University of Otago, New Zealand


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Dr Nigel T. Lucas

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Dr Nigel T. Lucas
Synthesis and Supramolecular Chemistry
Tel: (03) 479 5377
Location: Science II, 3n11

Professional Background

1997 BSc(Hons), Australian National University
2002 PhD, Australian National University
2002 Postdoctoral Research, University of NSW
2003-5 Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship, Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Mainz
2005-8 ARC Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Sydney
2008-12 Lecturer, University of Otago
2009- MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology, Associate Investigator
2012- Senior Lecturer, University of Otago


Our research centres on the design, synthesis and characterisation of new carbon-rich molecular materials, in particular, those based on polyaromatic building blocks and often incorporating metals. While much of our experimental work is focused on the synthesis of molecules, we are also interested in the how these molecules interact with each other through intermolecular interactions in solution, in the bulk (solid, liquid crystalline mesophases) and on surfaces. This knowledge enables us to design new molecules that have not only the desired physical properties (e.g. optical, electronic), but also the ability to self-organise from solution into ordered nanoscale structures.

Main Research Interests:

Research Group

Selected Publications

  1. J. R. Wright, J. D. Crowley and N. T. Lucas, Chem. Commun. 2016, 52, 12976–12979. Carbon-rich “Click” 1,2,3-Triazoles: Hexaphenylbenzene and Hexa-peri-hexabenzocoronene-based Ligands for Suzuki-Miyaura Catalysts.
  2. K. Rodpun, N. T. Lucas, E. W. Tan and C. J. Meledandri, Cryst. Growth Des. 2016, 16, 3940–3946. Development of Solvent-Dispersible Coordination Polymer Nanocrystals and Application as Efficient Heterogeneous Catalysts
  3. A. B. S. Elliott, R. Horvath, X.-Z. Sun, M. G. Gardiner, K. Müllen, N. T. Lucas, M. W. George and K. C. Gordon, Inorg. Chem. 2016, 55, 4710–4719. Long-Lived Charge Transfer Excited States in HBC-Polypyridyl Complex Hybrids.
  4. K. Rodpun, A. G. Blackman, M. G. Gardiner, E. W. Tan, C. J. Meledandri and N. T. Lucas, CrystEngComm 2015, 17, 2974–2988. Alkyl linker effects on the coordination topology of ditopic di(2-pyridylmethyl)amine carboxylate ligands with ZnII and CuII: polymers vs macrocycles.
  5. B. R. Hoggard, C. B. Larsen and N. T. Lucas, Organometallics 2014, 33, 6200-6209. Site Selectivity of [RuCp*]+ Complexation in Cyclopenta[def]triphenylenes.
  6. C. B. Larsen, H. van der Salm, C. A. Clark, A. B. S. Elliott, M. G. Fraser, R. Horvath, N. T. Lucas, X.-Z. Sun, M. W. George and K. C. Gordon, Inorg. Chem. 2014, 53, 1339–1354. Intraligand Charge-Transfer Excited States in Re(I) Complexes with Donor-Substituted Dipyridophenazine Ligands.
  7. M. Tomar, N. T. Lucas, K. Müllen and J. Jacob, Tetrahedron Lett. 2013, 54, 5883–5885. Facile synthesis and coupling of 3,9-dibromo-6-aryl-5H-dibenzo[d,f][1,3]diazepine derivatives.
  8. J. R. Wright, P. C. Young, N. T. Lucas, A.-L. Lee and J. D. Crowley, Organometallics 2013, 32, 7065–7076. Gold(I) and Palladium(II) Complexes of 1,3,4-Trisubstituted-1,2,3-Triazol-5-ylidene “Click” Carbenes: A Systematic Study of the Electronic and Steric Influence on Catalytic Activity.
  9. J. Bartenstein, N. T. Lucas, Supramol. Chem. 2012, 24, 618–626. Reduced symmetry triflate-resorcin[4]arenes.
  10. R. W. Baker, H. Radzey, N. T. Lucas and P. Turner, Organometallics 2012, 31, 5622–5633. Stereospecific Syntheses and Structures of Planar Chiral Bidentate η5S-Indenyl-Sulfanyl and -Sulfinyl Complexes of Rhodium(III).
  11. R. Scaria, N. T. Lucas, K. Müllen, J. Jacob, React. Funct. Polym. 2011, 71, 849–856. Blue-emitting copolymers of isoquinoline and fluorene.
  12. P. Anant, N. T. Lucas, J. M. Ball, T. D. Anthopoulos and J. Jacob, Synth. Met. 2010, 160, 1987–1993. Synthesis and characterization of pyrene-centered oligothiophenes.
  13. Z. Li, L. Zhi, N. T. Lucas and Z. Wang, Tetrahedron 2009, 65, 3417–3424. Triangle-shaped polycyclic aromatics based on tribenzocoronene: Facile synthesis and physical properties.
  14. N. T. Lucas, H. M. Zareie and A. M. McDonagh. ACS Nano 2007, 1, 348–354. Self-Organization of a Discotic Coordination Complex Bearing Orthogonal Discotic Ligands.
  15. B. El Hamaoui, L. Zhi, J. Wu, J. Li, N. T. Lucas, Ž. Tomović, U. Kolb and K. Müllen. Adv. Funct. Mater. 2007, 17, 1179–1187. Solid-state Pyrolysis of Polyphenylene-Metal Complexes: A Facile Approach Toward Carbon Nanoparticles.
  16. N. T. Lucas, A. M. McDonagh, I. G. Dance, S. C. Colbran and D. C. Craig, Dalton Trans. 2006, 680–685. cis-[PtBr2{PPh2(4-catechol)}2]: synthesis, crystal structure, and computational modelling of its binding to nanocrystalline TiO2.
  17. N. T. Lucas, E. G. A. Notaras, S. Petrie, R. Stranger and M. G. Humphrey, Organometallics 2003, 22, 708–721. Mixed-Metal Cluster Chemistry. 22. Synthesis and Crystallographic, Electrochemical, and Theoretical Studies of Alkyne-Coordinated Group 6-Iridium Clusters Linked by Phenyleneethylnylene Groups.
  18. N. T. Lucas, J. P. Blitz, S. Petrie, R. Stranger, M. G. Humphrey, G. A. Heath and V. Otieno-Alego, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2002, 124, 5139–5153. Mixed-Metal Cluster Chemistry. 19. Crystallographic, Spectroscopic, Electrochemical, Spectroelectrochemical, and Theoretical Studies of Systematically Varied Tetrahedral Group 6–Iridium Clusters.

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