Nancy Talavera
Teaching Laboratory Manager Senior Technical Officer

Nancy Talavera

I am the Teaching Laboratory Manager for the School of Chemistry since 2016. I manage the daily operations of undergraduate teaching laboratories which includes three first-year laboratories, a synthetic and an analytical laboratory for 2nd and 3rd students as well as two instrument rooms. I supervise a team of six technical officers who work daily in these laboratories to organise the multiple classes, maintain equipment and instruments and ensure health and safety protocols are put in place and followed. I also support the chemistry laboratory component for UNSW Global and various Outreach activities that we offer during the year (Depth study, Nura Gili and Aspire programs, RACI titration competitions).

Prior to this role, I was a Technical Officer for the School of Chemistry UNSW and for the School of Education at UWS. I hold a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Adelaide and a Diploma of Leadership and Management. Outside of work, I enjoy scuba diving and I have travelled to many places around the world to discover the beautiful marine life. I have logged over 850 dives during the past 10 years.


Room 136, Chemical Sciences Building,


+61-2-9385 5496


Journal articles

  • Bruce MI; Ellis BG; Halet J-F; Le Guennic B; Nicholson BK; Sahnoune H; Scoleri N; Skelton BW; Sobolev AN; Sumby CJ; White AH; Zaitseva NN, 2016, 'Syntheses and structures of some complexes containing M-3(mu-dppm)(3) moieties (M = Cu, Ag) linking C-4{M ' L-x} groups [M ' L-x = Re(CO)(3)(Bu-2(t)-bpy), Ru(dppe)Cp*]', INORGANICA CHIMICA ACTA, vol. 453, pp. 654 - 666, 2016
  • Bruce MI; Burgun A; George J; Nicholson BK; Parker CR; Skelton BW; Scoleri N; Sumby CJ; Zaitseva NN, 2015, 'Some reactions of azides with diynyl-bis(phosphine) ruthenium-cyclopentadienyl complexes', JOURNAL OF ORGANOMETALLIC CHEMISTRY, vol. 797, pp. 185 - 193, 2015
  • Bruce MI; Burgun A; Jevric M; Morris JC; Nicholson BK; Parker CR; Scoleri N; Skelton BW; Zaitseva NN, 2014, 'Some cyclic ligands obtained from reactions of polycyanocarbon-metal complexes Dedicated to our friend and colleague Claude Lapinte on his 65th birthday, in recognition of his extensive contributions to organo-iron chemistry.', Journal of Organometallic Chemistry, vol. 756, pp. 68 - 78, 2014
  • Bruce MI; Le Guennic B; Scoleri N; Zaitseva NN; Halet J-F, 2012, 'Extending Metal-Capped Polyynediyl Molecular Wires by Insertion of Inorganic Metal Units', ORGANOMETALLICS, vol. 31, pp. 4701 - 4706, 2012
  • Bruce MI; Scoleri N; Skelton BW, 2011, 'Lithiation of diynyl-ruthenium complexes: Routes to novel metallated functional diynes', JOURNAL OF ORGANOMETALLIC CHEMISTRY, vol. 696, pp. 3473 - 3482, 2011
  • Bruce MI; Scoleri N; Skelton BW; White AH, 2010, 'Syntheses and molecular structures of some polyfluoroaryldiynyl-ruthenium complexes', JOURNAL OF ORGANOMETALLIC CHEMISTRY, vol. 695, pp. 1561 -1568, 2010
  • Antonova AB; Bruce MI; Humphrey PA; Gaudio M; Nicholson BK; Scoleri N; Skelton BW; White AH; Zaitseva NN, 2006, 'Alkynyl and poly-ynyl derivatives of carbon-tricobalt clusters', JOURNAL OF ORGANOMETALLIC CHEMISTRY, vol. 691, pp. 4694 - 4707, 2006


  • Dean of Science‘s Staff Excellence Award, 2020
  • Woman in Leadership, 2019