The Current Group

The group works in supramolecular chemistry.

Dan Preston started a DECRA fellowship at the Research School of Chemistry at the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia in 2020. He completed his doctoral studies at the University of Otago, before undertaking a Rutherford Fellowship at the University of Canterbury (NZ).

Zack Avery did his Honours at the University of Canterbury (NZ) and has recently started his PhD studies with us. He’s using complementary pairings to make complex structures.

James Phillips and Steph Jones are currently doing their Honours projects, both working on stimuli-responsive metallo-interlocked systems.

Kya Lamarra is working on an undergraduate project on complementary pairings.

Photo from 2023: Zack, Dan, James, Kya, Yo and Steph. Bonus point for spotting Cam from the White group somewhere.

Past Members

James Findlay completed his doctorate at the University of Otago (NZ) before working as postdoctoral researcher at the University of Bordeaux. He joined the Preston group as a postdoctoral researcher for 5 months in 2021. He now works for Laminex in Melbourne.

Jess Algar worked on an undergraduate research project and as a research assistant with us in 2021, then did her Honours project in the group in 2022, winning a University Medal. She is planning on beginning her doctoral studies in Germany in 2023.

Undergraduate students Jason Buchanan, Jacob Gome and Yo Yau carried out excellent work on projects in our laboratory.

Past Photos

Dan’s natural athleticism allows him to jump much higher than Jess (left) or Jacob (right)