ARC LIEF Grant for Magnetometry Facility

Congratulations to Colette, who has led a successful ARC Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities (LIEF) bid for a Magnetometry Facility for Molecular and Nanoscale Materials involving the University of Melbourne, RMIT Univesity, Monash University and the University of Tasmania.  The funds will allow the purchase and installation of a SQUID Magnetometer in the School of Chemistry at the University of Melbourne and the construction of a Dynamic Mode Torque Cantilever Magnetometer at RMIT University.


Magnetometry Facility for Molecular and Nanoscale Materials

Associate Professor Colette Boskovic; Associate Professor Lan Wang; Professor Paul Mulvaney; Professor Cameron Jones; Dr Rebecca Fuller; Dr Torben Daeneke; Associate Professor Brendan Abrahams; Associate Professor Jianzhen Ou; Dr David Turner; Professor Dan Li; Associate Professor Lisandra Martin; Associate Professor Alessandro Soncini

Advances in information and communications technology are critically dependent on increasing the capacity, speed and energy efficiency of logic and memory electronic devices. These improvements can be achieved by reducing component size to the nanoscale and using magnetic spin as well as charge. This Project aims to establish Australia’s first integrated Magnetometry Facility for determining the magnetic properties of a range of nanoscale materials down to the level of individual nanomagnets. The Facility will provide crucial characterisation capabilities for Australian researchers, building capacity to develop new magnetic nanomaterials and devices for high-density data storage, quantum computing and spintronics.


“Women in Chemistry II” special issue of Aust J Chem out now

Check out the “Women in Chemistry II”  special double issue of the Australian Journal of Chemistry, co-edited by A/Prof Colette Boskovic and Dr Georgina Such and featuring a foreword by Professor Emeritus Frances Separovic.

This special joint issue contains a collection of papers contributed by women chemists from around Australia. It showcases their achievements and recognises the broad impact women have on chemistry and its related sciences.

Welcome back Jett!

We’re delighted to welcome Jett Janetzki back to the group for a PhD.  Jett will be investigating some novel switchable materials and making good use of the new group glovebox.

J. Am. Chem. Soc. paper for Gemma, Jett & Moya

Congratulations to Gemma, Jett and Moya on the publication of their paper “Understanding the Origin of One- or Two-Step Valence Tautomeric Transitions in Bis(dioxolene)-Bridged Dinuclear Cobalt Complexes” in  J. Am. Chem. Soc.  Performed in collaboration with Alyona Starikova from the Southern Federal University in Russia and Matt Shores from Colorado State University, this experimental and theoretical study elucidates the molecular requirements for a complex with two bridged cobalt ions to exhibit distinct redox interconversions at each metal site.  The right choice of metal coordination environment and a redox-active bridging ligand with small, but non-zero, intramolecular electronic communication, affords molecules that can be switched between three distinguishable states.  This discovery has far-reaching future prospects for molecular materials with applications ranging from sensing and display devices to quantum computing, molecular electronics, and molecular spintronics.

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