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courtney_resizedPhD, BSc(Hons) (UWA)

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Location Science II, 5n1

Research interests

The Ennis group is interested in the application of laboratory infrared spectroscopy (including cryogenic thin-film FTIR, matrix isolation, synchrotron far-IR and THz, and aerosol scattering techniques), to characterise crystalline solids.

These investigations are often performed in the context of solid-state astrochemistry, molecular crystals, and supramolecular gas sorption studies where information on UV photochemistry, crystal morphology, and intermolecular interactions within the bulk material to be gathered.

These infrared techniques are coupled with periodic DFT frequency calculations for characterisation of many physicochemical properties of the crystal-phase.

For more detailed information about the Ennis Group research projects and laboratory capabilities please visit our UO Blog:
Courtney Ennis University of Otago blog

Professional background

2018 – present, Senior Lecturer, University of Otago
2015 – 2018, ARC DECRA Research Fellow, La Trobe University, Australia
2014 – 2015, Postdoctoral Fellow, Australian Synchrotron/La Trobe University, Australia
2012 – 2013, Postdoctoral Fellow, University College London, United Kingdom
2009 – 2011, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Hawai'i at Manoa, USA
2005 – 2009, PhD (Physical Chemistry), University of Western Australia, Australia


Clague, L. A., Ennis, C., & Garden, A. L. (2024). A computational investigation into hydrocarbon growth on extraterrestrial mineral surfaces toward understanding the carbon discrepancy in space. ACS Earth & Space Chemistry. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1021/acsearthspacechem.3c00292 Journal - Research Article

Chen, W.-H., Armstrong, E., Dillingham, P. W., Moratti, S. C., Ennis, C., & McGraw, C. M. (2023). Dual-lifetime referencing (t-DLR) optical fiber fluorescent pH sensor for microenvironments. Sensors, 23, 8865. doi: 10.3390/s23218865 Journal - Research Article

McIntyre, S. M., Ennis, C., & Garden, A. L. (2023). A computational investigation into the hydrogenation of NO on water ice surfaces to rationalize the NO:HNO:NOH disparity in space. ACS Earth & Space Chemistry. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1021/acsearthspacechem.2c00391 Journal - Research Article

Francis, T. A., Maynard-Casely, H. E., Cable, M. L., Hodyss, R., & Ennis, C. (2023). Simulation of cocrystal formation in planetary atmospheres: The C6H6:C2H2 cocrystal produced by gas deposition. Journal of Physical Chemistry A. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1021/acs.jpca.2c08791 Journal - Research Article

Boer, S. A., Conte, L., Tarzia, A., Huxley, M. T., Gardiner, M. G., Appadoo, D. R. T., Ennis, C., … White, N. G. (2022). Water sorption controls extreme single-crystal-to-single-crystal molecular reorganization in hydrogen bonded organic frameworks. Chemistry: A European Journal, 28, e202201929. doi: 10.1002/chem.202201929 Journal - Research Article

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