Dr Masnun Naher
The Forrest Research Foundation Scholarship played a crucial role in enabling me, as a woman from a developing country, to forge a path towards my envisioned career to be an independent researcher in the field of chemistry.

The utilizsation of metal-catalysed radical chemistry through atom transfer radical addition (ATRA) has proven to be an effective approach in addressing persistent challenges in organic synthesis. This particular organic compound holds significant applications across various industries, including pharmaceuticals, agrichemicals, petrochemicals, plastics, clothing, and textiles. The ongoing research is concentrated on the application of copper-catalysed ATRA reactions for the creation of innovative organic compounds through bulk electrosynthesis. The study delves into elucidating the mechanistic pathways and intermediate species involved in the catalytic cycles, employing techniques such as cyclic voltammetry simulations, electron paramagnetic spectroscopy, and spectroelectrochemical data analysis.

The overall goal of research is to design and synthesis of organic and organometallic complexes to study their electronic properties and establish their suitability for use as a molecular wire. The research is primarily concerned with molecular design, synthesis and characterisation using spectroscopic, spectroelectrochemical and computational methods. The projects work closely with collaboration to measure molecular conductance.

ResearchingMolecular electronics and electrochemistry
AffiliatedUniversity of Western Australia|
Focus areaTechnology