Our recent progress using visible light to control molecular systems will be presented in two parts: i) Building functional ruthenium(II) chromophores into molecular cages and frameworks by self-assembly, and our surprising adventures with photoredox catalysis. ii) Our development of the photoswitching properties of the photochromic molecules donor-acceptor Stenhouse adducts (DASAs).
Jon obtained his BSc (Hons) (2002) and MSc (2004) from the University of Sydney, under the supervision of Prof Len Lindoy FAA, before moving to Basel (Switzerland) for his PhD under the joint supervision of Prof Ed Constable and Prof Catherine Housecroft. From 2009-2012 he was a Swiss National Science Foundation Post-doctoral Fellow at the University of Edinburgh (UK) under the supervision of Prof David A. Leigh FRS. From March 2012 - February 2013 he was Research A/Prof at Nanjing University (China), and retains a visiting position at the university. In March 2013 he commenced his position at UNSW, and in June 2017 was awarded an ARC Future Fellowship.