About

Catalysis is the acceleration of a chemical reaction by a substance that itself does not undergo change. Catalysts can be chemical or biochemical, organic, inorganic or organometallic, soluble or insoluble, molecular or material-based. Catalysts are important because they allow chemical reactions that are otherwise very difficult to achieve. They also give us both new ways and better ways to make molecules. Catalyst design, catalyst function, and the deployment of catalysts in synthesis are all active areas of study at the RSC.

Groups

We are interested in synthesis, reactivity and catalysis with multimetallic transition metal complexes.

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At the Connal group we make polymers with applications across a multitude of industries which means we develop new materials for a range of applications.

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Magnetic Resonance Facility

Our group studies transition metal catalysts using both magneto-optical spectroscopy and magnetic resonance techniques.

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Hicks group

Research in the Hicks group focuses on the reactivity of earth abundant, non-toxic metals in regards to sustainable chemical synthesis.

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Liquid metal

Our work covers organometallic chemistry with a particular focus include unsaturated ligands involving metal–carbon multiple bonding.

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Nano material

Our work is mainly concentrated on the interaction amongst synthesis, micro-structure and polarisation-related properties of functional materials.

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Malins group

The Malins group develops synthetic tools for small molecule, peptide and protein synthesis, including for applications in chemical biology and drug discovery.

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Drug chemistry

The McLeod group employs a wide range of techniques to study drug metabolism.

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Organic molecule

The Norcott group research interest centres on using organic synthesis and reactivity to design new, functional molecules with important purposes.

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Organic molecule

Our research program involves the design of sequences of cycloaddition reactions, free radical reactions and transition metal-mediated reactions

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Our research focuses on supramolecular chemistry – the chemistry of non-covalent interactions such as hydrogen bonding, halogen bonding and coordination bonds. 

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Light

Our research mainly focuses on the interaction between light and chemicals and its application in materials sciences.

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Nano technology

The group is interested in the synthesis, understanding and application of nano-to-atomic functional materials

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Projects

Hydrogen is well recognized for its potential as a future energy source – but few people are aware of another
remarkable ability of the simple H2 molecule. The challenge is this: how can we incorporate para-hydrogen into molecules?

Student intake

Open for Honours, Master, PhD, Summer scholar students

This project will explore additional opportunities for the efficient electrochemical modification of peptides, including through the use of novel “electrochemically-active” amino acids.

Student intake

Open for Honours, Master, PhD, Summer scholar students

This project offers a unique opportunity to gain experience in materials synthesis, characterization, and catalysis, as well as contribute to cutting-edge research in the field of sustainable energy.

Student intake

Open for Honours, Master, PhD, Summer scholar students

This project will employ the tools of directed evolution to develop new enzymes for the analytical sample preparation and the synthesis of steroid glucuronide conjugates.

Student intake

Open for Honours, Master, PhD, Summer scholar students

We are offering both computational and experimental projects in this field, focusing their research on (1) catalyst design and assembly, and (2) optimization and restoration of hydrogen carriers (related to organic synthesis).

Student intake

Open for Honours, Master, PhD, Summer scholar students

The project will involve training in the use of highly reactive, air-sensitive reagents which require handling under strict anaerobic conditions, therefore training in strict air-sensitive chemistry will be given. X-ray crystallography and multinuclear NMR spectroscopy are the common characterization techniques that will be used on a daily basis.

Student intake

Open for Honours, Master, PhD, Summer scholar students

Members

Academic staff

Senior Lecturer
Rita Cornforth Fellow

HDR Convenor
Associate Director

Professor

Senior Lecturer

ARC Laureate Fellow

Professor
Westpac Research Fellow

Associate Professor

Associate Director (Education)
Professor

Nick White 2023

Associate Professor
Australian Research Council Future Fellow

Emeritus and Honorary

Honorary Professor

Honorary Associate Professor

Articles

The research work of ARC Laureate Fellow Prof. Michelle Coote from the RSC has been featured in an article in New Scientist titled “Electric Chemistry” by Gege Li.

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Wonderful news – Professor Yun Liu has been awarded an ARC Laureate Fellowship.

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