Nicole Rijs

Scientia Lecturer
Scientia Fellow (Level B)

Dr Nicole J Rijs is a research focused academic in the School of Chemistry at the University of New South Wales Sydney who uses mass spectrometry and ion mobility to answer fundamental questions about chemical structure and reaction mechanisms.

After completing her PhD at the University of Melbourne, Dr Rijs was appointed as an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow at the TU Berlin, Germany. In 2018, Dr Rijs relocated her research group from where it was based at the KIT in Germany, to UNSW Sydney, in order to take up a prestigious Scientia Fellowship. 

Journal articles
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Lloyd Williams OH; Rijs NJ, 2021, 'Reaction Monitoring and Structural Characterisation of Coordination Driven Self-Assembled Systems by Ion Mobility-Mass Spectrometry', Frontiers in Chemistry, vol. 9, http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fchem.2021.682743
2021
Firouzbakht M; Rijs NJ; Schlangen M; Kaupp M; Schwarz H, 2018, 'Ligand Effects on the Reactivity of [CoX]+ (X = CN, F, Cl, Br, O, OH) Towards CO2: Gas-Phase Generation of the Elusive Cyanoformate by [Co(CN)]+ and [Fe(CN)]+', Topics in Catalysis, vol. 61, pp. 575 - 584, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11244-018-0903-8
2018
Firouzbakht M; Rijs NJ; González-Navarrete P; Schlangen M; Kaupp M; Schwarz H, 2016, 'On the Activation of Methane and Carbon Dioxide by [HTaO]+and [TaOH]+in the Gas Phase: A Mechanistic Study', Chemistry - A European Journal, vol. 22, pp. 10581 - 10589, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/chem.201601339
2016
Rijs NJ; González-Navarrete P; Schlangen M; Schwarz H, 2016, 'Penetrating the Elusive Mechanism of Copper-Mediated Fluoromethylation in the Presence of Oxygen through the Gas-Phase Reactivity of Well-Defined [LCuO]+ Complexes with Fluoromethanes (CH(4-n)Fn, n = 1-3)', Journal of the American Chemical Society, vol. 138, pp. 3125 - 3135, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/jacs.5b12972
2016
Tang SY; Rijs NJ; Li J; Schlangen M; Schwarz H, 2015, 'Ligand-controlled CO2 activation mediated by cationic titanium hydride complexes, [LTiH]+ (L=Cp2, O)', Chemistry - A European Journal, vol. 21, pp. 8483 - 8490, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/chem.201500722
2015
O'Hair RAJ; Rijs NJ, 2015, 'Gas phase studies of the Pesci decarboxylation reaction: Synthesis, structure, and unimolecular and bimolecular reactivity of organometallic ions', Accounts of Chemical Research, vol. 48, pp. 329 - 340, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/ar500377u
2015
Rijs NJ; Weiske T; Schlangen M; Schwarz H, 2015, 'Effect of Adduct Formation with Molecular Nitrogen on the Measured Collisional Cross Sections of Transition Metal-1,10-Phenanthroline Complexes in Traveling Wave Ion-Mobility Spectrometry: N2 Is Not Always an "Inert" Buffer Gas', Analytical Chemistry, vol. 87, pp. 9769 - 9776, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.analchem.5b01985
2015
Rijs NJ; Weiske T; Schlangen M; Schwarz H, 2015, 'Erratum: Effect of Adduct Formation with Molecular Nitrogen on the Measured Collisional Cross Sections of Transition Metal-1,10- Phenanthroline Complexes in Traveling Wave Ion-Mobility Spectrometry: N2 Is Not Always an "inert" Buffer Gas (Anal. Chem. (2015) 87:19 (9769-9776) (DOI: 10.1021/acs.analchem.5b01985))', Analytical Chemistry, vol. 87, pp. 11601, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.analchem.5b03989
2015
O'Hair RAJ; Rijs NJ, 2015, 'ChemInform Abstract: Gas Phase Studies of the Pesci Decarboxylation Reaction: Synthesis, Structure, and Unimolecular and Bimolecular Reactivity of Organometallic Ions', ChemInform, vol. 46, pp. no - no, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/chin.201514285
2015
Rijs NJ; Yoshikai N; Nakamura E; O'Hair RAJ, 2014, 'Unraveling organocuprate complexity: Fundamental insights into intrinsic group transfer selectivity in alkylation reactions', Journal of Organic Chemistry, vol. 79, pp. 1320 - 1334, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/jo4027325
2014
Rijs NJ; Weiske T; Schlangen M; Schwarz H, 2014, 'On divorcing isomers, dissecting reactivity, and resolving mechanisms of propane CH and aryl CX (X = halogen) bond activations mediated by a ligated copper(III) oxo complex Dedicated to the memory of John P. Boyd.', Chemical Physics Letters, vol. 608, pp. 408 - 424, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cplett.2014.05.005
2014
Rijs NJ; O'Hair RAJ, 2012, 'Forming trifluoromethylmetallates: Competition between decarboxylation and C-F bond activation of group 11 trifluoroacetate complexes, [CF 3CO 2ML] -', Dalton Transactions, vol. 41, pp. 3395 - 3406, http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/c2dt12117d
2012
Rijs NJ; Yoshikai N; Nakamura E; O'Hair RAJ, 2012, 'Gas-phase reactivity of group 11 dimethylmetallates with allyl iodide', Journal of the American Chemical Society, vol. 134, pp. 2569 - 2580, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/ja2069032
2012
Rijs NJ; O'Hair RAJ, 2012, 'Dimethylcuprate-catalyzed decarboxylative coupling of allyl acetate', Organometallics, vol. 31, pp. 8012 - 8023, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/om300717g
2012
Rijs NJ; Brookes NJ; O'Hair RAJ; Yates BF, 2012, 'Theoretical approaches to estimating homolytic bond dissociation energies of organocopper and organosilver compounds', Journal of Physical Chemistry A, vol. 116, pp. 8910 - 8917, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/jp305718z
2012
Rijs NJ; O'Hair RAJ, 2010, 'Unimolecular reactions of organocuprates and organoargentates', Organometallics, vol. 29, pp. 2282 - 2291, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/om1000875
2010
Rijs NJ; Yates BF; O'Hair RAJ, 2010, 'Dimethylcuprate undergoes a dyotropic rearrangement', Chemistry - A European Journal, vol. 16, pp. 2674 - 2678, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/chem.200903510
2010
Rijs NJ; Sanvido GB; Khairallah GN; O'Hair RAJ, 2010, 'Gas phase synthesis and reactivity of dimethylaurate', Dalton Transactions, vol. 39, pp. 8655 - 8662, http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/c0dt00508h
2010
Rijs NJ; O'Hair RAJ, 2009, 'Gas-Phase synthesis of organoargenate anions and comparisons with their organocuprate analogues', Organometallics, vol. 28, pp. 2684 - 2692, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/om900053c
2009
Rijs N; Khairallah GN; Waters T; O'Hair RAJ, 2008, 'Gas-phase synthesis of the homo and hetero organocuprate anions [MeCuMe]-, [EtCuEt]-, and [MeCuR]-', Journal of the American Chemical Society, vol. 130, pp. 1069 - 1079, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/ja0773397
2008

University of Melbourne Monica Reum Prize - 2012; Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship (2012);  ARC DECRA Fellowship (2016); Australian Academy of Science J. G. Russel Award (2017).