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Associate Professor Nigel Lucas

nigel_lucasPhD, BSc(Hons) (ANU)

Tel: 03 479 5377
Location: Science II, 3n11
Email: nigel.lucas@otago.ac.nz

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- 18 MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology, Associate Investigator
2012- 18 Senior Lecturer, University of Otago
2018- Associate Professor, University of Otago
2018 - MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology, Principal Investigator

Research

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:

  • synthesis and properties of carbon-rich molecular materials
  • supramolecular chemistry and self-assembly
  • organometallic chemistry and catalysis
  • metal-containing liquid crystals
  • crystallography

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Publications

Smith, J. N., Ennis, C., & Lucas, N. T. (2021). Rigid, biconical hydrogen-bonded dimers that strongly encapsulate cationic guests in solution and the solid state. Chemical Science. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1039/d1sc01802g

Hall, T. B. J., Hoggard, B. R., Larsen, C. B., & Lucas, N. T. (2019). Synthesis of cyclopenta-HBCs and their regioselective chlorination during oxidative cyclodehydrogenation. Chemistry: An Asian Journal, 14, 1106-1110. doi: 10.1002/asia.201801812

Smith, J. N., & Lucas, N. T. (2018). Rigid tetraarylene-bridged cavitands from reduced-symmetry resorcin[4]arene derivatives. Chemical Communications, 54, 4716. doi: 10.1039/c8cc01903g

Smith, J. N., Hook, J. M., & Lucas, N. T. (2018). Superphenylphosphines: Nanographene-based ligands that control coordination geometry and drive supramolecular assembly. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 143(3), 1131-1141. doi: 10.1021/jacs.7b12251

Elliott, A. B. S., Horvath, R., Sun, X.-Z., Gardiner, M. G., Müllen, K., Lucas, N. T., … Gordon, K. C. (2016). Long-lived charge transfer excited states in HBC-polypyridyl complex hybrids. Inorganic Chemistry, 55(10), 4710-4719. doi: 10.1021/acs.inorgchem.5b02602

Smith, J. N., Ennis, C., & Lucas, N. T. (2021). Rigid, biconical hydrogen-bonded dimers that strongly encapsulate cationic guests in solution and the solid state. Chemical Science. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1039/d1sc01802g

Journal - Research Article

Hall, T. B. J., Hoggard, B. R., Larsen, C. B., & Lucas, N. T. (2019). Synthesis of cyclopenta-HBCs and their regioselective chlorination during oxidative cyclodehydrogenation. Chemistry: An Asian Journal, 14, 1106-1110. doi: 10.1002/asia.201801812

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Smith, J. N., & Lucas, N. T. (2018). Rigid tetraarylene-bridged cavitands from reduced-symmetry resorcin[4]arene derivatives. Chemical Communications, 54, 4716. doi: 10.1039/c8cc01903g

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Smith, J. N., Hook, J. M., & Lucas, N. T. (2018). Superphenylphosphines: Nanographene-based ligands that control coordination geometry and drive supramolecular assembly. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 143(3), 1131-1141. doi: 10.1021/jacs.7b12251

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Elliott, A. B. S., Horvath, R., Sun, X.-Z., Gardiner, M. G., Müllen, K., Lucas, N. T., … Gordon, K. C. (2016). Long-lived charge transfer excited states in HBC-polypyridyl complex hybrids. Inorganic Chemistry, 55(10), 4710-4719. doi: 10.1021/acs.inorgchem.5b02602

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Smith, J. N., Brind, T. K., Petrie, S. B., Grant, M. S., & Lucas, N. T. (2020). One-step synthesis of C2v-symmetric resorcin[4]arene tetraethers. Journal of Organic Chemistry, 85, 4574-4580. doi: 10.1021/acs.joc.0c00128

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Swaney, B., Luxenburger, A., Lucas, N. T., Hawkins, B. C., & Hinkley, S. F. R. (2020). The synthesis of 3-azabicyclo[4.3.0]nonane scaffolds from Brefeldin A. Tetrahedron Letters, 61, 152006. doi: 10.1016/j.tetlet.2020.152006

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Gai, S., Lucas, N. T., & Hawkins, B. C. (2019). Benzannulated 6,5-spiroketals from donor-acceptor cyclopropanes. Organic Letters, 21(8), 2872-2875. doi: 10.1021/acs.orglett.9b00878

Journal - Research Other

Barnsley, J. E., Shillito, G. E., Larsen, C. B., van der Salm, H., Horvath, R., Sun, X. Z., … Lucas, N. T., & Gordon, K. C. (2019). Generation of microsecond charge-separated excited states in rhenium(I) diimine complexes: Driving force is the dominant factor in controlling lifetime. Inorganic Chemistry, 58, 9785-9795. doi: 10.1021/acs.inorgchem.9b00792

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Barnsley, J. E., Shillito, G. E., Mapley, J. I., Larsen, C. B., Lucas, N. T., & Gordon, K. C. (2018). Walking the emission tightrope: Spectral and computational analysis of some dual-emitting benzothiadiazole donor-acceptor dyes. Journal of Physical Chemistry A, 122(40), 7991-8006. doi: 10.1021/acs.jpca.8b05361

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Lamb, R. A., Lucas, N. T., Lessene, G., & Hawkins, B. C. (2018). Strategies, setbacks, and successes in the synthesis of (-)-spiroleucettadine. Journal of Organic Chemistry, 83(17), 10120-10133. doi: 10.1021/acs.joc.8b01404

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Shillito, G. E., Hall, T. B. J., Preston, D., Traber, P., Wu, L., Reynolds, K. E. A., … Lucas, N. T., Crowley, J. D., … Gordon, K. C. (2018). Dramatic alteration of 3ILCT lifetimes using ancillary ligands in [Re(L)(CO)3(phen-TPA)]n+ complexes: An integrated spectroscopic and theoretical study. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 140(13), 4534-4542. doi: 10.1021/jacs.7b12868

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Lamb, R. A., Aberle, N. S., Lucas, N. T., Lessene, G., & Hawkins, B. C. (2017). Total synthesis of (—)-Spiroleucettadine [Brief communication]. Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 56(46), 14663-14666. doi: 10.1002/anie.201708110

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Kim, T. Y., Digal, L., Gardiner, M. G., Lucas, N. T., & Crowley, J. D. (2017). Octahedral [Pd6L8]12+ metallosupramolecular cages: Synthesis, structures and guest-encapsulation studies. Chemistry: A European Journal, 23, 15089-15097. doi: 10.1002/chem.201702518

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Adams, B. S., Shillito, G. E., van der Salm, H., Horvath, R., Larsen, C. B., Sun, X.-Z., Lucas, N. T., … Gordon, K. C. (2017). Alteration of intraligand donor-acceptor interactions through torsional connectivity in substituted Re-dppz complexes. Inorganic Chemistry, 56, 12967-12977. doi: 10.1021/acs.inorgchem.7b01710

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Rodpun, K., Lucas, N. T., Tan, E. W., & Meledandri, C. J. (2016). Development of solvent-dispersible coordination polymer nanocrystals and application as efficient heterogeneous catalysts. Crystal Growth & Design, 16(7), 3940-3946. doi: 10.1021/acs.cgd.6b00502

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Wright, J. R., Crowley, J. D., & Lucas, N. T. (2016). Carbon-rich "click" 1,2,3-triazoles: Hexaphenylbenzene and hexa-peri-hexabenzocoronene-based ligands for Suzuki-Miyaura catalysts. Chemical Communications, 52(88), 12976-12979. doi: 10.1039/c6cc07413h

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Larsen, C. B., van der Salm, H., Shillito, G. E., Lucas, N. T., & Gordon, K. C. (2016). Tuning the rainbow: Systematic modulation of donor-acceptor systems through donor substituents and solvent. Inorganic Chemistry, 55(17), 8446-8458. doi: 10.1021/acs.inorgchem.6b01039

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Rodpun, K., Blackman, A. G., Gardiner, M. G., Tan, E. W., Meledandri, C. J., & Lucas, N. T. (2015). Alkyl linker effects on the coordination topology of ditopic di(2-pyridylmethyl)amine carboxylate ligands with ZnII and CuII: Polymers vs. macrocycles. CrystEngComm, 17(15), 2974-2988. doi: 10.1039/c5ce00375j

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Craig, A. J., van der Salm, L., Stevens-Cullinane, L., Lucas, N. T., Tan, E. W., & Hawkins, B. C. (2015). Expedient metal-free synthesis of 1,3-oxazinen-4-ones. Organic Letters, 17(2), 234-237. doi: 10.1021/ol503350h

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Hoggard, B. R., Larsen, C. B., & Lucas, N. T. (2014). Site selectivity of [RuCp*]+ complexation in cyclopenta[def]triphenylenes. Organometallics, 33(21), 6200-6209. doi: 10.1021/om5008852

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Wright, J. R., Young, P. C., Lucas, N. T., Lee, A.-L., & Crowley, J. D. (2013). Gold(I) and Palladium(II) complexes of 1,3,4-trisubstituted 1,2,3-triazol-5-ylidene "click" carbenes: Systematic study of the electronic and steric influence on catalytic activity. Organometallics, 32(23), 7065-7076. doi: 10.1021/om400773n

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Tomar, M., Lucas, N. T., Müllen, K., & Jacob, J. (2013). Facile synthesis and coupling of 3,9-dibromo-6-aryl-5H-dibenzo[d,f][1,3]diazepine derivatives. Tetrahedron Letters, 54(44), 5883-5885. doi: 10.1016/j.tetlet.2013.08.107

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Bartenstein, J. E., & Lucas, N. T. (2012). Reduced symmetry triflate-resorcin[4]arenes. Supramolecular Chemistry, 24(8), 618-626. doi: 10.1080/10610278.2012.703324

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Baker, R. W., Radzey, H., Lucas, N. T., & Turner, P. (2012). Stereospecific syntheses and structures of planar chiral bidentate η5:κS-indenyl - sulfanyl and -sulfinyl complexes of rhodium(III). Organometallics, 31(15), 5622-5633. doi: 10.1021/om300581r

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Scaria, R., Lucas, N. T., Müllen, K., & Jacob, J. (2011). Blue-emitting copolymers of isoquinoline and fluorene. Reactive & Functional Polymers, 71(8), 849-856. doi: 10.1016/j.reactfunctpolym.2011.05.006

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Anant, P., Mangold, H., Lucas, N. T., Laquai, F., & Jacob, J. (2011). Synthesis and characterization of donor-acceptor type 4,4'-Bis(2,1,3-benzothiadiazole)-based copolymers. Polymer, 52(20), 4442-4450. doi: 10.1016/j.polymer.2011.07.053

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Anant, P., Lucas, N. T., Ball, J. M., Anthopoulos, T. D., & Jacob, J. (2010). Synthesis and characterization of pyrene-centered oligothiophenes. Synthetic Metals, 160(17-18), 1987-1993. doi: 10.1016/j.synthmet.2010.07.022

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Saini, G., Lucas, N. T., & Jacob, J. (2010). Tetrathiophenes with thiophene side chains: Effect of substitution on packing and conjugation. Tetrahedron Letters, 51, 2956-2958. doi: 10.1016/j.tetlet.2010.03.087

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Shi, Y., Qian, H., Lucas, N. T., Xu, W., & Wang, Z. (2009). Synthesis of a three-dimensional spiro-annulated polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon. Tetrahedron Letters, 50(28), 4110-4113.

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Li, Z., Zhi, L., Lucas, N. T., & Wang, Z. (2009). Triangle-shaped polycyclic aromatics based on tribenzocoronene: Facile synthesis and physical properties. Tetrahedron, 65(17), 3417-3424. doi: 10.1016/j.tet.2009.02.042

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Anant, P., Lucas, N. T., & Jacob, J. (2008). A simple route toward the synthesis of bisbenzothiadiazole derivatives. Organic Letters, 10(24), 5533-5536. doi: 10.1021/ol8022837

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Kokkin, D. L., Troy, T. P., Nakajima, M., Nauta, K., Varberg, T. D., Metha, G. F., Lucas, N. T., & Schmidt, T. W. (2008). The optical spectrum of a large isolated polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon: Hexa-peri-hexabenzocoronene, C42H18. Astrophysical Journal, 681, L49-L51.

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El Hamaoui, B., Zhi, L., Wu, J., Li, J., Lucas, N. T., Tomović, Ž., … Müllen, K. (2007). Solid-state pyrolysis of polyphenylene-metal complexes: A facile approach toward carbon nanoparticles. Advanced Functional Materials, 17, 1179-1187. doi: 10.1002/adfm.200600826

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Lucas, N. T., Zareie, H. M., & McDonagh, A. M. (2007). Self-organization of a discotic coordination complex bearing orthogonal discotic ligands. ACS Nano, 1(4), 348-354. doi: 10.1021/nn700187b

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Cifuentes, M. P., Powell, C. E., Morrall, J. P., McDonagh, A. M., Lucas, N. T., Humphrey, M. G., … Isoshima, T. (2006). Electrochemical, spectroelectrochemical, and molecular quadratic and cubic nonlinear optical properties of alkynylruthenium dendrimers. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 128(33), 10819-10832. doi: 10.1021/ja062246v

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