Professor Grainne Moran
Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research)

Professor Grainne Moran

Research & Enterprise
PVC (Research Infrastructure)

As Pro-Vice Chancellor (Research Infrastructure) I am responsible for providing strategic leadership and oversight of UNSW's research infrastructure, including the centrally managed shared research facilities.  For more details see the Office of the PVCRI webpage.

I was previously Executive Director of the Mark Wainwright Analytical Centre from its inception in 2006.  MWAC manages major shared experimental research facilities across UNSW, providing advanced instrumentation, research support, training and collaboration for researchers.      

My research background is in analytical chemistry and applied spectroscopy.  Areas of interest include analytical methods in nanotechnology; surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy for analytical applications and the spectroscopic characterisation of nanomaterials.  

B.Sc. 1978, Ph.D. 1981, National University of Ireland (Galway).
 Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Bristol 1981; Assistant Professor, American University of Beirut, Lebanon 1983; Postdoctoral Fellow/Research Fellow, Australian National University, Canberra 1986; Lecturer in Analytical Chemistry, University of New South Wales 1990; Senior Lecturer 1994; Associate Professor 2006.  Executive Director, Mark Wainwright Analytical Centre 2006-2016.  Appointed PVC (Research Infrastructure) in 2016.

Professional Memberships:
Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI), Fellow
American Chemical Society, Member

Australian Institute of Company Directors, Member

+61-408 621 369
Division of Research Level 4 South Rupert Myers Building Nearest gate: Barker St (Gate 14)
  • Book Chapters | 2000
    Moran GM; Howe RF, 2000, 'Nuclear magnetic resonance of geological materials and glasses', in Encyclopedia of Analytical Chemistry, edn. Original, John Wiley & Sons, Chichester, pp. 12107 - 12157
  • Journal articles | 2016
    Cholake ST; Moran G; Joe B; Bai Y; Singh Raman RK; Zhao XL; Rizkalla S; Bandyopadhyay S, 2016, 'Improved Mode i fracture resistance of CFRP composites by reinforcing epoxy matrix with recycled short milled carbon fibre', Construction and Building Materials, 111, pp. 399 - 407,
    Journal articles | 2016
    Olufson KP; Moran G, 2016, 'Polyatomic interference removal using a collision reaction interface for plutonium determination in the femtogram range by quadrupole ICP-MS', Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry, 308, pp. 639 - 647,
    Journal articles | 2015
    Cholake ST; Moran G; Bai Y; Raman RK S; Zhao XL; Rizkalla S; Bandyopadhyay S, 2015, 'Physico-Chemical Characterization of Novel Epoxy Matrix System Reinforced with Recycled Short Milled Carbon Fibre', Journal of Minerals and Materials Characterization and Engineering, 03, pp. 373 - 389,
    Journal articles | 2013
    Gloria D; Moran G; Hibbert B, 2013, 'Optimization of surface enhanced Raman scattering on gold nano-pillar substrates fabricated using direct-write electron-beam lithography', Acta Manilana, 61, pp. 267 - 276
    Journal articles | 2013
    2013, 'A study of divalent metal cations Cu2+, Zn2+ and Pb2+ attachment to 3-Hydroxyflavone, 5-Hydroxyflavone and 5-Methoxyflavone by nanoelectrospray ionization LTQ Orbitrap mass spectrometry', International Journal of Mass Spectrometry, 333, pp. 44 - 54,
    Journal articles | 2013
    2013, 'Characterisation of gold agglomerates: Size distribution, shape and optical properties', RSC Advances, 3, pp. 7367 - 7374,
    Journal articles | 2012
    2012, 'Branching features of a polymer', Journal of Macromolecular Science - Physics, 51, pp. 1942 - 1975,
    Journal articles | 2012
    2012, 'Measurement of gold and sulfur mass fractions in l-cysteine-modified gold nanoparticles by ICP-DRC-MS after acid digestion: Validation and uncertainty of results', Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectrometry, 27, pp. 1465 - 1473,
    Journal articles | 2011
    2011, 'Effect of glycerol on the activity of á-chymotrypsin encapsulated in sol-gel derived silica monoliths', Asian Journal of Chemistry, 23, pp. 3940 - 3944
    Journal articles | 2011
    2011, 'Electrochemically Fabricated Three Dimensional Nanoporous Gold Films Optimized for Surface Enhanced Raman Scattering', Journal of Electroanalytical Chemistry, 656, pp. 114 - 119,
    Journal articles | 2010
    2010, 'Hierarchical surfaces: an in situ investigation into nano and micro scale wettability', Faraday Discussions, 146, pp. 223 - 232,
    Journal articles | 2009
    Edbey K; Moran G; Willett G, 2009, 'The effect of capillary - Skimmer potential difference and the ion trap time in the hexapole on the attachment of the metal-ions to the surfactants: An electrospray ionisation mass spectrometry study', Rasayan Journal of Chemistry, 2, pp. 769 - 775
    Journal articles | 2008
    2008, 'Effect of dialysis on the electrochemical properties of acid-oxidized single-walled carbon nanotubes', Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 112, pp. 14131 - 14138,
    Journal articles | 2005
    Kunarti ES; Moran GM, 2005, 'Preparation, characterisation and modification of ammonium tartrate templated organosilicate nanotubes', Molecular Crystals and Liquid Crystals, 440, pp. 71 - 78
    Journal articles | 2005
    2005, 'Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and magnetic reasonance imaging (MRI) studies of corn and subzero temperature', Journal of Food Engineering, 69, pp. 199 - 205,
    Journal articles | 2004
    2004, 'Studies of Physical State of Water in Maize from Northeast China (cv.Huangmo 417) During Drying at Subzero Temperatures', Drying Technology: An International Journal, 22, pp. 295 - 305,
    Journal articles | 2000
    Wonorahardjo S; Ball GE; Hook J; Moran G, 2000, '2H NMR relaxation monitoring of gelation in tetramethoxysilane sol-gels', Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids, 271, pp. 137 - 146,
    Journal articles | 2000
    Wonorahardjo S; Ball GE; Hook JM; Moran GM, 2000, '2H NMR relaxation monitoring of gelation in tetramethoxysilane sol-gels', Journal of Non - Crystalline Solids, pp. 137 - 146
    Journal articles | 1998
    1998, 'A long-lived 2E state for a Cr(III)N-6amine Chromophore at 298 K: [Cr(fac-Me5-D3htricosaneN6)]Cl3', Chemical Communications, pp. 2291 - 2292,
    Journal articles | 1998
    1998, 'ESR and NMR probes of counter-ion effects in Perfluorosulfonate Ionomer Membranes', Journal of Membrane Science, 148, pp. 173 - 184,
    Journal articles | 1998
    1998, 'NMR relaxation studies of Porous Sol-gel Glasses', Magnetic Resonance Imaging, 16, pp. 511 - 513,
    Journal articles | 1997
    1997, '14N NMR Spectroscopy of Nitrate Co-Ions in Ionomer Membranes', Macromolecules, 30, pp. 4357 - 4362
    Journal articles | 1996
    1996, 'Magnetic circular dichroism spectroscopy of the hexacyano complexes of Ru(III) and Os(III)', Inorganica Chimica Acta, 249, pp. 231 - 235,
    Journal articles | 1995
    1995, 'determination of phosphorus by sample combustion followed by non-suppressed ion chromatography', Journal of Chromatography A, 706, pp. 199 - 207,
    Journal articles | 1994
    Haryadi ; Rankothge M; Hook J; van Gorkom L; Moran G, 1994, '14N NMR spectroscopy of NH4+ as a probe of ion‐exchange membranes', Magnetic Resonance in Chemistry, 32, pp. 446 - 451,
    Journal articles | 1994
    Rankothge M; Haryadi ; Moran G; Hook J; Van Gorkom L, 1994, 'Orientation effects in the deuterium NMR spectroscopy of perfluorinated ionomer membranes', Solid State Ionics, 67, pp. 241 - 248,
    Journal articles | 1993
    Berthon RA; Colbran SB; Moran GM, 1993, 'Synthesis, electrochemical and spectroscopic properties of pendant hydroquinone- and quinone-substituted polypyridyl ruthenium(II) complexes', Inorganica Chimica Acta, 204, pp. 3 - 7,
    Journal articles | 1993
    Brammer L; Dunne BJ; Green M; Moran G; Orpen AG; Reeve C; Schaverien CJ, 1993, 'Reactions of co-ordinated ligands. Part 55. Molybdenum-mediated addition of alkynes to cyclooctatetraene; one-electron oxidation and protonation of η3-allyl(η4-1,3-diene)(η-cyclopentadienyl or η5-indenyl) molybdenum complexes, and crystal structures of [Mo(η34-C12H 13)...', Journal of the Chemical Society, Dalton Transactions, pp. 1747 - 1759,
    Journal articles | 1993
    Stranger R; Moran G; Krausz E; Medley G, 1993, 'Magneto-Optical Investigation of the Broad Spin-Allowed Bands in the Metal-Metal-Bonded Complexes Mo2X93− (X = Cl, Br)', Inorganic Chemistry, 32, pp. 4555 - 4560,
    Journal articles | 1992
    Stranger R; Moran G; Krausz E; Dubicki L; Güdel H; Purer N, 1992, 'Optical Study of the Near-Infrared Emission and Absorption in the Strongly Exchange-Coupled Dimer Cs3Mo2Cl9', Inorganic Chemistry, 31, pp. 2860 - 2864,
    Journal articles | 1991
    Wallace L; Heath GA; Krausz E; Moran G, 1991, 'Pathological Luminescence Characteristics of cis-[Ir(bpy)2Cl2]+', Inorganic Chemistry, 30, pp. 347 - 349,
    Journal articles | 1990
    Krausz E; Moran G; Riesen H, 1990, 'Temperature-dependent lifetimes, MCPL and shifts of the luminescence in the materials [Ru(bpy)x(bpy-d8)3-x]2+, x=0-3, in dilute systems', Chemical Physics Letters, 165, pp. 401 - 406,
    Journal articles | 1990
    Riley MJ; Dubicki L; Moran G; Krausz ER; Yamada I, 1990, 'Absorption and magnetic circular dichroism spectra of the compressed copper (II) ion in K2ZnF4', Chemical Physics, 145, pp. 363 - 373,
    Journal articles | 1990
    Riley MJ; Dubicki L; Moran G; Krausz ER; Yamada I, 1990, 'Optical Spectrum of K2CuF4', Inorganic Chemistry, 29, pp. 1614 - 1626,
    Journal articles | 1990
    Stranger R; Moran G; Krausz E; Güdel H; Furer N, 1990, 'Octahedral monomeric molybdenum(III) A magneto-optical study of Mo3+doped in Cs2NaYCL6', Molecular Physics, 69, pp. 11 - 31,
    Journal articles | 1989
    Krausz E; Moran G, 1989, 'Deconvolution of the luminescence and magnetic circularly polarized luminescence spectra of the lowest excited states of Ru(bpy)32+', The Journal of Chemical Physics, 90, pp. 39 - 45,
    Journal articles | 1988
    Krausz E; Moran G, 1988, 'Low temperature non-thermalised luminescence of Ru(bpy)32+ doped in Cd(bpy)3(PF6)2 single crystals', Journal of Luminescence, 40-41, pp. 272 - 273,
    Journal articles | 1988
    Krausz E; Moran G, 1988, 'Luminescence decay characteristics of Ru(bpy)2+3 in dilute single crystals and polymer hosts', Journal of Luminescence, 42, pp. 21 - 27,
    Journal articles | 1987
    Chopra SK; Cunningham D; Kavanagh S; McArdle P; Moran G, 1987, 'Dienophile cycloaddition to cycloheptatriene and related complexes of tricarbonyliron. X-Ray crystal structures of [Fe(CO)3(η 4-C7H7CN)]·C2(CN) 4 and [ Fe(CO)3(η4-C7H 7-C7H7)]', Journal of the Chemical Society, Dalton Transactions, pp. 2927 - 2934,
    Journal articles | 1987
    Cunningham D; Hallinan N; Moran G; McArdle P, 1987, 'Reaction of tetracyanoethene with tricarbonyliron complexes of some substituted 7-methylenecycloheptatrienes and the subsequent isomerization of the initial addition products', Journal of Organometallic Chemistry, 333, pp. 85 - 95,
    Journal articles | 1986
    Hammud HH; Moran GM, 1986, 'Synthesis of cationic indenyliron complexes: [η5-C9H7Fe(CO)2L]+ (L = phosphine, phosphite, CO)', Journal of Organometallic Chemistry, 307, pp. 255 - 261,
    Journal articles | 1985
    Bourner DG; Brammer L; Green M; Moran G; Orpen G; Reeve C; Schaverien CJ, 1985, 'A molybdenum-centred (6 + 2)π addition of alkynes to cyclo-octatetraene and cycloheptatriene; structural evidence for an arrested 1,3-hydrogen shift', Journal of the Chemical Society - Series Chemical Communications, pp. 1409 - 1411,
    Journal articles | 1984
    Allen SR; Barnes SG; Green M; Moran G; Trollope L; Murrall NW; Welch AJ; Sharaiha DM, 1984, 'Reactions of co-ordinated ligands. Part 30. The transformation of methylenecyclopropanes into cationic η4-trimethylenemethanemolybdenum complexes, reactions with nucleophilic reagents, and the molecular structure of [Mo{η4-C(CH2)3}(CO) 2(η-C5Me5)][BF4]', Journal of the Chemical Society, Dalton Transactions, pp. 1157 - 1169,
    Journal articles | 1984
    Allen SR; Green M; Moran G; Orpen AG; Taylor GE, 1984, 'Reactions of co-ordinated ligands. Part 29. The formation of a 1,3-diene at a molybdenum centre by linking of but-2-yne with an alkene; X-ray crystal structures of [Mo(η2-o-Ph2PC6H4CH=CH 2)(η2-MeC2Me)(η-C5H 5)][BF4] and [Mo(NCMe)(η4-o-MeCH=CMe-CH=CHC...', Journal of the Chemical Society, Dalton Transactions, pp. 441 - 449,
    Journal articles | 1983
    Moran G; Green M; Orpen AG, 1983, 'Formation of a fulvene by trimerisation of an alkyne at a rhodium centre; crystal structure of cycloocta-1,5-diene(η5-1,3,6-tri-t-butylfulvene) rhodium hexafluorophosphate', Journal of Organometallic Chemistry, 250,
    Journal articles | 1982
    Chopra SK; Hynes MJ; Moran G; Simmie J; McArdle P, 1982, 'The Rate and mechanism of tetracyanoethylene cycloaddition to the tricarbonyliron complex of 7-methylenecycloheptatriene and some sibstituted derivatives', Inorganica Chimica Acta, 63, pp. 177 - 181,
    Journal articles | 1981
    Chopra SK; Moran G; McArdle P, 1981, 'Application of frontier orbital theory to cycloaddition reactions of some tricarbonyliron complexes', Journal of Organometallic Chemistry, 214, pp. C36 - C38,
  • Conference Papers | 2011
    Bandyopadhyay S; Moran G; Mada MR, 2011, 'Crosslinked – PVA -CNT nanocomposites', in International IEEE sponsored Conf on Nanoelectronics,, Muthayammal Engg College, Salem, India, pp. Xiii - Xvi, presented at International Conf on Nano-electronics, Salem India, 24 February 2011 - 26 February 2011
    Conference Papers | 2008
    Wu AH F; Lamb RN; Moran G; Roberts N, 2008, 'Uncovering the capabilities of freeze-fracture electron microscopy for surface science in the 21 st century', in Materials Research Society Symposium Proceedings, pp. 146 - 151
    Conference Papers | 2006
    Moran GM; Liu R, 2006, 'Spectroscopic characterisation of Soluble Nanotubes', in Atkinson C; Levy J (ed.), 14th annual RACi analytical and environmental divisions R&D topics, 14th annual RACi analytical and environmental divisions R&D topics, University of Wollongong, pp. 60 - 60, presented at 14th annual RACi analytical and environmental divisions R&D topics, University of Wollongong, 05 December 2006 - 08 December 2006
    Conference Papers | 2005
    Moran GM, 2005, 'Practical Ways to Incorporate Research into First Year Chemistry Labs', in Apte S; Kable S; Baker AT (eds.), Connect 2005 - Chemical Challenges for the 21st Century, Connect 2005 - Chemical Challenges for the 21st Century, Sydney, Conbvention Centre, Darling Harbour, Sydney, pp. 77 - 077, presented at Connect 2005 - Chemical Challenges for the 21st Century, Sydney, Conbvention Centre, Darling Harbour, Sydney, 03 July 2005 - 07 July 2005
    Conference Papers | 2003
    Haryadi ; Moran GM; Chen V; Haryadi H, 2003, 'Characterization of Unsupported Silica Membranes', in 5th International Membrane Science and Technology Conference (IMSTEC 03), 5th International Membrane Science and Technology Conference (IMSTEC 03), University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, presented at 5th International Membrane Science and Technology Conference (IMSTEC 03), University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, 10 November 2003 - 14 November 2003