Professor Bill Henderson

Bill Henderson

Team Leader - Chemistry & Applied Physics

Qualifications: B.Sc(Hons) Leicester, Ph.D. Leicester, NSF Postdoctoral Fellow (1988-89) Northwestern University, USA. Senior Research Scientist, Albright & Wilson Ltd, UK (1989-92). Fellow of NZIC; Easterfield Medal (NZIC)

Papers Taught

Research Supervised


  • Atiga, Simeon (in progress). ESI-MS targeted synthesis and investigation of new metal complexes of some thiosalicylate analogues.
  • Kaewthong, Aphiwat (in progress). Investigation of the coordination chemistry of thiosulfate and tjiosalicylate ligands via an ESI-MS directed synthesis strategy.
  • Fortney-Zirker, Ryland (in progress). A synthetic exploration by ESI-MS of novel {M2S2} complexes
  • Okpareke, Obinna (2020). Metal-organic framework materials for various applications.
  • Raymond, Onyekachi (2018). Using electrospray ionisation mass spectrometry to identify new ligands for beryllium complexation.
  • Tang, Haiming (2019). The chemistry of cycloaurated gold (II) complexes towards N/S ligands.
  • Asamizu, Toshie (2013). Stabilisation effects of ferrocenylalkyl groups on hydrides of heavier main group elements.
  • Oguejiofo, Ujam (2011). An investigation of the multifunctional alkylation chemistry of [Pt2(µ-S)2(PPh3)4].

MSc (Research)

  • Risi, Matthew (2020). An investigation of the co-ordination chemistry of N,N'-disubstitued sulfonythiourea ligands with d6 and d8 transition metal centres.
  • O'Shea, Ben (2018). The preparation of fluorescent fingerprinting powders using 8-Hydroxyquinoline compounds and magnetite.
  • Wyllie, Megan (2015). Applications of Hydroxymethylphosphines.


  • Fortney-Zirker, Ryland (2016). Using ESI-MS to explore the synthesis and reactivity of triphenylphosphine platinum(II) complexes etc.
  • Sim, Sophie (2014). Synthesis of platinum complexes containing bidentate N,O-donor ligands.
  • Spenceley, Jane (2014). Isomerism of complexes containing thiourea dianion ligands.
  • Parnell, Joseph (2011). Lanthanide luminescence and its applications in forensic science.
  • Smith, Tiffany (2012). Synthesis and characterisation of cycloaurated gold (III) complexes with Bidentate (O,O), (N,S) and (S,S) chelating ligands.

Research Interests

  • Coordination and organometallic chemistry, especially of the platinum group metals and gold
  • Applications of electrospray ionisation mass spectrometry in inorganic chemistry
  • Chemistry of hydroxymethylphosphines
  • Aspects of main group and ferrocene chemistry

Further information on my research interests

Recent Publications

  • Muhammad, S., Javed, M. N., Gill, K. A., Ali, F. I., Henderson, W., Bari, A., . . . Hashmi, I. A. (2022). Selective extraction of heavy metals (Fe, Co, Ni) from their aqueous mixtures by Task-Specific salicylate functionalized imidazolium based ionic liquid. Journal of Cleaner Production, 344. doi:10.1016/j.jclepro.2022.131119

  • 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

  • Okpareke, O. C., Henderson, W., Akkoç, S., & Coban, B. (2022). Platinum(II), palladium(II), and nickel(II) complexes of bisthiourea ligands. Inorganica Chimica Acta, 531. doi:10.1016/j.ica.2021.120707

  • Kaewthong, A., & Henderson, W. (2022). An investigation of gold(I) and silver(I) thiosulfate complexes using ESI mass spectrometry; facile generation of gas-phase auride (Au−) and argentide (Ag−) ions. Inorganic Chemistry Communications, 138. doi:10.1016/j.inoche.2022.109264

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Chemistry; Metals

Contact Details

Email: [email protected]
Room: E.3.21
Phone: +64 7 838 4656