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Professor Sally Brooker

sally_brooker3PhD, BSc(Hons) (Cant)

Tel: +64 3 479 7919
Location: Science II, 2c4
Email: sbrooker@chemistry.otago.ac.nz

Full information about my research group and research opportunities: http://otago.ac.nz/brooker

My research group is currently working in the following areas:

  • Designer heterocycle-containing and diphenylamine-containing ligands (including macrocycles) and coordination complexes: design, synthesis, crystal structure determinations, redox and magnetic properties.
  • Green catalysts for (a) generation of green hydrogen (C-zero fuel) from water and for (b) reduction of carbon dioxide to C-neutral fuels and commodity chemicals. Both are being studied under electrocatalytic (in collaboration with Associate Professor Aaron Marshall, Canterbury) and photocatalytic (solar fuels, in collaboration with Professor Garry Hanan, Montreal) conditions.
  • Spin crossover complexes – towards nanoswitches and memory devices. We measure magnetic data in house (and Mössbauer spectroscopy 4.6-300 K via in-house collaboration with Dr Guy Jameson).
  • Single Molecule Magnets (SMMs): one-pot self-assembly of soluble stable 3d-4f tetrametallic SMMs, by formation of a large organic Schiff-base macrocyclic ligands with differing coordination pockets, N2O2 for 3d and central O6 for 4f, and differing ring sizes (in collaboration with Prof Annie Powell, KIT; detailed magnetic studies with Dr Rodolphe Clerac, Bordeaux).
  • Immobilisation by attachment of magnetically or catalytically interesting complexes to nanoparticles (in-house collaboration with Associate Professor Carla Meledandri) or to other surfaces (in collaboration with Associate Professor Aaron Marshall, Canterbury).
  • Green polymerisation catalysts for (i) controlled polymerisation of rac-lactide (from biomass, not oil building blocks), and (ii) co-polymersiation of CO2 with epoxide (in collaboration with Professor Charlotte Williams, Imperial College London).
  • Self-assembly of communicating arrays of transition metal ions – grids vs side-by-side complexes.
  • Functional models of the Mn4Ca cluster, the oxygen evolving complex (OEC), otherwise known as the water oxidation catalyst (WOC) of green plants (2H2O = O2 + 4H+ + 4e-).
  • Lanthanide cages as a new generation of luminescent 'probes'.

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Publications

Abudayyeh, A. M., Schott, O., Feltham, H. L. C., Hanan, G. S., & Brooker, S. (2021). Copper catalysts for photo- and electro-catalytic hydrogen production. Inorganic Chemistry Frontiers, 8(4), 1015-1029. doi: 10.1039/d0qi01247e

Rodríguez-Jiménez, S., Bennington, M. S., Akbarinejad, A., Tay, E. J., Chan, E. W. C., Wan, Z., Abudayyeh, A. M., … Gordon, K. C., … Brooker, S. (2021). Electroactive metal complexes covalently attached to conductive PEDOT films: A spectroelectrochemical study. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 13(1), 1301-1313. doi: 10.1021/acsami.0c16317

Abudayyeh, A., Schott, O., Feltham, H., Hanan, G., & Brooker, S. (2020). Copper catalysts for hydrogen production. Proceedings of the 14th Annual Otago Energy Research Centre (OERC) Symposium: New Energy Futures post COVID-19. Retrieved from https://www.otago.ac.nz/oerc

Rinck, J., Kitchen, J. A., Carter, A. B., Lan, Y., Anson, C. E., Fink, K., Brooker, S., & Powell, A. K. (2020). Di- and tri-nuclear VIII and CrIII complexes of dipyridyltriazoles: Ligand rearrangements, mixed valency and ferromagnetic coupling. Frontiers in Chemistry, 8, 540. doi: 10.3389/fchem.2020.00540

Bondì, L., Garden, A. L., Jerabek, P., Totti, F., & Brooker, S. (2020). Quantitative and chemically intuitive evaluation of the nature of M-L bonds in paramagnetic compounds: Application of EDA-NOCV theory to spin crossover complexes. Chemistry: A European Journal, 26, 13677-13685. doi: 10.1002/chem.202002146

Olguín, J., & Brooker, S. (2013). Spin-crossover in discrete polynuclear complexes. In M. A. Halcrow (Ed.), Spin-crossover materials: Properties and applications. (pp. 77-120). Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons. doi: 10.1002/9781118519301.ch3

Chapter in Book - Research

Abudayyeh, A. M., Schott, O., Feltham, H. L. C., Hanan, G. S., & Brooker, S. (2021). Copper catalysts for photo- and electro-catalytic hydrogen production. Inorganic Chemistry Frontiers, 8(4), 1015-1029. doi: 10.1039/d0qi01247e

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Rodríguez-Jiménez, S., Bennington, M. S., Akbarinejad, A., Tay, E. J., Chan, E. W. C., Wan, Z., Abudayyeh, A. M., … Gordon, K. C., … Brooker, S. (2021). Electroactive metal complexes covalently attached to conductive PEDOT films: A spectroelectrochemical study. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 13(1), 1301-1313. doi: 10.1021/acsami.0c16317

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Bondì, L., Garden, A. L., Jerabek, P., Totti, F., & Brooker, S. (2020). Quantitative and chemically intuitive evaluation of the nature of M-L bonds in paramagnetic compounds: Application of EDA-NOCV theory to spin crossover complexes. Chemistry: A European Journal, 26, 13677-13685. doi: 10.1002/chem.202002146

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Dhers, S., Wilson, R. K., Rouzieres, M., Clérac, R., & Brooker, S. (2020). A one-dimensional coordination polymer assembled from a macrocyclic Mn(III) single-molecule magnet and terephthalate. Crystal Growth & Design, 20, 1538-1542. doi: 10.1021/acs.cgd.9b01269

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Miller, R. G., Warren, M. R., Allan, D. R., & Brooker, S. (2020). Direct crystallographic observation of CO2 captured in zig zag channels of a copper(I) metal-organic framework. Inorganic Chemistry, 59, 6376-6381. doi: 10.1021/acs.inorgchem.0c00471

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Rinck, J., Kitchen, J. A., Carter, A. B., Lan, Y., Anson, C. E., Fink, K., Brooker, S., & Powell, A. K. (2020). Di- and tri-nuclear VIII and CrIII complexes of dipyridyltriazoles: Ligand rearrangements, mixed valency and ferromagnetic coupling. Frontiers in Chemistry, 8, 540. doi: 10.3389/fchem.2020.00540

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Singh, S., & Brooker, S. (2020). Extension of azine-triazole synthesis to azole-triazoles reduces ligand field, leading to spin crossover in tris-L FeII. Inorganic Chemistry, 59(2), 1265-1273. doi: 10.1021/acs.inorgchem.9b02993

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Sundaresan, S., Kitchen, J. A., & Brooker, S. (2020). Hydrophobic tail length in spin crossover active iron(II) complexes predictably tunes T½ in solution and enables surface immobilisation. Inorganic Chemistry Frontiers, 7, 2050-2059. doi: 10.1039/C9QI01478K

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Dhers, S., Feltham, H. L. C., Rouzières, M., Clérac, R., & Brooker, S. (2019). Discrete versus chain assembly: Hexacyanometallate linkers and macrocyclic {3d-4f} single-molecule magnet building blocks. Inorganic Chemistry, 58, 5543-5554. doi: 10.1021/acs.inorgchem.8b03455

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McPherson, J. N., Hogue, R. W., Akogun, F. S., Bondì, L., Luis, E. T., Price, J. R., Garden, A. L., Brooker, S., & Colbran, S. B. (2019). Predictable substituent control of CoIII/II redox potential and spin crossover in Bis(dipyridylpyrrolide)cobalt complexes. Inorganic Chemistry, 58(3), 2218-2228. doi: 10.1021/acs.inorgchem.8b03457

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Rodríguez-Jiménez, S., Bondì, L., Yang, M., Garden, A. L., & Brooker, S. (2019). Predictable electronic tuning by choice of azine substituent in five iron(II) triazoles: Redox properties and DFT calculations. Chemistry: An Asian Journal, 14, 1158-1166. doi: 10.1002/asia.201801537

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Rodríguez-Jiménez, S., & Brooker, S. (2019). Qualitative guest sensing via iron(II) triazole complexes. Inorganic Chemistry, 58, 8188-8197. doi: 10.1021/acs.inorgchem.9b01006

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Singh, S., Hogue, R. W., Feltham, H. L. C., & Brooker, S. (2019). Dinuclear helicate and tetranuclear cage assembly using appropriately designed ditopic triazole-azine ligands. Dalton Transactions, 48, 15435. doi: 10.1039/c9dt01890e

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Wilson, R. K., Dhers, S., Sproules, S., McInnes, E. J. L., & Brooker, S. (2019). Three manganese complexes of anionic N4-donor Schiff-base macrocycles: Monomeric MnII and MnIII, and dimeric MnIV. Australian Journal of Chemistry, 72, 805-810. doi: 10.1071/CH19209

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Balinski, K., Schneider, L., Wöllermann, J., Buling, A., Joly, L., Piamonteze, C., … Feltham, H. L. C., Brooker, S., … Kuepper, K. (2018). Element specific determination of the magnetic properties of two macrocyclic tetranuclear 3d-4f complexes with a Cu3Tb core by means of X-ray magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD). Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 20(33), 21286-21293. doi: 10.1039/c7cp08689j

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Feltham, H. L. C., Clérac, R., Peng, Y., Moreno-Pineda, E., Powell, A. K., & Brooker, S. (2018). The effect of modifying the macrocyclic ring size on Zn3Ln (Ln = Dy, Er, and Yb) single-molecule magnet behavior. Zeitschrift für Anorganische und Allgemeine Chemie, 644(14), 775-779. doi: 10.1002/zaac.201800155

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Feltham, H. L. C., Cowan, M. G., Kitchen, J. A., Jameson, G. N. L., & Brooker, S. (2018). Targeted structural modification of spin crossover complexes: Pyridine vs pyrazine. Supramolecular Chemistry, 30(4), 296-304. doi: 10.1080/10610278.2017.1358449

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Feltham, H. L. C., Dankhoff, K., Meledandri, C. J., & Brooker, S. (2018). Towards dual-functionality spin-crossover complexes. ChemPlusChem, 83(7), 582-589. doi: 10.1002/cplu.201700512

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Hogue, R. W., Lepper, C. P., Jameson, G. B., & Brooker, S. (2018). Manipulating and quantifying spin states in solution as a function of pressure and temperature. Chemical Communications, 54(2), 172-175. doi: 10.1039/c7cc08104a

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Hogue, R. W., Schott, O., Hanan, G. S., & Brooker, S. (2018). A smorgasbord of 17 new cobalt complexes active in photocatalytic hydrogen evolution. Chemistry: A European Journal, 24(39), 9820-9832. doi: 10.1002/chem.201800396

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Karabulut, F. N. H., Feltham, H. L. C., & Brooker, S. (2018). Substituents drive ligand rearrangements, giving dinuclear rather than mononuclear complexes, and tune CoII/III redox potential. Dalton Transactions, 47, 11749-11759. doi: 10.1039/c8dt01502c

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Malthus, S. J., Cameron, S. A., & Brooker, S. (2018). Improved access to 1,8-diformyl-carbazoles leads to metal-free carbazole-based [2 + 2] Schiff base macrocycles with strong turn-on fluorescence sensing of zinc(II) ions. Inorganic Chemistry, 57(5), 2480-2488. doi: 10.1021/acs.inorgchem.7b02763

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Rodríguez-Jiménez, S., Barltrop, A. S., White, N. G., Feltham, H. L. C., & Brooker, S. (2018). Solvent polarity predictably tunes spin crossover T1/2 in isomeric iron(II) pyrimidine triazoles. Inorganic Chemistry, 57(11), 6266-6282. doi: 10.1021/acs.inorgchem.8b00128

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Bennington, M. S., Feltham, H. L. C., Buxton, Z. J., White, N. G., & Brooker, S. (2017). Tuneable reversible redox of cobalt(III) carbazole complexes. Dalton Transactions, 46(14), 4696-4710. doi: 10.1039/c7dt00295e

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Feltham, H. L. C., Barltrop, A. S., & Brooker, S. (2017). Spin crossover in iron(II) complexes of 3,4,5-tri-substituted-1,2,4-triazole (Rdpt), 3,5-di-substituted-1,2,4-triazolate (dpt), and related ligands. Coordination Chemistry Reviews, 344, 26-53. doi: 10.1016/j.ccr.2016.10.006

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Feltham, H. L. C., Dumas, C., Mannini, M., Otero, E., Sainctavit, P., Sessoli, R., Meledandri, C. J., & Brooker, S. (2017). Proof of principle: Immobilisation of robust CuII3TbIII-macrocycles on small, suitably pre-functionalised gold nanoparticles. Chemistry: A European Journal, 23(11), 2517-2521. doi: 10.1002/chem.201604821

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Hogue, R. W., Dhers, S., Hellyer, R. M., Luo, J., Hanan, G. S., Larsen, D. S., Garden, A. L., & Brooker, S. (2017). Self-assembly of cyclohelicate [M3L3] triangles over [M4L4] squares, despite near-linear bis-terdentate L and octahedral M. Chemistry: A European Journal, 23(57), 14193-14199. doi: 10.1002/chem.201702153

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Malthus, S. J., Wilson, R. K., Aggarwal, A. V., Cameron, S. A., Larsen, D. S., & Brooker, S. (2017). Carbazole-based N4-donor Schiff base macrocycles: Obtained metal free and as Cu(II) and Ni(II) complexes. Dalton Transactions, 46(10), 3141-3149. doi: 10.1039/c6dt04598g

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Rodríguez-Jiménez, S., Yang, M., Stewart, I., Garden, A. L., & Brooker, S. (2017). A simple method of predicting spin state in solution. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 139(50), 18392-18396. doi: 10.1021/jacs.7b11069

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Rodríguez-Jiménez, S., & Brooker, S. (2017). Solid versus solution spin crossover and the importance of the Fe-N≡C(X) angle. Inorganic Chemistry, 56, 13697-13708. doi: 10.1021/acs.inorgchem.7b01338

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Dhers, S., Feltham, H. L. C., Rouzières, M., Clérac, R., & Brooker, S. (2016). Macrocyclic {3d-4f} SMMs as building blocks for 1D-polymers: Selective bridging of 4f ions by use of an O-donor ligand. Dalton Transactions, 45, 18089-18093. doi: 10.1039/c6dt03734h

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Hogue, R. W., Feltham, H. L. C., Miller, R. G., & Brooker, S. (2016). Spin crossover in dinuclear N4S2 Iron(II) thioether-triazole complexes: Access to [HS-HS], [HS-LS], and [LS-LS] States. Inorganic Chemistry, 55(9), 4152-4165. doi: 10.1021/acs.inorgchem.5b02851

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Janzen, D. E., Juchum, M., Presow, S. R., Ronson, T. K., Mohr, W., Clérac, R., Feltham, H. L. C., & Brooker, S. (2016). Trigonal (-3) symmetry octahedral lanthanide(III) complexes of zwitterionic tripodal ligands: Luminescence and magnetism. Supramolecular Chemistry, 28(1-2), 125-140. doi: 10.1080/10610278.2015.1102264

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Malthus, S. J., Cameron, S. A., & Brooker, S. (2016). First row transition metal complexes of di-o-substituted-diarylamine-based ligands (including carbazoles, acridines and dibenzoazepines). Coordination Chemistry Reviews, 316, 125-161. doi: 10.1016/j.ccr.2016.02.006

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Malthus, S. J., Wilson, R. K., Larsen, D. S., & Brooker, S. (2016). Acridine-based ligands from cobalt(II) mediated rearrangement of diphenylamine-based starting materials. Supramolecular Chemistry, 28(1-2), 98-107. doi: 10.1080/10610278.2015.1091458

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Miller, R. G., & Brooker, S. (2016). Reversible quantitative guest sensing via spin crossover of an iron(II) triazole. Chemical Science, 7(4), 2501-2505. doi: 10.1039/c5sc04583e

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Miller, R. G., Southon, P. D., Kepert, C. J., & Brooker, S. (2016). Commensurate CO2 capture, and shape selectivity for HCCH over H2CCH2, in zigzag channels of a robust CuI(CN)(L) metal—organic framework. Inorganic Chemistry, 55(12), 6195-6200. doi: 10.1021/acs.inorgchem.6b00813

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Rodríguez-Jiménez, S., Feltham, H. L. C., & Brooker, S. (2016). Non-porous iron(II)-based sensor: Crystallographic insights into a cycle of colorful guest-induced topotactic transformations. Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 55(48), 15067-15071. doi: 10.1002/anie.201608813

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Thevenon, A., Romain, C., Bennington, M. S., White, A. J. P., Davidson, H. J., Brooker, S., & Williams, C. K. (2016). Dizinc lactide polymerization catalysts: Hyperactivity by control of ligand conformation and metallic cooperativity. Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 55(30), 8680-8685. doi: 10.1002/anie.201602930

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White, N. G., & Brooker, S. (2016). New complexation behaviour of the potentially bis-terdentate triazole based ligands PMAT and PMPT: FeIII4 oxo-bridged metallomacrocycles. Polyhedron, 103(Part B), 283-287. doi: 10.1016/j.poly.2015.03.034

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Brooker, S. (2015). Spin crossover with thermal hysteresis: Practicalities and lessons learnt. Chemical Society Reviews, 44, 2880-2892. doi: 10.1039/c4cs00376d

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Cowan, M. G., Miller, R. G., & Brooker, S. (2015). Pyrazine-imide complexes: Reversible redox and MOF building blocks. Dalton Transactions, 44(6), 2880-2892. doi: 10.1039/c4dt03407d

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Cowan, M. G., Miller, R. G., & Brooker, S. (2015). Smaller is smarter in a new cobalt(II) imide: Intermolecular interactions involving pyrazine versus the larger aromatic quinoxaline. Supramolecular Chemistry, 27(11-12), 780-786. doi: 10.1080/10610278.2015.1075535

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Dhers, S., Feltham, H. L. C., & Brooker, S. (2015). A toolbox of building blocks, linkers and crystallisation methods used to generate single-chain magnets. Coordination Chemistry Reviews, 296, 24-44. doi: 10.1016/j.ccr.2015.03.012

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Feltham, H. L. C., Dhers, S., Rouzières, M., Clérac, R., Powell, A. K., & Brooker, S. (2015). A family of fourteen soluble stable macrocyclic [NiII3LnIII] heterometallic 3d-4f complexes. Inorganic Chemistry Frontiers, 2, 982-990. doi: 10.1039/C5QI00130G

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Feltham, H. L. C., Johnson, C., Elliott, A. B. S., Gordon, K. C., Albrecht, M., & Brooker, S. (2015). "Tail" tuning of iron(II) spin crossover temperature by 100 K. Inorganic Chemistry, 54(6), 2902-2909. doi: 10.1021/ic503040f

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Miller, R. G., & Brooker, S. (2015). Spin crossover, reversible redox, and supramolecular interactions in 3d complexes of 4-(4-pyridyl)-2,5-dipyrazyl-pyridine. Inorganic Chemistry, 54(11), 5398-5409. doi: 10.1021/acs.inorgchem.5b00428

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Miller, R. G., Narayanaswamy, S., Clark, S. M., Dera, P., Jameson, G. B., Tallon, J. L., & Brooker, S. (2015). Pressure induced separation of phase-transition-triggered-abrupt vs. gradual components of spin crossover. Dalton Transactions, 44, 20843-20849. doi: 10.1039/c5dt03795f

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Romain, C., Bennington, M. S., White, A. J. P., Williams, C. K., & Brooker, S. (2015). Macrocyclic dizinc(II) alkyl and alkoxide complexes: Reversible CO2 uptake and polymerization catalysis testing. Inorganic Chemistry, 54(24), 11842-11851. doi: 10.1021/acs.inorgchem.5b02038

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