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Dr Kathleen Mullen

Science and Engineering Faculty,
Chemistry, Physics, Mechanical Engineering,
Nanotechnology and Molecular Science

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Name
Dr Kathleen Mullen
Position(s)
Senior Lecturer
Science and Engineering Faculty,
Chemistry, Physics, Mechanical Engineering,
Nanotechnology and Molecular Science
Discipline *
Analytical Chemistry, Macromolecular and Materials Chemistry, Physical Chemistry (incl. Structural)
Phone
+61 7 3138 2393
Email
Location
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Qualifications

PhD (University of New England)

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008

Biography

Research Discipline : Chemistry

 

Research Area

This concept of creating molecular electronic devices has resulted in the development and rapid advance of the field of supramolecular chemistry. Synthetic developments using fundamental concepts such as preorganisation, molecular recognition, self-assembly and template-directed synthesis has resulted in a dramatic increase in the quantity and variety of supramolecular systems that can be made with the potential for functioning as molecular devices.

Our work looks at using interlocked architectures as the basis for the development of

 

  1. Sensors : which can encapsulate and sense environmentally or medicinally important anions;
  2. Switches or shuttles : in which the orientation or properties of an interlocked system can be changed through the application of external stimuli; and 
  3. Solid tethered supramolecular systems : to determine the impact of surface confinement on the dynamic molecules and ultimately move towards systems with more practical applications

 

Areas of Expertise

  • Supramolecular chemistry
  • Organic synthesis
  • Molecular recognition

 

Selected Research Projects

  • Anion Sensing by Mechanically-Interlocked Molecules
  • pH ‘Switchable’ Catenanes and Rotaxanes
  • Surface Tethered Molecular Devices

 

Career Highlights

  • Current – Lecturer, Queensland University of Technology
  • 2009-2011 – Postdoctoral research at the University of Edinburgh
  • 2007-2009 – Postdoctoral research at the University of Oxford
  • 2004-2007 – PhD in Chemistry at the University of New England
  • 2000-2002 – B. Science (Adv) with 1st Class Honours at the University of New England

 

This information has been contributed by Dr Kathleen Mullen.

Teaching

Teaching Discipline : Chemistry

Teaching areas : Organic chemistry

This information has been contributed by Dr Kathleen Mullen.

Publications


Awards

Awards and recognition

Type
Recipient of a Nationally Competitive Research Fellowship
Reference year
2011
Details
Fellowship Type: ARC Principal Research Fellowship Project Title: Synthetic molecular transporters External Reference : DP110100631 Years Awarded: 2011-2013 Total Funding Awarded: $288,673

Research projects

Grants and projects (Category 1: Australian Competitive Grants only)

Title
Synthetic Molecular Transporters
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
DP110100631
Start year
2011
Keywords
Nanotechnology, Dynamic Combinatorial Chemistry, Molecular Machines, Porphryins, Supramolecular Chemistry