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Nathan Kilah

Senior Lecturer

Room 205, Chemistry Building, Sandy Bay Campus

+61 3 6226 2183 (phone)

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Nathan.Kilah@utas.edu.au

Dr Nathan Kilah is an ARC DECRA Fellow in the School of Physical Sciences in the College of Sciences and Engineering. He is interested in the application of halogen bonding for new molecular materials.

Biography

Nathan completed his BSc Hons in 2003 at the University of Queensland, and his PhD in 2008 at the Australian National University. He was awarded a Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 Science Research Fellowship (2008-2010) for postdoctoral research at the University of Oxford (UK), and was subsequently awarded an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship (2011-2013) for postdoctoral research at the Philipps-Universit├Ąt Marburg (Germany). He commenced as Lecturer in Synthetic Chemistry at the University of Tasmania in January 2013, and was recently awarded a Discovery Early Career Researcher Award for 2015-2017.

Career summary

Qualifications

DegreeThesis TitleUniversityCountry Date of Award
GradCert ULT University of TasmaniaAustralia08/2015
PhDChiral Arsenium-Phosphine ComplexesAustralian National UniversityAustralia18/07/2008
BSc (1st Class Hons) University of QueenslandAustralia12/2003
BSc University of QueenslandAustralia12/2002

Memberships

Professional practice

  • Royal Australian Chemical Institute – Chartered Chemist
  • Royal Australian Chemical Institute – Tasmanian Branch Committee Member
  • Society of Crystallographers in Australia and New Zealand
  • Australian Association of von Humboldt Fellows

Teaching

Supramolecular, Halogen, Assembly, Self-assembly, Inorganic, Synthesis, Synthetic, Bioinorganic

Teaching responsibility

  • KRA170 - Chemistry of Materials
  • KRA224 - Organic and Bioinorganic

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Research Themes

Nathan's research interests are in synthetic chemistry, and are focused on the design of molecules capable of self-assembling in solution, and of recognising small molecules. He is also greatly interested in the applications of complex and diverse inorganic stereochemistry. Solution phase studies of assembly and small molecule recognition are conducted primarily by nuclear magnetic spectroscopy techniques. Solid state studies are conducted by X-ray crystallography, including the use of both in-house and synchrotron radiation sources.

Awards

  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Stereochemistry
  • Supramolecular Chemistry
  • Organometallic Chemistry

Fields of Research

  • Transition Metal Chemistry (030207)
  • Nanochemistry and Supramolecular Chemistry (030302)
  • Non-metal Chemistry (030205)
  • f-Block Chemistry (030202)
  • Main Group Metal Chemistry (030204)
  • Organic Chemical Synthesis (030503)
  • Bioinorganic Chemistry (030201)
  • Chemical Thermodynamics and Energetics (030602)
  • Analytical Chemistry (030199)
  • Solid State Chemistry (030206)
  • Natural Products Chemistry (030502)
  • Inorganic Green Chemistry (030203)
  • Design Innovation (120302)
  • Separation Science (030108)

Research Objectives

  • Expanding Knowledge in the Chemical Sciences (970103)
  • Teaching and Instruction Technologies (930203)
  • Environmentally Sustainable Manufacturing (869899)

Publications

Total publications

33

Highlighted publications

(5 outputs)
YearTypeCitationAltmetrics
2012Journal ArticleKilah NL, Meggers E, 'Sixty years young: The diverse biological activities of metal polypyridyl complexes pioneered by Francis P. Dwyer', Australian Journal of Chemistry: An International Journal for Chemical Science, 65, (9) pp. 1325-1332. ISSN 0004-9425 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1071/CH12275 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 45Web of Science - 46

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2012Journal ArticleKilah NL, Wild SB, 'Phosphine complexes of an enantiomerically pure, atropisomeric arsenium ion', Organometallics, 31, (7) pp. 2658-2666. ISSN 0276-7333 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1021/om200853d [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 9Web of Science - 8

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2011Journal ArticleKilah NL, Wise MD, Beer PD, 'Crystallographic implications for the design of halogen bonding anion receptors', Crystal Growth & Design, 11, (10) pp. 4565-4571. ISSN 1528-7483 (2011) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1021/cg200811a [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 45Web of Science - 43

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2010Journal ArticleKilah NL, Wise MD, Serpell CJ, Thompson AL, White NG, et al., 'Enhancement of anion recognition exhibited by a halogen-bonding rotaxane host system', American Chemical Society. Journal, 132, (34) pp. 11893-11895. ISSN 0002-7863 (2010) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1021/ja105263q [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 194Web of Science - 182

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2010Journal ArticleSerpell CJ, Kilah NL, Costa PJ, Felix V, Beer PD, 'Halogen bond anion templated assembly of an imidazolium pseudorotaxane', Angewandte Chemie (International Edition), 49, (31) pp. 5322-5326. ISSN 1433-7851 (2010) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1002/anie.201001729 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 118Web of Science - 116

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Journal Article

(30 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2018Deans BJ, Kilah NL, Jordan GJ, Bissember AC, Smith JA, 'Arbutin derivatives isolated from ancient proteaceae: potential phytochemical markers present in Bellendena, Cenarrhenes, and Persoonia Genera', Journal of Natural Products, 81, (5) pp. 1241-1251. ISSN 0163-3864 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1021/acs.jnatprod.7b01038 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 3Web of Science - 4

Co-authors: Deans BJ; Jordan GJ; Bissember AC; Smith JA

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2018Wolfenden AV, Kilah NL, 'Ancient alchemy in the classroom: a honey-based, deflagrating pyrotechnic', Journal of Chemical Education, 95, (8) pp. 1350-1353. ISSN 0021-9584 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1021/acs.jchemed.7b00978 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Wolfenden AV

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2017Macdonald NP, Bunton GL, Park AY, Breadmore MC, Kilah NL, '3D printed micrometer-scale polymer mounts for single crystal analysis', Analytical Chemistry, 89, (8) pp. 4405-4408. ISSN 0003-2700 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1021/acs.analchem.7b00443 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 5Web of Science - 5

Co-authors: Macdonald NP; Bunton GL; Park AY; Breadmore MC

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2017Deans BJ, Just J, Chhetri J, Burt LK, Smith JN, et al., 'Pressurized hot water extraction as a viable bioprospecting tool: isolation of coumarin natural products from previously unexamined Correa (Rutaceae) species', ChemistrySelect, 2, (8) pp. 2439-2443. ISSN 2365-6549 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1002/slct.201602006 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 7Web of Science - 8

Co-authors: Deans BJ; Just J; Chhetri J; Burt LK; Guven N; Bissember AC; Smith JA

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2016Wielandt JW, Petrie S, Kilah NL, Willis AC, Dewhurst RD, et al., 'Self-assembly of square-planar halide complexes of trimethylphosphine-stabilized diphenyl-arsenium, -stibenium, and -bismuthenium hexafluorophosphates', Australian Journal of Chemistry, 69, (5) pp. 524-532. ISSN 0004-9425 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1071/CH15701 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1

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2016Olivier WJ, Kilah NL, Horne J, Bissember AC, Smith JA, 'ent-Labdane Diterpenoids from Dodonaea viscosa', Journal of Natural Products, 79, (12) pp. 3117-3126. ISSN 0163-3864 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1021/acs.jnatprod.6b00858 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 5Web of Science - 6

Co-authors: Olivier WJ; Horne J; Bissember AC; Smith JA

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2015Brown A, Langton MJ, Kilah NL, Thompson AL, Beer PD, 'Chloride-anion-templated synthesis of a strapped-porphyrin-containing catenane host system', Chemistry: A European Journal, 21, (49) pp. 17664-17675. ISSN 0947-6539 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1002/chem.201502721 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 13Web of Science - 10

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2013Allain C, Beer PD, Faulkner S, Jones MW, Kenwright AM, et al., 'Lanthanide appended rotaxanes respond to changing chloride concentration', Chemical Science, 4, (1) pp. 489-493. ISSN 2041-6520 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1039/c2sc21614k [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 29Web of Science - 25

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2012Evans NH, Rahman H, Leontiev AV, Greenham ND, Orlowski GA, et al., 'Solution and surface-confined chloride anion templated redox-active ferrocene catenanes', Chemical Science, 3, (4) pp. 1080-1089. ISSN 2041-6520 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1039/C2SC00909A [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 42Web of Science - 39

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2012Kilah NL, Wild SB, 'Phosphine complexes of an enantiomerically pure, atropisomeric arsenium ion', Organometallics, 31, (7) pp. 2658-2666. ISSN 0276-7333 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1021/om200853d [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 9Web of Science - 8

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2012Lu D, Coote ML, Ho J, Kilah NL, Lin CY, et al., 'Resolution and improved synthesis of (±)-arsenicin A: A natural adamantane-type tetraarsenical possessing strong anti-acute promelocytic leukemia cell line activity', Organometallics, 31, (5) pp. 1808-1816. ISSN 0276-7333 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1021/om201180d [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 19Web of Science - 19

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2012Kilah NL, Meggers E, 'Sixty years young: The diverse biological activities of metal polypyridyl complexes pioneered by Francis P. Dwyer', Australian Journal of Chemistry: An International Journal for Chemical Science, 65, (9) pp. 1325-1332. ISSN 0004-9425 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1071/CH12275 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 45Web of Science - 46

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2011Hancock LM, Gilday LC, Kilah NL, Serpell CJ, Beer PD, 'A new synthetic route to chloride selective [2]catenanes', Chemical Communications, 47, (6) pp. 1725-1727. ISSN 1359-7345 (2011) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1039/c0cc04683c [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 24Web of Science - 23

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2011Kilah NL, Wise MD, Beer PD, 'Crystallographic implications for the design of halogen bonding anion receptors', Crystal Growth & Design, 11, (10) pp. 4565-4571. ISSN 1528-7483 (2011) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1021/cg200811a [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 45Web of Science - 43

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2011Tropiano M, Kilah NL, Morten M, Rahman H, Davis JJ, et al., 'Reversible luminescence switching of a redox-active ferrocene-europium dyad', Journal of the American Chemical Society, 133, (31) pp. 11847-11849. ISSN 0002-7863 (2011) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1021/ja203069s [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 107Web of Science - 105

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2010Hancock LM, Gilday LC, Carvalho S, Costa PJ, Felix V, et al., 'Rotaxanes capable of recognising chloride in aqueous media', Chemistry: A European Journal, 16, (44) pp. 13082-13094. ISSN 0947-6539 (2010) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1002/chem.201002076 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 48Web of Science - 46

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2010Kilah NL, Wise MD, Serpell CJ, Thompson AL, White NG, et al., 'Enhancement of anion recognition exhibited by a halogen-bonding rotaxane host system', American Chemical Society. Journal, 132, (34) pp. 11893-11895. ISSN 0002-7863 (2010) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1021/ja105263q [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 194Web of Science - 182

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2010Serpell CJ, Kilah NL, Costa PJ, Felix V, Beer PD, 'Halogen bond anion templated assembly of an imidazolium pseudorotaxane', Angewandte Chemie (International Edition), 49, (31) pp. 5322-5326. ISSN 1433-7851 (2010) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1002/anie.201001729 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 118Web of Science - 116

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2009Hasan S, Kilah NL, Martinez M, Bernhardt PV, 'Macrocyclic thiophene-appended cyanido-bridged CoIII/FeII complexes: Precursors to mixed-valent poly-thiophene hybrid materials', Australian Journal of Chemistry, 62, (10) pp. 1214-1220. ISSN 0004-9425 (2009) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1071/CH09245 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1

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2009Weir ML, Cade IA, Kilah NL, Zhou X, Wild SB, 'Asymmetric synthesis of bis(tertiary arsines): Highly stereoselective alkylations of diastereomers of a chiral phosphine-stabilized bis(arsenium triflate)', Inorganic Chemistry, 48, (15) pp. 7482-7490. ISSN 0020-1669 (2009) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1021/ic900797y [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 14Web of Science - 13

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2008Gugger PA, Hockless DCR, Kilah NL, Mayadunne RC, Wild SB, 'Resolution of (±)-nipecotic acid ((±)-3-piperidinecarboxylic acid) by separation of palladium(II) diastereomers containing orthometallated (S)-(-)-1-[1-(dimethylamino)ethyl]naphthalene', Tetrahedron: Asymmetry, 19, (15) pp. 1810-1812. ISSN 0957-4166 (2008) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.tetasy.2008.07.018 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 6Web of Science - 6

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2008Kilah NL, Weir ML, Wild SB, 'Tertiary arsine-stabilised arsenium salts: Syntheses and comparisons with phosphine analogues', Dalton Transactions, (18) pp. 2480-2486. ISSN 1477-9226 (2008) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1039/b800965a [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 18Web of Science - 18

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2007Bernhardt PV, Kilah NL, 'Macrocyclic cobalt(III) complexes as precursors for metal-polythiophene hybrid materials', Polyhedron, 26, (29) pp. 392-399. ISSN 0277-5387 (2007) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.poly.2006.07.001 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 8Web of Science - 8

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2007Kilah NL, Petrie S, Stranger R, Wolfram Wielandt J, Willis AC, et al., 'Triphenylphosphine-stabilized diphenyl-arsenium, -stibenium, and -bismuthenium salts', Organometallics, 26, (25) pp. 6106-6113. ISSN 0276-7333 (2007) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1021/om700512h [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 34Web of Science - 33

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2006Habermehl NC, Angus PM, Kilah NL, Noren L, Rae AD, et al., 'Asymmetric transformation of a double-standard, dicopper(I) helicate containing achiral bis(bidentate) Schiff bases', Inorganic Chemistry, 45, (4) pp. 1445-1462. ISSN 0020-1669 (2006) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1021/ic051478c [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 51Web of Science - 52

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2006Wolfram Wielandt J, Kilah NL, Willis AC, Wild SB, 'Self-assembly of square-planar halide complexes of phospine-stabilised stibenium salts', Chemical Communications, 42, (35) pp. 3679-3680. ISSN 1359-7345 (2006) [Refereed Article]

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2005Bernhardt PV, Kilah NL, 'Cyanocobalt(III) complexes of penta- and tetradentate-coordinated macrocyclic hexaamines', Acta Crystallographica Section C: Crystal Structure Communications, 61, (5) pp. m245-m249. ISSN 0108-2701 (2005) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1107/S0108270105009261 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2

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2005Bernhardt PV, Kilah NL, Meacham AP, Meredith P, Vogel R, 'Immobilisation of electroactive macrocyclic complexes within titania films', Dalton Transactions, 34, (15) pp. 2508-2515. ISSN 1477-9226 (2005) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1039/b505917h [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 12Web of Science - 10

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2003Zeng Q, Kilah NL, Riley M, 'The luminescence of Sm2+ in alkaline earth borophosphates', Journal of Luminescence, 101, (3) pp. 167-174. ISSN 0022-2313 (2003) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/S0022-2313(02)00410-6 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 36Web of Science - 30

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2003Zeng Q, Kilah NL, Riley M, Riesen H, 'Luminescence properties of Sm2+-activated barium chloroborates', Journal of Luminescence, 104, (1-2) pp. 65-76. ISSN 0022-2313 (2003) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/S0022-2313(02)00665-8 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 28Web of Science - 22

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Chapter in Book

(2 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2010Kilah NL, Beer PD, 'Pyridine and pyridinium-based anion receptors', Anion Recognition in Supramolecular Chemistry, Springer Berlin Heidelberg, Philip A Gale, Wim Dehaen (ed), Germany, pp. 301-340. ISBN 978-3-642-15443-0 (2010) [Research Book Chapter]

DOI: 10.1007/7081_2010_33 [eCite] [Details]

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2009Kilah NL, Wild SB, 'Product class 13: Triakylphosphine oxides, sulfides, selenides, tellurides, and imides', Organophosphorus Compounds (incl. RO-P and RN-P), Thieme, F Mathey (ed), New York, pp. 595-632. ISBN 978-3-13-118951-6 (2009) [Research Book Chapter]

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Conference Publication

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2018Bissember A, Hindrum S, Hornblow M, Kilah N, Power J, et al., 'Growing and bio-fabricating SCOBY: a project developed in an extended cross-disciplinary research team', Proceedings of the 1st Annual Design Research Conference (ADR18), 27-28 September 2018, University of Sydney, pp. 581-595. ISBN 978-0-646-99249-5 (2018) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Bissember A; Hindrum S; Hornblow M; Power J; Thickett S; Yong A

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Grants & Funding

Funding Summary

Number of grants

2

Total funding

$388,036

Projects

Halogen Bonding for Assembly and Separation in Solution (2015 - 2017)$373,536
Description
The properties of substances we experience in our daily lives owe much to very weak interactions taking place between molecules. Consider a cup of coffee: very weak interactions hold the water together as a liquid, and result in the biological action of caffeine within the body. The project will develop new materials based on an underexplored class of weak interactions known as halogen bonds. These interactions will be used to assemble large molecules in solution, probe the presence of pollutants in water, and to separate active and inactive forms of pharmaceuticals. The development of health and environmental applications in the course of this project will significantly enhance our fundamental understanding of these weak interactions.
Funding
Australian Research Council ($373,536)
Scheme
Fellowship-Discovery Early Career Researcher Award
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Kilah NL
Period
2015 - 2017
Grant Reference
DE150100263
New Materials for Halogen Bonding in Solution (2014)$14,500
Funding
University of Tasmania ($14,500)
Scheme
Grant-Research Enhancement (REGS)
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Kilah NL
Year
2014

Research Supervision

Nathan is currently supervising undergraduate, honours and PhD research projects. Please contact him by email if you are interested in pursuing research within the Kilah Group.

Current

3

Completed

1

Current

DegreeTitleCommenced
PhDHybrid Stacked? Laddered Organolithium Aggregates: A structural hypothesis for superbase reactivity2015
PhDHalogen Bonding for the Self Assembly of Helicates2016
PhDSynthesis, Chromatographic Separation, and Stereochemical Analysis of Octahedral Platinum Complexes2018

Completed

DegreeTitleCompleted
PhDOrganolanthanide Complexes of the Calix[2]phenylene[2]pyrrolide Macrocyclic Ligand
Candidate: Adele Jane Wilson
2015