This week the University of Sydney host SANZMAG-1. The organisers say the conference “Aims to bring together researchers from Australia and New Zealand who have an interest in molecular magnetism. Whether you’re a magnetochemist in an established group, or an honours student with an unexpected metal cluster, SANZMAG-1 will provide a basic education in molecular magnetism from the fundamentals through to case studies of published systems by way of measurement techniques and sample preparation.”

I will be giving an ‘Introduction to Electron Paramagnetic Resonance’ on Wednesday morning at 9am in Lecture Theatre 4..

Applications for this year’s SciFinder Future Leaders in Chemistry Program are now being accepted!

Happy New Year! The photo is of members of the Molecular Materials group at the Royal Australian Chemical Institute’s 2013 Inorganic Chemistry Divisional Conference in December.


A dual experimental and computational approach to the novel one-dimensional coordination framework (Zn(DMF)NO3)2(NDC)(DPMNI), where NDC = 2,6-naphthalenedicarboxylate and DPMNI = N,N′-bis(4-pyridylmethyl)-1,4,5,8-naphthalenetetracarboxydiimide, has enabled the electronic and spectral properties of the neutral, monoradical anion, and dianion states to be elucidated. A new technique for in situ vis−near-IR solid-state spectroelectrochemistry, in addition to light-activated EPR spectroscopy, demonstrates that the radical states can be generated via electrical and light stimuli.

Thank you so much to all of the CAS staff involved with the FLIC program, especially Peter Carlton and Sherri Syffers. I had the most amazing time.

The SciFinder Future Leaders in Chemistry participants first gathered in Indianapolis, IN, for the 246th ACS National Meeting & Exposition. As well as attending conference sessions according to our field and preferences we had sessions in the use of SciFinder as well as training and information on other ACS and CAS products such as publishing with ACS journals and ChemWorx.

From there we took the bus interstate to Columbus, OH, home of the Chemical Abstract Service. Their operation there is impressive in both man and machine power (touring the data centre and power back-up facilities was particularly eye opening).  As well I seeing where the work happened we got the chance to engage with the CAS team to find out how data is collected and CAS registry numbers assigned as well as the massive job of catagorising and extracting information from thousands of journal articles and patents.

As well as learning, we got the chance to give the team our feedback on our most common likes and dislike with the SciFinder product, new features we’d like to see as well as giving advice on proposed future updates which were already in the pipeline.

Off the ACS campus we visited the technology incubator TechColumbus where we witnessed the commercialisation process of new technologies and we were privileged to tour the Battelle Memorial Institute, a facility steep in history which has pushed technological breakthroughs since 1929. See the story of Xerox for perhaps its most famous success story. The Ohio State University gave me my first experience of a US university, and it was on a scale unlike anything I’ve seen before, which is perhaps suitably demonstrated by The Horseshoe, Ohio State’s Football Stadium.

As well as all things academic the participants enjoyed various social events, including batting practice at Huntington Park – home of the Columbus Clippers, a day out at Indianapolis Zoo and dinner at the Skyline Club and Franklin Park Conservatory. I met some great fellow chemists on the program and hope to stay in touch with them as we make our way through our careers.

See excerpts from my interview with Sarah Jane Collins in her latest article in New Scientist magazine, First past the post-doc.









Following today’s media release, I am delighted to have been selected as a one of seventeen SciFinder Future Leaders in Chemistry for 2013.

SciFinder say: “The students and researchers selected will attend the 246th ACS National Meeting & Exposition in Indianapolis, Ind., as part of their eight-day immersion with scientists, editors and staff of CAS and ACS Publications. Participants will also travel to Columbus, Ohio, to get a behind-the-scenes look at how the CAS databases are built and maintained, discuss challenges in scientific information, share feedback with SciFinder developers, and tour local centers of innovation and technology, such as TechColumbusBattelle Memorial Institute and The Ohio State University.”

I will post more details in due course and of course a full write up will go online after the program is complete. Thanks to those who supported my application. I look forward to meeting the other Future Leaders and the SciFinder and ACS staff in a couple of months!

Enhancing selective CO2 adsorption via chemical reduction of a redox-active metal–organic framework – A new microporous framework, Zn(NDC)(DPMBI) (where NDC = 2,7-naphthalene dicarboxylate and DPMBI = N,N′-di-(4-pyridylmethyl)-1,2,4,5-benzenetetracarboxydiimide), containing the redox-active benzenetetracarboxydiimide (also known as pyromellitic diimide) ligand core has been crystallographically characterised and its carbon dioxide uptake as a function of oxidation studied.