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. X-ray Diffraction 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.

Research Interests

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

The primary focus of the group is to develop novel inorganic complexes with a focus on the inherent characteristics of transition metals, most often spin crossover transitions. From a synthetic perspective, we use a broad range of bridging organic ligands to form polynuclear species, encompassing discrete molecular species (i.e., dinuclear, trinuclear, square, cage…) and infinite polymer species (i.e., one-dimensional chains and 2- and 3-D coordination polymers). The focus on forming polynuclear species is primarily to interrogate the fundamental characteristics of solid state cooperativity and the ligands are carefully designed to promote this through dedicated communication pathways, such as through short rigid bridges and through interactions such as hydrogen-bonding and p-stacking.

In our studies we use a range of characterisation tools to understand in detail structural properties that lead to functional properties, including advanced in situ structural and magnetic techniques. 

From an overall perspective, we are aiming to produce spin crossover materials with suitable characteristics for future integration into working devices (sensing, memory, storage…) and in parallel broaden our fundamental knowledge on structure-function relationships.

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.