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George Koutsantonis

Professor George Koutsantonis

Molecular Sciences, School of

Contact details
School of Molecular Sciences
The University of Western Australia (M313)
35 Stirling Highway
+61 8 6488 3177
+61 8 6488 7247
Room 311, Bayliss Building, Perth campus
BSc PhD Adel., FRACI
Visiting Fellow, Griffith University 1993-1995
ARC Postdoctoral Fellow, Griffith University, 1991-1993
Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Kentucky, 1989-1990
Selected Publications

Rebecca O. Fuller, Nicole S. Hondow,George A. Koutsantonis, Martin Saunders and Robert L. Stamps. Journal of Physical Chemistry C. 2008 112 (14): 5271-5274 “A Novel approach to FePt Assemblage and Synthesis”

Lindsay T. Byrne, Nicole S. Hondow, George A. Koutsantonis, Brian W. Skelton, A. Asgar Torabi, Allan H. White and S. Bruce Wild, Journal of Organometallic Chemistry, 2008, 693, 1738-1750. “Carbonyl substitution chemistry of [Ru3(-dppm)(CO)10], with some mixed P/S, P/O and As/O ligands.”

Marie P. Cifuentes, Mark G. Humphrey, George A. Koutsantonis, Nigel A. Lengkeek, Simon Petrie, Vanessa Sanford, Phil A. Schauer, Brian W. Skelton, Robert Stranger, and Allan H. White. Organometallics, 2008, 27, 1716–1726. “Coordinating Tectons: Bipyridyl Terminated Allenylidene Complexes.”

Craig E. Buckley, Laurent Douce, Jack M. Harrowfield, George A Koutsantonis, Alasdair W. McDowall, Gareth L. Nealon, Mark Paskevicius, Langmuir, 2007, 11986-11990. “Wormlike Micelles from a Cage Amine Metallosurfactant”

Ian Bytheway, Christopher S. Griffith, George A. Koutsantonis, Brian W. Skelton, and Allan H. White, European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry, 2007, 3240-3246.“A Linear Ru-Tl-Ru Complex Obtained from Halide Abstraction: A Example of Metal Dative Bonding.”

Jack M. Harrowfield, George A. Koutsantonis, Heinz-Bernhard Kraatz, Gareth L. Nealon, Grzegorz A. Orlowski, Brian W. Skelton, Allan H. White, European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry, 2007, 263-278. “Cages on Surfaces: Thiol Functionalisation of Co(III) Sarcophagine Complexes”

Christopher S. Griffith, George A. Koutsantonis, Brian W. Skelton and Allan H. White, Journal of Organometallic Chemistry, 2005, 690, 3410-3421. “Transformation of C2 units on a bimetallic tetranuclear cluster. Reactivity of [Ru3Mo(3-1-CC)(-CO)3(CO)2(-C5H4R)3(-C5H5)] (R = H, Me).”

Jack M. Harrowfield, George A. Koutsantonis, Gareth L. Nealon, Brian W. Skelton and Allan H. White, European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry, 2005, 12, 2384-2392. “Amphiphile Structures in the Solid State: Complex Cations with Lipophilic Substituents.”

Christopher S. Griffith, George A. Koutsantonis, Brian W. Skelton and Allan H. White. Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 2005, 44, 3038-3043. “Reaction of Ruthenium Ethyne-1,2-diyl Compounds with Bis(trimethylsilyl)acetylene complexes of Titanocene and Zirconocene. A Remarkable Transfer of the C2 Ligand from Ruthenium to a Cyclopentadienyl.”

Rebecca O. Fuller, George A. Koutsantonis, Robert L. Stamps and Francois Bardou, J. Appl. Phys., 2005, 97, 10J508. “Broad Distributions of FePt Nanoparticles.”
Honours and awards
Royal Australian Chemistry Institute Organometallic Award, 2004
CHEM2211 Synthetic and Materials Chemistry (Unit Co-ordinator)
CHEM3301 Organometallic and Polymer Chemistry (Unit Co-ordinator)
CHEM1102 Organic Chemistry

PhD Students

Philip Schauer
Rebecca Fuller
Current projects
Redox-active Metallomicelles
In Collaboration with Jack Harrowfield, Strasbourg

Metallosurfactants are an emerging class of materials which offer interesting alternatives to traditional “organic” surfactants due to the range of properties inherent to complexed metal ions Introduction of such a centre can impart the magnetic and electronic properties, as well as the redox and catalytic activity of the complex to the surfactant system, which of course can be concentrated at an interface, be it polar/apolar (e.g. micelles, vesicles), solid/liquid (e.g. monolayers) or liquid/gas (e.g. Langmuir-Blodgett films)

Charge density analysis of fundamental host-guest supramolecular systems
several projects, with Prof Mark Spackman, UWA

Although supramolecular chemistry is one of the most active fields of modern chemistry, very little seems to be known about the detailed nature of the host and guest systems that comprise these aggregates. Supramolecular systems – molecular aggregates – underpin the design and development of materials in areas as diverse as catalysis, targeted drug delivery, gas storage, chemical separation and nonlinear optics. They also serve as models for complex phenomena such as self-assembly and ligand-receptor binding. Projects in this area are part of a research program aimed at a greater understanding of intermolecular interactions and the properties of host-guest systems in the solid state, particularly organic clathrates and complexes formed by small molecules interacting with crown ethers, calixarenes, molecular tweezers and cages (some examples are given in the figure below). These projects will involve some synthesis, and measurement of highly accurate X-ray diffraction data, complementary neutron diffraction experiments, quantum chemical calculations and computer graphics. A particular focus of the charge density analyses will be the polarization and dipole moment of guest molecules as a function of the changing electrostatic nature of the host systems.

Redox-active Surfaces as Sensors and Devices
In collaboration with Heniz Bernhard Kraatz

Reagent immobilisation on surfaces is a sophisticated pathway to materials with a wide range of applications, heterogeneous catalysis being one obvious application, such applications depending on the functionality introduced with the bound reagent, as well as upon the ease and convenience of the immobilisation procedure and the stability of the final product. Given the remarkable stability and varied electronic, magnetic and redox properties of metal complexes of the macrobicyclic polyamines known as "sarcophagines" these are species of particular appeal as entities for attachment to surfaces and for various related applications.


A/Prof Heinz Bernhardt-Kraatz, University of Western Ontario,
Prof Jack Harrowfield, University Louis Pasteur, Strasbourg,
Prof Michael Chetcuti, University Louis Pasteur, Strasbourg
Dr Richard Welter, University Louis Pasteur, Strasbourg
Prof Mark Humphrey, Australian National University
Dr Paul Lowe, University of Durham
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Research profile and publications

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