Congratulations to Anna

Congratulations to our PhD student Anna Ahveninen who was confirmed in her PhD on February 19. Anna who came to us from Finland via Clayton wowed the panel with exciting stories of how she valiantly battled the complexities of twinning in cubic crystals. Well done Anna!

Jess presents her work at the inaugural Australian metallosupramolecular chemistry symposium at UNSW

PhD student Jessica Holmes delivered a teriffic presentation at the recent metallosupramolecular chemistry symposium at UNSW. She received rave reviews and only ran a little over time! Jess would like to extend her congratulations to participants, who were all excellent. Thank you to Jonathon Beeves for organising such an enjoyable event. One of the highlights for Jess was being reunited with former star Abrahams/Robson student Ry, who has now embarked on his PhD in the D’Alessandro group at USyd.

Jess Jess and Ry


New Chem Comm paper

If the thought of 4,4′-bipyridine bridging copper centres within 2D and 3D networks sends a little shiver of excitement down your spine then our recent Chem Comm paper may be for you. Our work on crystal templation, undertaken in collaboration with LaTrobe University’s answer to Hermione Granger, is described in our paper entitled “Templation of a square grid copper(II) 4,4-bipyridine network by a 3D PtS-related Cu(I)-Cu(II) 4,4′-bipyridine crystal” (DOI: 10.1039/C5CC08266H).

Dalton Transactions now available

To ring in the new year why not read the group’s latest Dalton Transactions communication “An indirect generation of 1D MII-2,5-dihydroxybenzoquinone coordination polymers, their structural rearrangements and generation of materials with a high affinity for H2, CO2 and CH4” find it here DOI: 10.1039/C5DT04095G

Christine completes her MSc

Congratulations to Christine ‘Spiro‘ Hawes for the completion of her MSc!!

Her work involved ‘Host-Guest Chemistry in Discrete Catechol-Based Supramolecular Assemblies’. We wish her luck in her future endeavours. She will be remembered by us for having the second best hair in the group.

MX1 beamtime

The group has enjoyed another 24 hours of MX1 beamtime at the Australian Synchrotron. We all await with great anticipation for next allotment of beamtime when Tim Hudson will finally deliver the punch-line to his famous ‘microwave’ joke.

International seminar

Keith White presented a seminar, providing an overview of his and the group’s recent work to a full house at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. When asked about his presentation Keith said, ‘It was an outstanding success, I just wish I could have been in the audience’.

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