Synthesis is the preparation of substances by way of chemical processes.

About

These processes generally involve several chemical (and/or biochemical) reactions. Chemical synthesis activities can be either process-focused or product-focused. In process-focused work, new ways are developed to create specific types of covalent bonds. In product-focused studies, new ways to form entire molecules are invented. Chemical synthesis is an integral part of the majority of work carried out at the RSC: for some groups, synthesis is used to make substances for study; for other groups, the chemical synthesis itself is the focus of their work. Those working on advancing the science of synthesis aim to make synthesis more efficient and of broader scope, in a safer way with lower environmental impact. 

Groups

New dyes for electron and energy transfer, Modular fluorescent tags and Lighting up sugars.
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We develop homogeneous organometallic transition metal catalysts which utilise molecular cooperativity to improve catalytic efficiency and develop new processes
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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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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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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

A Trojan horse to combat malaria, Anti-doping chemistry, Enzyme engineering and Exploring the ‘sulfatome’.

Student intake

Open for Honours, PhD students

Theme

Analytical Chemistry and Sensors, Catalysis, Medicinal Chemistry and Drug Development, Organic chemistry

Designing cooperative transition metal catalysts.

Student intake

Open for Honours, PhD students

Theme

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

Student intake

Open for Summer scholar students

People

Theme

Catalysis, Energy, Environment and Green Chemistry, Functional Materials and Interfaces, Inorganic Chemistry and Organometallic Chemistry, Organic chemistry, Supramolecular Chemistry

Domino Reactions, Step Economic Total Synthesis and Synthesising Designed Molecules.

Student intake

Open for Honours, PhD students

Theme

Catalysis, Energy, Environment and Green Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry and Organometallic Chemistry, Medicinal Chemistry and Drug Development, Organic chemistry, Supramolecular Chemistry

Think that aluminium chemistry is all about the +3 oxidation state? In the Hicks group we think not. Recently, a range of anionic Al(I) reagents, aka aluminyl anions, have been reported that remarkably show nucleophilic behaviour at Al. This project aims to investigate the reactivity of these highly reactive reagents.

Student intake

Open for Honours, PhD students

Theme

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

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

Student intake

Open for Honours students

Theme

Analytical Chemistry and Sensors, Energy, Environment and Green Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry and Organometallic Chemistry

Members

Researcher

Senior Lecturer
Rita Cornforth Fellow
ARC DECRA Fellow

Honorary Professor

Senior Lecturer

Associate Professor
Westpac Research Fellow

Associate Professor

Associate Director (Education)
Professor

Nick

Associate Professor
Australian Research Council Future Fellow