Dr Sara Kyne

Dr Sara Kyne

Senior Lecturer

Senior Fellow Higher Education Academy, Advanced HE

Post Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, University of Lincoln, UK

Doctor of Philosophy of Science (Chemistry), The University of Melbourne, Australia

School of Chemistry

Dr Sara Kyne is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Chemistry at UNSW.


Currently Sara's research focuses on:

  • Research informed chemistry education innovation through: instructional design, inclusive learning environments, learning analytics, systems thinking for context-based learning, sustainable awareness
  • Discovery and design of sustainable catalytic reactions: reaction mechanisms, design of green synthetic processes, biomass upgrading, organometallic chemistry and transition metal catalysis
  • Development and investigation of organometallic and free radical chemistry: experimental physical-organic and spectral analysis, synthetic applications, novel methodology development
Dalton Building
  • Journal articles | 2024
    León Rojas AF; Chong YY; Kyne SH; Xia B; Chan PWH, 2024, 'Enantioselective and Regiodivergent Gold and Chiral Brønsted Acid Catalyzed Cycloisomerization/Diels-Alder Reaction of 1,10-Dien-4-yn-3-yl Acetates: Synthesis of Norbornene-Embedded Tricarbocycles', Organic Letters, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.orglett.4c00621
    Journal articles | 2023
    Farcaş-Johnson MA; Gasperini D; King AK; Mohan S; Barrett AN; Lau S; Mahon MF; Sarazin Y; Kyne SH; Webster RL, 2023, 'Iron(II)-Catalyzed Activation of Si-N and Si-O Bonds Using Hydroboranes', Organometallics, 42, pp. 3013 - 3024, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.organomet.3c00339
    Journal articles | 2023
    Jin J; León Rojas AF; Zhao Y; Helen Kyne S; Xia B; Zhong B; Chan PWH, 2023, 'Gold catalysed regio- and chemoselective azo coupling of 1,2- and 1,4-diazoquinones with 1H-indoles', Organic Chemistry Frontiers, 11, pp. 290 - 298, http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/d3qo01676e
    Journal articles | 2023
    Kyne SH; Lee MMH; Reyes CT, 2023, 'Enhancing academic performance and student success through learning analytics-based personalised feedback emails in first-year chemistry', Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 24, pp. 971 - 983, http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/d3rp00032j
    Journal articles | 2023
    León Rojas AF; Kyne SH; Chan PWH, 2023, 'Recent Advances in the Gold-Catalyzed Reactions of Propargyl Esters', Accounts of Chemical Research, 56, pp. 1406 - 1420, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.accounts.3c00057
    Journal articles | 2023
    Li J; Carli L; Kyne SH; Chan PWH, 2023, 'Organocatalytic α-Aminoalkylation of Azomethine Imines by α-Silylamines under Blue LED Light', Advanced Synthesis and Catalysis, 365, pp. 2422 - 2427, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/adsc.202300463
    Journal articles | 2023
    Li J; Phetcharawetch J; Qi M; Kyne SH; Kuhakarn C; Zhong B; Chan PWH, 2023, 'Organocatalytic alkylation and photoorganocatalyst-free acylation of azomethine imines by Hantzsch esters under blue LED light', New Journal of Chemistry, 47, pp. 19421 - 19427, http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/d3nj03780k
    Journal articles | 2023
    Reyes CT; Thompson CD; Lawrie GA; Kyne SH, 2023, 'Insights into a Community of Inquiry that emerged during academics’ emergency remote university teaching of chemistry in response to concern for students', Research in Science and Technological Education, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02635143.2023.2202387
    Journal articles | 2022
    Baratay CA; Li W; Mathiew M; Yu L; Kyne SH; Rao W; Chan PWH, 2022, 'Gold- and Brønsted Acid-Catalysed Deacyloxylative Cycloaromatisation of 1,6-Diyne Esters to 11H-Benzo[a]fluorenes and 13H-Indeno[1,2-l]phenanthrenes', Advanced Synthesis and Catalysis, 364, pp. 1313 - 1318, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/adsc.202200016
    Journal articles | 2022
    Farcaş-Johnson MA; Kyne SH; Webster RL, 2022, 'Dehydrocoupling Polymerization: Poly(silylether) Synthesis by Using an Iron β-Diketiminate Catalyst', Chemistry - A European Journal, 28, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/chem.202201642
    Journal articles | 2022
    Li J; Siang Tan S; Kyne SH; Wai Hong Chan P, 2022, 'Minisci-Type Alkylation of N-Heteroarenes by N-(Acyloxy)phthalimide Esters Mediated by a Hantzsch Ester And Blue LED Light', Advanced Synthesis and Catalysis, 364, pp. 802 - 810, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/adsc.202101195
    Journal articles | 2022
    Merrett JT; Chen X; Kyne SH; Harode M; Chan PWH, 2022, 'Rhodium(i)-catalysed cycloisomerisation/6π electrocyclisation of 5-(ethynylamino)pent-2-yn-1-yl esters to 2,3-dihydrobenzo[f]indoles', New Journal of Chemistry, 46, pp. 13519 - 13523, http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/d2nj01992b
    Journal articles | 2022
    Reyes CT; Kyne SH; Lawrie GA; Thompson CD, 2022, 'Implementing Blended First Year Chemistry in a Developing Country Using Online Resources', Online Learning Journal, 26, pp. 174 - 202, http://dx.doi.org/10.24059/olj.v26i1.2508
    Journal articles | 2022
    Yu L; Li W; Tapdara A; Kyne SH; Harode M; Babaahmadi R; Ariafard A; Chan PWH, 2022, 'Chiral Gold Complex Catalyzed Cycloisomerization/Regio- and Enantioselective Nitroso-Diels-Alder Reaction of 1,6-Diyne Esters with Nitrosobenzenes', ACS Catalysis, 12, pp. 7288 - 7299, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acscatal.2c01680
    Journal articles | 2021
    Jin J; Zhao Y; Kyne SH; Farshadfar K; Ariafard A; Chan PWH, 2021, 'Copper(I)-catalysed site-selective C(sp 3)–H bond chlorination of ketones, (E)-enones and alkylbenzenes by dichloramine-T', Nature Communications, 12, http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41467-021-23988-y
    Journal articles | 2021
    Leong E; Mercer A; Danczak SM; Kyne SH; Thompson CD, 2021, 'The transition to first year chemistry: Student, secondary and tertiary educator's perceptions of student preparedness', Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 22, pp. 923 - 947, http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/d1rp00068c
    Journal articles | 2021
    Reyes CT; Lawrie GA; Thompson CD; Kyne SH, 2021, '“Every little thing that could possibly be provided helps”: analysis of online first-year chemistry resources using the universal design for learning framework', Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 23, pp. 385 - 407, http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/d1rp00171j
    Journal articles | 2020
    Kyne SH; Lefèvre G; Ollivier C; Petit M; Ramis Cladera VA; Fensterbank L, 2020, 'Iron and cobalt catalysis: New perspectives in synthetic radical chemistry', Chemical Society Reviews, 49, pp. 8501 - 8542, http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/d0cs00969e
    Journal articles | 2020
    Kyne SH; Thompson CD, 2020, 'The covid cohort: Student transition to university in the face of a global pandemic', Journal of Chemical Education, 97, pp. 3381 - 3385, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.jchemed.0c00769
    Journal articles | 2019
    Perić M; Kyne SH; Gruden M; Rodić M; Jeremić D; Stanković DM; Brčeski I, 2019, 'Synthesis, structural and DFT analysis of a binuclear nickel(II) complex with the 1,4-bis[2-[2-(diphenylphosphino)benzylidene]]phthalazinylhydrazone ligand', Monatshefte fur Chemie, 150, pp. 1241 - 1248, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00706-019-02405-7
    Journal articles | 2018
    Kyne SH; Clémancey M; Blondin G; Derat E; Fensterbank L; Jutand A; Lefèvre G; Ollivier C, 2018, 'Elucidating Dramatic Ligand Effects on SET Processes: Iron Hydride versus Iron Borohydride Catalyzed Reductive Radical Cyclization of Unsaturated Organic Halides', Organometallics, 37, pp. 761 - 771, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.organomet.7b00603
    Journal articles | 2017
    Kyne SH; Camp JE, 2017, 'Use of Monosaccharides in Metal-Catalyzed Coupling Reactions', ACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering, 5, pp. 41 - 48, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acssuschemeng.6b01914
    Journal articles | 2016
    Hancock AN; Kyne SH; Aitken HM; Schiesser CH, 2016, 'Intramolecular homolytic substitution in selenoxides and selenones', Tetrahedron, 72, pp. 7790 - 7795, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tet.2016.08.083
    Journal articles | 2016
    Kyne SH; Lévêque C; Zheng S; Fensterbank L; Jutand A; Ollivier C, 2016, 'Iron(II) catalyzed reductive radical cyclization reactions of bromoacetals in the presence of NaBH4: optimization studies and mechanistic insights', Tetrahedron, 72, pp. 7727 - 7737, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tet.2016.08.039
    Journal articles | 2014
    Kyne SH; Schiesser CH, 2014, 'N, S-Dimethyldithiocarbamyl oxalates as precursors for determining kinetic parameters for oxyacyl radicals', Chemical Communications, 50, pp. 12040 - 12042, http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/c4cc06132b
    Journal articles | 2012
    Kyne SH; Aitken HM; Horvart SM; Lin CY; Coote ML; Schiesser CH, 2012, 'ChemInform Abstract: Homolytic Substitution Chemistry: From James Franz to Antihypertensives', ChemInform, 43, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/chin.201230258
    Journal articles | 2012
    Kyne SH; Miles JAL; Percy JM; Singh K, 2012, 'Executing and rationalizing the synthesis of a difluorinated analogue of a ring-expanded calystegine B 2', Journal of Organic Chemistry, 77, pp. 991 - 998, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/jo2022845
    Journal articles | 2012
    Macdougall PE; Aitken HM; Scammells PJ; Kavanagh Y; Kyne SH; Schiesser CH, 2012, '7-Selenabicyclo[2.2.1]heptane', Chemical Communications, 48, pp. 9126 - 9128, http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/c2cc34984a
    Journal articles | 2012
    Neves AC; Aitken HM; Kyne SH; Fensterbank L; Lacôte E; Malacria M; Ollivier C; Schiesser CH, 2012, 'Intramolecular homolytic substitution of seleninates - A computational study', Tetrahedron, 68, pp. 323 - 328, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tet.2011.10.037
    Journal articles | 2011
    Kyne SH; Aitken HM; Schiesser CH; Lacôte E; Malacria M; Ollivier C; Fensterbank L, 2011, 'Intramolecular homolytic substitution of sulfinates and sulfinamides - A computational study', Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry, 9, pp. 3331 - 3337, http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/c1ob05043e
    Journal articles | 2011
    Kyne SH; Percy JM; Pullin RDC; Redmond JM; Wilson PG, 2011, 'One-pot near-ambient temperature syntheses of aryl(difluoroenol) derivatives from trifluoroethanol', Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry, 9, pp. 8328 - 8339, http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/c1ob06372c
    Journal articles | 2011
    Kyne SH; Schiesser CH; Matsubara H, 2011, 'An ab initio and DFT study of radical addition reactions of imidoyl and thioyl radicals to methanimine', Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry, 9, pp. 3217 - 3224, http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/c1ob05105a
    Journal articles | 2011
    Nelson DJ; Ashworth IW; Hillier IH; Kyne SH; Pandian S; Parkinson JA; Percy JM; Rinaudo G; Vincent MA, 2011, 'Why is RCM favoured over dimerisation? Predicting and estimating thermodynamic effective molarities by solution experiments and electronic structure calculations', Chemistry - A European Journal, 17, pp. 13087 - 13094, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/chem.201101662
    Journal articles | 2010
    Kyne SH; Lin CY; Ryu I; Coote ML; Schiesser CH, 2010, 'First determination of the rate constant for ring-closure of an azahexenoyl radical: 6-aza-7-ethyl-5-hexenoyl', Chemical Communications, 46, pp. 6521 - 6523, http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/c0cc01262a
    Journal articles | 2009
    Kyne SH; Schiesser CH, 2009, 'Ab initio studies of carbonyl radical additions to hydrazone systems', Australian Journal of Chemistry, 62, pp. 728 - 733, http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/CH09165
    Journal articles | 2008
    Kyne SH; Schiesser CH; Matsubara H, 2008, 'Multiorbital interactions during acyl radical addition reactions involving imines and electron-rich olefins', Journal of Organic Chemistry, 73, pp. 427 - 434, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/jo701825y
    Journal articles | 2007
    Kyne SH; Schiesser CH; Matsubara H, 2007, 'Multi-component orbital interactions during oxyacyl radical addition reactions involving imines and electron-rich olefins', Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry, 5, pp. 3938 - 3943, http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/b714324a
  • Conference Papers | 2014
    Aubert C; Barbazanges M; Jutand A; Kyne SH; Ollivier C; Fensterbank L, 2014, 'Organometallic catalysis for applications in radical chemistry and asymmetric synthesis', in Pure and Applied Chemistry, pp. 273 - 281, http://dx.doi.org/10.1515/pac-2014-5030
    Conference Papers | 2012
    Kyne SH; Aitken HM; Horvat SM; Lin CY; Coote ML; Schiesser CH, 2012, 'Homolytic substitution chemistry: From James Franz to antihypertensives', in ABSTRACTS OF PAPERS OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY, AMER CHEMICAL SOC, CA, San Diego, presented at 11th International Biorelated Polymer Symposium / 243rd National Spring Meeting of the American-Chemical-Society (ACS), CA, San Diego, 25 March 2012 - 29 March 2012, https://www.webofscience.com/api/gateway?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000324475105413&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a29b250adbe88d1

My Research Supervision

PhD students

  • Mirela Farças-Johnson, co-supervised with Dr Ruth Webster, University of Bath, UK (2021 – current)
  • James Cleaver, co-supervised with Dr Laura McKemmish, University of New South Wales, Australia (2023 – current)


  • James Merrett, co-supervised with Prof. Philip Chan, Monash University, Australia (2020 – current)
  • Andrés Felipe León Rojas, co-supervised with Prof. Philip Chan, Monash University, Australia (2020 – current)
  • Anyawan Tapdara, co-supervised with Prof. Philip Chan, Monash University, Australia (2021 – current)
  • Yuting Bian, co-supervised with Prof. Philip Chan, Monash University, Australia (2022 – current)
  • Miracle Ekavhaire, co-supervised with Dr Victoria Blair, Monash University, Australia (2022 – current)
  • Sakol Warintaraporn, co-supervised with Prof. Chris Thompson, Monash University, Australia (2022 – current)

Honours student

  • Alan Chen, co-supervised with Dr Martin Peeks, University of New South Wales, Australia (2023)