Professor Paul E Kruger
Principal Investigator with the MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology
BSc (Hons), PhD (Monash); MA (Dublin); MRACI, MRSC
Field of Study
Inorganic Supramolecular Chemistry
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I undertook my BSc (Hons) and PhD degrees at Monash University (Melbourne, Asutralia) under the direction of Prof Keith S Murray, where my research was centred on the synthesis of multi-nuclear metal complexes in the quest to develop species of bio-mimetic relevance and as novel magnetic materials. I then spent two years as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Queen's University of Belfast investigating the structural and functional aspects of metallo-macrocyclic complexes with Prof Vickie McKee. I was then appointed to a lectureship at the University of Dublin,Trinity College before moving to the University of Canterbury in August 2007.
Our research interests touch upon all aspects of supramolecular chemistry ranging from organic synthesis and coordination chemistry, through materials and structural chemistry, to host-guest and sensor chemistry. This work is underpinned by structural analysis by single-crystal X-ray diffraction which is complimented by a range of spectroscopic techniques.
- Coordination polymers and porous metal-organic frameworks involving transition and lanthanide metal ions and poly-carboxylate-poly-pyridine ligands.
- Coordination chemistry of clusters: structural and functional bio-models and single molecule magnets.
- Anion coordination chemistry and sensing, involving the development of naked-eye sensors for anions in aqueous media.
- Supramolecular coordination chemistry of helical complexes, incorporating metallo- helicate synthesis and anion directed synthesis of helical species.
Research Group Members
Current Research Group: Mr Chris Hawes (PhD); Mr Kiran Dayaram (MSc Part II); Mr Mark Russell (MSc Part I); Ms Rosanna Archer (Hons); Mr Robbie Currie (Hons) (with Chris Fitchett); Mr Captain Rushworth (PG Dip Sci) (with Alison Downard).
Mr Ian McKeogh (PhD) and Mr David Walsh (PhD) who are based within the School of Chemistry, University of Dublin, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland.
Former Postgraduate Students: Claire Butler (MSc 2008); Elsa Garrido (MSc 2008); Niamh R. Kelly (PhD 2007); Haslin Dato Paduka Haji Ali (PhD 2007); Sylvie Godfrin (PhD 2006); Murray MacLeod (PhD 2005); Michelle M. Walsh (MSc 2005); Eithne Tynan Pascual (PhD 2004); Brian Conerney (PhD 2003); Antonella Di Trapani (PhD 2002); Karen A O'Donoghue (PhD 2002); Robert P Doyle (PhD 2001); Michelle E Higgins (PhD 2001); P Noelle Scully (PhD 2001).
Former Postdoctoral Fellows: Dr Noreen M Martin; Dr Phil R Mackie; Dr Paul Jensen; Dr Frederick M Pfeffer; Dr Juliann Tierney; Dr Jen Keegan; Dr Sandrine Goetz; Dr Diane Pelleteret.