Research Network for Metals in Medicine



Professor Peter Healy

BSc(Hons), PhD(UWA), Grad. Dip Economics

Position: Professor, School of Science

Affiliation: Griffith University, Nathan Campus

Postal Address:
School of Science
Griffith University

Phone: +61 (02) 4620 3218

Research Profile

The theme of my research has been the utilization of single crystal X-ray and spectroscopic techniques, in particular solid state NMR spectroscopy, to determine the structural and molecular properties of inorganic coordination compounds. This work, carried out with a network of colleagues and students in Australia and overseas, has resulted in the synthesis and structure elucidation of a wide range of novel coordination compounds and the publication of over 200 research papers, including over 110 papers on the synthesis, structural, spectroscopic properties and copper(I), silver(I) and gold(I) complexes.

My background in inorganic chemistry and the application of spectroscopic techniques to the analysis and structure elucidation of solid state materials has also resulted in significant involvement with a number of other research projects over the years, including a study of the properties and methods of surface protection of superconducting oxides with Dr Sverre Myrha; the application of modern spectroscopic techniques to the study of forestry soils with Dr Zhi-Hong Xu of the Queensland Forestry Research Institute; the role of metal complexes with hemi-labile ligands in biological chemistry and homogeneous catalysis with Dr Michael Williams, consulting work with Dr Peter Hetherington from Industrial Galvanizers Corporation on the chemical aspects of the fluxing processes in the zinc galvanizing of steel.

I am responsible for the management and operation of the rotating anode single crystal X-ray diffractometer in the School of Science at Griffith and collect all single crystal X-ray data for the chemical sciences group at Griffith University and the Queensland University of Technology. I solve all structures for the Griffith University group as well as providing training on the solution and publication of single crystal X-ray structures. As such I have completed many crystal structure determinations for colleagues and students on a wide and diverse range of small molecule compounds of relevance in biological and medicinal inorganic and organic chemistry.

Selected Publications

  1. Anion effects on the structural properties of bis(triphenylphosphine)copper(I) carboxylate complexes, {PPh3)2CuO2CR]. Hart, R. D., Healy, P. C., Peake, M. L. and White, A. H. Aust. J. Chem, 1998, 51, 67-73.
  2. Silver(I) nitrate adducts with bidentate 2-, 3- and 4-pyridyl phosphines. Solution 31P and [109Ag,31P] NMR studies of 1:2 complexes and the crystal structure of dimeric [(d2pype)Ag(m2-d2pype)]2(NO3)2.2CH2Cl2. Berners-Price, S. J., Bowen, R. J., Harvey, P. J., Healy, P. C. and Koutsantonis, G. A. J. Chem. Soc. Dalton Trans., 1998, 1743-1750.
  3. Structural and 31P CP MAS NMR spectroscopic studies of the P2CuN2 copper(I) complexes [Cu(PPh3)2(MeCN)2]X for X = PF6, BF4 and ClO4. Hanna, J. V., Hart, R. D., Healy, P. C., Skelton, B. W. and White, A. H. J. Chem. Soc. Dalton Trans., 1998, 2321-2326.
  4. Electrochemical synthesis and structural characterization of the trinuclear copper(I)-copper(II) complex: bis[bis(triphenylphosphine)copper(I)] [bis(thiosalicylate) copper(II). Bott, R. C. Healy, P. C. and Sagatys, D. S. Chemical Communications, 1998, 2403-2404.
  5. Co-ordination and conformational isomerism in bis(tricyclohexylphosphine) gold(I) halides. Bowmaker, G. A., Brown, C. L., Hart, R. D., Healy, P. C., Rickard. C. E. F., and White, A. H. J. Chem. Soc. Dalton Trans., 1999, 881-890.
  6. NMR and structural studies of gold(I) chloride adducts with bidentate 2-, 3- and 4-pyridyl phosphines. Berners-Price, S. J., Bowen, R. J., Hambley, T. W., and Healy, P. C., J. Chem. Soc. Dalton Trans., 1999, 1337-1346.
  7. Peripherally-metallated porphyrins: synthesis and spectra of meso-h1-palladio- and platinioporphyrins and the crystal structures of cis-{PtBr[10,20-diphenylporphyrinato nickel(II)-5-yl](PPh3)2} and trans-{PtBr [10,20-diphenylporphyrin-5-yl](PPh3)2} 0.25CH2Cl2. Arnold, D. P., Healy,P. C., Hodgson, M. J., Williams, M. L., J. Organometallic Chem, 2000, 607, 51-56.
  8. Structural and spectroscopic studies on three and two co-ordinate copper(I) halide tribenzylphosphine complexes. Ainscough, E.W., Brodie, A.M., Burrell, A.K., Freeman, G H., Jameson, G. B., Bowmaker, G. A., Hanna, J. V. and Healy, P. C. J. Chem. Soc., Dalton Trans., 2001, 144-151.
  9. Structural and spectoscopic studies on three-coordinate complexes of copper(I) halides with tricyclohexylphosphine. Bowmaker, G. A., Boyd, S. E., Hanna, J. V., Hart, R. D., Healy, P. C., Skelton, B. W. and White, A. H. J. Chem. Soc., Dalton Trans., 2002, 2722-2730.
  10. Structural studies on sulfonylbicyclo[n.2.0]alkan-1-ols. Healy, P. C., Loughlin, W. A., McCleary, M. A., Pierens, G. K. and Rowen, C. C., J. Phys. Org. Chem., 2002, 15, 733-741.