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Dr Gemma Christian

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School: School of Science and Mathematics
Position: Lecturer
Location: Science Building
Phone: (02) 4980 2210
Extension: #210
Fax: (02) 49802219
Email: gemma.christian@avondale.edu.au
Qualifications: Bsc Hons (ANU); PhD (ANU)
Research: Gemma uses computational chemistry to study metals as catalysts. She has a particular interest in how metals and their environment can be tuned to control reactivity both in synthetic compounds and in enzymes. Gemma is currently studying oxygen activation by iron-containing enzymes and iron containing complexes designed to mimic these enzymes.
About: Gemma completed her PhD in computational chemistry at the Australian National University (ANU) under Prof. Rob Stranger, on the topic of nitrogen activation. This was followed by a postdoctoral fellow with Prof. Feliu Maseras at the Institute of Chemical Research of Catalunya, Tarragona, Spain (2007-9). She then won a Humboldt Fellowship at the University of Bonn, Germany (2009-11) under Prof. Frank Neese. She currently lectures in chemistry at Avondale and continues her research on non-heme iron enzymes.

Gemma is interested in music and languages. She and her husband share a love of travel, and photography.
Select Publications: G. J. Christian, S. Ye and F. Neese, "Oxygen Activation in Extradiol Catecholate Dioxygenases - A Density Functional Study", Chemical Science, 2012, 3, 1600-1611

T. R. Dugan, E. Bill, K. C. MacLeod, G. J. Christian, R. E. Cowley, Wi W. Brennessel, S. Ye, F. Neese, and P. L. Holland, "Reversible C-C Bond Formation between Redox-Active Pyridine Ligands in Iron Complexes", J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2012, 134 (50), 20352-20364

N. Planas, G. Christian, S. Roeser, Stephan; E. Mas-Marza, M. Kollipara, J. Benet-Buchholz, F. Maseras, A. and Llobet, "Substitution Reactions in Dinuclear Ru-Hbpp Complexes: an Evaluation of Through-space Interactions", Inorg. Chem. 2012, 51(3), 1889-901

For a list of publications, visit Gemma Christian publications

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