Dr Ena Luis

Role in the Centre

Ena Luis is a supramolecular chemist with experience in coordination chemistry, organic synthesis and analytical characterisation of discrete self-assembled structures. Within the Centre for Materials Science, Ena investigates the advanced properties of interlocked supramolecular structures in the gas phase, to discover unique reactivity and functionality that is otherwise missed in typical solution-state systems. Ena is passionate about new strategies in designing and studying supramolecular assemblies, from systems that strengthen our fundamental understanding to the big-picture discoveries in this rapidly evolving field.

Short Biography

Ena completed her Bachelor of Advanced Science (Hons) in 2015 at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, for which she was awarded the University Medal. She went on to complete her PhD in 2019 at UNSW in the group of Dr Jonathon Beves. Her expertise lies in metallosupramolecular self-assembly and photoredox chemistry of ruthenium(II) polypyridyl complexes. Ena enjoys the multifaceted nature of research, including collaborative work as well as mentoring junior research students, which have been a constant part of her research career. She joined the Centre for Materials Science at QUT as a Postdoctoral Fellow in mid-2020.

Five Selected Publications

“Photophysical and host-guest behavior of ruthenium polypyridyl catalysts encapsulated in cucurbit[10]uril” Luis, E.T.; Day, A.I.; König, B.; Beves, J.E. Inorg. Chem. 2020, 59, 9135-9142.

“Photosubstitution reactions in ruthenium(II) trisdiimine complexes: Implications for photoredox catalysis” Luis, E.T.; Iranmanesh, H; Beves, J.E. Polyhedron 2019, 25, 5708-5718.

“Structure-function relationships of Donor-Acceptor Stenhouse Adduct photochromic switches” Mallo, N.; Foley, E.D.; Iranmanesh, H.; Kennedy, A.D.W.; Luis, E.T.; Ho, J.; Harper, J.B.; Beves, J.E. Chem. Sci. 2018, 9, 8242-8252.

“Luminescent tetrahedral molecular cages containing ruthenium(II) chromophores” Luis, E.T.; Iranmanesh, H.; Arachchige, K.S.A.; Donald, W.A.; Quach, G.; Moore, E. G.; Beves, J.E. Inorg. Chem. 2018, 57, 8476-8486.

“Chiral ruthenium(II) complexes as supramolecular building blocks for heterometallic self-assembly” Iranmanesh, H.; Arachchige, K.S.A.; Bhadbhade, M.; Donald, W. A.; Liew, J.Y.; Liu, K.T.-C.; Luis, E.T.; Moore, E.G.; Price, J.R.; Yan. H.; Yang, J.; Beves, J.E. Inorg. Chem. 2016, 55, 12737-12751.