Curtis Ho

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Curtis Ho

Lecturer in Chemistry

Room 435 , Chemistry Building

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Curtis Ho is a Lecturer in Chemistry at the University of Tasmania. His research interests span areas of organometallic, inorganic, organic and structural chemistry, and chemical catalysis.


Originally born in Toronto, Canada, Curtis attended the University of Tasmania for his undergraduate and postgraduate studies. Upon graduating with his PhD (UTAS) in 2015, Curtis was appointed a Casual Lecturer in Chemistry in a teaching-intensive position. In this role, he taught at each level of the UTAS Chemistry program across foundation, first-, second- and third-year chemistry units, while making contributions to curriculum development. Curtis was appointed as a Lecturer in Chemistry in 2020.

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.

Career summary



Thesis title



Date of award


Structural and Mechanistic Investigations of Systematically Modified bis(N-heterocyclic carbene) Palladium Complexes

University of Tasmania



BSc (1st Class Hons)

Mechanistic Investigations of Base-Assisted N-Heterocyclic Carbene Palladium Complex Reductions

University of Tasmania





University of Tasmania




Languages (other than English)

Chinese (Cantonese and Mandarin)


Professional practice

Royal Australian Chemical Society (RACI), Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC)


Organometallic Chemistry, Transition Metal Chemistry, Catalysis

Research Appointments

Curtis is the Laboratory Coordinator for Chemistry’s first-year units KRA113 and KRA114.

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  • Organometallic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Structural Chemistry
  • X-ray Crystallography
  • Catalysis
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Science Communication

Research Themes

Curtis’ research interests include designing original metal complexes that can serve as catalysts for chemical reactions, studying fundamental catalytic reaction mechanisms and understanding the relationship between metal complex structure and its influences on reactivity. In particular, Curtis’ research aims to develop highly efficient catalysts with unique structural architectures to enhance the sustainability of chemical synthesis and discover new forms of reactivity. This includes developing catalysts capable of harnessing energy from sun that can be utilised in chemical transformations (in close collaboration with Assoc. Prof. Alex Bissember). One specific area of focus is the activation and transformation of small molecules such as CO2, N2 and H2. Especially CO2, since it is the chief contributor towards the current climate and environmental crisis. Curtis is interested in transforming CO2 into a sustainable chemical feedstock and as an alternative carbon-neutral fuel source.


2020 University of Tasmania School of Natural Sciences Research Incentive Small Grants
2019 Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) Research Fund Award
2018 University of Tasmania Teaching Merit Certificate
2017 University of Tasmania Letter of Commendation for Outstanding Teaching
2017 University of Tasmania School of Natural Sciences – Chemistry Outstanding Contribution to Undergraduate Teaching Award
2016 University of Tasmania School of Physical Sciences – Chemistry Outstanding Contribution to Undergraduate Teaching Award
2015 University of Tasmania School of Physical Sciences – Chemistry Outstanding Contribution to Undergraduate Teaching Award
2013 Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI) Inorganic Division Don Stranks Award

Current projects

Sustainable Chemical Synthesis and Energy Storage with New Organometallic Catalysts


Fields of Research

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

Research Objectives

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


Total publications


Journal Article

(20 outputs)
2022Hyland IK, Ho CC, Vuong D, Tsai YA, Lacey E, et al., 'Synthesis of 4-phenylthieno[2,3-c]quinolines via Suzuki-Miyaura cross-couplings', ARKIVOC, 2022, (4) pp. 110-122. ISSN 1551-7012 (2022) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.24820/ark.5550190.p011.813 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Hyland IK; Tsai YA; Bissember AC; Smith JA


2022Landowski 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, 75, (2) pp. 102-110. ISSN 0004-9425 (2022) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1071/CH21061 [eCite] [Details]

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


2022Olding A, Tang M, Ho CC, Fuller RO, Bissember AC, 'Rhenium-catalysed reactions in chemical synthesis: selected case studies', Dalton Transactions, 51, (8) pp. 3004-3018. ISSN 1477-9226 (2022) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1039/d1dt04205j [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Olding A; Tang M; Fuller RO; Bissember AC


2022Poland EM, Ho CC, 'Photoactive N-heterocyclic carbene transition metal complexes in bond-forming photocatalysis: State-of-the-art and opportunities', Applied Organometallic Chemistry pp. 1-15. ISSN 0268-2605 (2022) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1002/aoc.6746 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Web of Science - 1

Co-authors: Poland EM


2022Tang M, Cameron L, Poland EM, Yu LJ, Moggach SA, et al., 'Photoactive metal carbonyl complexes bearing N-heterocyclic carbene ligands: synthesis, characterization, and viability as photoredox catalysts', Inorganic Chemistry, 61, (4) pp. 1888-1898. ISSN 0020-1669 (2022) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1021/acs.inorgchem.1c02964 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 3Web of Science - 3

Co-authors: Tang M; Poland EM; Fuller RO; Thickett SC; Bissember AC


2022Vanston CR, Nicholls TP, Bissember AC, Gardiner MG, Ho CC, 'Cationic charge-appended abnormal carbenes: synthesis and study of electronically modified abnormal N-heterocyclic carbenes', Inorganic Chemistry, 61, (1) pp. 622-632. ISSN 0020-1669 (2022) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1021/acs.inorgchem.1c03336 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Vanston CR; Nicholls TP; Bissember AC; Gardiner MG


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]

Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 2

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: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2

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


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]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2

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


2020Gardiner MG, Ho CC, McGuinness DS, Liu YL, 'Air and moisture tolerant synthesis of a chelated bis(NHC) methylpalladium(II) complex relevant to alkyl migration processes in catalysis', Australian Journal of Chemistry, 73 pp. 1158-1164. ISSN 0004-9425 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1071/CH20194 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 3Web of Science - 3

Co-authors: Gardiner MG; McGuinness DS


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 - 8Web of Science - 9

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 - 3Web of Science - 3

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 - 53Web of Science - 52

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 - 3Web of Science - 3

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 - 12Web of Science - 12

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 - 8Web of Science - 7

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


2013Gardiner MG, Ho CC, Mackay FM, McGuinness DS, Tucker MH, '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 - 15Web of Science - 15

Co-authors: Gardiner MG; McGuinness DS; Tucker MH


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 - 40Web of Science - 39

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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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

Grants & Funding

Funding Summary

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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