We are a Chemistry research group based at the School of Chemistry at UNSW Sydney. We combine synthesis, computational chemistry, programming, and spectroscopy to understand the properties of pi-conjugated organic molecules.

Organic molecules are those which are mostly made up of carbon. By using skilled chemical synthesis to exactly engineer the structure of molecules,we can access a wide range of properties: whether as medicines, dyes, molecular wires, or more. Our group’s research is based on the latter two categories. We design molecules using computational chemistry, make them using organic synthesis, and then study them with advanced spectroscopies.

Take a look around the site to learn a bit more about what we do. If you’re interested in working with us, whether you’re a potential student, an industry partner, or a collaborator, just get in touch.

Projects

Self-assembly fundamentals

Self-assembly fundamentals

Nature is an expert at self-assembly. Your body, as a whole, is a complex compartmentalised system of molecules, reactions, and replicators, all underpinned by self-assembly and supramolecular chemistry.

Faraday rotation in organic materials

Faraday rotation in organic materials

All matter exhibits a Faraday effect: the polarisation of light as it passes through a material changes proportional to the strength of an external magnetic field.

Aromaticity and antiaromaticity

Aromaticity and antiaromaticity

Aromatic molecules are cyclic and pi-conjugated, and exhibit some interesting effects. Most well-known nowadays is the behaviour of aromatic molecules in a magnetic field: in an NMR spectrometer, we see that the chemical shifts of protons inside and outside the ring appear (de)shielded.

Meet the Team

Researchers

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Bethany Hillier

PhD Student (2021-); Honours Student (2020-2021); Undergraduate researcher (2019)

Synthesis of cross-conjugated molecules

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David Bradley

PhD Student (2020-)

Synthesis, properties, and supramolecular chemistry of antiaromatic molecules

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Martin Peeks

Scientia Lecturer

Molecular electronics, Aromaticity, Supramolecular and systems chemistry

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Stephen Bortolussi

PhD student (2021-); Honours Student (2020)

Synthesis and properties of liquid crystalline materials

Alumni

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Callum Branley

Summer Vacation Research Student (2020)

Computational chemistry of pi-conjugated molecules

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Carmen Zhou

CHEM2999 project student (2020)

Synthesis of porphyrins

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Dexter Gordon

Honours Student (2020-21)

Synthesis and properties of molecular wires

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Holly Hollomon

Undergraduate project student (2020)

Synthesis of porphyrins

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Nick Lynch

Honours Student (2021)

Synthesis of functionalised antiaromatic compounds

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