Dr Asja Kroeger
Beyond a scholarship, the Forrest Research Foundation has created a unique environment for us students and fellows to work and live in. I am grateful that I was able to be part of this vibrant community and my PhD research and experience wouldn’t have been the same without the opportunities for exchange, learning and the support that this has given me. I’m looking forward to being part of a growing network of alumni!

From the production of plastics to the synthesis of pharmaceuticals – around 90% of today’s industrial chemical processes are driven by catalysts and the products of chemical catalysis are indispensable to our day-to-day lives. As you are reading this text, many of the items surrounding you are likely to be products of chemical catalysis. As a result, the development of new approaches to catalysis has the potential to have a significant impact on industry, society, and the environment. Motivated by this, Asja’s research with the Forrest Research Foundation computationally explored the potential of noncovalent π–π interactions with graphene or in supramolecular host–guest complexes to drive catalytic processes (π–π catalysis).

ResearchingComputational chemistry
AffiliatedUniversity of Western Australia|