Chris Medcraft

DECRA Fellow
Aus Research Fellow (ARC)

Chris is a DECRA fellow at the School of Chemistry at the University of New South Wales where he has constructed the first chirped-pulse Fourier transform microwave (CP-FTMW) spectrometer in the country. This technique has revolutionised rotational spectroscopy in recent years providing rapid, broadband spectra. Rotational spectroscopy is one of the few techniques that provides direct information about gas phase molecular structure. This provides insights into the conformational preference for flexible molecules, the relative strength of intermolecular bonds and internal motions. Rotational spectroscopy is also the tool that is used to identify molecules in space by comparing laboratory spectra with radio astronomy observations.

    Chris obtained his PhD Monash University using the Far-IR/THz beamline at the Australian Synchrotron where he installed a new instrument onto the beamline to allow the study of cold molecules in the far-infrared. He continued this theme of instrument construction a post-doc at the Max-Planck Institute for the Structure and Dynamics of Molecules in Hamburg where he constructed a high-resolution microwave spectrometer. There he also learnt technique of CP-FTMW spectroscopy and used it study chiral molecules and to elucidate the conformational preferences of large molecules. I continued using CP-FTMW spectroscopy at Newcastle University (UK) where I used, improved, and developed advanced sampling tools to study the gas phase structure of organic molecules and compounds containing metal atoms.

    publications

    Journal articles
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    Zapata Trujillo JC; Syme A-M; Rowell KN; Burns BP; Clark ES; Gorman MN; Jacob LSD; Kapodistrias P; Kedziora DJ; Lempriere FAR; Medcraft C; O'Sullivan J; Robertson EG; Soares GG; Steller L; Teece BL; Tremblay CD; Sousa-Silva C; McKemmish LK, 2021, 'Computational Infrared Spectroscopy of 958 Phosphorus-Bearing Molecules', FRONTIERS IN ASTRONOMY AND SPACE SCIENCES, vol. 8, http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fspas.2021.639068
    2021
    Fatima M; Maué D; Pérez C; Tikhonov DS; Bernhard D; Stamm A; Medcraft C; Gerhards M; Schnell M, 2020, 'Structures and internal dynamics of diphenylether and its aggregates with water', Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, vol. 22, pp. 27966 - 27978, http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/d0cp04104a
    2020
    Cooper GA; Medcraft C; Gougoula E; Walker NR, 2019, 'Conformational isomers of trans -urocanic acid observed by rotational spectroscopy', Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, vol. 21, pp. 9495 - 9503, http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/c9cp00651f
    2019
    Gougoula E; Medcraft C; Heitkämper J; Walker NR, 2019, 'Barriers to internal rotation in methylimidazole isomers determined by rotational spectroscopy', Journal of Chemical Physics, vol. 151, pp. 144301, http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.5119997
    2019
    Gougoula E; Medcraft C; Alkorta I; Walker NR; Legon AC, 2019, 'A chalcogen-bonded complex H 3 NS=C=S formed by ammonia and carbon disulfide characterised by chirped-pulse, broadband microwave spectroscopy', Journal of Chemical Physics, vol. 150, pp. 084307, http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.5085281
    2019
    Medcraft C; Linnartz H; Ubachs W, 2019, 'Cavity ring-down UV spectroscopy of the C2Σ+-X2Π electronic transition of CH', Journal of Molecular Spectroscopy, vol. 360, pp. 15 - 23, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jms.2019.04.005
    2019
    Das A; Mandal PK; Lovas FJ; Medcraft C; Walker NR; Arunan E, 2018, 'The H 2 S Dimer is Hydrogen‐Bonded: Direct Confirmation from Microwave Spectroscopy', Angewandte Chemie, vol. 130, pp. 15419 - 15423, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ange.201808162
    2018
    Das A; Mandal PK; Lovas FJ; Medcraft C; Walker NR; Arunan E, 2018, 'The H2S Dimer is Hydrogen-Bonded: Direct Confirmation from Microwave Spectroscopy', Angewandte Chemie - International Edition, vol. 57, pp. 15199 - 15203, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/anie.201808162
    2018
    Cooper GA; Anderson CJ; Medcraft C; Walker NR, 2018, 'Rotational spectra and nuclear quadrupole coupling constants of 4- and 2-iodoimidazole', Journal of Molecular Spectroscopy, vol. 354, pp. 15 - 23, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jms.2018.09.006
    2018
    Kutzer P; Hartung S; Pirali O; Pietschnig R; Medcraft C; Yamada KMT; Giesen TF, 2017, 'Tert-butyl-dibromophosphane tBuPBr2—a new chemical synthesis and first spectroscopic characterization', Heteroatom Chemistry, vol. 28, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/hc.21361
    2017
    Medcraft C; Gougoula E; Bittner DM; Mullaney JC; Blanco S; Tew DP; Walker NR; Legon AC, 2017, 'Molecular geometries and other properties of H2O⋯AgI and H3N⋯AgI as characterised by rotational spectroscopy and ab initio calculations', Journal of Chemical Physics, vol. 147, http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.5008744
    2017
    Mullaney JC; Medcraft C; Tew DP; Lewis-Borrell L; Golding BT; Walker NR; Legon AC, 2017, 'Cooperative hydrogen bonds form a pseudocycle stabilizing an isolated complex of isocyanic acid with urea', Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, vol. 19, pp. 25080 - 25085, http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/c7cp04315e
    2017
    Cooper GA; Medcraft C; Littlefair JD; Penfold TJ; Walker NR, 2017, 'Halogen bonding properties of 4-iodopyrazole and 4-bromopyrazole explored by rotational spectroscopy and ab initio calculations', Journal of Chemical Physics, vol. 147, http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.5002662
    2017
    Medcraft C; Mullaney JC; Walker NR; Legon AC, 2017, 'A complex Ar⋯AgI produced by laser ablation and characterised by rotational spectroscopy and ab initio calculations: Variation of properties along the series Ar⋯AgX (X = F, Cl, Br and I)', Journal of Molecular Spectroscopy, vol. 335, pp. 61 - 67, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jms.2017.01.002
    2017
    Domingos SR; Pérez C; Medcraft C; Pinacho P; Schnell M, 2016, 'Flexibility unleashed in acyclic monoterpenes: Conformational space of citronellal revealed by broadband rotational spectroscopy', Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, vol. 18, pp. 16682 - 16689, http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/c6cp02876d
    2016
    Medcraft C; Zinn S; Schnell M; Poblotzki A; Altnöder J; Heger M; Suhm MA; Bernhard D; Stamm A; Dietrich F; Gerhards M, 2016, 'Aromatic embedding wins over classical hydrogen bonding-a multi-spectroscopic approach for the diphenyl ether-methanol complex', Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, vol. 18, pp. 26975 - 26983, http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/c6cp03557d
    2016
    Medcraft C; Schnell M, 2016, 'A Comparative Study of Two Bicyclic Ethers, Eucalyptol and 1,4-Cineole, by Broadband Rotational Spectroscopy', Zeitschrift fur Physikalische Chemie, vol. 230, pp. 1 - 14, http://dx.doi.org/10.1515/zpch-2015-0643
    2016
    Zinn S; Medcraft C; Betz T; Schnell M, 2016, 'High‐Resolution Rotational Spectroscopy Study of the Smallest Sugar Dimer: Interplay of Hydrogen Bonds in the Glycolaldehyde Dimer', Angewandte Chemie, vol. 128, pp. 6079 - 6084, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ange.201511077
    2016
    Zinn S; Medcraft C; Betz T; Schnell M, 2016, 'High-Resolution Rotational Spectroscopy Study of the Smallest Sugar Dimer: Interplay of Hydrogen Bonds in the Glycolaldehyde Dimer', Angewandte Chemie - International Edition, vol. 55, pp. 5975 - 5980, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/anie.201511077
    2016
    Medcraft C; Bittner DM; Tew DP; Walker NR; Legon AC, 2016, 'Geometries of H2S⋯MI (M = Cu, Ag, Au) complexes studied by rotational spectroscopy: The effect of the metal atom', Journal of Chemical Physics, vol. 145, http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.4967477
    2016
    Shubert VA; Schmitz D; Pérez C; Medcraft C; Krin A; Domingos SR; Patterson D; Schnell M, 2016, 'Chiral Analysis Using Broadband Rotational Spectroscopy', Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, vol. 7, pp. 341 - 350, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.jpclett.5b02443
    2016
    Barros J; Appadoo D; McNaughton D; Robertson EG; Medcraft C; Plathe R; Roy P; Manceron L, 2015, 'The rotational spectrum of propynal in the 250-700 GHz range using coherent synchrotron radiation Fourier transform spectrometry', Journal of Molecular Spectroscopy, vol. 307, pp. 44 - 48, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jms.2014.12.011
    2015
    Shubert VA; Schmitz D; Medcraft C; Krin A; Patterson D; Doyle JM; Schnell M, 2015, 'Rotational spectroscopy and three-wave mixing of 4-carvomenthenol: A technical guide to measuring chirality in the microwave regime', Journal of Chemical Physics, vol. 142, http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.4921833
    2015
    Wong A; Medcraft C; Thompson CD; Robertson EG; Appadoo D; McNaughton D, 2015, 'High resolution far infrared spectroscopy of HFC-134a using a collisional cooling cell adapted to a synchrotron source', Chemical Physics Letters, vol. 634, pp. 225 - 229, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cplett.2015.06.019
    2015
    Willaert F; Roy P; Manceron L; Perrin A; Kwabia-Tchana F; Appadoo D; McNaughton D; Medcraft C; Demaison J, 2015, 'High resolution investigation of the v3 band of trifluoromethyliodide (CF3I)', Journal of Molecular Spectroscopy, vol. 315, pp. 16 - 23, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jms.2014.12.021
    2015
    Zinn S; Betz T; Medcraft C; Schnell M, 2015, 'Structure determination of trans-cinnamaldehyde by broadband microwave spectroscopy', Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, vol. 17, pp. 16080 - 16085, http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/c5cp02582f
    2015
    Fuß W; Robertson EG; Medcraft C; Appadoo DRT, 2014, 'Erratum: Vibrational Anharmonicities and Reactivity of Tetrafluoroethylene (Journal of Physical Chemistry A (2014) 118:29 (5391-5399) DOI: 10.1021/jp500811w)', Journal of Physical Chemistry A, vol. 118, pp. 8009 - 8010, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/jp507985p
    2014
    Medcraft C; Wolf R; Schnell M, 2014, 'High-Resolution Spectroscopy of the Chiral Metal Complex [CpRe(CH3)(CO)(NO)]: A Potential Candidate for Probing Parity Violation', Angewandte Chemie - International Edition, vol. 53, pp. 11656 - 11659, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/anie.201406071
    2014
    Fuß W; Robertson EG; Medcraft C; Appadoo DRT, 2014, 'Vibrational anharmonicities and reactivity of tetrafluoroethylene', Journal of Physical Chemistry A, vol. 118, pp. 5391 - 5399, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/jp500811w
    2014
    Medcraft C; Wolf R; Schnell M, 2014, 'Hochaufgelöste spektroskopische Untersuchungen des chiralen Metallkomplexes [CpRe(CH3)(CO)(NO)] - ein möglicher Kandidat für die Untersuchung der Paritätsverletzung', Angewandte Chemie, vol. 126, pp. 11841 - 11845, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ange.201406071
    2014
    Robertson EG; Medcraft C; McNaughton D; Appadoo D, 2014, 'The limits of rovibrational analysis: The severely entangled ν1 polyad vibration of dichlorodifluoromethane in the greenhouse IR window', Journal of Physical Chemistry A, vol. 118, pp. 10944 - 10954, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/jp5087784
    2014
    Evans CJ; Sinik A; Medcraft C; McNaughton D; Appadoo D; Robertson EG, 2014, 'IR band profiling of dichlorodifluoromethane in the greenhouse window: High-resolution FTIR spectroscopy of ν2 and ν8', Journal of Physical Chemistry A, vol. 118, pp. 2480 - 2487, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/jp501302q
    2014
    Medcraft C; McNaughton D; Thompson CD; Appadoo DRT; Bauerecker S; Robertson EG, 2013, 'Water ice nanoparticles: Size and temperature effects on the mid-infrared spectrum', Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, vol. 15, pp. 3630 - 3639, http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/c3cp43974g
    2013
    Medcraft C; Thompson CD; Robertson EG; Appadoo DRT; McNaughton D, 2012, 'The far-infrared rotational spectrum of ethylene oxide', Astrophysical Journal, vol. 753, http://dx.doi.org/10.1088/0004-637X/753/1/18
    2012
    Medcraft C; Fuss W; Appadoo DRT; McNaughton D; Thompson CD; Robertson EG, 2012, 'Structural, vibrational, and rovibrational analysis of tetrafluoroethylene', Journal of Chemical Physics, vol. 137, http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.4768417
    2012
    Medcraft C; McNaughton D; Thompson CD; Appadoo D; Bauerecker S; Robertson EG, 2012, 'Size and temperature dependence in the far-ir spectra of water ice particles', Astrophysical Journal, vol. 758, http://dx.doi.org/10.1088/0004-637X/758/1/17
    2012
    Bane MK; Robertson EG; Thompson CD; Medcraft C; Appadoo DRT; McNaughton D, 2011, 'High-resolution Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy of the Coriolis coupled ground state and 7 mode of ketenimine', Journal of Chemical Physics, vol. 134, http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.3597775
    2011
    Medcraft C; Robertson EG; Thompson CD; Bauerecker S; McNaughton D, 2009, 'Infrared spectroscopy of ozone and hydrogen chloride aerosols', Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, vol. 11, pp. 7848 - 7852, http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/b905424n
    2009
    Robertson EG; Medcraft C; Puskar L; Tuckermann R; Thompson CD; Bauerecker S; McNaughton D, 2009, 'IR spectroscopy of physical and chemical transformations in cold hydrogen chloride and ammonia aerosols', Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, vol. 11, pp. 7853 - 7860, http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/b905425c
    2009
    Conference Papers
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    Walker N; Gougoula E; Medcraft C; Cooper G, 2018, 'ROTATIONAL SPECTRA AND GEOMETRIES OF FOUR CONFORMERS OF ISOLATED UROCANIC ACID; AND OF A COMPLEX OF UROCANIC ACID WITH WATER', in Proceedings of the 73rd International Symposium on Molecular Spectroscopy, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, presented at 73rd International Symposium on Molecular Spectroscopy, http://dx.doi.org/10.15278/isms.2018.wk10
    2018
    Mullaney J; Legon A; Walker N; Medcraft C, 2017, 'MICROWAVE SPECTRA OF Ar···AgI AND H2O···AgI PRODUCED BY LASER ABLATION', in Proceedings of the 72nd International Symposium on Molecular Spectroscopy, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, presented at 72nd International Symposium on Molecular Spectroscopy, http://dx.doi.org/10.15278/isms.2017.tc10
    2017
    Medcraft C; Walker N; Mullaney J; Cooper G; Bittner D, 2017, 'BROADBAND FTMW SPECTROSCOPY OF THE UREA-ARGON AND THIOUREA-ARGON COMPLEXES', in Proceedings of the 72nd International Symposium on Molecular Spectroscopy, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, presented at 72nd International Symposium on Molecular Spectroscopy, http://dx.doi.org/10.15278/isms.2017.rh11
    2017
    Das A; Arunan E; Medcraft C; Lovas F; Mandal P, 2017, 'MICROWAVE SPECTRUM OF THE H2S DIMER: OBSERVATION OF Ka=1 LINES', in Proceedings of the 72nd International Symposium on Molecular Spectroscopy, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, presented at 72nd International Symposium on Molecular Spectroscopy, http://dx.doi.org/10.15278/isms.2017.fb03
    2017
    Mullaney J; Golding B; Lewis-Borrell L; Legon A; Walker N; Medcraft C, 2016, 'THE ROTATIONAL SPECTRUM OF THE UREA···ISOCYANIC ACID COMPLEX', in Proceedings of the 71st International Symposium on Molecular Spectroscopy, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, presented at 71st International Symposium on Molecular Spectroscopy, http://dx.doi.org/10.15278/isms.2016.wc07
    2016
    Wong A; McNaughton D; Appadoo D; Robertson E; Thompson C; Medcraft C, 2016, 'HIGH RESOLUTION FAR INFRARED SPECTROSCOPY OF HFC-134 AT COLD TEMPERATURES', in Proceedings of the 71st International Symposium on Molecular Spectroscopy, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, presented at 71st International Symposium on Molecular Spectroscopy, http://dx.doi.org/10.15278/isms.2016.mg10
    2016
    Blanco S; Legon A; Walker N; Medcraft C; Mullaney J, 2016, 'PURE ROTATIONAL SPECTRUM AND MOLECULAR GEOMETRY OF AN ISOLATED COMPLEX OF IMIDAZOLE AND UREA', in Proceedings of the 71st International Symposium on Molecular Spectroscopy, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, presented at 71st International Symposium on Molecular Spectroscopy, http://dx.doi.org/10.15278/isms.2016.rg12
    2016
    Perez C; Schnell M; Krin A; Medcraft C; Schmitz D; Shubert V, 2015, 'MICROWAVE THREE-WAVE MIXING EXPERIMENTS FOR CHIRALITY DETERMINATION: CURRENT STATUS', in Proceedings of the 70th International Symposium on Molecular Spectroscopy, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, presented at 70th International Symposium on Molecular Spectroscopy, http://dx.doi.org/10.15278/isms.2015.te07
    2015
    Zinn S; Schnell M; Medcraft C; Betz T, 2015, 'BROADBAND MICROWAVE SPECTROSCOPY AS A TOOL TO STUDY THE STRUCTURES OF ODORANT MOLECULES AND WEAKLY BOUND COMPLEXES IN THE GAS PHASE', in Proceedings of the 70th International Symposium on Molecular Spectroscopy, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, presented at 70th International Symposium on Molecular Spectroscopy, http://dx.doi.org/10.15278/isms.2015.mg11
    2015
    Shubert V; Schnell M; Doyle J; Patterson D; Medcraft C; Schmitz D, 2014, 'ENANTIOMER IDENTIFICATION IN CHIRAL MIXTURES WITH BROADBAND MICROWAVE SPECTROSCOPY', in Proceedings of the 69th International Symposium on Molecular Spectroscopy, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, presented at 69th International Symposium on Molecular Spectroscopy, http://dx.doi.org/10.15278/isms.2014.fd02
    2014
    Medcraft C; Schnell M; Merz S; Schmitz D; Shubert V; Betz T, 2014, 'CHARACTERISATION AND CONTROL OF COLD CHIRAL COMPOUNDS', in Proceedings of the 69th International Symposium on Molecular Spectroscopy, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, presented at 69th International Symposium on Molecular Spectroscopy, http://dx.doi.org/10.15278/isms.2014.tb01
    2014