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Associate Professor Nigel Lucas

Associate Professor Nigel Lucas

Principal Investigator

Materials for Energy Capture and Utilisation

Phone:
+64 3 479 5377

Address:
Department of Chemistry
University of Otago
P O Box 56
Dunedin 9054

Biography

Associate Professor Nigel Lucas obtained his BSc (Hons) and PhD from the Australian National University working on the synthesis and photophysical properties of organometallic materials.

Following postdoctoral research at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Germany as an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow, he returned to Australia in 2005 to take up an Australian Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship at The University of Sydney. In 2008 he moved to the Department of Chemistry, University of Otago.

Research interests

Nigel’s research interests span the synthesis, structure and properties of carbon-rich molecular materials, supramolecular chemistry and self-assembly, organometallic chemistry and catalysis, and crystallography.

His group has expertise in the designed synthesis of polyaromatic molecules with well-defined architectures that tend to be photoactive and can be tuned through rational modification of their structure. Flat “nanographenes” have a strong propensity for face-to-face stacking, thereby providing a robust mechanism for their assembly into ordered solids, often with high porosity.

Characterisation of the new materials is enabled through collaborations within the Institute and internationally.

The new knowledge enables us to design and synthesise 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.

Associate Professor Nigel Lucas
Associate Professor Nigel Lucas

In the news

Annual Report

New Principal Investigators - Annual Report 2018

April 8, 2019

An overview of the research interests of each of our eight new Principal Investigators.

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Annual Report

2018 funding successes - Annual Report 2018

April 8, 2019

Funding successes for our investigators and their research programmes during 2018. This funding enables our researchers and collaborators to continue their breakthrough research in advanced materials and nanotechnology.

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Annual Report

Journal covers - Annual Report 2018

April 8, 2019

This page lists the various scientific journal covers that featured MacDiarmid Institute Investigators work in 2018.

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News Article

New Principal Investigators

August 27, 2018

The MacDiarmid Institute proudly welcomes eight new principal investigators.

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