Suzanne Neville

Suzanne Neville

Suzanne Neville

Senior Lecturer and Future Fellow

Contact details

Phone: 02 9385 4752


Room 218 Dalton Building, F12

UNSW, Kensington, 2052

Research Group Website

Biographical Details

Bachelor of Science (Hons), The University of Sydney, 2000. Ph.D. in Chemistry, The University of Sydney, 2005. Postdoctoral researcher, Molecular Magnetism Group, Monash University, 2006-2008. Marie Curie Fellow, Institut de Chemie de la Matière Condensée de Bordeaux, France, 2008-2009. Laboratory Manager, Process Science and Engineering, CSIRO, Melbourne, 2010. Australian Research Fellow (ARF), Monash University, 2011-2012 and The University of Sydney, 2013-2016. Future Fellow and appointed Senior Lecturer in Chemistry, UNSW, 2017. Awarded the RACI Inorganic Division Alan Sargeson Lectureship 2018 for significant and innovative contributions to the field. Awarded the Sandy Mathieson Medal for distinguished contributions to science involving X-ray, neutron, or electron diffraction. Program Advisory Comittee member (PAC) for the powder diffraction beamline Australian Synchrotron. Council member Society of Crystallography Australia New Zealand (SCANZ). Treasurer RACI NSW Inorganic Division.

Research Interests

Expertise in:

1) Designing and developing advanced materials for technological application

2) Deriving structure-property relationships for materials properties optimisation

3) Driving devopments in energy-industry relevant materials  

Collaborative Links with: ANSTO (Prof V Peterson), USyd (Prof Kepert), CNRS-Bordeaux (Chastanet), CobaltBlue Holdings, Australian Synchrotron, UQ (Prof Powell)

Current available projects:

1) Coordination and Materials Chemistry

  • Synthetic inorganic chemistry
  • In situ structure-function studies
  • Polynuclear coordination materials
  • Porous materials
  • Thermal-, light- and guest-induced switching
  • Spin crossover materials
  • molecular switching nanoparticles/nanocrystals


2) Minerals process optimisation

  • Experimental proof of concept
  • Refinement of operational parameters
  • Calcine and Leaching projects
  • Mineral recovery
  • Modelling
  • New minerals processing technologies
  • Feasibility studies
  • Energy Materials

Selected Publications

Reviews & Books

  • S. M. Neville editiors J. G. Hardy, F. H. Schacher. ”Metallosupramolecular materials for magnetic applications: spin-crossover” in Functional Metallosupramolecular Materials. RSC Publishing, 290-317 (2015).


  • Stuart R. Batten, S. M. Neville, David R. Turner, Coordination Polymers: Design, Analysis and Application. Royal Society of Chemistry, RSC Publishing, London (2008).


  • N. F. Sciortino, S. M. Neville, Two-dimensional Coordination Polymers with Spin Crossover Functionality, Aust. J. Chem., 67, 1553-62 (2014).


Recent Journal Articles

  • M. J. Murphy, K. A. Zenere, F. Ragon, P. D. Southon, C. J. Kepert, S. M. Neville, Guest programmable multi-step spin crossover in a porous 2-D Hofmann-type material, Journal of the American Chemical Society, 139(3), 1330-1335 (2017).


  • N. F. Sciortino, K. A. Zenere, M. E. Corrigan, G. J. Halder, G. Chastanet, J.-F. Létard, C. J. Kepert, S. M. Neville, Four-Step Iron(II) Spin State Cascade Driven by Antagonistic Solid State Interactions, Chemical Science, 8, 701-7 (2017).


  • J. E. Clements, J. R. Price, S. M. Neville, C. J. Kepert, Hysteretic Four-Step Spin Crossover within a 3-Dimensional Porous Hofmann-like Material, Angewandte Chemie, International Edition, 55(48), 15105-9 (2016).


  • N. F. Sciortino, F. Ragon, K. A. Zenere, P. D. Southon, G. J. Halder, K. W. Chapman, L. Piñeiro-López,J. A. Real, C. J. Kepert, S. M. Neville, Exploiting pressure to induce a “guest-blocked” spin transition in a framework material, Inorganic Chemistry, 55 (20), 10490-98 (2016).


  • F. Ragon, K. Yaksi, N. F. Sciortino, G. Chastanet, J.-F. Létard, D. D’Alessandro, C. J. Kepert, S. M. Neville, Spin Crossover Behaviour of Two-dimensional Hofmann-type Coordination Polymers Incorporating Photoactive Ligand, Australian Journal of Chemistry, 67, 1563-73 (2014).


  • Y. M. Klein, N. F. Sciortino, F. Ragon, C. E. Housecroft, C. J. Kepert, S. M. Neville, Spin crossover intermediate plateau stabilization in a flexible 2-D Hofmann-type coordination polymer, Chemical Communications, 50, 3838 (2014).

  • J. E. Clement, J. R. Price, S. M. Neville, C. J. Kepert, Perturbation of Spin Crossover Behavior by Covalent Post-Synthetic Modification of a Porous Metal-Organic Framework, Angewandte Chemie, International Edition, 53, 10164-168 (2014).

See Publications page for complete list.