Role in the Centre
Aidan is an early-career researcher with expertise in supramolecular chemistry, crystal engineering, synthetic coordination chemistry and catalysis. Within the Centre for Materials Science, Aidan brings together his interdisciplinary knowledge to solve problems across a range of areas and is currently focusing on the design new hybrid materials containing transition metal complexes for catalysis. His broader research interests lie in the design and synthesis of functional, structurally complex crystalline materials for use in environmental, energy and synthetic applications. Aidan has also used his expertise in X-ray and neutron crystallography to establish collaborations with research groups across the Centre, determining the atomic structures of new materials.
Aidan completed his Bachelor of Science with First Class Honours at the University of Queensland in 2012. This was followed by a PhD in Inorganic Chemistry (2017) at the same institution in the group of Prof. Jack Clegg, where he undertook research into new design and synthesis approaches to heterometallic coordination frameworks. Following a brief postdoctoral stint in the same lab, in mid-2018 he moved to the group of Prof. John McMurtrie at QUT as a postdoctoral researcher, working on new transition metal catalyst hybrid materials in collaboration with Prof. Peter Roesky (Karlsruhe) and Prof. Christopher Barner-Kowollik (QUT). In 2021, Aidan moved to the group of Associate Professor Eric Waclawik at QUT to conduct further research on hybrid materials containing transition metal catalysts.
“Crystal Transformation from the Incorporation of Coordinate Bonds into a Hydrogen-Bonded Network Yields Robust Free-Standing Supramolecular Membranes” Meng, P.; Brock, A.; Xu, Y. N.; Han, C. H.; Chen, S.; Yan, C.; McMurtrie, J.; Xu, J.S. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2020, 142, 479-486.
“Self-assembly of bis-β-diketone-based M2L2 dinuclear platforms into 2-dimensional coordination polymers” Brock, A.J.; McMurtrie, J.C.; Clegg, J.K. CrystEngComm 2019, 21, 4786-4791.
“Elastically Flexible Crystals have Disparate Mechanisms of Molecular Movement Induced by Strain and Heat” Brock, A.J.; Whittaker, J.J.; Powell, J.A.; Pfrunder, M.C.; Grosjean, A.; Parsons, S.; McMurtrie, J.C.; Clegg, J.K. Angew. Chem., Int. Ed. 2018, 57, 11325-11328.
“Recent developments in the metallo-supramolecular chemistry of oligo-β-diketonato ligands” Brock, A.J.; Clegg, J.K.; Li, F.; Lindoy, L.F. Coord. Chem. Rev. 2018, 375, 106-133.
“Functional Metallo-supramolecular Polyhedral Capsules and Cages” Brock, A.J.; Al-Fayaad, H.; Pfrunder, M.C.; Clegg, J.K. Functional Supramolecular Materials: From Surfaces to MOFs, The Royal Society of Chemistry 2017, 325-387.