Associate Professor Graham C Saunders

Graham Saunders

Associate Professor

Qualifications: B.A.(Hons) Oxon, D.Phil Oxon

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Papers Taught

Research Supervised


  • Thomas, Hayden (submitted). Synthesis and reactivity of iridium(III) and rhodium (III) piano-stool complexes of NHC ligands bearing fluorinated substituents.
  • Bandaru, Sravan (in progress). Synthesis and applications of metal complexes of carbohydrate and fluoroaryl substituted N-heterocyclic carbenes.
  • Acharige, Udari (in progress). Crystal Engineering via Imidazolium Salts.
  • Sain, Prithwish (in progress). Crystal Engineering by Arene-polyfluoroarene π-π stacking.


  • Pachal, Sam (2012). Superhydrophobic titanium and titanium dioxide.
  • Hanan Althagbi (2013). Perfluoroaryl heterocycles for crystl engineering.

BSc (Hons)

  • Thomas, Hayden (2015). Synthesis and characterisation of mecury and rhodium NHC complexes containing polyfluoroaryl substituents.
  • Schroder, Ivan (2012). Synthesis of dicyandiamide derivatives for agricultural applications.

Research Interests

Research is directed towards using the properties of the carbon―fluorine bond in organometallic chemistry and for highly repellant surfaces.

Organometallic Chemistry
The extreme strength and the electronic and steric properties of the C―F bond are used to confer useful properties on organometallic complexes, in particular catalytic activity.
C―F bond fission is used to synthesize organometallic complexes, not accessible by other routes.
Superhydrophobic Surfaces
The extreme water repellancy of perfluoroalkyl groups is used to confer superhydrophobicity on metal surfaces. The work has been highlighted by Nature and Scientific American. The simple fabrication technique allows a range of unusual phenomena to be investigated, such as the Cheerios Effect and 'super-buoyancy', which allows boats to be constructed of metal mesh, and has potential industrial importance.

Recent Publications

  • Kaewthong, A., Saunders, G. C., & Henderson, W. (2022). The thiosulfate (S2O32−) ion; a neglected but simple hetero-donor ligand towards platinum(II), palladium(II) and nickel(II). Inorganica Chimica Acta, 534. doi:10.1016/j.ica.2022.120808

  • Morgan, P. J., Saunders, G. C., Macgregor, S. A., Marr, A. C., & Licence, P. (2022). Nucleophilic fluorination catalyzed by a cyclometallated rhodium complex. Organometallics. doi:10.1021/acs.organomet.2c00052

  • Risi, M. C., Saunders, G. C., & Henderson, W. (2021). The coordination chemistry of sulfonyl-substituted thioureas towards the d8 metal centres platinum(II), palladium(II), nickel(II) and gold(III). Inorganica Chimica Acta, 526. doi:10.1016/j.ica.2021.120506

  • Tang, H., Saunders, G. C., Raymond, O., Ma, X., & Henderson, W. (2020). Pyrrole thioamide complexes of organo-rhodium(III), -iridium(III) and -ruthenium(II). Inorganica Chimica Acta, 506. doi:10.1016/j.ica.2020.119545

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Contact Details

Email: [email protected]
Room: CD.3.01
Phone: +64 7 838 4092