The Current Group
Dr. Deepak Dange
Deepak hails from India, where he completed his B.Sc and M.Sc degrees in chemistry from Pune University. Afterwards he had a three year stint with the Halliburton company, working on technology development for the oil and gas industry. He finished his PhD at Monash University in the Jones group in 2012, and is currently working as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow, in addition to being the group Laboratory Manager. His research is currently focused on the design and synthesis of inorganic, coordination or organometallic molecules with unusual structures and properties. These typically have catalytic properties; can be used as hydrogen storage systems, and as replacements for expensive/toxic d-block metal complexes in synthesis and catalysis.
Dr. Albert Paparo
Albert is Bulgarian by birth. He carried out his PhD at Aachen University, Germany, under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Jun Okuda. This degree included a six month stint at MIT, working under Prof. Kit Cummins. Albert has bravely decided to work on the synthesis of low oxidation state beryllium compounds, and their application in synthesis and catalysis. He will also take control of the group's Metal Vapour Synthesis apparatus.
Dr. Michael Haas
Michael completed his PhD studies at the University of Graz, Austria in 2015. He was awarded a prestigious Erwin Schrödinger fellowship from the Austrian government to work with the Jones group. In his time at Monash he will be investigating the synthesis and stabilisation of homocyclic silylenes and their activity as metal-free catalysts in organic transformations.
Yuvaraj obtained his PhD from IIT Madras in 2017. He was awarded a prestigious SERB Fellowship from the Indian government to work in the Jones group. In his time here he will work on the development of chiral N-donor ligands and derived main group metal complexes for use in enantioselective synthetic transformations.
Amelia completed her undergraduate studies (BScAdvHon) at Monash University in 2012 after undertaking her Honours project in the Jones Group, investigating the reactivity of a singly bonded amido-substituted digermynes with small molecules. She continued on in the Jones group, starting her PhD in the area of low-oxidation state Main Group chemistry.
John (AKA El Jefe) completed his MChem degree at the University of Manchester, UK in 2013. His research project centres on synthesising silylenes and novel low oxidation state germanium/tin clusters and their application to small molecule activation. John is also the webmaster for the group and all around swell guy.
Caspar de Bruin-Dickason
Although his name suggests he could be an exiled member of the Dutch royal family, Caspar was actually born in the Melbourne suburbs. He completed his BSc(Hons) degree at Monash in 2014, and joined the Jones group as a PhD student in early 2015. His PhD studies deal with the stabilisation of low-valent lanthanide complexes, and their application as catalysts in organic synthetic protocols.
Aaron completed a BSc(Hons) degree in the Jones group, and subsequently commenced his PhD studies in early 2014. He is investigating the stabilisation and reactivity of sub-valent Group 2 compounds. We are hoping his research will turn into a pile of CaCa. . . compounds.
Martin commenced his PhD studies in the group in November 2015, having arrived from the Ludwig-Maximilians University, Munich. His research is directed towards the application of low oxidation state group 14 complexes to catalytic transformations normally requiring transition metal complexes. In addition, he will focus on the stabilisation and application of magnesium-metal bonded complexes.
Despite his Egyptian-Russian-Italian ancestry, Jacques is Australian by birth. He commenced studies as a PhD student in the Jones group in early 2016. He is investigating the use of bulky mododentate ligands for the kinetic stabilisation of very low oxidation state silicon compounds. He will also explore the application of these systems to small molecule activation processes.
Palak joined the group in early 2017 from the IIT Bhubaneswar as a PhD student. Palak is working on the design of extremely bulky ligands for the stabilisation of low oxidation state p-block complexes.
Dafydd obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Oxford in 2017. He joined the group in January 2018, and will be carrying out his PhD studies on the application of low oxidation state s-block complexes to stoichiometric and catalytic organic synthetic transformations previously requiring d-block metal complexes to proceed.
Cory obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Oxford in 2017. He joined the group in January 2018, and will be carrying out his PhD studies on synthesis of bulky chiral amidinate ligands for the stabilisation of low oxidation state group 13 complexes.
Arif joined the group in March 2018 from IIT Mumbai as a PhD student. He is working on the development of bulky chiral ligands for use in enantioselective catalytic transformations involving main group metals.
Chris is a native of Melbourne, and joined the group in February 2018 as an Honours research student. Chris will be working on the development of new classes of super bulky mono- and bidentate ligands for the stabilisation of previously inaccessible low oxidation state main group compounds.
Andrew is carrying out his Part 2 research studies in the Jones group as part of his MChem degree at Oxford University. He is co-supervised by Prof. Simon Aldridge (Oxford University), and is working on the application of activated magnesium(I) compounds to the synthesis of low oxidation state p-block metal complexes.
Bayan is carrying out his research placement in the Jones group as part of his degree at Cardiff University. He is working on synthesis of bulky amidinate ligands for the stabilisation of low oxidation state group 14 complexes.