Summary of Career

  • since 1/2016 – The University of Auckland (Professor)
  • 11/2011 – 12/2015 – The University of Auckland (Associate Professor)
  • 01/2009 – 10/2011 – University of Vienna (Habilitation, Assistant Professor)
  • 08/2006 – 12/2008 – EPFL (Schroedinger Fellow)
  • 12/2001 – 07/2006 – University of Vienna (researcher/PostDoc)

Summary of Education

  • MSc Chemistry – 1999, University of Vienna
  • PhD Chemistry – 2001, University of Vienna “New Ferrocene Derivatives – Synthesis, Characterization and Applications” supervised by Prof. Bernhard Keppler


169 publications (co)-authored research publications (including in press) and review articles (h index = 50; about 8,600 total citations), 9 book chapters, about 200 lectures and (co)authored conference contributions

For a complete List of Publications  – click here.

Research Area

Biological Inorganic Chemistry, Coordination and Organometallic Chemistry, Medicinal Chemistry, Development of Anticancer Compounds, Bioanalytical Chemistry (Mass Spectrometry, Capillary Electrophoresis, Hyphenated Systems)

Peer Esteem

2016–present    Member of the ISBOMC Advisory Committee
2015–present    Elected member to the Council of the Society of
Biological Inorganic Chemistry (SBIC)
2014–present    Member of the AsBIC Advisory Committee
2014                    Visiting Professor at the University of Vienna, Austria
2013–2016        Deputy Head of School (research), School of Chemical Sciences,
University of Auckland
2013                   Visiting Professor at the University of Vienna, Austria
2011–2016        Management Committee Member COST CM1105 “Functional Metal
Complexes that Bind to Biomolecules”
2010                   Visiting Professor, Chimie ParisTech, France
2010–2012        Management Committee Member COST CM0902 “Molecular Machineries
for Ion Translocation Across Biomembranes”

Conference Organisation

2016          Chair of AsBIC8, Auckland New Zealand
2015          Chair of the 1st Auckland Symposium On Medicinal Inorganic Chemistry
2014          Co-chair ISBOMC 7, Vienna, Austria
2007          Co-organiser of a COST WG meeting in Villars-sur-Ollons
2007          local organizing and scientific committee member of ICBIC13, Vienna
2005          (Co-)Organiser of the CESAR meeting on anticancer research, Vienna

 Memberships in Scientific Societies

2015–present      New Zealand Institute of Chemistry
2013–present      Society of Biological Inorganic Chemistry

Editorial Board Memberships

2015–present      Editorial Advisory Board Journal of Biological Inorganic Chemistry
2013–2016           Editor of Metallodrugs
2013–present      Associate Editor of Frontiers in Inorganic Chemistry
2010–present      Global Journal of Inorganic Chemistry

Awards/Distinctions (selection)

2017     Hood Fellowship (outgoing to Cambridge, UK)
2016     New Zealand Institute of Chemistry Maurice Wilkins Centre Prize
2016     Society of Biological Inorganic Chemistry Early Career Award
2015     Fellow of the New Zealand Centre at Beijing University
2015     2nd most cited paper in Journal of Organometallic Chemistry (2013-2014)
2014     HEC Pakistan Outstanding research award for a Chem Commun paper
2011     Carl-Duisberg-Memorial Prize (German Chemical Society)
2010     Innovative Teaching Award Bank Austria
2009     Best paper award in Applied Organometallic Chemistry
2006     Schrödinger Fellowship of the Austrian Science Fund
2005     Award of the “Theodor-Körner-Fonds zur Förderung der Wissenschaft und Kunst”

Cover Pictures

ChemMedChem 2007, 2, 385
Electrophoresis 2010, 31, 1127
Chem. Eur. J. 2010, 16(22), 6397
Chem. Commun. 2012, 48(10), 1326
ChemPlusChem 2017, in press

Plenary Lectures

Chemiedozententagung Mainz (2011)
OZOM-7 (2013)
Pacifichem Hawaii (2015)
ISBOMC Moscow (2016)
Taishan Academic Forum Qufu (2016)
SPACC Okayama (2016)
ICBIC Florianopolis (2017)