Professor Sally Brooker
Recent PhD graduates
Shaun R. Presow BSc(Hons) 2004 with Dr E.W. Tan
Currently: a PhD student with Professor Karl Wieghardt,
MPI for Bioinorganic Chemistry, Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany (2005-present)
I first worked with Assoc. Prof. Sally Brooker on an investigation of luminescent tripodal amine lanthanide complexes during the summer of 2003 – 2004. I then completed some follow up work in November of 2004. This research project gave me a practical background in inorganic chemistry, which is helpful to me in my position today. Working on such an interesting topic was also an attraction! Sally’s help and enthusiasm was a constant feature of working with her, and the members of Brooker’s Bunch were a lot of fun to hang out with. The Otago University campus is such a beautiful place, and the members of the chemistry department so supportive, that I feel privileged to have worked in such a place.
I am currently studying towards a PhD under Prof. Karl Wieghardt at the Max Planck Institute for Bioinorganic Chemistry in Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany. This exciting move is the result of discussions I had with Sally, who knows this top German research group well, and her recommending me to Professor Wieghardt. The background I gained working at Otago University is proving invaluable in my further studies.