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About me

I was born in Singapore in 1988 and was raised in Sydney, Australia. From 2007-2010, I took over a BSc. (Adv) Hons. at the University of Sydney, Australia, in Physical / Organic Chemistry. In 2012 I obtained an MSc. in Polymer Chemistry from the same institution under the supervision of Professors Sebastien Perrier and Maxwell J. Crossley. From 2013 to 2016, I was awarded a Gates Cambridge Scholarship to take during PhD studies under Professor Jonathan Nitschke at the University of Cambridge. My PhD thesis explored the covalent post-assembly modification of self-assembled metal-organic architectures.

From February 2017, I will be undertaking a Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Stevens Group at the Karolinska Institute. My work will focus on the preparation of self-immolative stimulus-responsive hydrogels for accelerating skin wound healing.

Education

Doctor of Philosophy , Inorganic / Supramolecular Chemistry,
Trinity College, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
Gates Cambridge Scholar (Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation)

Master of Science , Polymer Chemistry,
University of Sydney, Australia 

Bachelor of Science (Advanced) , Honours Class 1 and The University Medal
University of Sydney, Australia

Teaching portfolio

  • [2017-present] Course teacher and laboratory supervisor, General and Organic Chemistry (Bachelor of Biomedicine), Karolinska Institutet
  • [2013-2016] Chemistry Supervisor (equivalent to course tutor), Trinity College, University of Cambridge (Churchill and St. Catherine's College)
  • [2013-2016] Laboratory Demonstrator, Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge
  • [2011-2012] Post Graduate Teaching Fellow, School of Chemistry, University of Sydney
  • [2010] Laboratory Demonstrator, School of Chemistry, University of Sydney

Academic honours, awards and prizes

Independent Organisations:

  • Reaxys International PhD Prize (2017), Finalist
  • Solvay-IUPAC International PhD Thesis Prize (2017), Honorable Mention
  • Association of British–Turkish Academics Doctoral Researcher Award (2015)

  • BHP Billiton Science Award (Chemistry and Biochemistry), Winner (2004)

Cambridge University:

  • Gates Cambridge Scholarship, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Cambridge University (2012-2016)
  • Trinity College Rouse Ball and Eddington Fund Award (2015)
  • Trinity College Ashton Fund Bursary (2013 and 2014)

​University of Sydney:

  • Vice Chancellor's Research Scholarship, University of Sydney, (2011-2012)
  • Australian Postgraduate Award, the Australian Government, (2011-2012) 
  • University Medal in Chemistry, University of Sydney (2010)
  • Edna Maude Goulston Prize in Organic Chemistry (2010) 
  • C. H. Wilson Prize for First Class Honours in Organic Chemistry (2010)
  • Dean's List for Academic Excellence (2008, 2009)
  • Inglis Hudson and Walter Burfitt Scholarships in Chemistry (2009)
  • Arthur Hollis Memorial Prize in Chemistry (2008)
  • Summer Research Scholarship (2008)
  • Sydney University Entrance Scholarship (2007)
  • University of Sydney Farrand Science Faculty Scholarship (2007)

Publications

Covalent post-assembly modification in metallosupramolecular chemistry
Roberts Da, Pilgrim Bs, Nitschke Jr
Chemical Society reviews 2018;47(2):626-644

A New Methodology for Assessing Macromolecular Click Reactions and Its Application to Amine-Tertiary Isocyanate Coupling for Polymer Ligation
Gody G, Roberts Da, Maschmeyer T, Perrier S
JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY 2016;138(12):4061-8

Dual stimuli-induced formation of a mu-hydroxido bridged [Zn9L5(mu-OH)(6)](12+) half-pipe
Wood Cs, Ronson Tk, Mcconnell Aj, Roberts Da, Nitschke Jr
CHEMICAL SCIENCE 2016;7(3):1702-1706

Energy transfer in pendant perylene diimide copolymers
Davis Njlk, Macqueen Rw, Roberts Da, Danos A, Dehn S, Perrier S, et al
JOURNAL OF MATERIALS CHEMISTRY C 2016;4(35):8270-8275

Perfluorinated Ligands Induce Meridional Metal Stereochemistry to Generate M8L12, M10L15, and M12L18 Prisms
Kieffer M, Pilgrim Bs, Ronson Tk, Roberts Da, Aleksanyan M, Nitschke Jr
JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY 2016;138(21):6813-21

Molecular containers in complex chemical systems
Zarra S, Wood Dm, Roberts Da, Nitschke Jr
CHEMICAL SOCIETY REVIEWS 2015;44(2):419-32

Post-assembly Modification of Tetrazine-Edged (Fe4L6)-L-II Tetrahedra
Roberts Da, Pilgrim Bs, Cooper Jd, Ronson Tk, Zarra S, Nitschke Jr
JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY 2015;137(32):10068-71

Selective Endo and Exo Binding of Mono- and Ditopic Ligands to a Rhomboidal Diporphyrin Prism
Jayamurugan G, Roberts Da, Ronson Tk, Nitschke Jr
ANGEWANDTE CHEMIE-INTERNATIONAL EDITION 2015;54(26):7539-43

Stacking Interactions Drive Selective Self-Assembly and Self-Sorting of Pyrene-Based (M4L6)-L-II Architectures
Ronson Tk, Roberts Da, Black Sp, Nitschke Jr
JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY 2015;137(45):14502-12

Fluorescent bowl-shaped nanoparticles from 'clicked' porphyrin-polymer conjugates
Roberts Da, Crossley Mj, Perrier S
POLYMER CHEMISTRY 2014;5(13):4016-4021

Post-assembly Modification of Kinetically Metastable (Fe2L3)-L-II Triple Helicates
Roberts Da, Castilla Am, Ronson Tk, Nitschke Jr
JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY 2014;136(23):8201-4

Tunable Self-Assembly of Triazole-Linked Porphyrin-Polymer Conjugates
Roberts Da, Schmidt Tw, Crossley Mj, Perrier S
CHEMISTRY-A EUROPEAN JOURNAL 2013;19(38):12759-70

Synthesis and Ultrafast Excited-State Dynamics of Zinc and Palladium Triply Fused Diporphyrins
Roberts Da, Fuckel B, Clady Rgcr, Cheng Yy, Crossley Mj, Schmidt Tw
JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY A 2012;116(30):7898-905

Singlet Oxygen Mediated Photochemical Upconversion of NIR Light
Fuckel B, Roberts Da, Cheng Yy, Clady Rgcr, Piper Rb, Ekins-daukes Nj, et al
JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY LETTERS 2011;2(9):966-971

Spectroscopy of the Free Phenalenyl Radical
O'connor Gd, Troy Tp, Roberts Da, Chalyavi N, Fuckel B, Crossley Mj, et al
JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY 2011;133(37):14554-7

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