Group leader

Les Field
Head of School
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Research students

Dr Hsiu Lin Li

Senior Postdoctoral Research Associate
B.Sc. (Hons I), Ph.D. (Monash)

Surabhi Naik

Ph.D. student

Silviu Dobrota

Ph.D. student

Silviu Dobrota

Ph.D. student

Stephen Cameron

Ph.D. student

Andrew Aslanidis

Honours student

Former group members

  • Stephen P. Gallagher, Ph.D. (1987)
    An Investigation into the Mechanism of the Hydroboration Rearrangement
     
    Barbara A. Messerle, Ph.D. (1987).
    Pulsed Methods in Proton/Heteronuclear NMR Spectroscopy
    Executive Dean, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Macquarie University, North Ryde, New South Wales, Australia
                                    
    Murray V. Baker, Ph.D. (1988)
    Reactions of Iron Phosphine Complexes with Carbon-Hydrogen Bonds
    Professor of Chemistry, School of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Western Australia, Crawley, Western Australia
     
    Jennifer S. Protopopoff, M.Sc. (1989)
    Synthesis and Reactions of Cobalt and Rhodium Organometallic Complexes
     
    Gregory K. Pierens, Ph.D. (1990)
    Multiple Quantum NMR Spectroscopy of Molecules aligned in Liquid Crystalline Solution
    Senior Research Manager, Centre for Advanced Imaging, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
     
    Sue E. Boyd, Ph.D. (1992)
    Studies in Coordination Chemistry
    Senior Lecturer, School of Biomolecular & Physical Sciences and Manager of Griffith University Magnetic Resonance Facility, Griffith University, Nathan Campus, Queensland, Australia
     
    Benita C. K. Yau, Ph.D. (1992)
    Organometallic Chemistry of Phosphine Complexes of Iron and Ruthenium
     
    Charles M. Lindall, Ph.D. (1992)
    Transition Metal Complexes of the Pentaphenylcyclopentadienyl Ligand
    (Supervisor: Dr A. F. Masters)
    Director of Business Development and Commercial, CSIRO Manufacturing, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
     
    Devin R. Latimer, M.Sc. (1992)
    New Derivatives of the Pentaphenylcyclopentadienyl Ligand
    (Supervisor: Dr A. F. Masters)
     
    Nick Bampos, Ph.D. (1993)
    NMR studies of small iron and ruthenium organometallic complexes with tetraphosphine ligands: their structure and C-H activation.
    Lecturer, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK
     
    Matthew P. Wilkinson, Ph.D. (1995)
    Synthesis and reactions of Organometallic Complexes containing Trifluoromethylated Phosphines
    Technical and Operations Manager, Callington Haven Pty Ltd, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia 
     
    Elizabeth Y. Malouf, Ph.D. (1995)
    Controlled Synthesis of Conjugated Organometallic Complexes
    (Co-supervisor: Dr A. V. George)
     
    Julie C. Cheung, Ph.D. (1995)
    (Supervisor: Professor S. Sternhell)
     
    Ronald J. Smernik, Ph.D. (1996)
    Structure and Reactions of Iron Complexes with tripodal tetraphoshine ligands
    (Associate Supervisor: Dr B. A. Messerle)
    Research Fellow, School Agriculture, Food and Wine, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
     
    Iain P. Thomas, Ph.D. (1996)
    C-H activation using bidentate phospholane complexes of iron
    Head of Life Sciences at Cambridge Enterprise, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK
     
    Sarah H. Elgafi, Ph.D. (1996)
    Rhodium and Iridium Complexes containing polyimidazole ligands
    (Associate Supervisor: Dr B. A. Messerle)
    Senior Research Scientist, Johnson Matthey Technology Centre, Sonning Common, UK
     
    Antony J. Ward, Ph.D. (1998)
    The Chemistry of Phosphine Complexes of Cobalt, Rhodium and Iridium
    (Associate Supervisor: Dr A. V. George)
    Research Associate, School of Chemistry, University of Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
     
    Graham R. Purches, Ph.D. (1998)
    The Chemistry of Ruthenium and Iron Acetylide Complexes
    (Associate Supervisor: Dr A. V. George)
    Senior Project Manager, ResMed, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
     
    Stuart R. Pike, Ph.D. (1998)
    The Chemistry of Iron Acetylide Complexes
    (Associate Supervisor: Dr A. V. George)
     
    Ian J. Luck, Ph.D. (1999)
    Synthesis and Chemistry of Multidentate Mixed Donor Ligands
    Professional Officer, School of Chemistry Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Facility, University of Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
     
    Anthony J. Turnbull, Grad. Dip. Sci. [1995] Ph.D. (2000)
    Substituent effects on arylacetylenes in the formation of bisacetylide complexes of iron
    Chemistry of Acetylenic Iron Complexes
     
    Saadallah Ramadan, Ph.D. (2000)
    Multiple Quantum Liquid Crystal NMR Spectroscopy
    Research Academic, Faculty of Health and Medicine, University of Newcastle, Callaghan, New South Wales, Australia
     
    Brian J. Petteys, Ph.D. (2000)
    Components for Novel Bilayer Membranes
    (Associate Supervisors: Dr C. J. Burns, Professor D. D. Ridley)
    International Strategic Insights Manager, Genentech, San Francisco Bay Area, California, USA
     
    Warren J. Shaw, Ph.D. (2001)
    Reactivity of Hydrido-Iron Phosphine Complexes toward Heteroallenes
     
    Suzanne Burling, Ph.D. (2001)
    Cationic Rhodium and Iridium Catalysts for the Hydroamination Reaction
    (Associate Supervisor: Dr B. A. Messerle)
    Senior Hydrometallurgist, ANSTO Minerals, Lucas Heights, New South Wales, Australia
     
    Jim Onishi, Ph.D. (2002)
    Photoactive components for Bilayer Membranes
    (Associate Supervisors: Dr C. J. Burns, Professor D. D. Ridley)
    Senior Associate, Houlihan2 Patent & Trade Mark Attorneys, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
     
    Nilay Hazari, MSc. (2003)
    Organometallic activation of molecular nitrogen
    Associate Professor of Chemistry, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, USA
     
    Adelle Shasha, Ph.D. (2007)
    Metal-catalysed hydroamination
    Technical Officer,  Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Facility, Mark Wainwright Analytical Centre, University of New South Wales, Sydney, New South Wales , Australia
     
    Ruth W. Guest, Ph.D. (2008)
    Synthesis and Reactions of Iron and Ruthenium Dinitrogen Complexes
    Senior Economic Analyst and Planning Portfolio Adviser, Santos Ltd, Sydney, NSW, Australia
     
    Ashley Tronoff, Ph.D. (2008)
    Chloride Abstraction from Ruthenium Alkyl Bis-diphosphine Dichlorides
    Chemist, Queensland Health and Forensic and Scientific Services, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
     
    Timothy K. Shearer, Ph.D. (2009)
    Controlled Synthetic Approach to Di- and Tri-nuclear Ruthenium Acetylide Complexes
    (Co-Supervisor: Dr A. M. Magill)
    Assistant Dean, Warrane College, University of New South Wales, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
     
    Ryan J. Gilbert-Wilson, Ph.D. (2013)
    The Use of Sterically Bulky Phosphine Ligands in Iron and Ruthenium Dinitrogen Chemistry
    (Co-Supervisor: Dr H. L. Li)
    Scientist, SABIC, Houston, Texas, USA

    Peter M. Jurd, Ph.D. (2018)
    Reactivity of Carbon Dioxide with Organometallic Iron Phosphine Complexes
    (Co-Supervisor: Dr H. L. Li)

  • Michael L. Terry, B.Sc. (Hons I, University Medal) [1983]
    Evaluation of Synthetic Routes to 4-(trans-4'-Pentylcyclohexyl)benzonitriles and the Application of INEPT to NMR Spectroscopy in Liquid Solvents
     
    Jennifer S. Protopopoff, B.Sc. (Hons I) [1984]
    Ortho-Metallation Reactions of Electron-Deficient Organo-iron Complexes
     
    Anita M. Lamb, B.Sc. (Hons I) [1984]
    Reactions of Organo-iron Dihydrides
     
    Bruce D. Jacobs, B.Sc. (Hons II-1) [1984]
    DNMR Studies of Sterically Hindered Molecules from SRN 1 Reactions
     
    Elizabeth A. Knox, B.Sc. (Hons I) [1986]
    Organometallic reactions of Bidentate Phosphine Ligands
     
    Roberto Pavan, B.Sc. (Hons II-1) [1986]
    Synthesis of Novel Branched and Polycyclic Phosphine Ligands
     
    Gregory K. Pierens, B.Sc. (Hons I) [1986]
    NMR Spectroscopy Using Liquid Crystal Solvents
     
    Andreas Klein, B.Sc. (Hons II-1) [1986]
    Synthesis of Sterically Restricted Bis -phosphine Ligands for Metal Complexation
     
    Paul G. Lloyd, B.Sc. (Hons I) [1987]
    Synthetic Approaches to Bis(phosphino)ethanes - New Ligands for Metal Complexation
     
    Nick Bampos, B.Sc. (Hons I) [1988]
    Organometallic Complexes with Polydentate Phosphine Ligands
     
    Jacqueline A. Warner, B.Sc. (Hons I) [1988]
    The Mechanism of Carbon-Hydrogen Bond Activation by Iron Diphosphine Complexes
     
    Benita C. K. Yau, B.Sc. (Hons I, University Medal) [1988]
    Preparation and Reactions of Ruthenium Bis(diphosphine) Complexes
     
    Charles M. Lindall, B.Sc. (Hons I) [1988]
    Development of Synthetic Routes to Decaphenylmetallocenes
     
    Lionel G. Glendenning, B.Sc. (Hons I) [1988]
    A Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Study of Heteroatom-stabilised Allylic Carbanions
     
    Elizabeth Y. Malouf, B.Sc. (Hons I) [1989]
    Conjugated Iron Acetylides
     
    Josy Meyer, B.Sc. (Hons I) [1989]
    Synthesis of Deuterated Liquid Crystals
     
    Matthew P. Wilkinson, B.Sc. (Hons I) [1990]
    The Mechanism of Alkane Activation by Iron Bisphosphine Complexes
     
    Ingrid H. M. Slip, B.Sc. (Hons II-1) [1990]
    Reactions of Iron Acetylide Complexes
     
    Ronald J. Smernik, B.Sc. (Hons I, University Medal) [1991]
    Synthesis and Structural Characterisation of Metal Complexes Containing a Novel Tripodal Phosphine Ligand
     
    Graham R. Purches, B.Sc. (Hons II-1) [1991]
    Synthesis and Reactions of Iron Complexes with coordinated Butenyne Ligands
     
    Sarah H. Elgafi, B.Sc. (Hons II-1) [1992]
    Metal Complexes of Diazabutadiimine Ligands
     
    Andrew Farmer, B.Sc. (Hons II-1) [1992]
    Synthesis and Reactions of new arylacetylenes with electron withdrawing and electron donating properties
     
    Ian J. Luck B.Sc. (Hons I) [1992]
    Synthesis and Complexation of Polydentate Mixed-donor Ligands
     
    Stuart R. Pike B.Sc. (Hons I) [1992]
    Conjugated Iron Complexes with Mixed Acetylide and Nitrile Ligands
     
    Linnea P. Soler B.Sc. (Hons I) [1993]
    Ruthenium Complexes of Polydentate Heterocyclic Ligands
     
    R. C. Y. Chan B.Sc. (Hons II-1) [1993]
    High Pressure Diels-Alder Reactions of Pyrroles
     
    Howard Wilton B.Sc. (Hons I) [1994]
    Tribochemistry
     
    Michelle A. Morris B.Sc. (Hons II-1) [1994]
    The Activation of Hydrocarbons using Alkyl Iron Hydrides
     
    Brian J. Wallace B.Sc. (Hons II-1) [1994]
    Reactions of Butadiynes with Complexes of Iron(II)
     
    Joanna Daponte B.Sc. (Hons II-1) [1994]
    Reactions of Organometallic Complexes with Strained Hydrocarbons
     
    Carl F. N. Anderson B.Sc. (Hons 1) [1995]
    Approaches to the Synthesis of unsymmetrical tripodal ligands
     
    Neil G. Jones B.Sc. (Hons 1, University Medal) [1996]
    Chemical Transformations involving metal-nitrogen double bonds
     
    Rebecca Read B.Sc. (Hons 1, University Medal) [1999]
    Catalysts for alkyne metathesis
     
    Thirri Winn B.Sc. (Hons) [2001]
    Components for Bilayer Membranes
     
    Kevin Woo B.Sc. (Hons) [2001]
    Novel Components for Bilayer Membranes
     
    Adelle Shasha B.Sc. (Hons II-1) [2002]
    Catalytic cyclisation of aminoalkynes
     
    Nilay Hazari B.Sc. (Hons 1, University Medal) [2002]
    The Chemistry of Coordinated Nitrogen
     
    Amaruka Hazari B.Sc. (Hons 1) [2005]
    Towards the Activation of Dinitrogen 
     
    Timothy K. Shearer B.Sc. (Hons 1) [2005]
    Ruthenium Acetylide Complexes
     
    Susan de Boer B.Sc. (Hons 1) [2009]
    The Organometallic Reactivity of Carbon Dioxide
     
    Peter M. Jurd B.Sc. (Ad, Hons 1) [2012]
    Carbon Dioxide and Carbon Disulfide Activation by Cyclometallated Complexes of Ruthenium and Iron
     
    Tanya Tan B.Sc. (Ad, Hons 1) [2013]
    Ruthenium Acetylide Complexes

    Thomas O. Peters B.Sc. (Ad, Hons II-1) [2015]
    Nitrogen Fixation By Tetradentate Phosphine Complexes of Iron and Ruthenium

    Surabhi Naik B.Sc. (Hons 1) [2017]
    Dinuclear Acetylide-bridged Ruthenium Complexes

    Silviu Dobrota B.Sc. (Hons 1) [2019]
    Reactivity of Ruthenium Acetylido Complexes Towards Carbon Dioxide

    Dylan Oakes B.Sc. (Hons II-1) [2019]
    Synthesis of Acetylide Bridges for Organometallic Polymers

    Joshua Tse B.Sc. (Ad, Hons 1) [2020]
    Ruthenium-Catalysed Transfer Hydrogenation

    Stephen Cameron B.Sc. (Ad, Hons 1) [2020]
    Synthesis of Rhodium and Iridium Complexes for Nitrogen Fixation

    • Dr D J Young 1987-88 Senior Tutor, Sydney University Ph.D., Queensland
    • Dr A V George 1988-90 Postdoctoral Research Fellow Ph.D., Reading, UK
    • Dr B A Messerle 1991-92 Gritton Research Fellow Ph.D., Sydney
    • Dr G J Harden 1992-93 Postdoctoral Research Associate Ph.D., Surrey, UK
    • Dr E McQueen 1991-95 Postdoctoral Research Associate Ph.D., StAndrews, UK
    • Dr M G Partridge 1992-95 Postdoctoral Research Fellow Ph.D., York, UK
    • Dr M Rose 1993-95 Postdoctoral Research Fellow Ph.D., UNSW
    • Dr U Thoden Van Velzen 1994-95 Postdoctoral Research Fellow Ph.D., Twente, Holland
    • Dr J Cheung 1995-95 Postdoctoral Research Associate Ph.D., Sydney
    • Dr D McConnell 1995-2003 Postdoctoral Research Associate Ph.D., UNSW
    • Dr M P Wilkinson 1995-95 Postdoctoral Research Associate Ph.D., Sydney
    • Dr E Y Malouf 1995-96 Postdoctoral Research Associate Ph.D., Sydney
    • Dr J Barkenmeyer 1997-98 Postdoctoral Research Associate Ph.D., Marburg
    • Dr S Sandanayake 1995-2000 Postdoctoral Research Associate Ph.D., Tokyo
    • Dr J Prashar 1995-2000 Postdoctoral Research Associate Ph.D., UNSW
    • Dr C Tansey 1995-2000 Postdoctoral Research Associate Ph.D., Sydney
    • Dr P Yin 1995-2000 Postdoctoral Research Associate Ph.D., Sussex (UK)
    • Dr P Humphrey 1996-2000 Postdoctoral Research Associate Ph.D., Adelaide
    • Dr S Burling 2001-2001 Postdoctoral Research Associate Ph.D., Sydney
    • Dr E Lawrenz 1998-2000 Postdoctoral Research Associate Ph.D., Monash
    • Dr N Adams 2000-2001 Postdoctoral Research Fellow Ph.D., Oxford
    • Dr A Turnbull 2000-2001 Postdoctoral Research Associate Ph.D., Sydney
    • Dr C Griffith 2000-2001 Postdoctoral Research Associate Ph.D., Western Australia
    • Dr O Allen 2005-2009 Postdoctoral Research Associate Ph.D., Leeds
    • Dr G Clentsmith 2006-2011 Postdoctoral Research Associate Ph.D., British Columbia
    • Dr A M Magill 2005-2015 Senior Postdoctoral Research Associate Ph.D., Tasmania
    • Dr S K Furfari 2013-2016 Postdoctoral Research Associate Ph.D., UNSW
    • Dr P M Abeysinghe 2013-2018 Postdoctoral Research Associate Ph.D., Cardiff
    • Dr S Scottwell 2016-2019 Postdoctoral Research Associate Ph.D., Otago
    • Ms A G Webb 1987-88 Research Assistant B.Sc.(Hons), Sydney
    • Mr D Latimer 1988-89 Research Assistant B.Sc., Canada
    • Ms E Y Malouf 1990-91 Research Assistant B.Sc.(Hons), Sydney
    • Mr I J Thomas 1991-92 Research Assistant B.Sc.(Hons), Imperial College UK
    • Ms J-I Kang 1995-95 Research Assistant B.Sc.(Hons), Sydney
    • Mr B J Pettys 1995-2003 Research Assistant B.Sc., Southern California (USA)
    • Mr J McMahon 1995-96 Research Assistant B.Sc.(Hons), Sydney
    • Mr B J Wallace 1994-95 Research Assistant B.Sc.(Hons), Sydney
    • Ms V Vignevich 1994-2003 Snr Research Assistant B.Sc.,M.Sc. (USSR)
    • Mr M P Wilkinson 1994-1995 P/T Research Assistant B.Sc.(Hons), Sydney
    • Mr I J Thomas 1994-2003 P/T Research Assistant B.Sc.(Hons), Imperial College UK
    • Ms K Hashimoto 1995-2003 Research Assistant B.Sc.(Hons), Sydney
    • Mr L Doepel 1995-2003 Research Assistant B.Sc.(Hons), Sydney
    • Mrs J Morgan 1996-2002 Snr Research Assistant B.Sc.(Hons), M.Sc., Sydney
    • Ms K Topp 1996-1998 P/T Admin. Assistant B.Sc., Sydney