Barbara Messerle


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1985 …2021
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Ph.D. University of Sydney 1987. Postdoctoral Fellow ETH Zürich, Switzerland 1987-1989, Gritton Research Fellow, University of Sydney 1990-1991; ARC Queen Elizabeth II Fellow 1992-1997, and ARC Senior Research Fellow 1997-2002, at the University of Sydney and UNSW. At UNSW from 1999: Senior Lecturer, Associate Professor, then Professor 2008-, and Head of School, Chemistry 2007-2014. Currently, Executive Dean, Science and Engineering, and Professor of Chemistry, Macquarie University University.

Research interests

Messerle's major research contributions have been in the field of Chemistry, specifically in the areas of organometallic chemistry and catalysis and the application of NMR (Nuclear Magnetic Resonance) Spectroscopy for enhanced structural and mechanistic understanding inorganometallic chemistry. Messerle’s research program encompasses the development of catalysts and catalytic methodologies for promoting efficient and selective chemical transformations, and her team has recently developed new approaches to carbon supported hybrid catalysts. Over a sustained period Messerle has designed new metal complexes for promoting key chemical reactions. The ultimate outcome of her work will be the improved viability and selectivity of the synthesis of biologically active molecules and pharmaceuticals in the fine chemicals industry. She introduced advanced NMR techniques for application in organometallic chemistry, which provided insights into catalyst structure and function.

Education/Academic qualification

Chemistry, PhD, University of Sydney

1 Feb 198431 Mar 1987

Chemistry, BSc(Hons), University of Sydney

External positions

Visiting Professor, UNSW Australia

12 Jan 2015 → …

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Projects 2015 2021

Research Outputs 1985 2019

Selective formylation or methylation of amines using carbon dioxide catalysed by a rhodium perimidine-based NHC complex

Lam, R. H., McQueen, C. M. A., Pernik, I., McBurney, R. T., Hill, A. F. & Messerle, B. A., 2019, In : Green Chemistry. 21, 3, p. 538-549 12 p.

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Carbon Dioxide

Simple and reactive Ir(I) N-heterocyclic carbene complexes for alkyne activation

Gatus, M. R. D., Pernik, I., Tompsett, J. A., Binding, S. C., Peterson, M. B. & Messerle, B. A., 7 Apr 2019, In : Dalton Transactions. 48, 13, p. 4333-4340 8 p.

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Chemical activation
Bearings (structural)

Simultaneous functionalization of carbon surfaces with rhodium and iridium organometallic complexes: hybrid bimetallic catalysts for hydroamination

Binding, S. C., Pernik, I., Goncales, V. R., Wong, C. M., Webster, R. F., Cheong, S., Tilley, R. D., Garcia-Bennett, A. E., Gooding, J. J. & Messerle, B. A., 25 Feb 2019, In : Organometallics. 38, 4, p. 780-787 8 p.

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Harnessing asymmetric N-heterocyclic carbene ligands to optimise SABRE hyperpolarisation

Wong, C. M., Fekete, M., Nelson-Forde, R., Gatus, M. R. D., Rayner, P. J., Whitwood, A. C., Duckett, S. B. & Messerle, B. A., 7 Oct 2018, In : Catalysis Science and Technology. 8, 19, p. 4925-4933 9 p.

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Open Access
Coordination Complexes

Enhancements in catalytic reactivity and selectivity of homobimetallic complexes containing heteroditopic ligands

Gatus, M. R. D., McBurney, R. T., Bhadbhade, M. & Messerle, B. A., 21 Jun 2017, In : Dalton Transactions. 46, 23, p. 7457-7466 10 p.

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