Dr Deanna D'Alessandro

BSc PhD JCU
ARC Queen Elizabeth (II) Fellow

F11 - Chemistry Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone 61 2 9351 3777
Fax 61 2 9351 3329

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Biographical details

  • BSc (Hons I & Medal), James Cook University, 2000
  • PhD (cum laude), James Cook University, 2005
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Molecular Electronics Group, University of Sydney, 2006
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California at Berkeley, 2007-2009
  • Dow Chemical Company Fellow, American-Australian Association, 2007
  • Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 Research Fellow, 2007-2009
  • R.H. Dalton Memorial Lecture in Chemical Catalysis, California Institute of Technology, 2009
  • University of Sydney Postdoctoral Research Fellow, 2010
  • L'Oreal Australia for Women in Science Fellow, 2010
  • Australian Research Council QEII Fellow, 2010-2015

Research interests

  • Synthetic inorganic chemistry
  • New materials for Greenhouse Gas capture and sequestration
  • Electron and energy transfer in purely organic and metal-organic frameworks
  • Solution- and solid-state spectroelectrochemical methods
  • Fundamental and applied aspects of mixed valency

My research spans the areas of inorganic chemistry, physical chemistry and materials science and focuses on the development of functional inorganic materials that exhibit novel electronic, optical and magnetic phenomena. Potential applications range from the capture of greenhouse gases to sensors, optoelectronics devices and photocatalysis. The key aspect is gaining an understanding of the fundamental relationships between the structural features of the solution- and solid-state materials and their physical properties.

Carbon Dioxide Capture: The development of more efficient processes for carbon dioxide (CO2) capture is considered a key to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions implicated in global warming. Highly porous three-dimensional solids known as metal-organic frameworks will be developed for use as CO2 capture materials and will be characterised using a range of techniques (X-ray and neutron diffraction, thermogravimetric analysis and gas sorption measurements). The ultimate goal is the development of industrially-viable materials that can be readily integrated into industrial processes.

Microporous Conductors: This project involves the design and synthesis of purely organic and metal-organic frameworks that exhibit the highly sought-after property of redox-activity (i.e. electronic conductivity). The new materials will be based on "radical" ligands and mixed-valence metal clusters of Mo, W, Ru and Os, amongst others. Solid-state electrochemical and spectroelectrochemical techniques will be developed to investigate the conductivity properties. The opportunities for advances at a fundamental and applied level are immense, with potential applications ranging from sensors to molecular electronics devices.

Photo-Active Metal-Organic Frameworks: Recently, methodologies for the postsynthetic covalent functionalisation of metal-organic frameworks have opened up fascinating prospects for building complexity into the pores. This project involves the synthesis of materials as "photoswitchable molecular sieves" in which light can be used to modulate the size and polarity of the pores. Measurements on the structural and physical properties of the materials will require the development of novel techniques to probe the light-activated gas permeation properties.

Mixed Valency in "Excited" Molecules: The complex interplay between electronic and magnetic interactions is ubiquitous in chemical and physical systems (e.g., solid-state superconductors, spintronics devices) and in metalloenzymes in nature. Experimental studies in which these phenomena coexist are extremely rare. This will be addressed by developing dinuclear mixed-valence complexes which incorporate a series of bridging ligands that can mediate strong ferromagnetic coupling between metal ions with unpaired electrons. The findings will have significant implications for the experimental and theoretical understanding of systems which exhibit novel magnetic and electronic phenomena.

Awards and honours

  • Medal for Excellence for a Doctoral Research Thesis, James Cook University, 2006
  • Cornforth Medal, RACI, 2006
  • Winner "Fresh Science", 2006
  • IUPAC Prize for Young Chemists, 2007
  • "Young Tall Poppy Science Award" from the Australian Institute of Policy and Science, 2011.

Selected grants

2013

  • Perpetual account for AINSE grants for Deanna D'Alessandro; D'Alessandro D; Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering (AINSE)/Access to Facilities and/or Services.
  • Thermogravimetric Analyser (TGA); Kepert C, D'Alessandro D, Perrier S, Hawkett B, Hibbs D, Wheate N, Harris A, Minett A, Ling C, Kennedy B; DVC Research/Equipment Grant.

2012

  • A State-of-the-art Magnetic Property Measurement Facility for the Development of Advanced Materials and Biomedical Technologies in the Sydney Basin; Li S, Amal R, Kepert C, Zhang C, Sheppard L, Zheng R, Kennedy B, Sahajwalla V, Guo Z, Ling C, D'Alessandro D, Klose F, Jiang X; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities (LIEF).
  • Advanced Functional Properties in Metal-Organic Frameworks; Kepert C, D'Alessandro D; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).

2011

  • Solving the Energy Waste Roadblock (SIEF Grant); Kepert C, D'Alessandro D; Science and Industry Endowment Fund/Research Support.
  • Conducting Nanoporous Materials: toward Molecular Devices; D'Alessandro D; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).
  • Electro- and Specto-electrochemical Characterisation of Metal-Organic Frameworks and Lanthanide-Based Solid State Materials; D'Alessandro D; Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering (AINSE)/Awards.
  • Ru L2,3-edge investigation of mixed valency by x-ray absorption spectroscopy; D'Alessandro D; Australian Synchrotron Company Limited/International Access Program.

2010

  • Light-Activated Nanoporous Materials for Gas Capture and Separations; D'Alessandro D; L'Oreal Australia/For Women in Science Fellowships.
  • Redox- and Photo- Active Metal-Organic Frameworks: Physical properties and application in gas separations; D'Alessandro D, Kepert C; DVC Research/Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Scheme.
  • Metal-organic frameworks for gas separations; D'Alessandro D; DVC Research/Bridging Support Grant.

Selected publications

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Journals

  • Usov, P., Keene, T., D'Alessandro, D. (2013). A comparative study of the structural, optical, and electrochemical properties of squarate-based coordination frameworks. Australian Journal of Chemistry: an international journal for chemical science, 66(4), 429-435. [More Information]
  • Murphy, M., D'Alessandro, D., Kepert, C. (2013). A porous Mn(v) coordination framework with PtS topology: assessment of the influence of a terminal nitride on CO(2) sorption. Dalton Transactions, 42(37), 13308-13310. [More Information]
  • Das, A., Choucair, M., Southon, P., Mason, J., Zhao, M., Kepert, C., Harris, A., D'Alessandro, D. (2013). Application of the piperazine-grafted CuBTTri metal-organic framework in postcombustion carbon dioxide capture. Microporous and Mesoporous Materials, 174(2013), 74-80. [More Information]
  • Hua, C., Turner, P., D'Alessandro, D. (2013). Electrochemical and optical properties of a redox-active Cu(II) coordination framework incorporating the tris(4-(pyridin-4-yl)phenyl)amine ligand. Dalton Transactions: an international journal of inorganic, organometallic and bioinorganic chemistry, 42(18), 6310-6313. [More Information]
  • Leong, C., Chan, B., Faust, T., Turner, P., D'Alessandro, D. (2013). Electronic, optical, and computational studies of a redox-active napthalenediimide-based coordination polymer. Inorganic Chemistry, 52(24), 14246-14252. [More Information]
  • Leong, C., Faust, T., Turner, P., Usov, P., Kepert, C., Babarao, R., Thornton, A., D'Alessandro, D. (2013). Enhancing selective CO(2) adsorption via chemical reduction of a redox-active metal-organic framework. Dalton Transactions: an international journal of inorganic, organometallic and bioinorganic chemistry, 42(27), 9831-9839. [More Information]
  • Liang, W., Babarao, R., D'Alessandro, D. (2013). Microwave-assisted solvothermal synthesis and optical properties of tagged MIL-140A metal-organic frameworks. Inorganic Chemistry, 52(22), 12878-12880. [More Information]
  • Liang, W., D'Alessandro, D. (2013). Microwave-assisted solvothermal synthesis of zirconium oxide based metal-organic frameworks. Chemical Communications, 49(35), 3706-3708. [More Information]
  • Keene, T., D'Alessandro, D., Kramer, K., Price, J., Price, D., Decurtins, S., Kepert, C. (2012). [V(16)O(38)(CN)](9-): A soluble mixed-valence redox-active building block with strong antiferromagnetic coupling. Inorganic Chemistry, 51(17), 9192-9199. [More Information]
  • Das, A., Southon, P., Zhao, M., Kepert, C., Harris, A., D'Alessandro, D. (2012). Carbon dioxide adsorption by physisorption and chemisorption interactions in piperazine-grafted Ni2(dobdc) (dobdc = 1,4-dioxido-2,5-benzenedicarboxylate). Dalton Transactions: an international journal of inorganic, organometallic and bioinorganic chemistry, 41(38), 11739-11744. [More Information]
  • Usov, P., Fabian, C., D'Alessandro, D. (2012). Rapid determination of the optical and redox properties of a metal-organic framework via in situ solid state spectroelectrochemistry. Chemical Communications, 48(33), 3945-3947. [More Information]
  • Li, F., Clegg, J., Goux-Capes, L., Chastanet, G., D'Alessandro, D., Letard, J., Kepert, C. (2011). A mixed-spin Molecular Square with a Hybrid [2x2]Grid/Metallocyclic Architecture. Angewandte Chemie (International Edition), 50(12), 2820-2823. [More Information]
  • McDonald, T., D'Alessandro, D., Krishna, R., Long, J. (2011). Enhanced carbon dioxide capture upon incorporation of N,N'-dimethylethylenediamine in the metal-organic framework CuBTTri. Chemical Science, 2(10), 2022-2028. [More Information]
  • Li, F., Clegg, J., D'Alessandro, D., Goux-Capes, L., Sciortino, N., Keene, T., Kepert, C. (2011). Self-assembled Co(II) molecular squares incorporating the bridging ligand 4,7-phenanthrolino-5,6:5',6'-pyrazine. Dalton Transactions: an international journal of inorganic, organometallic and bioinorganic chemistry, 40(45), 12388-12393. [More Information]
  • D'Alessandro, D., McDonald, T. (2011). Toward carbon dioxide capture using nanoporous materials. Pure and Applied Chemistry, 83(1), 57-66. [More Information]
  • D'Alessandro, D., Kanga, J., Caddy, J. (2011). Towards conducting metal-organic frameworks. Australian Journal of Chemistry: an international journal for chemical science, 64(6), 718-722. [More Information]
  • D'Alessandro, D., Smit, B., Long, J. (2010). Carbon dioxide capture: Prospects for new materials. Angewandte Chemie (International Edition), 49(35), 6058-6082.
  • Bechlars, B., D'Alessandro, D., Jenkins, D., Iavarone, A., Glover, S., Kubiak, C., Long, J. (2010). High-spin ground states via electron delocalization in mixed-valence imidazolate-bridged divanadium complexes. Nature Chemistry, 2(5), 362-368.
  • Demessence, A., D'Alessandro, D., Foo, M., Long, J. (2009). Strong CO2 binding in a water-stable, triazolate-bridged metal-organic framework functionalized with ethylenediamine. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 131(25), 8784-8786. [More Information]
  • Behera, J., D'Alessandro, D., Soheilnia, N., Long, J. (2009). Synthesis and characterization of ruthenium and iron-ruthenium Prussian blue analogues. Chemistry of Materials, 21(9), 1922-1926.
  • D'Alessandro, D., Keene, F. (2008). Stereochemical effects on intervalence charge transfer. Pure and Applied Chemistry, 80(1), 1-16. [More Information]
  • Armstrong, R., Foran, G., Hough, W., D'Alessandro, D., Lay, P., Crossley, M. (2006). Spectroelectrochemical evidence for communication within a laterally-bridged dimanganese(III) bis-porphyrin. Dalton Transactions: an international journal of inorganic, organometallic and bioinorganic chemistry, 2006 (40), 4805-4813.

2013

  • Usov, P., Keene, T., D'Alessandro, D. (2013). A comparative study of the structural, optical, and electrochemical properties of squarate-based coordination frameworks. Australian Journal of Chemistry: an international journal for chemical science, 66(4), 429-435. [More Information]
  • Murphy, M., D'Alessandro, D., Kepert, C. (2013). A porous Mn(v) coordination framework with PtS topology: assessment of the influence of a terminal nitride on CO(2) sorption. Dalton Transactions, 42(37), 13308-13310. [More Information]
  • Das, A., Choucair, M., Southon, P., Mason, J., Zhao, M., Kepert, C., Harris, A., D'Alessandro, D. (2013). Application of the piperazine-grafted CuBTTri metal-organic framework in postcombustion carbon dioxide capture. Microporous and Mesoporous Materials, 174(2013), 74-80. [More Information]
  • Hua, C., Turner, P., D'Alessandro, D. (2013). Electrochemical and optical properties of a redox-active Cu(II) coordination framework incorporating the tris(4-(pyridin-4-yl)phenyl)amine ligand. Dalton Transactions: an international journal of inorganic, organometallic and bioinorganic chemistry, 42(18), 6310-6313. [More Information]
  • Leong, C., Chan, B., Faust, T., Turner, P., D'Alessandro, D. (2013). Electronic, optical, and computational studies of a redox-active napthalenediimide-based coordination polymer. Inorganic Chemistry, 52(24), 14246-14252. [More Information]
  • Leong, C., Faust, T., Turner, P., Usov, P., Kepert, C., Babarao, R., Thornton, A., D'Alessandro, D. (2013). Enhancing selective CO(2) adsorption via chemical reduction of a redox-active metal-organic framework. Dalton Transactions: an international journal of inorganic, organometallic and bioinorganic chemistry, 42(27), 9831-9839. [More Information]
  • Liang, W., Babarao, R., D'Alessandro, D. (2013). Microwave-assisted solvothermal synthesis and optical properties of tagged MIL-140A metal-organic frameworks. Inorganic Chemistry, 52(22), 12878-12880. [More Information]
  • Liang, W., D'Alessandro, D. (2013). Microwave-assisted solvothermal synthesis of zirconium oxide based metal-organic frameworks. Chemical Communications, 49(35), 3706-3708. [More Information]

2012

  • Keene, T., D'Alessandro, D., Kramer, K., Price, J., Price, D., Decurtins, S., Kepert, C. (2012). [V(16)O(38)(CN)](9-): A soluble mixed-valence redox-active building block with strong antiferromagnetic coupling. Inorganic Chemistry, 51(17), 9192-9199. [More Information]
  • Das, A., Southon, P., Zhao, M., Kepert, C., Harris, A., D'Alessandro, D. (2012). Carbon dioxide adsorption by physisorption and chemisorption interactions in piperazine-grafted Ni2(dobdc) (dobdc = 1,4-dioxido-2,5-benzenedicarboxylate). Dalton Transactions: an international journal of inorganic, organometallic and bioinorganic chemistry, 41(38), 11739-11744. [More Information]
  • Usov, P., Fabian, C., D'Alessandro, D. (2012). Rapid determination of the optical and redox properties of a metal-organic framework via in situ solid state spectroelectrochemistry. Chemical Communications, 48(33), 3945-3947. [More Information]

2011

  • Li, F., Clegg, J., Goux-Capes, L., Chastanet, G., D'Alessandro, D., Letard, J., Kepert, C. (2011). A mixed-spin Molecular Square with a Hybrid [2x2]Grid/Metallocyclic Architecture. Angewandte Chemie (International Edition), 50(12), 2820-2823. [More Information]
  • McDonald, T., D'Alessandro, D., Krishna, R., Long, J. (2011). Enhanced carbon dioxide capture upon incorporation of N,N'-dimethylethylenediamine in the metal-organic framework CuBTTri. Chemical Science, 2(10), 2022-2028. [More Information]
  • Li, F., Clegg, J., D'Alessandro, D., Goux-Capes, L., Sciortino, N., Keene, T., Kepert, C. (2011). Self-assembled Co(II) molecular squares incorporating the bridging ligand 4,7-phenanthrolino-5,6:5',6'-pyrazine. Dalton Transactions: an international journal of inorganic, organometallic and bioinorganic chemistry, 40(45), 12388-12393. [More Information]
  • D'Alessandro, D., McDonald, T. (2011). Toward carbon dioxide capture using nanoporous materials. Pure and Applied Chemistry, 83(1), 57-66. [More Information]
  • D'Alessandro, D., Kanga, J., Caddy, J. (2011). Towards conducting metal-organic frameworks. Australian Journal of Chemistry: an international journal for chemical science, 64(6), 718-722. [More Information]

2010

  • D'Alessandro, D., Smit, B., Long, J. (2010). Carbon dioxide capture: Prospects for new materials. Angewandte Chemie (International Edition), 49(35), 6058-6082.
  • Bechlars, B., D'Alessandro, D., Jenkins, D., Iavarone, A., Glover, S., Kubiak, C., Long, J. (2010). High-spin ground states via electron delocalization in mixed-valence imidazolate-bridged divanadium complexes. Nature Chemistry, 2(5), 362-368.

2009

  • Demessence, A., D'Alessandro, D., Foo, M., Long, J. (2009). Strong CO2 binding in a water-stable, triazolate-bridged metal-organic framework functionalized with ethylenediamine. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 131(25), 8784-8786. [More Information]
  • Behera, J., D'Alessandro, D., Soheilnia, N., Long, J. (2009). Synthesis and characterization of ruthenium and iron-ruthenium Prussian blue analogues. Chemistry of Materials, 21(9), 1922-1926.

2008

  • D'Alessandro, D., Keene, F. (2008). Stereochemical effects on intervalence charge transfer. Pure and Applied Chemistry, 80(1), 1-16. [More Information]

2006

  • Armstrong, R., Foran, G., Hough, W., D'Alessandro, D., Lay, P., Crossley, M. (2006). Spectroelectrochemical evidence for communication within a laterally-bridged dimanganese(III) bis-porphyrin. Dalton Transactions: an international journal of inorganic, organometallic and bioinorganic chemistry, 2006 (40), 4805-4813.

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