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PhD projects

Please see personal website for relatively up-to-date information on project areas, or feel free to contact me for information regarding our projects on chiral coordination cages and coordination polymers.


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Personal profile


David is Senior Lecturer in the School of Chemistry at Monash University. He has previously held an ARC Future Fellowship, an AINSE Research Fellowship and ARC Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the same institution. He was awarded his PhD (2004) and MSci (2001) from King's College, London.

The research interests of the Turner group lie in the general fields of supramolecular and coordination chemistry. Current projects involve the syntheis of chiral coordination polymers and metal-organic polyhedra for enantiomeric separations, the use of neutron diffraction to explore hydrogen-bonding networks and the design/synthesis of amine-based porous materials for gas capture/separation.

The Turner group is currently offering PhD projects in the areas of (i) chiral supramolecular cages, (ii) chiral coordination polymers and (iii) amine-based metal-organic frameworks.

Community service

David contributes to the CSIRO 'Scientists in Schools' program through a partnership with Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School in which 1-2 year 11 students take part in laboratory-based research at Monash each year. David has also been involved with outreach with the Australian Synchrotron and the John Monash Science School.

David is currently the Immediate Past President of the Victorian Branch of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI).

Research area keywords

  • Coordination Chemistry
  • Supramolecular Chemistry
  • Crystallography
  • Metal-Organic Framework
  • Host-Guest Systems
  • Cage Complexes


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