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Keaveney, Sinead

Lecturer

  • School of Chemistry and Molecular Bioscience - Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health

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Research Overview


  • Catalysis is one of the most widely used approaches to synthesising organic compounds, with applications in the pharmaceutical, agrochemical and materials chemistry industries. The increasing demand for methods that are environmentally friendly and amenable to industrial-scale synthesis has led to a need to develop more efficient, practical and sustainable catalytic approaches.

    To address these challenges, my research focuses on applied organometallic catalysis and photocatalysis, to allow new synthetic methods to be developed. In particular, I am interested in rationally designing new catalysts to facilitate challenging and high-value chemical transformations, as well as developing long-lived and recyclable catalysts so that these new species are industrially viable. Detailed mechanistic studies are used to guide catalyst design, to understand trends in chemical reactivity and to direct the choice of experimental parameters. I use a range of different mechanistic tools to provide unique insight into reaction mechanisms, including kinetic analyses, computational studies and a suite of X-Ray based techniques.

Available as Research Supervisor

Available for Collaborative Projects

Selected Publications


Keywords


  • Catalysis; organic synthesis; computational chemistry; mechanistic studies

Full Name


  • Sinead T Keaveney

Mailing Address


  • Building 18

    University of Wollongong

    Wollongong

    NSW

    2522

    Australia

Top Publications


Research Overview


  • Catalysis is one of the most widely used approaches to synthesising organic compounds, with applications in the pharmaceutical, agrochemical and materials chemistry industries. The increasing demand for methods that are environmentally friendly and amenable to industrial-scale synthesis has led to a need to develop more efficient, practical and sustainable catalytic approaches.

    To address these challenges, my research focuses on applied organometallic catalysis and photocatalysis, to allow new synthetic methods to be developed. In particular, I am interested in rationally designing new catalysts to facilitate challenging and high-value chemical transformations, as well as developing long-lived and recyclable catalysts so that these new species are industrially viable. Detailed mechanistic studies are used to guide catalyst design, to understand trends in chemical reactivity and to direct the choice of experimental parameters. I use a range of different mechanistic tools to provide unique insight into reaction mechanisms, including kinetic analyses, computational studies and a suite of X-Ray based techniques.

Selected Publications


Keywords


  • Catalysis; organic synthesis; computational chemistry; mechanistic studies

Full Name


  • Sinead T Keaveney

Mailing Address


  • Building 18

    University of Wollongong

    Wollongong

    NSW

    2522

    Australia

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