioxolene Complexes: An Experimental and Computational Study. Dalton Trans. 2019, 48, 11674–11689.

About the speaker

Colette graduated from the University of Melbourne with a BSc(Hons) degree in 1993 and a PhD in 1998. After postdoctoral stints at Indiana University, USA, and the University of Berne, Switzerland, she returned to the School of Chemistry in 2004 as a Lecturer.

She was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2009 and Associate Professor in 2016.

Colette was awarded the 2004 Selby Research Award from the University of Melbourne, the 2013 Alan Sargeson Lectureship from the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI) Inorganic Chemistry Division and the 2014 Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research (Teaching and Research) from the Faculty of Science, University of Melbourne. She received an ARC Future fellowship in 2019.

Colette is presently the Victorian representative and archivist on the RACI Inorganic Chemistry Division Committee and the AINSE Councillor for the University of Melbourne. She is a member of the International Advisory Board for the Asian Conference on Molecular Magnetism.