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Professor Paul Low

Deputy Head of School
Molecular Sciences, School of

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School of Molecular Sciences
The University of Western Australia (M310)
35 Stirling Highway
+61 8 6488 3045
BSc PhD Adel.
Paul was born and raised in Elizabeth, South Australia, which is conveniently half-way between the state capital of Adelaide and the Barossa Valley. He graduated from the University of Adelaide with his B.Sc (Double Major in Chemistry (1992, David Murray Scholarship in Science, G.M. Badger Prize) and B.Sc(Hons) (1993, Rennie Scholarship). He completed his PhD with Michael I. Bruce in 1997 having studied the synthesis and reactions of metal complexes bearing carbon-rich ligands. Paul subsequently moved to Canada to take up a Canadian Government Laboratories Visiting Fellowship at the NRC Steacie Institute for Molecular Sciences with Arthur J. Carty, before moving to Durham to take up a Lectureship in Inorganic Chemistry in 1999. He was promoted to Reader in 2006, awarded an EPSRC Leadership Fellowship in 2009 and promoted to a Chair in 2010. In 2013 he was awarded an ARC Future Fellowship and appointed to a position as Winthrop Professor in the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry at UWA.
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Recent publications

176.S. Bock, C.F. Mackenzie, B.W. Skelton, L.T. Byrne, G.A. Koutsantonis, P.J. Low, Clusters as ligands: Synthesis, structure and coordination chemistry of ruthenium clusters derived from 4- and 5-ethynyl-2,2’-bipyridine, J. Organomet. Chem. 2015, accepted in press. (Jack Lewis Memorial Issue)
DOI: 10.1016/j.jorganchem.2015.09.021

175.J.B.G. Gluyas, A.N. Sobolev, E.G. Moore, P.J. Low, Broad-band NIR transient absorption spectroscopy of an‘all-carbon’ bridged bimetallic radical cation complex, Organometallics, 2015, 34, 3923-2926.
DOI: 10.1021/acs.organomet.5b00534

174.S.G. Eaves, D.S. Yufit, B.W. Skelton, J.A.K. Howard, P.J. Low, Syntheses, structural characterisation and electronic structures of some simple acyclic amino carbene complexes, Dalton Trans. 2015, 44, 14341-14348 (Ken Wade Memorial Issue).
DOI: 10.1039/C5DT01806D

173.D. Miesel, A. Hildebrandt, M. Korb, D.A. Wild, P.J. Low, H. Lang, Influence of P-bonded bulky substituents on electronic interactions in ferrocenyl-substituted phospholes, Chem. Eur. J. 2015, 21, 44545-11559
DOI: 10.1002/chem.201501188

172.R.J. Davidson, L.E. Wilson, A.R. Duckworth, D.S. Yufit, A. Beeby, P.J. Low, Alkyne substituted mononuclear photocatalysts based on RuCl(bpy)(tpy)]+, Dalton Trans. 2015, 44, 11368-11379.
DOI: 10.1039/C5DT01278C

171.M.C. Walkey, L.T. Byrne, M.J. Piggott, P.J. Low, G.A. Koutsantonis, Enhanced bi-stability in a ruthenium alkynyl spiropyran complex, Dalton Trans. 2015, 44, 8812-8815.
DOI: 10.1039/C5DT01107H

170.R. Davidson, J.-H. Liang, D. Costa-Milan, B.-W. Mao, R.J. Nichols, S.J. Higgins, D.S. Yufit, A. Beeby, P.J. Low, Synthesis, electrochemistry and single molecule conductance of bi-metallic 2,3,5,6-tetra(pyridine-2-yl)pyrazine based complexes, Inorg. Chem. 2015, 54, 5487-5494.
DOI: 10.1021/acs.inorgchem.5b00507

169.L. Ji, R.M. Edkins, A. Lorbach, I. Kreummenacher, C. Brückner, A. Eichhorn, B. Engels, P.J. Low, T.B. Marder, Electron delocalization in reduced forms of 2-(BMes2)pyrene and 2,7-bis(BMes)2)pyrene, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2015, 137, 6750-6753.
DOI: 10.1021/jacs.5b03805

168.J. Kahlert, L. Böhling, A. Brockhinke, H.-G. Stammler, B. Neaumann, L.M. Rendina, P.J. Low, L. Weber, M.A. Fox, Syntheses and reductions of C-dimesitylboryl-1,2-dicarba-closo-dodecarboranes, Dalton Trans., 2015, 44, 9766-9781.
DOI: 10.1039/C5DT00758E

167.J.-L. Liao, Y.Chi, C.-C. Yeh, H.-C. Kao, C.-H. Chang, M.A. Fox, P.J. Low, G.-H. Lee, Near Infrared emitting tris-bidentate Os(II) phosphors: Control of excited state characters and fabrication of OLEDs, J. Mater. Chem. C, 2015, 3, 4910-4920.
DOI: 10.1039/C5TC00204D

166.H.M. Osorio, S. Martin, M.C. Lopez, S. Marques-Gonzalez, S.J. Higgins, R.J. Nichols, P.J. Low, P. Cea, Electrical characterization of single molecule and LB monomolecular films of a pyridine-terminated oligo(phenylene-ethynylene) derivative, Beilstein J. Nanotechnol., 2015, 6, 1145-1157.
DOI: 10.3762/bjnano.6.116

165.M.C. Oerthel, D.S. Yufit, M.A. Fox, M.R. Bryce, P.J. Low, Syntheses and structures of buta-1,3-diynyl complexes from ‘on complex’ cross-coupling reactions, Organometallics, 2015, 34, 2395-2405.
DOI: 10.1021/om501186c

164.S.G. Eaves, S.J. Hart, A.C. Whitwood, D.S. Yufit, P.J. Low, J.M. Lynam, Rapid Markovnikov addition of HCl to a pendant alkyne: Evidence for a quinoidal cumulene, Chem. Commun. 2015, 51, 9362-9365.
DOI: 10.1039/C4CC09696G

163.L.M. Ballesteros, S. Martin, S. Marques-Gonzalez, M.C. Lopez, S. Higgins, R.J. Nichols, P.J. Low, P. Cea, Single Gold Atom Containing Oligo(phenylene)ethynylene: Assembly into LB Films and Electrical Characterization, J. Phys. Chem. C 2015, 119, 784-793.
DOI: 10.1021/jp510078w

162.K.A.E. Roberts, N.J. Brown, H.N. Roberts, J.J.W. McDouall, P.J. Low, M.W. Whiteley, Electronic Structure and Spectroscopy of the Cycloheptatrienyl Molybdenum Halide Complexes [MoBrL2(η-C7H7)]n+ (L2 = 2CO, n = 0; L2 = 2,2'-bipyridyl, n = 0 or 1), Polyhedron, 2015, 86, 89-97
DOI: 10.1016/j.poly.2014.05.027

161.K.B. Vincent, M. Parthey, D.S. Yufit, M. Kaupp, P.J. Low, Synthesis and redox properties of mono-, di- and tri-metallic platinum-ethynyl complexes based on the trans-Pt{C6H4N(C6H4OCH3-4)2}(C≡CR)(PPh3)2 motif, Polyhedron, 2015, 86, 31-42.
DOI: 10.1021/om501186c

160.G.L. Newman, M.A.R. Jamil, J.B.G. Gluyas, D.S. Yufit, J.A.K. Howard, P.J. Low, Alkynyl-phosphine substituted Fe2S2 clusters: synthesis, structure and electrochemical properties, J. Cluster Sci. 2015, 26, 233-246 (Special issue, 50th Anniversary of Cluster Chemistry).
DOI: 10.1007/s10876-014-0790-5

159.H.M. Osorio, P. Cea, L.M. Ballesteros, I. Gascón, S. Marqués-González, R.J. Nichols, F. Pérez-Murano, P.J. Low, S. Martín, Preparation of nascent molecular electronic devices from gold nanoparticles and terminal alkyne functionalized monolayer films, J. Mater. Chem. C, 2014, 2, 7348-7355.
DOI: 10.1039/C4TC01080A

158.S. Marqués-González, M. Parthey, D.S. Yufit, J.A.K. Howard, M. Kaupp, P.J. Low, A combined spectroscopic and computational study of [trans-Ru(C≡CC6H4R1-4)2(dppe)¬2]n+ and [trans-Ru(C≡CC6H4R1-4)(C≡CC6H4R2-4)(dppe)2]n+ (n = 0, 1) complexes: spectroscopic interpretations beyond the lowest energy conformer paradigm, Organometallics, 2014, 33, 4947-4963.
DOI: 10.1021/om500265s

157.L.M. Ballesteros, S. Martín, J. Cortés, S. Marqués-González, F. Pérez-Murano, R.J. Nichols, P.J. Low, P. Cea, From an organometallic monolayer to an organic monolayer covered by metal nanoislands: a simple thermal protocol for the fabrication of the top contact electrode in molecular electronic devices, Adv. Mater. Interfaces, 2014, 1, 1400128.
DOI: 10.1002/admi.201470057

156.G.A. Koutsantonis, P.J. Low, C. Mackenzie, B.W. Skelton, D.S. Yufit, Coordinating tectons: Bimetallic complexes from bipyridyl terminated Group 8 alkynyl complexes, Organometallics, 2014, 33, 4911-4922.
DOI: 10.1021/om500172r

155.S. Mom, M. Platon, H. Cattey, H.J. Spencer, P.J. Low, J.-C. Hierso, Palladium-catalysed formation of secondary and tertiary amines from aryl dihalides with air-stable ferrocenyl tri- and diphosphines: synthesis and X-ray structure of efficient catalysts beyond [PdCl2(DPPF)], Cat. Commun., 2014, 51, 10 - 14.
DOI: 10.1016/j.catcom.2014.03.012

154.S.W. Lehrich, A. Hildebrandt, T. Rüffer, M. Korb, P.J. Low, H. Lang, Synthesis, characterization, electrochemistry and computational studies of ferrocenyl-substituted siloles, Organometallics, 2014, 2014, 33, 4836-4845.
DOI: 10.1021/om500072q

153.M. Parthey, J.B.G. Gluyas, M.A. Fox, P.J. Low, M. Kaupp, Mixed-valence ruthenium complexes rotating through a conformational Robin-Day continuum, Chem. Eur. J., 2014, 20, 6895-6908.
DOI: 10.1002/chem.201304947

152.J.B.G. Gluyas, A.J. Boden, S.G. Eaves, H. Yu, P.J. Low, Long range charge transfer in trimetallic mixed valence iron complexes mediated by redox non-innocent cyanoacetylide ligands, Dalton Trans., 2014, 43, 6291-6294.
DOI: 10.1039/C4DT00614C

151.M. Parthey, K.B. Vincent, M. Renz, P.A. Schauer, D.S. Yufit, J.A.K. Howard, M. Kaupp, P.J. Low, A combined computational and spectroelectrochemical study of platinum bridged bis-triarylamine systems, Inorg. Chem., 2014, 53, 1544-1554.
DOI: 10.1021/ic402538e

150.S. Martín, G. Pera, L.M. Ballesteros, A.J. Hope, S. Marqués-González, P.J. Low, F. Pérez-Murano, R.J. Nichols, P. Cea, Towards the fabrication of the top-contact electrode in molecular junctions by photoreduction of a metal precursor, Chem. Eur. J. 2014, 20, 3421-3416.
DOI: 10.1002/chem.201303967

149.U. Pfaff, A. Hildebrandt, D. Schaarschmidt, T. Rüffer, P.J. Low, H. Lang, Molecular wires using (oligo)pyrroles as connecting units: An electron transfer study, Organometallics, 2013, 32, 6106-6117.
DOI: 10.1021/om4007533

148.K.B. Vincent, Q. Zeng, M. Parthey, D.S. Yufit, J.A.K. Howard, F. Hartl, M. Kaupp, P.J. Low, The syntheses, spectroelectrochemical studies, molecular and electronic structures of ferrocenyl ene-diynes, Organometallics, 2013, 32, 6022-6032.
DOI: 10.1021/om400535y

147.M. Parthey, J.B.G. Gluyas, P.A. Schauer, D.S. Yufit, J.A.K. Howard, M. Kaupp, P.J. Low, Refining the interpretation of NIR band shapes in a polyynediyl molecular wire, Chem. Eur. J. 2013, 19, 9780-9784.
DOI: 10.1002/chem.201301747
Funding received
2014-2016 ARC Discovery (DP140100855) From the Electronics of Molecules to Molecular Electronics, $400,000

2013/14 Research Collaboration Award, Towards an Australian Centre for Single Molecular Electronic Measurements, $17,000

2012-2016 ARC Future Fellowship (FT120100073) From Beaker to Bit: New Platforms for Molecular Electronics $931,068
Previous positions
1997 - 1999 National Research Council of Canada, Visiting Research Fellow
1999 - 2013 Durham University (1999 Lecturer, 2006 Reader, 2010 Professor)
Current external positions
Visiting Professor, Durham University
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