David Turner

Assoc Professor

Accepting PhD Students

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 an Associate Professor 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, before being appointed as Senior Lecturer in 2016. He was awarded his PhD (2004) and MSci (2001) from King's College, London.

Research interests

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, (iii) amine-based metal-organic frameworks, and (iv) crystal engineering.

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 has served as the President of the Victorian Branch of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI) and is currently the Secretary of the Society of Crystallographers in Australia and New Zealand (SCANZ).

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy

Education/Academic qualification

Chemistry, PhD, King's College London

Award Date: 30 Dec 2004

Research area keywords

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

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