Curtis Ho

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Curtis Ho


Room 305 , Chemistry Building

Teaching Responsibilities

Curtis is a laboratory demonstrator in undergraduate general and synthetic chemistry laboratory sessions, for first year chemistry units, KRA113 and KRA114, and second year units KRA224 and KRA225. He has previously been a senior/assistant demonstrator for third year units formerly known as KRA334 (Structural Methods) and KRA333 (Organometallic Chemistry). He is currently a topic lecturer for KRA342 Catalysis and Reaction Processes and is involved in demonstrating for the laboratory component of this unit.


  • P. D. W. Boyd, A. J. Edwards, M. G. Gardiner, C. C. Ho, M.-H. Lemée-Cailleau, D. S. McGuinness, A. Riapanitra, J. W. Steed, D. N. Stringer, B. F. Yates, Angewandte Chemie International Edition 2010, 49, 6315-6318.
  • M. G. Gardiner, C. C. Ho, F. M. Mackay, D. S. McGuinness, M. Tucker, Dalton Transactions 2013, 42, 7447-7457.

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Fields of Research

  • Transition metal chemistry (340211)
  • Organic chemical synthesis (340503)
  • Organometallic chemistry (340209)
  • Inorganic materials (incl. nanomaterials) (340301)
  • Natural products and bioactive compounds (340502)
  • Metal cluster chemistry (340206)
  • Inorganic green chemistry (340204)
  • Electrochemistry (340604)
  • Computational chemistry (340701)

Research Objectives

  • Expanding knowledge in the chemical sciences (280105)
  • Inorganic industrial chemicals (240906)


Total publications


Journal Article

(14 outputs)
2021Ho CC, Olding A, Fuller RO, Canty AJ, Lucas NT, et al., 'Suzuki-Miyaura Csp2-Csp2 cross-couplings employing nickel(II) pincer precatalysts: mechanistic investigations', Organometallics, 40, (14) pp. 2305-2310. ISSN 0276-7333 (2021) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1021/acs.organomet.1c00033 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Olding A; Fuller RO; Canty AJ; Bissember AC


2021Jalali M, Ho CC, Fuller RO, Lucas NT, Ariafard A, et al., 'Photochemical activation of a hydroxyquinone-derived phenyliodonium ylide by visible light: synthetic and mechanistic investigations', Journal of Organic Chemistry, 86, (2) pp. 1758-1768. ISSN 0022-3263 (2021) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1021/acs.joc.0c02592 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Web of Science - 1

Co-authors: Jalali M; Fuller RO; Ariafard A; Bissember AC


2021Landowski LM, Livesey KL, Bibari O, Russell AM, Taylor MR, et al., 'Optimisation of iron oxide nanoparticles for agglomeration and blockage in aqueous flow systems', Australian Journal of Chemistry pp. A-I. ISSN 0004-9425 (2021) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1071/CH21061 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Landowski LM; Bibari O; Taylor MR; Howells DW; Fuller RO


2021Olding A, Ho CC, Canty AJ, Lucas NT, Horne J, et al., 'Synthesis of arylpalladium(II) boronates: confirming the structure and chemical competence of pre-transmetalation intermediates in the Suzuki-Miyaura reaction', Angewandte Chemie, 60, (27) pp. 14897-14901. ISSN 1433-7851 (2021) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1002/anie.202104802 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Olding A; Canty AJ; Horne J; Bissember AC


2019Ho CC, Ariafard A, Hyland CJT, Bissember AC, 'Phosphine-scavenging cationic gold(I) complexes: alternative applications of gold cocatalysis in fundamental palladium-catalyzed cross-couplings', Organometallics, 38, (13) pp. 2683-2688. ISSN 0276-7333 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1021/acs.organomet.9b00294 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1

Co-authors: Ariafard A; Bissember AC


2019Olding A, Ho CC, 'Recent applications of the Zhdankin reagent in organic synthesis', Australian Journal of Chemistry, 72, (8) pp. 646-648. ISSN 0004-9425 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1071/CH19247 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 4Web of Science - 5

Co-authors: Olding A


2019Wierenga TS, Vanston CR, Ariafard A, Gardiner MG, Ho CC, 'Accessing chelating extended linker bis(NHC) palladium(II) complexes: sterically triggered divergent reaction pathways', Organometallics, 38 pp. 3032-3038. ISSN 0276-7333 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1021/acs.organomet.9b00356 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1

Co-authors: Wierenga TS; Vanston CR; Ariafard A; Gardiner MG


2018Burt LK, Ho CC, 'High oxidation state organopalladium(IV) species: applications to C-H activation', Australian Journal of Chemistry, 71, (10) pp. 753-755. ISSN 0004-9425 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1071/CH18233 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 3Web of Science - 3

Co-authors: Burt LK


2018Gardiner MG, Ho CC, 'Recent advances in bidentate bis(N-heterocyclic carbene) transition metal complexes and their applications in metal-mediated reactions', Coordination Chemistry Reviews, 375 pp. 373-388. ISSN 0010-8545 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.ccr.2018.02.003 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 35Web of Science - 38

Co-authors: Gardiner MG


2018Ho CC, Deans BJ, Just J, Warr GG, Wilkinson S, et al., 'Employing pressurized hot water extraction (PHWE) to explore natural products chemistry in the undergraduate laboratory', Journal of Visualized Experiments, 141 Article e58195. ISSN 1940-087X (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.3791/58195 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1

Co-authors: Deans BJ; Just J; Smith JA; Bissember AC


2018Ho CC, Olding A, Smith JA, Bissember AC, 'Nuances in fundamental Suzuki−Miyaura cross-couplings employing [Pd(PPh3)4]: poor reactivity of aryl Iodides at lower temperatures', Organometallics, 37, (11) pp. 1745-1750. ISSN 0276-7333 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1021/acs.organomet.8b00189 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 7Web of Science - 7

Co-authors: Olding A; Smith JA; Bissember AC


2018Leow MY, Ho CC, Gardiner MG, Bissember AC, 'Non-classical anionic naked N-heterocyclic carbenes: fundamental properties and emerging applications in synthesis and catalysis', Catalysts, 8, (12) Article 620. ISSN 2073-4344 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.3390/catal8120620 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 6Web of Science - 5

Co-authors: Leow MY; Gardiner MG; Bissember AC


2013Gardiner MG, Ho CC, Mackay FM, McGuinness DS, Tucker M, 'Selective and adaptable access to N,N'-asymmetrically substituted imidazol-2-ylidene bis-NHC ligands: Pd(II) complexes featuring wide variation in N-alkyl and aryl steric bulk', Dalton Transactions, 42, (20) pp. 7447-7457. ISSN 1477-9226 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1039/c3dt32895c [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 14Web of Science - 13

Co-authors: Gardiner MG; McGuinness DS


2010Boyd PDW, Edwards AJ, Gardiner MG, Ho CC, Lemee-Cailleau MH, et al., 'Reduction of a chelating bis(NHC) palladium(II) complex to [{mu-bis(NHC)}2Pd2H]<+>+<->: A terminal hydride in a binuclear palladium(I) species formed under catalytically relevant conditions', Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 49, (36) pp. 6315-6318. ISSN 1433-7851 (2010) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1002/anie.201003177 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 38Web of Science - 37

Co-authors: Boyd PDW; Gardiner MG; McGuinness DS; Riapanitra A; Stringer DN; Yates BF


Conference Publication

(4 outputs)
2011Gardiner MG, Ho CC, Riapanitra A, 'Mechanistic Investigations of Base-Assisted NHC Pd(II) Complex Reductions: Formation of Novel Bridging NHC Dipalladium(I) Hydrides via Palladium(II) Methoxide Dimer Intermediates', OZOM6: 6th Australian Symposium on Organometallic Chemistry, 17-20 January 2011, University of Tasmania, pp. OL16 (student oral presentation). (2011) [Conference Extract]

[eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Gardiner MG; Riapanitra A

2011Gardiner MG, Riapanitra A, Ho CC, Vanston CR, 'Mechanistic investigations of base-assisted NHC Pd(II) complex reductions: Formation of novel bridging NHC dipalladium(I) hydrides via palladium(II) methoxide dimer intermediates', XIX European Conference on Organometallic Chemistry, 3-7 July 2011, University of Toulouse, pp. OC79 (oral presentation). (2011) [Conference Extract]

[eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Gardiner MG; Riapanitra A; Vanston CR

2011Gardiner MG, Riapanitra A, Ho CC, Vanston CR, 'Dinuclear Pd(I) Hydride Complexes with Novel (Pd-Pd-H)+ and (Pd-H-Pd)+ Cores Supported by N-Heterocyclic Carbene Ligands', IC11 RACI Inorganic Chemistry Divisional Conference, 4-8 December 2011, University of Western Australia, pp. OP3 (oral presentation). (2011) [Conference Extract]

[eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Gardiner MG; Riapanitra A; Vanston CR

2011Vanston CR, Gardiner MG, Riapanitra A, Ho CC, 'Reduction of Chelating Bis(NHC)Pd(II) Complexes to [{mu-bis(NHC)}2PD2H]+: Novel Pd(I)-Pd(I) Bonded Species with a Terminal Hydride and a Pd(I)-H-Pd(I) Complex Lacking a Pd-Pd Bond', XIX European Conference on Organometallic Chemistry, 3-7 July 2011, University of Toulouse, pp. P068 (student poster presentation). (2011) [Conference Extract]

[eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Vanston CR; Gardiner MG; Riapanitra A

Grants & Funding

Funding Summary

Number of grants


Total funding



Phosphangulenes as Superbulky, Tunable Ligands for Palladium-Catalysed Cross-Couplings. (2019)$7,170
The proposed pilot study will investigate the potential of utilising phosphangulenes as bulky, electronically-tunable phosphine ligands in transition metal-catalysed C-C cross-coupling reactions.
Royal Society of Chemistry ($7,170)
Grant-Research Fund
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University of Tasmania
Research Team

Research Supervision




PhDSynthesis of Novel Metal Complexes of Copper and Palladium and Investigation of their Catalytic Applications2020