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Stuart Batten

BSc(Hons), PhD, FRACI, C.Chem, GCHE
Address: School of Chemistry, Monash University 3800, Australia.
Phone: (03) 9905 4606
Fax: +61 3 9905 4597
Website: /science/about/schools/chemistry/staff/sbatten/index.html

Awards and Medals

  • 2002 Rennie Memorial Medalist
  • 2003 Edgeworth David Medalist
  • 2005 HG Andrewartha Medalist
  • 2006 Faculty of Science Award for Excellence in Research by Early Career Researchers (inaugural award)
  • 2006 Vice Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Research by Early Career Researchers (inaugural award)
  • 2006 Victorian Young Tall Poppy Science Award: The Tall Poppy Campaign
  • 2007 Cosmos Magazine Bright Sparks Award
  • 2008 Le Fèvre Memorial Prize
  • 2008 Thomson Scientific Citation Award
  • 2009 Ollé Prize


  • CHM3180 Materials Chemistry
  • CHM4000 Metallosupramolecular Chemistry
  • CHM4000 Instrumental Chemistry

Research Areas

Research Outcomes

  • An international reputation in the area of crystal engineering, and world leading expertise on the phenomenon of interpenetration of networks in crystal structures.
  • Batten group funding since 1998 is more than $2.88M, including four ARC Fellowships and five Discovery Grants; CI on grants of more that $12.9M.
  • 228 refereed journal publications, 1 book, 8 book chapters, 89 conference presentations.
  • Lead author of Coordination Polymers: Design, Analysis and Application, Stuart R. Batten, Suzanne M. Neville and David R. Turner, Royal Society of Chemistry, Cambridge, 2009.
  • High citation rates. Total citations (to the Dec. 2011) are 12,237, or over 54 citations per published paper. Twenty-seven papers have over 100 citations each, and 58 have more than 50 citations. H-index = 54, m = 3.6.
  • Publication 14 is one of the most heavily cited papers in its field (over 3000 citations). Publication 42 was the very first 'Highlight' paper written for CrystEngComm, and is the second most highly cited paper to have been published in this journal to date (487 citations). Publication 2 was highlighted in an editorial article in Science, and chosen as one of the highlights of the year for chemistry in the Encyclopaedia Britannica, Book of the Year, 1996. Publication 189 was highlighted as an Editor's Choice in Science. Publications 31, 48, 52, 116, 132 and 170 are highlighted on the covers of their respective journals.
  • Referee for more than 650 papers submitted to 43 different journals since 2000 (including Nature Materials, Nature Chemistry, Chem. Comm., Dalton, New J. Chem., Chem. Soc. Rev., JACS, Inorg. Chem., Angew. Chem., Adv. Mater., Eur. J. Inorg. Chem., Aust. J. Chem.), as well as ARC, NSERC (Canada), SFI (Ireland), Swiss National Science Foundation, Marsden Fund (NZ), Ministry of Education (Singapore), Austrian Science Fund (FWF), Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT), KOSK (Norway), NSF (USA) and PRF (USA) funding applications, and beamtime applications for the Bragg Institute and Australian Synchrotron. Examiner for one M.Sc. and five Ph.D. theses.
  • Collaborations with 43 distinct research groups since 2000, based in Australia, China, India, Denmark, New Zealand, Switzerland, Spain, France and the United Kingdom. These include the groups of Keith Murray (Monash), Leone Spiccia (Monash), Bruce West (Monash), Doug MacFarlane (Monash), Glen Deacon (Monash), Alan Chaffee (Monash), Cameron Kepert (Sydney), Christine J. McKenzie and Hans Toftlund (Odense, Denmark), Michael D. Ward (Sheffield, UK), Samiran Mitra (Jadavpur U, Kolkata, India), Partha Sarathi Mukherjee (Bangalore, India), Miao Du and Xiao-Jun Zhao (Tianjin Normal U, Tianjin, China), Xian-He Bu and Jimin Zheng (Nankai U, Tianjin, China), Song Gao and Zheming Wang (Beijing, China), Xian-Ming Zhang (Linfen, China), Yao-Yu Wang (Northwest U, Xi'an, China), Quan-Guo Zhai (Shaanxi Normal U, Xi'an, China), Shi-Yao Yang (Xiamen, China), En-Bo Wang and Jian-Fang Ma (Northeast Normal U, Changchun, China), Xiao-Ming Chen and Ming-Liang Tong (Sun Yat-Sen U, Guangzhou, China), Hong Deng (South China Normal U, Guangzhou, China), Yu-Bin Dong (Jinan, China), Rong Cao and Can-Zhong Lu (Fuzhou, Fujian, China), Fupei Liang (Guangxi Normal U, Guilin, China), Ning-Hai Hu and Hongjie Zhang (Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, China), Xiang He (Shanghai U, China), Hegen Zheng (Nanjing U, Nanjing, China), Li-Ya Wang (Luoyang Normal U, China), Chun-Sen Liu (Zhengzhou U of Light Industry, Zhengzhou, China), Zheng-Bo Han (Liaoning U, Shenyang, China), Feng Luo (East China Institute of Technology, Fuzhou, Jiangxi, China), Paul Kruger (U Canterbury, NZ), Ed Constable (Basel, Switzerland), Jean-Franois Létard (ICMCB, Bordeaux, France), and Matthew Hill (Materials Science and Engineering, CSIRO).

Current Batten Group Members

  • Lauren MacReadie (PhD student), with Dr. Anthony Chesman (CSIRO) and Dr. David Turner, 2011-
  • Christin Patzschke (PhD student), with Prof. Alan Chaffee, 2011-
  • Melina Nematirad (PhD student), 2011-
    Variable Length Ligands in Supramolecular Chemistry and Crystal Engineering (Hons 2010)
  • Hayley Scott (PhD student), with Prof. Keith Murray and Dr. Suzanne Neville, 2010-
  • Greg Hall (PhD student), with Dr. David Turner, 2010-
    Design, Synthesis and Investigation of Supramolecular Nanoballs (Hons 2009)
  • Mohd. Rizal Rizali (PhD student), 2009-
  • Emily Mensforth (PhD student), with Dr. Matthew Hill (CSIRO) and Prof. Robert Lamb (University of Melbourne), 2008-
  • Caspar Schneider (PhD student), with Prof. Keith Murray, 2006-
  • Dr. Aron Urbatsch (Postdoctoral Fellow), with Prof. Glen Deacon, 2011-
  • Dr. Will Gee (Postdoctoral Fellow), 2010-
  • Dr. Hong Xu (Visitor from Zhengzhou U, China), 2011-2012

Past Batten Group Members

  • Simone d'Agostino (Visiting PhD student, University of Bologna, Italy), 2011
  • Pierre Eckold (Visiting Leipzig student), 2011
    Synthesis and characterisation of coordination polymers based on 2-(pyridin-4-yl)malonaldehyde (2011)
  • Nicholas Chilton, with Prof. Keith Murray, 2011
    Synthesis, Structure and Magnetic Anisotropy of Lanthanoid-Based Single Ion Magnets (Hons 2011)
  • Thomas Heinze (Visiting Leipzig student), with A/Prof Alan Chaffee, 2008
    Porous coordination polymers for gas storage applications (2008)
  • Dr. Martin Grannas (Postdoctoral Fellow), 2010
  • Benjamin Ho (3990 student), 2010
  • A/Prof. Shi-Yao Yang (Visitor from Xiamen U, China), 2009
  • David Barling (3990 student), 2009
  • Yuniar Ponco Prananto, 2007-2009
    Synthesis and Structure of Metal Complexes and Coordination Polymers of 3-Pyrazol-1-yl Based Ligands (MSc 2003)
  • Martin Duriska, 2005-2008
    Incorporation of Scorpionate Ligands into Coordination Polymers and Supramolecules (Hons 2003)
    Introducing Multiple Functions into Discrete Supramolecules and Coordination Polymers (PhD 2008)
  • Anthony Chesman, with Prof. Glen Deacon, 2007-2010
    Pseudohalide Complexes of Lanthanoid and Transition Metals (Hons 2006)
    Metal Complexes Containing Dicyanonitrosomethanide and its Derivatives (PhD 2010)
  • Tamsyn Ross, with Prof. Keith Murray, 2007-2010
    Magnetostructural studies of some mono- and polynuclear FeII spin crossover compounds containing new 2,2'-dipyridylamino-substituted s-triazine ligands (PhD 2010)
  • Kittipong Chainok (visiting PhD student, Suranaree University of Technology, Thailand), with Prof. Keith Murray, 2006, 2007
    Synthesis and structural studies of hybrid organic-inorganic nanocomposites (PhD 2008)
  • Dr. Jinzhen Lu (Postdoctoral Fellow), 2004-2006, 2007-2009
  • Sze Nee Pek (vacation student), 2006/7
  • Madleen Busse, 2006
    New Trigonal Ligands for Crystal Engineering and Metallosupramolecular Chemistry (MSc PtI 2006)
  • Dr. Anna Kutasi, with Prof. Keith Murray, 2001-2006
    Synthesis, Structural and Magnetic Properties of Coordination Polymers using Dicyanamide and Nitrogen-Donor Heterocyclic Ligands (Hons 2001)
    Synthesis, Structure and Magnetism of Metal Complexes Containing Organocyano Ligands (PhD 2006)
  • Daniel Tonzing (PhD student), with Prof. Keith Murray, 2005-2006
  • Dr. Paul Jensen (Postdoctoral Fellow), with Prof. Keith Murray, 2004-2006
  • Nic Spiccia (3990 student), 2007
  • Alexis Demetrious (Student Research Scheme), 2006
  • Joshua Strauchn-Hatton (Student Research Scheme), 2007
  • Dr. David Turner (ARC Australian Postdoctoral Fellow), 2006-
  • Nian Miao (MSc(Prelim)), 2004

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Funding for PhD or Postdoctoral positions is available from the following sources:

Other Roles

  • Associate Head (Postgraduate), School of Chemistry
  • Member, School Executive, School of Chemistry
  • Member, Research Degrees Committee, Faculty of Science
  • Victorian representative, Inorganic Division, Royal Australian Chemical Institute
  • Secretary, Society of Crystallographers in Australia and New Zealand (SCANZ)
  • Associate Editor, Australian Journal of Chemistry
  • Editorial Board, Polyhedron
  • Editorial Board, Inorganica Chimica Acta
  • International Advisory Board, ChemPlusChem
  • Member, International Union of Crystallography (IUCr) Commission on Structural Chemistry
  • Member, IUPAC task group on Coordination polymers and metal organic frameworks: terminology and nomenclature guidelines (#2009-012-2-200)
  • Member, IUPAC task group on Terminology and nomenclature of inorganic and coordination polymer (#2011-035-1-800)
  • Member, Powder Diffraction Program Advisory Committee, Australian Synchrotron