Dr Annie Colebatch

Senior Lecturer
Rita Cornforth Fellow

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Annie completed her undergraduate degree and PhD at the Australian National University. She received an Endeavour Research Fellowship to work at the University of Bath (2015) with Prof Michael Hill, followed by postdoctoral appointments at the University of Oxford (2015-2017) with Prof Andrew Weller and the University of Cambridge (2017-2019) with Prof Dominic Wright. She returned to the ANU in 2019 as a Rita Cornforth Fellow, and was awarded an Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (2020 - 2023).


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Research interests

Our research interests span inorganic chemistry, synthesis, catalysis, supramolecular chemistry and electrochemistry. The main focus across these areas is looking at the way multiple chemical entities can “cooperate” to achieve a particular chemical outcome and designing systems capable of utilising these cooperative effects. Our team are developing bimetallic complexes and investigating the interplay of the two metals on the chemical and catalytic reactivity as well as physical properties such as electrochemical and photochemical properties. A key focus of the group’s work is ligand design to support such systems where multiple metal centres can bind and interact. The long term aim of our work is to develop catalysts to address challenges in sustainability.

Our work involves the synthesis of ligands and their transition metal complexes, and studying their reactivity and catalytic behaviour, using an array of analytical techniques including NMR spectroscopy, UV/Vis spectroscopy, mass spectrometry, electrochemistry and X-ray crystallography.

Visit the group website for more information https://colebatchlab.com/.

Teaching information

CHEM1201 - Chemistry 2 - Introduction to Green Chemistry

CHEM3206 - Catalysis in Chemistry

CHEM3203 Organometallic Chemistry


For a list of the group's publications, visit: https://colebatchlab.com/publications/

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