Professor Christopher Sumby
Christopher Sumby is Deputy Dean - Research and Professor of Chemistry at the University of Adelaide where he undertakes research into the synthesis and properties of nanomaterials to address energy and environmental challenges. Prof. Sumby has been awarded various fellowships and awards, including an ARC Future Fellowship (2009), a South Australian Young Tall Poppy Award (2009) and a Japan Society for the Promotion of Science International Invitational Fellowship (2014). Prof. Sumby is the Deputy Director of the Centre for Advanced Nanomaterials at the University of Adelaide where key research themes include Chemical and Electrical Energy Storage; Energy Waste Management; Heterogeneous Catalysis; and Nanoporous materials for Gas Separations. Prof. Sumby also directs the Bragg Crystallography Facility, the X-ray diffraction centre at the University of Adelaide.
Porous Molecular Materials
Solution-processable porous materials such as porous organic cages (POCs) and metal-organic polyhedra (MOPs) are among research targets within our research laboratory at the University of Adelaide. These are examples of novel porous materials with potential applications in gas storage, separations and catalysis. An advantage of such materials, by comparison with extended framework materials such as metal-organic frameworks (MOFs), is their readily solution processibility.
Some recent contributions include:
- Kinetically controlled porosity in a robust organic cage material, Angewandte Chemie - International Edition, 2013, 52, 3746-3749.
- Hetero-bimetallic metal-organic polyhedra, Chemical Communications, 2016, 52, 276-279.
- Invited review: Synthesis and applications of porous organic cages, Chemistry Letters, 2015, 44, 5, 582-588.
Our work on MOFs relies heavily on developing new ligand systems to prepare novel MOF materials and careful manipulation of the structures of existing MOF materials through linker modifications and metal node replacements.
In this area we have undertaken the development of a new group of azolium-containing materials that are important precursors to N-heterocyclic carbene (NHC) containing metal-organic frameworks (MOFs), the synthesis of MOFs from diol containing biphenylcarboxylate ligands, and MOFs prepared from ‘hinged’ ligands. The later of these show interesting structural flexibility.
Some papers include:
- Control of framework interpenetration for in situ modified hydroxyl functionalised IRMOFs, Chemical Communications, 2012, 48, 10328-10330.
- Post-synthetic structural processing in a metal-organic framework material as a mechanism for exceptional CO₂/N₂ selectivity, Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2013, 135, 10441-10448.
- Site-specific metal and ligand substitutions in a microporous Mn²⁺-based metal–organic framework, Dalton Transactions, 2016, 45, 4431-4438
MOFs are promising materials for heterogeneous catalysis and our research team is investigating how particular structural motifs can be incorporated into the design of MOFs to develop new or more efficient catalysts. This work extends from garnering new fundamental insight into MOF supported catalysts through to new MOF catalysts. Techniques such as post-synthetic metalation (see our review of this area) are important to preparing new catalysts and we have also developed purpose-built catalytic testing facilities for examining gas phase catalysis.
Some recent papers include:
- A 3-D diamondoid MOF catalyst based on in situ generated [Cu(L)2] N-heterocyclic carbene (NHC) linkers: hydroboration of CO₂, Chemical Communications, 2014, 50, 11760-11763.
- Capturing snapshots of post-synthetic metallation chemistry in metal-organic frameworks, Nature Chemistry, 2014, 6, 906-912.
MOF Structuralisation, Composites and Particle Size
For MOFs to be applied as components of real-world systems, precise control over and optimisation of the physical form of the material is required. In this respect we are examining modulation of the crystal size and morphology (changes at the nanoscale) and how the application dictates the internal organisation of the solid and overall external shape of the composite (changes at the macroscale). This work is done in collaboration with Dr Kenji Sumida (ARC DECRA fellow, School of Physcial Sciences, UoA).
- Particle size effects in the kinetic trapping of a structurally-locked form of a flexible metal-organic framework, CrystEngComm, 2016, 18, 4172-4179.
|2017||Professor of Chemistry||The University of Adelaide|
|2014||Deputy Dean (Research)||University of Adelaide|
|2013 - 2016||Associate Professor||University of Adelaide|
|2010 - 2014||ARC Future Fellow||University of Adelaide|
|2010 - 2012||Senior Lecturer||University of Adelaide|
|2007 - 2010||Australian Post-doctoral Fellow (APD)||University of Adelaide|
|2006 - 2009||Lecturer in Chemistry||University of Adelaide|
|2006 - 2007||FRST Science and Technology Fellow||University of Otago|
|2003 - 2006||EPRSC-funded Post-doctoral Fellow||University of Leeds|
|2016||Sandy Mathieson Award of the Society of Crystallographers in Australia and New Zealand|
|2016||Journal of Coordination Chemistry Emerging Investigator Issue|
|2016||CrystEngComm New Talent Issue contributor|
|2015||RSC Emerging Investigator Issue||Royal Society of Chemistry|
|2014||JSPS International Incoming Fellowship (longterm)|
|2009 - 2013||ARC Future Fellowship|
|2009||South Australian Young Tall Poppy Award||The Australian Institute of Policy and Science (AIPS)|
|Haydon Prize in Chemistry||University of Canterbury|
|Ralph Earle Seminar Prize||University of Canterbury|
|New Zealand Vice-Chancellors' Committee Claude McCarthy Fellowship||Universities New Zealand - Te Pōkai Tara|
|Royal Society of New Zealand Science and Technology Award||Royal Society of New Zealand|
|2000 - 2003||University of Canterbury||New Zealand||PhD|
|1996 - 1999||University of Canterbury||New Zealand||BSc. (Hons.)|
|2014||Foo,HTC, Ebendorff-Heidepriem,H, Sumby,CJ, Monro,TM, 2014, Comparison of 3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane (APTES) grafting chemistry on silica and lead silicate glass, Australian Conference on Microscopy and Microanalysis, Adelaide, Australia|
|2012||Richardson,A, Foo,T, Englich,F, Ebendorff-Heidepriem,H, Sumby,C, Monro,T, 2012, A microstructured optical fiber sensor for ion-sensing based on the photoinduced electron transfer effect, Asia Pacific Optical Sensors Conference, Sydney, Australia 10.1117/12.915959|
|2009||Foo,H, François,A, Ebendorff-Heidepriem,H, Sumby,C, Monro,T, 2009, Comparison of surface functionalization techniques on silica and soft glasses for optical fibre sensing applications, Australasian Conference on Optics, Lasers and Spectroscopy and Australian Conference on Optical Fibre Technology (ACOLS ACOFT), Adelaide|
|2009||Englich,F, Foo,H, Ebendorff-Heidepriem,H, Sumby,C, Monro,T, 2009, Towards a microstructured optical fibre fluorescence sensor based on photoinduced electron transfer photobleaching, Australasian Conference on Optics, Lasers and Spectroscopy and Australian Conference on Optical Fibre Technology (ACOLS ACOFT), Adelaide|
|2014||Doonan,CJ, Sumby,CJ, Bloch,WM, 2014, MOFs: Nanosized windows into Angstrom space, 248th National Meeting of the American-Chemical-Society (ACS), San Francisco, CA|
|2006||Hardie,M, Fisher,J, Stephenson,MD, Sumby,CJ, Westcott,A, 2006, Materials with network structures from cavitand ligands and extended networks of discrete coordination complexes, 1st British-Sino Joint Symposium on Chemistry CCS/RSC/EPSRC Workshop on Materials Chemistry, Beijing, China|
|2004||Hardie,MJ, Ahmad,R, Sumby,C, 2004, Rigid molecular hosts as building blocks for network structures, 22nd European Crystallographic Meeting, ECM22, Budapest, Hungary|
|2003||Sumby,CJ; 2003; The Synthesis and Study of Bridging Heterocyclic Ligands: A Thesis Submitted in Partial Fulfilment of the Requirements for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry in the University of Canterbury|
Prof. Christian Doonan; Prof. Christopher Sumby; Dr Stephen Bell; Professor Paolo Falcaro, Metal-organic frameworks at the biointerface. ARC DP170103531
Project Summary: This project aims to understand the chemistry that governs the crystallisation of metal-organic frameworks (MOF) around functional biomacromolecules and explore these bio-composites’ uses. Functional biomacromolecules, such as proteins, could be applied to biotechnology and Industrial biocatalysis. The project will develop MOF-encapsulated biocatalytic platform materials that allow inherently fragile biomacromolecules to remain active in conditions needed for industrial processes. This project could advance the widespread commercial application of biocatalysts and biosensors.
Doonan, C. J., Sumby, C. J., Huang, D. M., Champness, N. R.; X-ray snapshots of chemical transformations in open framework materials, ARC DP160103234.
Project summary: The aim of this project is to unearth structural insights into the chemistry of coordinatively unsaturated metal complexes – reactive species lacking their full complement of binding groups – by isolating them within a carefully designed metal-organic framework and examining them via single crystal X-ray diffraction. Such intrinsically reactive species play an important role in metal-based catalysis, but their definitive structural characterisation remains a significant challenge. This project aims to facilitate a detailed understanding of how these species bind and activate substrates and thus provide important first steps towards developing novel adsorbents for separations and efficient catalysts.
Kepert, C. J. and others, Solving the energy waste roadblock, Science Industry Endowment Fund
Doonan, C. J., Sumby, C. J., Long, J. R., Metal-organic frameworks as heterogeneous catalytic systems, ARC DP110103741.
Monro, T. M., Sumby, C. J., Ebendorff-Heidepriem, H., Hoffmann, P., Abell, A. D.; Disruptive approaches to biological sensing, ARC FS100100039.
Sumby, C. J.; Internally decorated discrete Metallo-supramolecular Assemblies and infinite Metal-Organic Frameworks as molecular containers; ARC FT0991910.
Sumby, C.J.; Anion Binding and Sensing With Self-Assembled Metallo-Supramolecular Assemblies; ARC DP0773011.
Gerson, A., Sumby, C. J. and others, Microdiffraction: Advanced capabilities for spatial resolution, trace phase detection and solid object analysis, ARC LE140100122.
Sumby, C. J. and 9 others, Enhanced Powder Diffraction Facilities for SA, ARC LE120000012.
Murray, K. S., Spiccia, L., Deacon, G. B., Batten, S. R., Boskovic, C., Gahan, L. R., Hanson, G. R., Sumby, C. J., Schenk, G., Abrahams, B. F., National magnetochemical facility; ARC LE100100197.
Monro, T. M., Ebendorff-Heidepriem, H., Tan, H. H., Dell, J. M., Madden, S., Sumby, C. J., Ottaway, D. J., Harris, H. H.; Capability for the fabrication and characterisation of mid-infrared photonic materials; ARC LE100100104.
Sumby, C.J., Carver, J.A., Wallace, J.C., Hrmova, M., Pring, A. Abell, A.D., Booker, G.W., Bruce, M.I., Brugger, J., Ford, C.M., Harris, H.H., Morris, J.C., Paton, J.C., Peet, D.J., Pyke, S.M., Shearwin, K.E., Menz, R.I., Abbott, C.A., Anderson, P.A., Brown, M.H., Johnston, M.R., Schuller, K.A., Lopez, A.F., Pitson, S.M., Lincoln, S.F., McKinnon, R.A.; The South Australian Facility for Small and Large Molecule X-Ray Diffraction Structure Determination (The Bragg Crystallography Facility); ARC LE0989336.
Chemistry IA - Coordination Chemistry
Foundations of Chemistry IB - Redox chemistry and main group chemistry
Environmental & Analytical Chemistry II - Atmospheric Chemistry
Molecular Structure Determination III - X-ray Crystallography
Advanced Synthetic Methods III - Organometallic Chemistry
Synthesis of Materials III - Supramolecular Chemistry
The Research Group
The research group occupies a number of labs throughout the Johnson and Badger Buildings of the University of Adelaide's North Terrace Campus. We have state-of-the-art labs for materials synthesis and structure solution (by single crystal and powder X-ray diffraction - the Bragg Crystallography Facility) that complement the synthetic chemistry facilities.
See our group website: www.sumbydoonangroup.com
The research group is run in collaboration with Assoc. Prof. Christian Doonan.
Current Group Members
- Dr Alexandre Burgun (Jan 2012 - ) - ARC Post-doctoral Fellow
- Jesse Teo
- Mel Kitchin (in collaboration with CSIRO, Dr Matthew Hill)
- Renata Lippi (in collaboration with CSIRO, Dr Danielle Kennedy)
- Michael Huxley
- Olilver Linder-Patton
- Harley Betts (in collaboration with Prof. Hugh Harris)
- Rosemary Young
- Kate Flint (in collaboration with Em. Prof. Richard Keene)
- Rob Dickinson
- Tom de Prinse
- Dr Tony Keene - Marie Curie Fellow at the University of Southampton
- Dr Cam Coghlan (Oct 2012 - 2016) - Science Industry Endowment Fund Fellow
- Dr Maisara Abdul-Kadir (2012), Synthesis and Coordination Chemistry of Polypyridyl Amide Ligands. Currently: academic at the University of Malaysia, Terengganu.
- Dr Courtney Hollis (2013), Studies of Hexaarylradialene Ligands: Synthesis, Coordination Chemistry and Anion Interactions. Currently: research scientist at Bionomics, SA.
- Dr Witold Bloch (2014), Engineering Flexible Metal-Organic Frameworks from Methylene-hinged Ligands. Currently: Alexander von Humboldt Fellow at the University of Gottingen.
- Dr Herbert T. C. Foo (2014), Optical Fibre Sensors with Surface-immobilised Fluoroionophores. Currently: research scientist in IPAS, The University of Adelaide.
- Dr Jack Evans (2015), Simulations of Molecular and Extended Porous Materials. Currently: post-doctoral fellow at ParisTech.
- Dr Damien Rankine (2016), Metal-Organic Frameworks Containing Dihydroxy Motifs: Control of Phase Formation and Pore Environments. Currently: research chemist at Dominant Chemicals.
- Patrick Capon (2017), Incorporation of N-Heterocyclic Carbenes and Their Precursors into Metal-Organic Frameworks. Currently: PhD student (Abell lab)
- Courtney Hollis, 2008
- Marie Ioannidis, 2008
- Witold Bloch, 2009
- Xin (Jenny) He, 2009
- Stephanie Derwent-Smith, 2010 (mid-year)
- Damien Rankine, 2010
- Nectaria Georgopolos, 2010
- Jack Evans, 2011
- Michael Lewis, 2011
- Jessica Noack, 2014 (mid-year)
- Rosemary Young, 2015
- Oliver Linder-Patton, 2015
- Kate Flint, 2016
- James Preston, 2016
|2015||Member||American Chemical Society||United States|
|2015||Member||Society of Crystallographers in Australia and New Zealand (SCANZ)||Australia|
|2015||Member||Royal Australian Chemistry Institute (MRACI CChem)||Australia|
|2017 - 2017||Chair||Program Chair for Crystal 31|
|2017 - 2017||Member||SCANZ Council|
|2017 - 2018||Vice-President||SA Branch of the RACI||RACI||Australia|
|2015||Co-Chair||User Advisory Committee, Macromolecular crystallography (MX) PAC.||Australian Synchrotron|
|2013 - 2016||Member||User Advisory Committee, Macromolecular crystallography (MX) PAC||Australian Synchrotron||Australia|
|2013||Member||Tall Poppy Selection Panel Committee||The Australian Institute of Policy and Science (AIPS)||Australia|
|Date||Role||Editorial Board Name||Country|
|2016 - 2019||Board Member||Journal of Coordination Chemistry|