Catalyst Design

We aim to address challenges in sustainability through the development and understanding of effective homogeneous transition metal catalysts.

Our Research

We aim to address challenges in sustainability through the development of effective catalysts. In particular, investigating carriers for storage and transportation of hydrogen fuel. Our focus is on understanding how such processes occur with homogeneous transition metal catalysts. The rational design of efficient catalytic systems requires knowledge of how catalysts and substrates behave in order to tune their reactivity and thereby deliver enhanced performance.

We are interested in designing organometallic catalysts which utilise molecular cooperativity. Our work involves the synthesis of ligands and their transition metal complexes, and studying their reactivity and catalytic behaviour, using an array of techniques including NMR spectroscopy and X-ray crystallography.

The team

Annie Colebatch

Michael Stevens

Andie Delaney

Peter Hall

Jingyun Wu

Luke Hemmingsen

Latest News

  • Our collaborative work on designing aluminate ligands has been published in Dalton Transactions.
  • Read about Michael and Peter’s work with Zn in our invited Aust. J. Chem. paper.

Join us

We are interested in meeting enthusiastic students with a background in chemistry and interest in organometallic synthesis and catalysis.
Please contact us for more info.

Undergraduate Student Projects
ANU students wishing to gain laboratory skills and research experience can contact us regarding undertaking CHEM3060 and ASC projects.

Summer Research Scholarships
Australian and New Zealand students completing their undergraduate third or fourth year can apply through the ANU Summer Research Scholarship scheme.

Australian and New Zealand undergraduate students interested in undertaking Honours with us can contact for more information.

International students with a relevant First Class Honours/Masters degree may be eligible to apply for a PhD scholarship. We welcome discussions with eligible students.

Postdoctoral Researchers
There are currently no funded postdoctoral positions available. We will support eligible postdoctoral research candidates applying for external funding.