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Qualifications & Positions held

PhD, Manc. 1966; FRACI; Personal Chair in Chemistry, 1997.

Administration: Member of Academic Board and Science Faculty Board, Member of Chair Committees, Promotion Committees and School Renovations staff liaison.

Teaching Commitments

CHM1011 lectures in inorganic p-block chemistry; CHM1011 and CHM1031 laboratory demonstrating. Previously taught:

  • inorganic, general and coordination chemistry
  • bioinorganic chemistry
  • physical inorganic chemistry
  • solid-state inorganic materials
  • nano- materials chemistry

Research Areas

Synthesis, structural, magnetochemical, ESR, and Mössbauer spectral studies of d-block compounds, molecular-based magnetic materials of d-block and f-block compounds, framework materials (covalent bridges and supramolecular) and spin-crossover compounds of iron and cobalt.

Current research group (2012)

4 Postdoctoral fellows, 2 PhD students, 1 Research assistant. Future PhD students will be jointly with Dr S. R. Batten.

Research Outcomes

420 refereed publications (May 11, 2012), H-index of 58; strong support from the Australian Research Council (ARC).

Discovery and LIEF grants and the Australia-India AISRF program, invitations to write reviews (e.g. Aust. J. Chem. 2009,62, 1081-1101; Eur. J.  Inorg. Chem., 2008, 3101-3121) and special journal and book issues (e.g. Book chapter on Developments in Spin-crossover Research in a new book "Spin crossover Materials. Properties and Applications" edited by M. A. Halcrow, (J. Wiley, 2012)) and sub-editor for a special issue on spin-crossover Eur. J.  Inorg. Chem., 2012.

Deliver invited lectures to international meetings, Guest Professor and Adjunct Professor of Chemistry (2007-2012) in the University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark 2007 (Villum Kann Rasmussen fellow); academic visitor to Danish (2000, 2007), Italian (1998), German (1994), UK (1991, 2005) and Indian (1988) universities.

Numerous international and local collaborations on magnetochemical projects; referee for Am. Chem.Soc., Roy. Soc. Chem. UK (Dalton Trans., Chem. Comm., Chem. Sci.,), Chem. Eur. J., Eur. J. Inorg. Chem., Inorg. Chim. Acta, Angew. Chem. Int, Aust. J. Chem. journals, Fellow of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute, member of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), UK and the American Chemical Society. Monash University Vice-Chancellor's Medal for Postgraduate supervision 1985; Burrows Award for inorganic chemistry, RACI, 2003.