School of Molecular Sciences

Inorganic chemistry

Inorganic chemistry research at UWA is focussed on fundamentals of inorganic compound and complex synthesis and structure, reaction chemistry and electro-optical properties.

Metals in chemistry and nanochemistry: Professor George Koutsantonis
Our group is interested in the role of metals in functional materials. While the role played by metals in materials is still evolving and there is an increasing effort to incorporate redox-active centres into many materials, for example conducting polymers, in an effort to create highly efficient redox conductivity for sensor, catalytic, photochemical and photoelectronic applications. We are participating members of the WA Centre of Excellence in Nanochemistry.
Nanobiotechnology: Professor Swaminatha Iyer
Nanobiotechnology is a branch of nanotechnology with biological and biochemical applications.
Our research explores the synthesis, characterisation and application of novel polymer based formulations for biomedical applications. Using surface chemistry on tailor polymers we aim to track and deliver payloads to image and improve the outcome in various medical emergencies.

Other lab group members: Dr Marck Norret, Dr Tristan Clemons
Nanomaterials: Dr Rebecca Fuller
Our research focuses on the development of new nanomaterials and spans the disciplines of chemistry, physics and biology. The systems produced have diverse applications including use as a contrast agent in medical imaging, biosensors, ultra dense hard drive materials and catalysts for the oil and gas industry.

The key component that links all of our projects is the production of high quality nanoparticle systems, which can be readily functionalised. This multidiscipline research involves the production of systematically varied systems and studying how their features affect the physical properties of the materials.

Nanotechnology is an emerging field and this work is important for the development of future applications based on these media.
Organometallic chemistry and catalysis: Professor Reto Dorta
Our research is directed toward the preparation of reactive transition metal complexes for stoichiometric and catalytic applications. We focus our attention on the development of new chiral and non-chiral auxiliary ligand systems which are able to bind, activate and functionalize the substrates at the metal center.

The ultimate goal of the research program is to identify new ligand families and their corresponding metal complexes for new, more selective or more widely applicable catalytic transformations.
Organometallic chemistry and molecular electronics: Professor Paul Low
Molecular materials allow the fascinating range of optical, electronic and magnetic properties offered by molecules, and which can be manipulated through control over molecular composition and structure, to be applied in device platforms. We are particularly interested in understanding how changes in redox state can influence molecular electronic structure and hence opto-electronic properties, with particular emphasis on molecular electronic applications.
Synthetic chemistry: Professor Murray Baker
We aim to apply our skills in synthesis to problems in areas such as catalysis, nanotechnology, surface science, biological chemistry/medicine, polymer science, molecular recognition, and sensors.
Synthetic chemistry: Dr Scott Stewart
Research interests include the construction of biologically active natural products utilising modern organic synthetic methods.