Colebatch Group

We develop homogeneous organometallic transition metal catalysts which utilise molecular cooperativity to improve catalytic efficiency and develop new processes

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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 our group website for more information https://colebatchlab.com/.


Designing cooperative transition metal catalysts.

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Open for Honours, PhD students


Catalysis, Energy, Environment and Green Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry and Organometallic Chemistry



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Andie Delaney has received the WESTPAC future leaders scholarship for 2021.

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