Christopher Sumby

Professor Christopher Sumby

Head of Department

School of Physical Sciences

Faculty of Sciences

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.

Christopher Sumby is Professor of Chemistry at the University of Adelaide where he undertakes research into the synthesis and properties of nanomaterials to address energy, environmental and industrial 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.

Research Areas

research overview

MOF Catalysis

The synthesis of nearly all industrial chemicals involves some sort of catalyst. MOFs are promising materials for heterogeneous catalysis (where the catalyst is in a different phase to the reactants) 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 making new MOF catalysts. Techniques such as post-synthetic metalation (see our review of this area) are important to preparing catalysts and we have also developed purpose-built catalytic testing facilities for examining gas phase catalysis. Some projects include:

MOF structure and the reaction catalysed by the MOF

Biomolecule Protection in MOF biocomposites

Another research area utilises MOFs to protect biomolecules from inhospitable conditions. This processes, coined biomimetic mineralisation, is a rapid, easy to use coating procedure that uses the biomolecule to seed growth of a protective coating. This approach has been used to protect enzymes from harsh environments within a biomimetically mineralised MOF coating. In the past 2 years we have established a robust protocol for this chemistry, demonstrated the importance of protein surface chemistry and charge, and identified that the hydrophilicity of the MOF coating is essential for activity.

Gas storage and separations

Gas separations are important in clean energy technologies or in the separation of chemical feedstocks. Examples of our research activity is the design of a MOF that is flexible in the 'as-synthesised' form but upon activation – the process of desolvation that yields the adsorbing material – converts to a rigid 3D material.  This material has the second highest CO2/N2 separation performance of any MOF material. See: 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.

A schematic of the MOF and evidence for its flexibility

Collaborative research with CSIRO on incorporation of molecular porous materials into mixed matrix membranes is another area of activity and two invited reviews on this topic have been published recently. See:

Synthesis and characterisation of porous materials 

A significant part of my research focuses on the synthesis and characterisation of porous materials.  These contributions include: the synthesis of flexible MOF materials, novel solution-processable porous materials, and MOFs that enable structural characterisation of 'guest' metal complexes by single crystal X-ray crystallography.  This experimental activity relies heavily on our in-house X-ray diffraction facilities for small molecule X-ray crystallography and powder X-ray diffraction.

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 Physical Sciences, UoA).  See: Particle size effects in the kinetic trapping of a structurally-locked form of a flexible metal-organic framework, CrystEngComm, 2016, 18, 4172-4179.

  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2021 Peralta, R. A., Huxley, M. T., Young, R. J., Linder-Patton, O. M., Evans, J. D., Doonan, C. J., & Sumby, C. J. (2021). MOF matrix isolation: cooperative conformational mobility enables reliable single crystal transformations. Faraday Discussions, 225(0), 84-99.
    DOI Scopus5 WoS8 Europe PMC1
    2021 Lippi, R., D'Angelo, A. M., Li, C., Howard, S. C., Madsen, I. C., Wilson, K., . . . Kennedy, D. F. (2021). Unveiling the structural transitions during activation of a CO2 methanation catalyst Ru0/ZrO2 synthesised from a MOF precursor. Catalysis Today, 368, 66-77.
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    2021 Albalad, J., Peralta, R. A., Huxley, M. T., Tsoukatos, S., Shi, Z., Zhang, Y. -B., . . . Doonan, C. J. (2021). Coordination modulated on-off switching of flexibility in a metal–organic framework. Chemical Science, 44(44), 14893-14900.
    2021 Gimeno-Fonquernie, P., Liang, W., Albalad, J., Kuznicki, A., Price, J. R., Bloch, E. D., . . . Sumby, C. J. (2021). Templated synthesis of zirconium(iv)-based metal-organic layers (MOLs) with accessible chelating sites. CHEMICAL COMMUNICATIONS, 4 pages.
    2021 Coleman, C. N., Tapping, P. C., Huxley, M. T., Kee, T. W., Huang, D. M., Doonan, C. J., & Sumby, C. J. (2021). Structural modulation of the photophysical and electronic properties of pyrene-based 3D metal-organic frameworks derived from s-block metals. CrystEngComm, 23(1), 82-90.
    2021 Velásquez-Hernández, M. D. J., Linares-Moreau, M., Astria, E., Carraro, F., Alyami, M. Z., Khashab, N. M., . . . Falcaro, P. (2021). Towards applications of bioentities@MOFs in biomedicine. Coordination Chemistry Reviews, 429, 1-45.
    DOI Scopus20 WoS17
    2021 Liang, W., Wied, P., Carraro, F., Sumby, C. J., Nidetzky, B., Tsung, C. -K., . . . Doonan, C. J. (2021). Metal-organic framework-based enzyme biocomposites. Chemical Reviews, 121(3), 1077-1129.
    DOI Scopus41 WoS35 Europe PMC4
    2021 Haris, N. S. H., Mansor, N., Mohd Yusof, M. S., Sumby, C. J., & Abdul Kadir, M. (2021). Investigating the Potential of Flexible and Pre-Organized Tetraamide Ligands to Encapsulate Anions in One-Dimensional Coordination Polymers: Synthesis, Spectroscopic Studies and Crystal Structures. Crystals, 11(1), 77.
    2021 Brammer, L., Burrows, A. D., Chong, S. Y. L., Craig, G., Evans, J., Farha, O., . . . West, N. G. (2021). Advanced characterisation techniques: Multi-scale,: In situ, and time-resolved: General discussion. Faraday Discussions, 225(0), 152-167.
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    2021 de Prinse, T. J., Karami, A., Moffatt, J. E., Payten, T. B., Tsiminis, G., Teixeira, L. D. S., . . . Spooner, N. A. (2021). Dual Laser Study of Non-Degenerate Two Wavelength Upconversion Demonstrated in Sensitizer-Free NaYF4:Pr Nanoparticles. Advanced Optical Materials, 9(7), 1-7.
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    2021 Albalad, J., Sumby, C. J., Maspoch, D., & Doonan, C. J. (2021). Elucidating pore chemistry within metal–organic frameworks via single crystal X-ray diffraction; from fundamental understanding to application. CrystEngComm, 23(11), 2185-2195.
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    2021 Maddigan, N. K., Linder-Patton, O. M., Falcaro, P., Sumby, C. J., Bell, S. G., & Doonan, C. J. (2021). Influence of the synthesis and storage conditions on the activity of Candida antarctica lipase B ZIF-8 biocomposites. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 13(44), 51867-51875.
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    2021 Peralta, R. A., Huxley, M. T., Albalad, J., Sumby, C. J., & Doonan, C. J. (2021). Single-Crystal-to-Single-Crystal Transformations of Metal-Organic-Framework-Supported, Site-Isolated Trigonal-Planar Cu(I) Complexes with Labile Ligands. Inorganic Chemistry, 60(16), 11775-11783.
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    2021 Karami, A., Farivar, F., De Prinse, T. J., Rabiee, H., Kidd, S., Sumby, C. J., & Bi, J. (2021). Facile Multistep Synthesis of ZnO-Coated β-NaYF<inf>4</inf>:Yb/Tm Upconversion Nanoparticles as an Antimicrobial Photodynamic Therapy for Persistent Staphylococcus aureus Small Colony Variants. ACS Applied Bio Materials, 4(8), 6125-6136.
    2021 Betts, H. D., Neville, S. L., McDevitt, C. A., Sumby, C. J., & Harris, H. H. (2021). The biochemical fate of Ag<sup>+</sup> ions in Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli, and biological media. Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry, 225, 10 pages.
    2020 Lippi, R., Coghlan, C. J., Howard, S. C., Easton, C. D., Gu, Q., Patel, J., . . . Doonan, C. J. (2020). In Situ MOF-Templating of Rh Nanocatalysts under Reducing Conditions. Australian Journal of Chemistry, 73(12), 13 pages.
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    2020 Perlata, R. A., Huxley, M. T., Shi, Z., Zhang, Y. -B., Sumby, C. J., & Doonan, C. J. (2020). A metal–organic framework supported iridium catalyst for the gas phase hydrogenation of ethylene. Chemical Communications, 97(56), 15313-15316.
    DOI Scopus2 WoS3 Europe PMC1
    2020 Hickey, S., Nitschke, S., Sweetman, M. J., Sumby, C. J., Brooks, D. A., Plush, S. E., & Ashton, T. D. (2020). Cross-coupling of amide and amide derivatives to umbelliferone nonaflates: synthesis of coumarin derivatives and fluorescent materials. Journal of Organic Chemistry, 85(12), 7986-7999.
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    2020 Young, R. J., Huxley, M. T., Pardo, E., Champness, N. R., Sumby, C. J., & Doonan, C. J. (2020). Isolating reactive metal-based species in Metal-Organic Frameworks - viable strategies and opportunities. Chemical Science, 11(16), 4031-4050.
    DOI Scopus28 WoS25 Europe PMC1
    2020 Peralta, R. A., Huxley, M. T., Evans, J. D., Fallon, T., Cao, H., He, M., . . . Doonan, C. J. (2020). Highly active gas phase organometallic catalysis supported within metal-organic framework pores. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 142(31), 13533-13543.
    DOI Scopus13 WoS12 Europe PMC1
    2020 Dissanayake, I., Hart, J. D., Becroft, E. C., Sumby, C. J., & Newton, C. G. (2020). Bisketene equivalents as diels-alder dienes. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 142(31), 13328-13333.
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    2020 Betts, H. D., Linder-Patton, O. M., & Sumby, C. J. (2020). A stable coordination polymer based on rod-like silver(I) nodes with contiguous Ag-S bonding. Molecules, 25(19), 1-8.
    2020 Day, A. J., Sumby, C. J., & George, J. H. (2020). Biomimetic synthetic studies on the bruceol family of meroterpenoid natural products. Journal of Organic Chemistry, 85(4), 2103-2117.
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    2020 Patel, H. D., Tran, T. -H., Sumby, C. J., Pašteka, L. F., & Fallon, T. (2020). Boronate Ester Bullvalenes. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 142(8), 3680-3685.
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    2019 Coleman, M. A., Burchill, L., Sumby, C. J., & George, J. H. (2019). Biomimetic synthesis enables the structure revision of furoerioaustralasine. Organic Letters, 21(21), 8776-8778.
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    2019 Burchill, L., Pepper, H. P., Sumby, C. J., & George, J. H. (2019). ortho-Quinone methide cyclizations inspired by the busseihydroquinone family of natural products. Organic Letters, 21(20), 8304-8307.
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    2019 Huxley, M. T., Young, R. J., Bloch, W. M., Champness, N. R., Sumby, C. J., & Doonan, C. J. (2019). Isomer interconversion studied through single-crystal to single-crystal transformations in a metal-organic framework matrix. Organometallics, 38(18), 3412-3418.
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    2019 Murray, L. A. M., Fallon, T., Sumby, C. J., & George, J. H. (2019). Total synthesis of naphterpin and marinone natural products. Organic Letters, 21(20), 8312-8315.
    DOI Scopus13 WoS12 Europe PMC2
    2019 Hart, J. D., Burchill, L., Day, A. J., Newton, C. G., Sumby, C. J., Huang, D. M., & George, J. H. (2019). Visible-light photoredox catalysis enables the biomimetic synthesis of nyingchinoids A, B, and D, and rasumatranin D. Angewandte Chemie, 131(9), 2817-2820.
    2019 Day, A. J., Lee, J. H. Z., Phan, Q. D., Lam, H. C., Ametovski, A., Sumby, C. J., . . . George, J. H. (2019). Biomimetic and biocatalytic synthesis of bruceol. Angewandte Chemie - International Edition, 58(5), 1427-1431.
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    2019 Liang, W., Xu, H., Carraro, F., Maddigan, N. K., Li, Q., Bell, S. G., . . . Doonan, C. J. (2019). Enhanced activity of enzymes encapsulated in hydrophilic metal-organic frameworks. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 141(6), 2348-2355.
    DOI Scopus142 WoS141 Europe PMC17
    2019 Hart, J. D., Burchill, L., Day, A. J., Newton, C. G., Sumby, C. J., Huang, D. M., & George, J. H. (2019). Visible-light photoredox catalysis enables the biomimetic synthesis of nyingchinoids A, B, and D, and rasumatranin D. Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 58(9), 2791-2794.
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    2019 Stark, K. A. S., Alvino, J. F., Kirkbride, K. P., Sumby, C. J., Metha, G. F., Lenehan, C. E., . . . Prior, C. (2019). Crystal structure, sensitiveness and theoretical explosive performance of xylitol pentanitrate (XPN). Propellants, Explosives, Pyrotechnics, 44(5), 541-549.
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    2019 Jevric, M., Wang, Z., Petersen, A. U., Mansø, M., Sumby, C. J., Nielsen, M. B., & Moth-Poulsen, K. (2019). Tuning molecular solar thermal properties by modification of a promising norbornadiene photoswitch. European Journal of Organic Chemistry, 2019(13), 2354-2361.
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    2019 Petersen, A. U., Hofmann, A. I., Fillols, M., Mansø, M., Jevric, M., Wang, Z., . . . Moth-Poulsen, K. (2019). Solar energy storage by molecular norbornadiene-quadricyclane photoswitches: polymer film devices. Advanced Science, 6(12), 1-10.
    DOI Scopus16 WoS17 Europe PMC2
    2019 Schuschke, C., Hohner, C., Jevric, M., Ugleholdt Petersen, A., Wang, Z., Schwarz, M., . . . Libuda, J. (2019). Solar energy storage at an atomically defined organic-oxide hybrid interface. Nature Communications, 10(1), 2384-1-2384-10.
    DOI Scopus23 WoS23 Europe PMC3
    2019 Klepp, J., Sadgrove, N. J., Legendre, S. V. A. M., Sumby, C. J., & Greatrex, B. W. (2019). Biomimetic Synthesis of Mitchellenes B-H from the Abundant Biological Precursor 14-Hydroxy-6,12-muuroloadien-15-oic Acid. Journal of Organic Chemistry, 84(15), 9637-9647.
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    2019 Flint, K., Collins, J., Bradley, S., Smith, T., Sumby, C., & Keene, F. (2019). Synthesis and characterisation of helicate and mesocate forms of a double-stranded diruthenium(II) complex of a di(terpyridine) ligand. Australian Journal of Chemistry, 72(10), 762-768.
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    2019 Bloch, W., Doonan, C., & Sumby, C. (2019). Tuning packing, structural flexibility, and porosity in 2D metal-organic frameworks by metal node choice. Australian Journal of Chemistry, 72(10), 797-804.
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    2019 Liang, W., Carraro, F., Solomon, M. B., Bell, S. G., Amenitsch, H., Sumby, C. J., . . . Doonan, C. J. (2019). Enzyme encapsulation in a porous hydrogen-bonded organic framework. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 141(36), 14298-14305.
    DOI Scopus54 WoS57 Europe PMC4
    2018 Maddigan, N., Tarzia, A., Huang, D., Sumby, C., Bell, S., Falcaro, P., & Doonan, C. (2018). Protein surface functionalisation as a general strategy for facilitating biomimetic mineralisation of ZIF-8. Chemical Science, 9(18), 4217-4223.
    DOI Scopus63 WoS66 Europe PMC12
    2018 Klepp, J., Sumby, C., & Greatrex, B. (2018). Synthesis of a Chiral Auxiliary Family from Levoglucosenone and Evaluation in the Diels-Alder Reaction. Synlett, 29(11), 1441-1446.
    DOI Scopus12 WoS12
    2018 Young, R., Begg, S., Coghlan, C., McDevitt, C., & Sumby, C. J. (2018). Exploring the use of structure and polymer incorporation to tune silver ion release and antibacterial activity of silver coordination polymers. European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry, 2018(30), 3512-3518.
    DOI Scopus11 WoS11
    2018 KADIR, M. A., YUSOF, M. S. M., & Sumby, C. (2018). Crystal Structure of 1,2-Bis[N,N′-6-(3-pyridylmethylamido)pyridyl-2-carboxyamido]ethane. X-ray Structure Analysis Online, 34(0), 31-32.
    2018 Linder-Patton, O., De Prinse, T., Furukawa, S., Bell, S., Sumida, K., Doonan, C., & Sumby, C. (2018). Influence of nanoscale structuralisation on the catalytic performance of ZIF-8: a cautionary surface catalysis study. CrystEngComm, 20(34), 4926-4934.
    DOI Scopus10 WoS11
    2018 Wang, Z., Dreos, A., Sumby, C., Nielsen, M., Börjesson, K., Erhart, P., & Moth-Poulsen, K. (2018). Norbornadiene-based photoswitches with exceptional combination of solar spectrum match and long-term energy storage. Chemistry - A European Journal, 24(49), 12767-12772.
    DOI Scopus29 WoS31 Europe PMC9
    2018 Kadir, M. A., Yusof, M. S. M., & Sumby, C. J. (2018). Crystal structure of 1,2-Bis[N,N'-6-(3-pyridylmethylamido)pyridyl-2-carboxyamido] ethane. X-ray Structure Analysis Online, 34(8), 31-32.
    DOI Scopus1
    2018 Lam, H., Phan, Q., Sumby, C., & George, J. (2018). Biomimetic synthesis of hyperjapones F-I. Australian Journal of Chemistry, 71(9), 649-654.
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    2018 Sadgrove, N. J., Klepp, J., Legendre, S. V. -M., Lyddiard, D., Sumby, C. J., & Greatrex, B. W. (2018). Revision of the Phytochemistry of Eremophila sturtii and E. mitchellii. Journal of natural products, 81(2), 405-409.
    DOI Scopus4 WoS4 Europe PMC1
    2018 Liang, W., Ricco, R., Maddigan, N., Dickinson, R., Xu, H., Li, Q., . . . Doonan, C. (2018). Control of structure topology and spatial distribution of biomacromolecules in Protein@ZIF-8 biocomposites. Chemistry of Materials, 30(3), 1069-1077.
    DOI Scopus83 WoS83
    2018 Huxley, M., Burgun, A., Ghodrati, H., Coghlan, C., Lemieux, A., Champness, N., . . . Sumby, C. (2018). Protecting-group-free site-selective reactions in a metal-organic framework reaction vessel. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 140(20), 6416-6425.
    DOI Scopus30 WoS29 Europe PMC4
    2018 Bruce, M., Halet, J. -F., Le Guennic, B., Skelton, B., Sobolev, A., Sumby, C., & White, A. (2018). Structural systematics of some trinuclear alkynyl and diynyl Group 11 complexes containing dppm [dppm = CH₂(PPh₂)₂]. Coordination Chemistry Reviews, 375, 2-12.
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    2018 Jevric, M., Petersen, A. U., Mansø, M., Kumar Singh, S., Wang, Z., Dreos, A., . . . Moth-Poulsen, K. (2018). Cover Feature: Norbornadiene-Based Photoswitches with Exceptional Combination of Solar Spectrum Match and Long-Term Energy Storage (Chem. Eur. J. 49/2018). Chemistry - A European Journal, 24(49), 12735.
    2018 Legendre, S., Jevric, M., Klepp, J., Sumby, C., & Greatrex, B. (2018). A domino Kornblum-DeLaMare/aza-Michael reaction of 3,6-dihydro-1,2-dioxines and application to the synthesis of the ceramide transport inhibitor (±)-HPA-12. Tetrahedron, 74(12), 1229-1239.
    DOI Scopus2 WoS2
    2017 Kadir, M., & Sumby, C. (2017). Synthesis, crystal structure and coordination chemistry of DI-2-pyridylmethaneamine-based chelating ligands with cadmium salts. Malaysian Journal of Analytical Sciences, 21(5), 1036-1044.
    2017 Huxley, M., Coghlan, C., Bloch, W., Burgun, A., Doonan, C., & Sumby, C. (2017). X-ray crystallographic insights into post-synthetic metalation products in a metal-organic framework. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences, 375(2084), 20160028-1-2016-0028-12.
    DOI Scopus9 WoS13 Europe PMC2
    2017 Burgun, A., Coghlan, C., Huang, D., Chen, W., Horike, S., Kitagawa, S., . . . Doonan, C. (2017). Mapping-out catalytic processes in a metal-organic framework with single-crystal X-ray crystallography. Angewandte Chemie - International Edition, 56(29), 8412-8416.
    DOI Scopus56 WoS53 Europe PMC11
    2017 Lam, H., Pepper, H., Sumby, C., & George, J. (2017). Biomimetic total synthesis of (±)-verrubenzospirolactone. Angewandte Chemie - International Edition, 56(29), 8532-8535.
    DOI Scopus17 WoS18 Europe PMC2
    2017 Ledingham, E., Merritt, C., Sumby, C., Taylor, M., & Greatrex, B. (2017). Stereoselective Cyclopropanation of (-)-Levoglucosenone Derivatives Using Sulfonium and Sulfoxonium Ylides. Synthesis (Germany), 49(12), 2652-2662.
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    2017 Dechnik, J., Gascon, J., Doonan, C., Janiak, C., & Sumby, C. (2017). Mixed-matrix membranes. Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 56(32), 9292-9310.
    DOI Scopus289 WoS276 Europe PMC57
    2017 Day, A., Lamr, H., Sumby, C., & George, J. (2017). Biomimetic total synthesis of rhodonoids C and D, and murrayakonine D. Organic Letters, 19(10), 2463-2465.
    DOI Scopus15 WoS15 Europe PMC2
    2017 Burgun, A., Bloch, W., Doonan, C., & Sumby, C. (2017). Engineering isoreticular 2D metal-organic frameworks with inherent structural flexibility. Australian Journal of Chemistry, 70(5), 566-575.
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    2017 Lippi, R., Howard, S., Barron, H., Easton, C., Madsen, I., Waddington, L., . . . Kennedy, D. (2017). Highly active catalyst for CO₂ methanation derived from a metal organic framework template. Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 5(25), 12990-12997.
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    2017 Dechnik, J., Gascon, J., Doonan, C., Janiak, C., & Sumby, C. (2017). Mixed-matrix-membranen. Angewandte Chemie, 129(32), 9420-9439.
    2017 Dechnik, J., Sumby, C., & Janiak, C. (2017). Enhancing mixed-matrix membrane performance with metal-organic framework additives. Crystal Growth and Design, 17(8), 4467-4488.
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    2017 Doonan, C. J., & Sumby, C. J. (2017). Metal-organic framework catalysis. CrystEngComm, 19(29), 4045-4049.
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    2016 Teo, J., Coghlan, C., Evans, J., Tsivion, E., Head-Gordon, M., Sumby, C., & Doonan, C. (2016). Hetero-bimetallic metal-organic polyhedra. Chemical Communications, 52(2), 276-279.
    DOI Scopus46 WoS47 Europe PMC14
    2016 Huxley, M., Coghlan, C., Burgun, A., Tarzia, A., Sumida, K., Sumby, C., & Doonan, C. (2016). Site-specific metal and ligand substitutions in a microporous Mn²⁺-based metal–organic framework. Dalton Transactions, 45(10), 4431-4438.
    DOI Scopus11 WoS11 Europe PMC5
    2016 Linder-Patton, O., Bloch, W., Coghlan, C., Sumida, K., Kitagawa, S., Furukawa, S., . . . Sumby, C. (2016). Particle size effects in the kinetic trapping of a structurally-locked form of a flexible metal-organic framework. CrystEngComm, 18(22), 4172-4179.
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    2016 Evans, J., Huang, D., Haranczyk, M., Thornton, A., Sumby, C., & Doonan, C. (2016). Computational identification of organic porous molecular crystals. CrystEngComm, 18(22), 4133-4141.
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    2016 Sumby, C. (2016). Metal-organic frameworks: A thin film opening. Nature Chemistry, 8(4), 294-296.
    DOI Scopus9 WoS9 Europe PMC1
    2016 Linder-Patton, O., Doonan, C., & Sumby, C. (2016). Staggered pillaring: a strategy to control layer-layer packing and enhance porosity in MOFs. Journal of Coordination Chemistry, 69(11-13), 1802-1811.
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    2016 Burgun, A., Valente, P., Evans, J., Huang, D., Sumby, C., & Doonan, C. (2016). Endohedrally functionalised porous organic cages. Chemical Communications, 52(57), 8850-8853.
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    2016 Ricco, R., Pfeiffer, C., Sumida, K., Sumby, C., Falcaro, P., Furukawa, S., . . . Doonan, C. (2016). Emerging applications of metal-organic frameworks. CrystEngComm, 18(35), 6532-6542.
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    2016 Bruce, M., Ellis, B., Halet, J., Le Guennic, B., Nicholson, B., Sahnoune, H., . . . Zaitseva, N. (2016). Syntheses and structures of some complexes containing M₃(μdppm)₃ moieties (M = Cu, Ag) linking C₄{M'Lₓ} groups [M'Lₓ = Re(CO)₃((BU ͭ₂-bpy), Ru(dppe)Cp*]. Inorganica Chimica Acta, 453, 654-666.
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    2016 Capon, P., Burgun, A., Coghlan, C., Crees, R., Doonan, C., & Sumby, C. (2016). Hydrogen adsorption in azolium and metalated N-heterocyclic carbene containing MOFs. CrystEngComm, 18(37), 7003-7010.
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    2015 Evans, J., Huang, D., Hill, M., Sumby, C., Sholl, D., Thornton, A., & Doonan, C. (2015). Molecular design of amorphous porous organic cages for enhanced gas storage. Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 119(14), 7746-7754.
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    2015 Evans, J., Sumby, C., & Doonan, C. (2015). Synthesis and applications of porous organic cages. Chemistry Letters, 44(5), 582-588.
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    2015 Bloch, W., & Sumby, C. (2015). Probing solid-state breathing and structural transformations in a series of silver(I) porous coordination polymers. European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry, 2015(22), 3723-3729.
    DOI Scopus10 WoS11
    2015 Kadir, M., Ramli, R., Kassim, N., Mansor, N., & Sumby, C. (2015). Synthesis, structural and spectroscopic studies of palladium(II) metallo-macrocyles containing ancillary blocking ligands and N,N'-2,6-Bis(3-pyridylmethyl)pyridine dicarboxamide. Malaysian Journal of Analytical Sciences, 19(3), 520-530.
    2015 Kitchin, M., Teo, J., Konstas, K., Lau, C., Sumby, C., Thornton, A., . . . Hill, M. (2015). AIMs: a new strategy to control physical aging and gas transport in mixed-matrix membranes. Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 3(29), 15241-15247.
    DOI Scopus47 WoS47
    2015 Kitchin, M., Konstas, K., Sumby, C., Czyz, M., Valente, P., Hill, M., . . . Doonan, C. (2015). Continuous flow synthesis of a carbon-based molecular cage macrocycle via a three-fold homocoupling reaction. Chemical Communications, 51(75), 14231-14234.
    DOI Scopus20 WoS19 Europe PMC9
    2015 Bruce, M., Burgun, A., George, J., Nicholson, B., Parker, C., Skelton, B., . . . Zaitseva, N. (2015). Some reactions of azides with diynyl-bis(phosphine)ruthenium-cyclopentadienyl complexes. Journal of Organometallic Chemistry, 797, 185-193.
    DOI Scopus1 WoS1
    2015 Huang, A., Sefton, M., Sumby, C., Tiekink, E., & Taylor, D. (2015). Mechanistic studies on the autoxidation of α-guaiene: structural diversity of the sesquiterpenoid downstream products. Journal of Natural Products, 78(1), 131-145.
    DOI Scopus18 WoS16 Europe PMC8
    2015 Bloch, W., Burgun, A., Doonan, C., & Sumby, C. (2015). Probing post-synthetic metallation in metal-organic frameworks: insights from X-ray crystallography. Chemical Communications, 51(25), 5486-5489.
    DOI Scopus17 WoS19 Europe PMC4
    2015 Stockton, K., Merritt, C., Sumby, C., & Greatrex, B. (2015). Palladium-Catalyzed Suzuki-Miyaura, Heck and Hydroarylation Reactions on (-)-Levoglucosenone and Application to the Synthesis of Chiral γ-Butyrolactones. European Journal of Organic Chemistry, 2015(32), 6999-7008.
    DOI Scopus24 WoS22
    2015 Bloch, W., & Sumby, C. (2015). Silver(I) coordination polymers of the ‘hinged’ pyrazine containing ligand di-2-pyrazinylmethane. Supramolecular Chemistry, 27(11-12), 807-819.
    DOI Scopus4 WoS3
    2014 Burgun, A., Gendron, F. D. R., Sumby, C. J., Roisnel, T., Cador, O., Costuas, K., . . . Lapinte, C. (2014). Hexatriynediyl Chain Spanning Two Cp*(dppe) M Termini (M= Fe, Ru): Evidence for the Dependence of Electronic and Magnetic Couplings on the Relative Orientation of the Termini. Organometallics, 33(10), 2613-2627.
    DOI Scopus41 WoS42
    2014 Bloch, W. M., Burgun, A., Coghlan, C. J., Lee, R., Coote, M. L., Doonan, C. J., & Sumby, C. J. (2014). Capturing snapshots of post-synthetic metallation chemistry in metal-organic frameworks. Nature Chemistry, 6(10), 906-912.
    DOI Scopus136 WoS137 Europe PMC40
    2014 Huang, A., Sumby, C., Tiekink, E., & Taylor, D. (2014). Synthesis of guaia-4(5)-en-11-ol, guaia-5(6)-en-11-ol, aciphyllene, 1- epi-melicodenones C and E, and other guaiane-type sesquiterpenoids via the diastereoselective epoxidation of guaiol. Journal of Natural Products, 77(11), 2522-2536.
    DOI Scopus16 WoS16 Europe PMC3
    2014 Rankine, D., Keene, T., Doonan, C., & Sumby, C. (2014). Reprogramming kinetic phase control and tailoring pore environments in Coᴵᴵ and Znᴵᴵ metal-organic frameworks. Crystal Growth and Design, 14(11), 5710-5718.
    DOI Scopus8 WoS7
    2014 Burgun, A., Crees, R., Cole, M., Doonan, C., & Sumby, C. (2014). A 3-D diamondoid MOF catalyst based on in situ generated [Cu(L)2] N-heterocyclic carbene (NHC) linkers: hydroboration of CO₂. Chemical Communications, 50(79), 11760-11763.
    DOI Scopus59 WoS56 Europe PMC11
    2014 Hollis, C., He, X., & Sumby, C. (2014). Ruthenium complexes of hexakis(cyanophenyl)[3]radialenes and their di(cyanophenyl)methane precursors: Synthesis, photophysical, and electrochemical properties. Journal of Coordination Chemistry, 67(8), 1367-1379.
    DOI Scopus1 WoS1
    2014 Evans, J. D., Sumby, C. J., & Doonan, C. J. (2014). Post-synthetic metalation of metal–organic frameworks. Chemical Society reviews, 43(16), 5933-5951.
    DOI Scopus414 WoS405 Europe PMC90
    2014 Kadir, M. A., Mansor, N., Yusof, M. S. M., & Sumby, C. J. (2014). Synthesis and crystal structure of N-6-[(4-pyridylamino) carbonyl]-pyridine-2-carboxylic acid methyl ester zinc complex. Complex Metals, 1(1), 32-37.
    2014 Coghlan, C., Sumby, C., & Doonan, C. (2014). Utilising hinged ligands in MOF synthesis: a covalent linking strategy for forming 3D MOFs. CrystEngComm, 16(28), 6364-6371.
    DOI Scopus5 WoS6
    2014 Lu, T., Goh, A. W., Yu, M., Adams, J., Lam, F., Teo, T., . . . Wang, S. (2014). Discovery of (E)-3-((Styrylsulfonyl) methyl) pyridine and (E)-2-((Styrylsulfonyl) methyl) pyridine Derivatives as Anticancer Agents: Synthesis, Structure–Activity Relationships, and Biological Activities. Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, 57(6), 2275-2291.
    DOI Scopus14 WoS13 Europe PMC7
    2014 Evans, J. D., Huang, D. M., Hill, M. R., Sumby, C. J., Thornton, A. W., & Doonan, C. J. (2014). Feasibility of mixed matrix membrane gas separations employing porous organic cages. The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 118(3), 1523-1529.
    DOI Scopus59 WoS57
    2014 Babarao, R., Coghlan, C., Rankine, D., Bloch, W., Gransbury, G., Sato, H., . . . Doonan, C. (2014). Does functionalisation enhance CO₂ uptake in interpenetrated MOFs? An examination of the IRMOF-9 series. Chemical Communications, 50(24), 3238-3241.
    DOI Scopus53 WoS51 Europe PMC8
    2013 Bloch, W., Doonan, C., & Sumby, C. (2013). Using hinged ligands to target structurally flexible copper(II) MOFs. Crystengcomm, 15(45), 9663-9671.
    DOI Scopus23 WoS23
    2013 He, Z., Pang, Q., Rankine, D., Sumby, C., Zhang, L., Doonan, C., & Li, Q. (2013). Encapsulation of polyoxometalates within layered metal-organic frameworks with topological and pore control. Crystengcomm, 15(45), 9340-9343.
    DOI Scopus4 WoS5
    2013 Rankine, D., Keene, T., Sumby, C., & Doonan, C. (2013). Chelation-driven fluorescence deactivation in three alkali earth metal MOFs containing 2,2’-dihydroxybiphenyl-4,4’-dicarboxylate. Crystengcomm, 15(45), 9722-9728.
    DOI Scopus9 WoS9
    2013 Foo, H., Ebendorff-Heidepriem, H., Sumby, C., & Monro, T. (2013). Towards microstructured optical fibre sensors: surface analysis of silanised lead silicate glass. Journal of Materials Chemistry C: materials for optical and electronic devices, 1(41), 6782-6789.
    DOI Scopus11 WoS10
    2013 Bloch, W., Babarao, R., Hill, M., Doonan, C., & Sumby, C. (2013). Post-synthetic structural processing in a metal-organic framework material as a mechanism for exceptional CO₂/N₂ selectivity. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 135(28), 10441-10448.
    DOI Scopus155 WoS150 Europe PMC39
    2013 Hollis, C., Batten, S., & Sumby, C. (2013). Two-dimensional and three-dimensional coordination polymers of hexakis (4-cyanophenyl)[3] radialene: the role of stoichiometry and kinetics. Crystal Growth & Design, 13(6), 2350-2361.
    DOI Scopus18 WoS18
    2013 Keene, T., Rankine, D., Evans, J., Southon, P., Kepert, C., Aitken, J., . . . Doonan, C. (2013). Solvent-modified dynamic porosity in chiral 3D kagome frameworks. Dalton Transactions (Print Edition), 42(22), 7871-7879.
    DOI Scopus31 WoS28 Europe PMC8
    2013 Sumby, C. (2013). Research front on coordination polymers. Australian Journal of Chemistry, 66(4), 397-400.
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    2013 Burgun, A., Doonan, C., & Sumby, C. (2013). Triazolium-containing metal-organic frameworks: Control of catenation in 2-D Copper(II) paddlewheel structures. Australian Journal of Chemistry, 66(4), 409-418.
    DOI Scopus7 WoS6
    2013 Avellaneda, A., Valente, P., Burgun, A., Evans, J., Markwell-Heys, A., Rankine, D., . . . Doonan, C. (2013). Kinetically controlled porosity in a robust organic cage material. Angewandte Chemie - International Edition, 52(13), 3746-3749.
    DOI Scopus108 WoS103 Europe PMC35
    2013 Pehere, A., Sumby, C., & Abell, A. (2013). New cylindrical peptide assemblies defined by extended parallel β-sheets. Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry, 11(3), 425-429.
    DOI Scopus20 WoS18 Europe PMC7
    2013 Avellaneda, A., Valente, P., Burgun, A., Evans, J. D., Markwell-Heys, A. W., Rankine, D., . . . Doonan, C. J. (2013). Kinetically controlled porosity in a robust organic cage material. Angewandte Chemie, 125(13), 3834-3837.
    2012 Rankine, D., Avellaneda, A., Hill, M., Doonan, C., & Sumby, C. (2012). Control of framework interpenetration for in situ modified hydroxyl functionalised IRMOFs. Chemical Communications, 48(83), 10328-10330.
    DOI Scopus61 WoS57 Europe PMC17
    2012 Abdul Kadir, M., Clements, P., Hanton, L., Hollis, C., & Sumby, C. (2012). Pre-organisation or a hydrogen bonding mismatch; silver(I) diamide ligand coordination polymers versus discrete metallo-macrocyclic assemblies. Supramolecular Chemistry, 24(8), 627-640.
    DOI Scopus11 WoS5
    2012 Evans, J., Hollis, C., Hack, S., Gentleman, A., Hoffmann, P., Buntine, M., & Sumby, C. (2012). Anion-π interactions of hexaaryl[3]radialenes. Journal of Physical Chemistry A, 116(30), 8001-8007.
    DOI Scopus9 WoS8 Europe PMC2
    2012 Crees, R., Moubaraki, B., Murray, K., & Sumby, C. (2012). Synthesis and coordination chemistry of 2-(di-2-pyridylamino)pyrimidine; structural aspects of spin crossover in an Fe(II) complex. Australian Journal of Chemistry, 65(7), 842-850.
    DOI Scopus2 WoS2
    2012 Abdul Kadir, M., Hanton, L., & Sumby, C. (2012). Building blocks for coordination polymers: self-assembled cleft-like and planar discrete metallo-macrocyclic complexes. Dalton Transactions (Print Edition), 41(15), 4497-4505.
    DOI Scopus10 WoS5 Europe PMC2
    2012 Bloch, W., & Sumby, C. (2012). Guest-induced crystal-to-crystal expansion and contraction of a 3-D porous coordination polymer. Chemical Communications, 48(19), 2534-2536.
    DOI Scopus46 WoS46 Europe PMC8
    2012 Avellaneda, A., Hollis, C., He, X., & Sumby, C. (2012). Fluorescent hexaaryl-and hexa-heteroaryl [3] radialenes: synthesis, structures, and properties. Beilstein Journal of Organic Chemistry, 8, 71-80.
    DOI Scopus9 WoS8 Europe PMC1
    2011 Abdul-Kadir, M., Hanton, L. R., & Sumby, C. J. (2011). Self-assembled metallo-macrocycle based coordination polymers with unsymmetrical amide ligands. Dalton Transactions, 40(45), 12374-12380.
    DOI Scopus17 WoS10 Europe PMC3
    2011 Bloch, W., Derwent - Smith, S., Issa, F., Morris, J., Rendina, L., & Sumby, C. (2011). Fused pyrazino [2,3-b]indolizine and indolizino[2,3-b]quioxaline derivatives; synthesis, structures and properties. Tetrahedron, 67(48), 9368-9375.
    DOI Scopus21 WoS21
    2011 Englich, F. V., Foo, T. C., Richardson, A. C., Ebendorff-Heidepriem, H., Sumby, C. J., & Monro, T. M. (2011). Photoinduced electron transfer based ion sensing within an optical fiber. Sensors, 11(10), 9560-9572.
    DOI Scopus22 WoS21 Europe PMC6
    2011 Sumby, C. (2011). Bridging ligands comprising two or more di-2-pyridylmethyl or amine arms: alternatives to 2,2'-bipyridyl-containing bridging ligands. Coordination Chemistry Reviews, 255(15-16), 1937-1967.
    DOI Scopus55 WoS52
    2010 Ioannidis, M., Gentleman, A., Ho, L., Lincoln, S., & Sumby, C. (2010). Complexation and structural studies of a sulfonamide aza-15-crown-5 derivative. Inorganic Chemistry Communications, 13(5), 593-598.
    DOI Scopus6 WoS6
    2010 Crees, R., Cole, M., Hanton, L., & Sumby, C. (2010). Synthesis of a zinc(II) imidazolium dicarboxylate ligand metal-organic framework (MOF): a potential precursor to MOF-tethered N-heterocyclic carbene compounds. Inorganic Chemistry, 49(4), 1712-1719.
    DOI Scopus75 WoS74 Europe PMC15
    2009 Sumby, C., & Hanton, L. (2009). Syntheses and studies of flexible amide ligands: a toolkit for studying metallo-supramolecular assemblies for anion binding. Tetrahedron, 65(24), 4681-4691.
    DOI Scopus22 WoS17
    2009 Hollis, C., Hanton, L., Morris, J., & Sumby, C. (2009). 2-D Coordination Polymers of Hexa(4-cyanophenyl)[3]-radialene and Silver(I): Anion•••π-Interactions and Radialene C−H•••Anion Hydrogen Bonds in the Solid-State Interactions of Hexaaryl[3]-radialenes with Anions. Crystal Growth & Design, 9(6), 2911-2916.
    DOI Scopus33 WoS33
    2009 Westcott, A., Sumby, C., Walshaw, R., & Hardie, M. (2009). Metallo-gels and organo-gels with tripodal cyclotriveratrylene-type and 1,3,5-substituted benzene-type ligands. New Journal of Chemistry, 33(4), 902-912.
    DOI Scopus43 WoS43
    2009 Sumby, C., Leita, B., Moubaraki, B., Murray, K., & Steel, P. (2009). Synthesis and coordination chemistry of doubly-tridentate tripodal pyridazine and pyrimidine-derived ligands: structural interplay between M2L and M2L2 (M=Ni and Pd) complexes and magnetic properties of iron(II) complexes. Australian Journal of Chemistry, 62(9), 1142-1154.
    DOI Scopus6 WoS6
    2008 Antonioli, B., Bray, D., Clegg, J., Gloe, K., Gloe, K., Jager, A., . . . Wenzel, M. (2008). Interaction of copper(II) and palladium(II) with linked 2,2'-dipyridylamine derivatives: Synthetic and structural studies. Polyhedron, 27(13), 2889-2898.
    DOI Scopus29 WoS28
    2008 Carruthers, C., Ronson, T., Sumby, C., Westcott, A., Harding, L., Prior, T., . . . Hardie, M. (2008). The dimeric "hand-shake" motif in complexes and metallo-supramolecular assemblies of cyclotriveratrylene-based ligands. Chemistry-A European Journal, 14(33), 10286-10296.
    DOI Scopus50 WoS48 Europe PMC7
    2008 Sumby, C., & Steel, P. (2008). Synthesis and X-ray crystal structures of three copper(II) complexes of 1,4-bis(di-2-pyridylmethyl)phthalazine. Journal of Coordination Chemistry, 61(14), 2179-2185.
    DOI Scopus4 WoS4
    2008 Sumby, C., & Steel, P. (2008). Synthesis and crystal structure of a 2nm long rectangular copper dimetallomacrocycle. Journal of Coordination Chemistry, 61(1), 117-123.
    DOI Scopus4 WoS4
    2008 Sumby, C. (2008). Ruthenium(II) Complexes of New Chelating Indolizino [2,3-b] pyrazine- and Indolizino[2,3-b] quinoxaline-Derived Ligands: Syntheses, Electrochemistry and Absorption Spectroscopy. Australian Journal of Chemistry, 61(11), 894-904.
    DOI Scopus5 WoS5
    2008 Sumby, C., Gordon, K., Walsh, T., & Hardie, M. (2008). Synthesis and complexation of multiarmed cycloveratrylene-type ligands: Observation of the "Boat" and "Distorted-Cup" conformations of a cyclotetraveratrylene derivative. Chemistry-A European Journal, 14(14), 4415-4425.
    DOI Scopus17 WoS16 Europe PMC4
    2007 Sumby, C., & Steel, P. (2007). Coordination chemistry of di-2-pyridylamine-based bridging heterocyclic ligands: A structural study of coordination polymers and discrete dinuclear complexes. Inorganica Chimica Acta, 360(6), 2100-2114.
    DOI Scopus21 WoS20
    2007 Sumby, C., & Steel, P. (2007). Mono- and dinuclear ruthenium complexes of bridging ligands incorporating two di-2-pyridylamine motifs: Syntheses, spectroscopy and electorchemistry. Polyhedron, 26(18), 5370-5381.
    DOI Scopus10 WoS8
    2007 Sumby, C., & Hardie, M. (2007). 2,3,7,8,12,13-Hexahydroxy-10,15-dihydro-5H-tribenzo[a,d,g]cyclononene acetone disolvate. Acta Crystallographica Section E-Structure Reports Online, 63(4), O1537-O1539.
    DOI Scopus4 WoS3
    2006 Sumby, C., Carr, M., Franken, A., Kennedy, J., Kilner, C., & Hardie, M. (2006). Crystal-packing motifs of [Ag₄L₄]⁴+ star-burst tetrahedra. New Journal of Chemistry, 30(10), 1390-1396.
    DOI Scopus27 WoS27
    2006 Antonioli, B., Bray, D., Clegg, J., Gloe, K., Gloe, K., Kateva, O., . . . Wenzel, M. (2006). Silver(I) complexation of linked 2,2'-dipyridylamine derivatives. Synthetic, solvent extraction, membrane transport and X-ray structural studies. Dalton Transactions (Print Edition), 40, 4783-4794.
    DOI Scopus62 WoS53 Europe PMC10
    2006 Sumby, C., Fisher, J., Prior, T., & Hardie, M. (2006). Tris (pyridylmethyl-amino)cyclotriguaiacylene cavitands: An investigation of the solution and solid-state behaviour of metallo-supramolecular cages and cavitand-based corodination polymers.. Chemistry-A European Journal, 12(11), 2945-2959.
    DOI Scopus73 WoS70 Europe PMC18
    2005 Sumby, C., & Hardie, M. (2005). Capsules and star-burst polyhedra : An [Ag[2]L[2]] capsule and a tetrahedral [Ag[4]L[4]] metallosupramolecular prism with cyclotriveratrylene-type ligands. Angewandte Chemie-International Edition, 44(39), 6395-6399.
    DOI Scopus66 WoS60 Europe PMC18
    2005 Hardie, M., Ahmad, R., & Sumby, C. (2005). Network structures of cyclotriveratrylene and its derivatives. New Journal of Chemistry, 29(10), 1231-1240.
    DOI Scopus31 WoS32
    2005 Sumby, C., & Steel, P. (2005). An investigation of the coordination chemistry of the hexadentate ligand di-2-pyridylketone azine; the formation of a discrete tetranuclear complex with silver nitrate. New Journal of Chemistry, 29(8), 1077-1081.
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    2005 Sumby, C., & Hardie, M. (2005). Disentangling disorder in the three-dimensional coordination network of {Ag₃[Tris(2-pyridylmethyl)cyclotriguaiacylene]₂}(PF₆)₃. Crystal Growth & Design, 5(4), 1321-1324.
    DOI Scopus32 WoS30
    2004 Hardie, M., Mills, R., & Sumby, C. (2004). Building blocks for cyclotriveratrylene-based coordination networks. Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry, 2(20), 2958-2964.
    DOI Scopus32 WoS31 Europe PMC9
    2004 Steel, P., & Sumby, C. (2004). Synthesis and X-ray crystal structure of a bridging trispiran ligand. Arkivoc (Online Ed), 2004, 7-12.
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    2004 Hardie, M., & Sumby, C. (2004). Interwoven 2-D coordination network prepared from the molecular host Tris(isonicotinoyl)cyclotriguaiacylene and Silver(I) Cobalt(III) bis(dicarbollide). Inorganic Chemistry, 43(22), 6872-6874.
    DOI Scopus52 WoS51 Europe PMC15
    2003 Sumby, C., & Steel, P. (2003). Cyclometalated compounds. XVII.¹ The first threefold cyclopalladation of a single benzene ring. Organometallics, 22(12), 2358-2360.
    DOI Scopus31 WoS29
    2003 Steel, P., & Sumby, C. (2003). Coordination chemistry of di-2-pyridylmethane and related bridging ligands with silver(i), copper(ii), palladium(ii) and zinc(ii). Dalton Transactions (Print Edition), 23, 4505-4515.
    DOI Scopus41 WoS45
    2003 D'Alessandro, D., Keene, F., Steel, P., & Sumby, C. (2003). Ruthenium (II) Complexes of Multidentate Ligands Derived from Di (2-pyridyl) methane. Australian Journal of Chemistry, 56(7), 657-664.
    DOI Scopus22 WoS22
    2003 Sumby, C., & Steel, P. (2003). 'All twisted up': a dinuclear helicate with a highly contorted pyridazine bridge. Inorganic Chemistry Communications, 6(2), 127-130.
    DOI Scopus20 WoS20
    2002 Steel, P., & Sumby, C. (2002). Anion-directed self-assembly of metallosupramolecular coordination polymers of the radialene ligand hexa(2-pyridyl)[3]radialene. Inorganic Chemistry Communications, 5(5), 323-327.
    DOI Scopus41 WoS41
    2002 Steel, P., & Sumby, C. (2002). Hexa(2-pyridyl)[3]radialene: self-assembly of a hexanuclear silver array. Chemical Communications, 4, 322-323.
    DOI Scopus70 WoS71 Europe PMC11
  • Book Chapters

    Year Citation
    2021 Griffin, S. L., Orton, G. R. F., Young, R. J., Sumby, C. J., Doonan, C. J., & Champness, N. R. (2021). Stabilising and Characterising Homogeneous Catalysts in MOFs. In G. Lloyd, & R. S. Forgan (Eds.), Reactivity in Confined Spaces (Vol. 31, pp. 340-369). United Kingdom: Royal Society of Chemistry.
  • Conference Papers

    Year Citation
    2018 Kadir, M., & Sumby, C. (2018). Synthesis, characterization and crystal structure of coordination polymers developed as anion receptor. In Solid State Phenomena Vol. 273 SSP (pp. 134-139). Switzerland:
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    2014 Foo, H. T. C., Ebendorff-Heidepriem, H., Sumby, C. J., & Monro, T. M. (2014). Comparison of 3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane (APTES) grafting chemistry on silica and lead silicate glass. In International Conference on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (2014: Adelaide, South Australia) ICONN 2014. USA: IEEE.
    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. In J. Canning, & G. D. Peng (Eds.), Proceedings of the 3rd Asia Pacific Optical Sensors Conferenc Vol. 8351 (pp. 8 pages). Sydney, Australia: SPIE.
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    2011 Hardie, M. J., Carruthers, C., Henkelis, J. J., Little, M. A., Ronson, T. K., & Sumby, C. J. (2011). New coordination polymers with embedded molecular recognition functionality. In ACTA CRYSTALLOGRAPHICA A-FOUNDATION AND ADVANCES Vol. 67 (pp. C359). INT UNION CRYSTALLOGRAPHY.
    2010 Hardie, M., Carruthers, C., Fisher, J., Harding, L., Henkelis, J., Little, M., . . . Westcott, A. (2010). Star-burst Prisms and Coordination Polymers.. In ACTA CRYSTALLOGRAPHICA A-FOUNDATION AND ADVANCES Vol. 66 (pp. S86). INT UNION CRYSTALLOGRAPHY.
    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. In Proceedings of the ACOLS ACOFT 09 Conference (pp. 1-2). CDROM: Australian Optical Society.
    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. In Proceedings of the ACOLS ACOFT 09 Conference (pp. 107-108). CDROM: Australian Optical Society.
  • Conference Items

    Year Citation
    2017 Doonan, C., Burgun, A., & Sumby, C. (2017). Single site catalysis in metal-organic frameworks. Poster session presented at the meeting of ABSTRACTS OF PAPERS OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY. San Francisco, CA: AMER CHEMICAL SOC.
    2014 Doonan, C. J., Sumby, C. J., & Bloch, W. M. (2014). MOFs: Nanosized windows into Angstrom space. Poster session presented at the meeting of ABSTRACTS OF PAPERS OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY. San Francisco, CA: AMER CHEMICAL SOC.
    2006 Hardie, M., Fisher, J., Stephenson, M. D., Sumby, C. J., & Westcott, A. (2006). Materials with network structures from cavitand ligands and extended networks of discrete coordination complexes. Poster session presented at the meeting of Proceedings of 1st British-Sino Joint Symposium on Chemistry CCS/RSC/EPSRC Workshop on Materials Chemistry. Beijing, China.
    2004 Hardie, M., Ahmad, R., & Sumby, C. (2004). Rigid molecular hosts as building blocks for network structures. Poster session presented at the meeting of Acta Crystallographica Section A: Foundations of Crystallography. Budapest, Hungary: International Union of Crystallography.
    Young, R., Begg, S., Sumby, C., & McDevitt, C. (n.d.). Silver Coordination Polymers: Relationships between structure and antibacterial activity. Poster session presented at the meeting of Unknown Conference.
  • Theses

    Year Citation
    2003 Sumby, C. J. (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. (PhD Thesis).

Research Funding

Project Funding


Professor Christian Doonan; Professor Christopher Sumby; Dr Kenji Sumida. Metal-organic Framework (MOF) Superstructure Catalysts. ARC DP220101774

The development of new catalyst technology is crucial to uncovering energy-efficient strategies for valorising chemicals. Although the designable pore networks of Metal-organic Frameworks (MOFs) provide a highly favourable environment for heterogeneous catalysis, most stable MOF materials are microporous - possessing pores less than 2 nm - which hinders mass transport. This research will develop novel, hierarchically porous MOF superstructures that will overcome these limitations and serve as platform materials for the development of new catalysts. This research will address future challenges in industrial catalysis and realise an important step towards the commercial application of MOF catalysis for valoriation of chemical feedstocks.


CRC Future Fuels Project “Efficient conversion of hydrogen into alternative future fuels”.


CRC Future Fuels Project “Hydrogen Production from a Photo-Electrochemical Reactor under Solar Radiation”.

Professor Christian Doonan; Professor Christopher Sumby; Dr Stephen Bell; Associate Professor Michael Beard; Professor Paolo Falcaro, Advancing the Chemistry of Metal-organic Frameworks for Biotechnology. ARC DP200102411

This research will advance the fundamental chemical science required for the emerging field of Metal-organic Framework (MOF) biocomposites. A significant challenge to the commercial use of enzymes (biocatalysis), proteins (protein-based therapeutics) and virus-based vaccines is their instability to elevated temperatures and/or non-biological media. MOFs can encapsulate and protect biomolecules, thereby overcoming this limitation. This project will develop fundamental parameters that govern the formation, stability and activity of these biocomposites, expanding the scope of MOF materials available for bioprotection, and enable new developments in the areas of industrial biocatalysis and protein/virus-based therapeutics.


Prof. Christian Doonan; Prof. Christopher Sumby; Dr Kenji Sumida, Examining small molecule activation in metal-organic framework pores. ARC DP190101402

This project aims to uncover important chemical knowledge regarding small molecule activation by reactive metal species that are site-isolated and stabilised within the pores of metal-organic frameworks. These insights will lead to the development of new materials that are able to activate small molecules, such as carbon dioxide and methane, and facilitate their conversion to commodity chemicals and fuels. Uncovering energy-efficient strategies for valorising abundant small molecules is a key challenge for future energy sustainability. The outcomes of this project will inform the design of the next-generation catalysts for conversion of methane to methanol, a potential fuel, and facilitate the transition to a clean energy future.


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.

Prior to 2016

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.

Industry Projects

PETRONAS Research Sdn Bhd, Technology Readiness Level (TRL) enhancement of MOF-based catalysts for CO2 hydrogenation into methanol, 2021.

PETRONAS Research Sdn Bhd, Development of MOFbased catalysts for CO2 hydrogenation into methanol, 2020. 

Infrastructure Funding

Professor Christopher Sumby; Dr John Bruning; Associate Professor Sally Plush; Professor Vincent Bulone; Professor Christian Doonan; Associate Professor Martin Johnston; Professor Dr Volker Hessel; Professor Shudong Wang; Associate Professor Michael Perkins; Professor Deborah White; Professor Mats Andersson; Dr Peter Elliott; Dr Ruben Arrua; Associate Professor Henrietta Venter; Professor Nikolai Petrovsky, Structure Determination Pipeline Capabilities for South Australia. ARC LE210100163

This project aims to complete a high-throughput, automated pipeline for biomolecule crystallisation and provide enhanced X-ray structure determination capabilities for all sample types. This is critical because X-ray crystallography remains the primary technique for achieving molecular level insights to help solve cutting-edge problems in life, materials, chemical, earth and agricultural sciences. The diverse researcher community in South Australia will benefit from a more rapid structure determination pipeline from molecular sample to structure. The infrastructure will drive research findings in energy and resources, food, soil and water security, advanced manufacturing and life sciences and lead to economic and technological impacts.

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

Inorganic Chemistry III - X-ray Crystallography

Advanced Synthetic Methods III - Organometallic Chemistry


  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2021 Co-Supervisor Exploring how Metal-organic frameworks can be applied to encapsulate and protect biomolecules from environments, e.g. elevated temperature, that would typically lead to their decomposition Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Mr Joe Richard Ian Milne
    2021 Principal Supervisor Structuralised Metal-organic Frameworks (MOFs) as Supports for Catalysis Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Miss Josephine Frances Smernik
    2021 Principal Supervisor Efficient conversion of hydrogen to future fuels Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Thomas Edward Anthony
    2020 Co-Supervisor Single site catalysis in Metal-organic Frameworks for sustainable catalysis Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Mr Steven Tsoukatos
    2020 Principal Supervisor Synthesis and modification of Metal Organic Frameworks for catalysis and gas separation applications. Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Pol Gimeno I Fonquernie
    2019 Principal Supervisor Metal Organic Cages in Polymer Synthesis Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Matthew Luke Schneider
    2018 Co-Supervisor Development of novel antimicrobial nanomaterials for surface elimination of persistent bacteria Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Afshin Karami
    2017 Co-Supervisor Biological Interactions of Ruthenium Holicates Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Kate Louisa Flint
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2018 - 2021 Co-Supervisor Photophysical and electronic properties of pyrene-based 3D coordination polymers. Master of Philosophy Master Part Time Mr Christopher Norman Coleman
    2018 - 2020 Principal Supervisor Biomolecule encapsulation in biocompatible metal-organic frameworks Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Miss Tania Michelle Pullin
    2017 - 2021 Principal Supervisor Reactivity of Metals Tethered to Metal-Organic Frameworks Doctor of Philosophy under a Jointly-awarded Degree Agreement with Doctorate Full Time Miss Rosemary Jane Young
    2017 - 2020 Co-Supervisor Investigation of the Mechanism of Multiple Cytochrome P450-catalysed Reactions Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Mr Matthew Podgorski
    2017 - 2021 Co-Supervisor Engineering site-isolated reactive metal complexes within a Metal-organic Framework Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Ricardo Atahualpa Peralta
    2016 - 2020 Principal Supervisor Influencing Metal-organic Framework Catalysis through Nanoscale Structuralisation Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Oliver Michael Linder-Patton
    2016 - 2020 Co-Supervisor An investigation of the chemistry of silver in biological systems, and the development of silver-containing materials for use as antibacterial agents Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Harley Dwane Betts
    2015 - 2019 Co-Supervisor Studying Transition Metal Chemistry inside a Metal-Organic Framework Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Michael Thomas Huxley
    2015 - 2017 Principal Supervisor Incorporation of N-Heterocyclic Carbenes and their Precursors into Metal-Organic Frameworks Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Mr Patrick Keith Capon
    2014 - 2018 Co-Supervisor Metal-Organic Frameworks as Templates for Highly Active Heterogeneous
    Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Renata Lippi
    2012 - 2015 Principal Supervisor Simulations of Molecular and Extended Porous Materials Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Jack Evans
    2012 - 2017 Principal Supervisor Studies of Metal-Organic Polyhedra: Synthesis and Applications in Gas Storage and Separation Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Jesse Miah Teo
    2011 - 2016 Principal Supervisor Metal-Organic Frameworks Containing Dihydroxy Motifs: Control of Phase Formation and Pore Environments Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mr Damien Rankine
    2011 - 2016 Principal Supervisor Biomimetic Synthesis of Marine Sponge Derived Natural Products Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Kevin Kuan
    2011 - 2012 Co-Supervisor Oxidative Activation of Iron- and Ruthenium- Alkynyl Complexes: Toward Square-Shaped Molecules with Four Redox-Active Metal Centres Doctor of Philosophy under a Cotutelle Agreement with Doctorate Full Time Dr Alexandre Burgun
    2010 - 2014 Principal Supervisor Engineering Flexible Metal-Organic Frameworks from Methylene-hinged Ligands Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Witold Marek Bloch
    2010 - 2013 Co-Supervisor The Combined Application of XAS and XFM Techniques to the Problem of Selenium Speciation in Biological Systems Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Claire Weekley
    2009 - 2015 Principal Supervisor An investigation of transition metal complex chemistry: enzyme mimicry and Zn(II) detection. Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Hilary Coleman
    2009 - 2010 Co-Supervisor Supramolecular Chemistry of Beta- and Gamma- Cyclodextrin Dimers Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Huy Ngo
    2009 - 2014 Co-Supervisor Optical Fibre Sensors with Surface-immobilised Fluoroionophores Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mr Herbert Tze Cheung Foo
    2008 - 2013 Principal Supervisor Studies of Hexaaryl[3]radialene Ligands: Synthesis, Coordination Chemistry and Anion Interactions Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Courtney Hollis
    2008 - 2012 Principal Supervisor Synthesis and Coordination Chemistry of Polypyridyl Amide Ligands Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Maisara Abdul Kadir
    2008 - 2010 Co-Supervisor Polarised Alkynyl Ruthenium Complexes Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Christian Parker
    2008 - 2008 Co-Supervisor New Methods for the Synthesis of Diynyl, Diyndiyl and Bis(diyndiyl) Ruthenium(II) Complexes Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Nancy Scoleri
  • Committee Memberships

    Date Role Committee Institution Country
    2021 - ongoing Member Society of Crystallographers in Australia and New Zealand Council Society of Crystallographers in Australia and New Zealand Australia
    2020 - 2022 Representative SA Branch of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute Royal Australian Chemical Institute Australia
    2020 - ongoing Member MX3 Beamline Advisory Panel Australian Synchrotron Australia
    2018 - 2020 President SA Branch of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute Royal Australian Chemical Institute 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 - ongoing 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 - ongoing Member Tall Poppy Selection Panel Committee The Australian Institute of Policy and Science (AIPS) Australia
  • Memberships

    Date Role Membership Country
    2015 - ongoing Member American Chemical Society United States
    2015 - ongoing Member Royal Australian Chemistry Institute (MRACI CChem) Australia
    2015 - ongoing Member Society of Crystallographers in Australia and New Zealand (SCANZ) Australia
  • Editorial Boards

    Date Role Editorial Board Name Institution Country
    2021 - ongoing Associate Editor IUCr Newsletter IUCr United Kingdom
    2016 - 2019 Board Member Journal of Coordination Chemistry
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