Inorganic chemistry

Inorganic Chemistry and Organometallic Chemistry

About

Inorganic chemistry focuses on all of chemistry except hydrocarbons and their derivatives (organic chemistry), while organometallic chemistry encompasses compounds with at least one bond between a carbon of an organic fragment and a metal or metalloid. Inorganic chemistry and organometallic chemistry are employed in all areas of chemical industry, including catalysis, medicine, agriculture, and materials science. 

Groups

New dyes for electron and energy transfer, Modular fluorescent tags and Lighting up sugars.

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

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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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Humphrey

Our research uses synthesis, spectroscopy, electrochemistry, and computational chemistry to generate new molecular materials with unusual optical properties.

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Preston group

The Preston group works on supramolecular systems in solution. We develop architectures from metal ions and organic ligands, and then explore their behaviour.

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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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Projects

We are studying compounds in which a single atom of carbon is held between two metal centres LnM=C=MLn. In most cases the M=C=M spine is linear but we have recently isolated the first examples where the carbon is bent and displays nucleophilic character.

Student intake

Open for Honours, Master, PhD, Summer scholar students

We hope that these will give interesting catalytic properties as we will be able to incorporate coordinatively unsaturated metal ions next to a well-defined 3D binding pocket. This will be studied in collaboration with the Colebatch group.

Student intake

Open for Honours, Master, PhD, Summer scholar students

In this project you will combine organic ligand synthesis with organometallic synthesis and reactivity to prepare bimetallic complexes and study their reactivity using a range of analytical techniques such as NMR spectroscopy, mass spectrometry, cyclic voltammetry and X-ray crystallography.

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. X-ray crystallography and multinuclear NMR spectroscopy are the common characterisation techniques that will be used on a daily basis.

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

The project will involve training in the use of highly reactive, air-sensitive reagents, which require handling under strict anaerobic conditions. Furthermore, training in X-ray crystallography, multinuclear NMR spectroscopy and EPR spectroscopy will be given.

Student intake

Open for Honours, Master, PhD, Summer scholar students

Members

Academic staff

Senior Lecturer
Rita Cornforth Fellow

Professor

Senior Lecturer

Associate Director (Education)
Professor

Nick White 2023

Associate Professor
Australian Research Council Future Fellow

Articles

Congratulations to Dr Ben Frogley who was awarded the University of Auckland L. H. Briggs Medal, recognising “the person judged to be the most distinguished research worker in the School of Chemical Sciences who has submitted a thesis for the degree of PhD in Chemistry."

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Congratulations to Dr Nick White who has been awarded an ARC Future Fellowship. This is fantastic news, and a tribute to all of Nick’s hard work and achievements in supramolecular chemistry.

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