Over the last two decades, the laboratory of F Richard Keene has been an international pioneer in the development of techniques to control the stereochemistry of the component metal centres in mononuclear and oligonuclear metal complexes.

The methodologies – using a combination of stereoselective synthesis and chromatography – have allowed the routine separation of diastereoisomers, the resolution of enantiomers, the separation of geometric isomers, and the separation of chiral helical forms. 

  • Control of the stereochemistry in metallosupramolecular assemblies – with particular interest in ligand-bridged oligonuclear polpyridylruthenium(II) species
  • Stereochemical aspects of intramolecular electron transfer in metallosupramolecular assemblies
  • Structure- and sequence-selectivity in the interaction of metal complexes with nucleic acids
  • Mechanism of cytotoxicity and cellular uptake of lipophilic inert dinuclear polypyridylruthenium(II) complexes to cancer cells and bacteria
  • The selective toxicity of ruthenium(II) complexes to drug-resistant pathogens
Socio-Economic Objectives
  • 2009 - Recipient of Visiting Scientist Award (Australian Academy of Science/Japan Society for Promotion of Science), Osaka University and Tokyo Institute of Technology (Japan)
  • 2002 - Vice Chancellor's Award for Research Excellence, JCU
  • 1979 - Rennie Medal of Royal Australian Chemical Institute
  • 2012 - Honorary Visiting Research Fellow, University of Adelaide
  • 2012 - Recipient of Erasmus Mundus Research Fellowship (Universität Leipzig, Germany)
  • 2000 - Erskine Visiting Research Fellow, University of Canterbury (Christchurch, New Zealand)
  • 1998 - Commonwealth Scholar, Bede Morris Fellowship Scheme, Australian Academy of Science
  • 1983 - Fulbright Scholar (Brookhaven National Laboratory, New York, USA)
  • 2012 - Emeritus Professor, James Cook University
  • 2009 - Professeur Invité, CNRS/Université Paul Sabatier (Toulouse, France)
  • 2003 - Visiting Scholar, University of Oxford (UK)
  • 2003 - Visiting Professor, University of Canterbury (Christchurch, New Zealand)
  • 2000 - Professeur Invité, Université Louis Pasteur de Strasbourg (France)
  • 1994 - Professeur Invité, Université Louis Pasteur de Strasbourg (France)
  • 1992 - Troisième Cycle Lecturer and Visiting Professor, Université de Fribourg (Switzerland)
  • 1989 - Visiting Professor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (USA)
  • 1988 - Visiting Professor, Stanford University (California, USA)

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