B.Sc. (Hons) and Ph.D., Otago
Phone: 61-(0)2-938 54737
Room 225, Dalton Building
UNSW, Kensington 2052
Research Group Website
Steve Colbran gained his Ph.D. from the University of Otago, New Zealand, in 1984. He then undertook post-doctoral research with Professor the Lord Jack Lewis, FRS, and Professor Brian Johnson, FRS, at the University Chemical Laboratories, University of Cambridge, England, 1984–1987. Steve was appointed to the academic staff of UNSW in 1987, and he spent 1994 on leave from UNSW as a Visiting Scientist in the Department of Chemistry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA.
Steve Colbran's research expertise is in transition metal chemistry and (spectro-)electrochemistry.
Current research interests:
- Biological catalysis: using computational and synthetic models to uncover insights about multi-electron redox processes in biology, for example, in respiratory proton pumps and in nitrogen reductases.
- Biomimetic catalysis: using biomimicry to discover new catalysts for multi-electron reduction processes.
- Catalyses for a sustainable future: multi-electron reductions of carbon dioxide - for amelioration of global climate change - and molecular nitrogen - to provide a low-cost, low-energy route to ammonia, a clean alternative transport(able) fuel.
- Design, synthesis and use of transition metal systems with redox-active, multifunctional ligands.
- Copper chemistry and its relevance to biology and medicine.
Further information about Steve Colbran’s current research can be found at the UNSW Research Gateway, and a flyer for the Colbran Group plus a brief summary of current research underway within the group can be found here.
- McSkimming, A.; Bhadbhade, M. M.; Colbran S. B., Hydride ion-carrier ability in Rh(I) complexes of a nicotinamide-functionalised N-heterocyclic carbene ligand, Dalton Transactions, 2010, 39, 10581-10584
- Taylor, I. F.; Blanksby, S. J.; Colbran, S. B.; Willett, G. D., Production and Isolation of Ligated Metal(IV)-Oxo Ions by Tandem Mass Spectrometry, Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry, 2010, 24, 1142-1146
- Field, L. D.; Magill, A. M.; Shearer, T. K.; Colbran, S. B.; Lee, S. T.; Dalgarno, S. J.; Bhadbhade, M. M. Controlled synthesis of dinuclear acetylide-bridged ruthenium complexes, Organometallics, 2010, 29, 957-965.
- Rawling, T.; Austin, C.; Buchholz, F.; Colbran S .B.; McDonagh A. M., Ruthenium Phthalocyanine-Bipyridyl Dyads as Sensitizers for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells: Dye Coverage versus Molecular Efficiency, Inorganic Chemistry, 2009, 48, 3215-3227.
- Moberg, V.; Mottaqlib, A. M.; Sauer, D.; Poplavskaya, Y.; Craig, D. C.; Deeming, A. J.; Colbran, S. B.; Nordlander, E., Chiral and achiral phosphine derivatives of alkylidyne tricobalt carbonyl clusters as catalysts for (asymmetric) inter- and intra-molecular Pauson-Khand reactions, Dalton Transactions, 2008, 2442-2453.
- Lonnon, D. G. Lee, S.-T.; Colbran S. B., Valence tautomerism and coordinative lability in copper(II)–imidazolyl–semiquinonate anion models for the CuB centre in cytochrome c oxidase, Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2007, 129, 5800-5801.
A full listing of Steve Colbran’s recent research publications can be found at the UNSW Research Gateway.