University of Otago

Professor Sally Brooker

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Robert Kelly

Geoffrey Dunbar
Paul Plieger
Tony Davidson
Ian Hewitt
Yanhua Lan
Rongqing Li

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Paul Smith
Duncan de Geest
Craig Depree
Udo Beckmann
Graham Motson
Wolfgang Mohr
Carsten Brandt
Markus Weitzer


Vikas Aggarwal
Janna Ewing
Shaun Presow

Shaun PresowShaun 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)
Previously: Previously: summer studentship with Assoc. Prof. Sally Brooker (2003-2004)

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.

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Professor Sally Brooker
Department of Chemistry, University of Otago, New Zealand
Last modified February 2006 by Stephen Read