Research Network for Metals in Medicine



Professor Keith Murray

PhD, Manc. 1966; FRACI

Position: Professor, Inorganic Chemistry

Affiliation: School of Chemistry, Monash University

Postal Address:
School of Chemistry Monash University
PO Box 23, Victoria 3800

Phone: +61 (03) 990 54512
Fax: +61 (03) 990 54597

Research Profile

Professor Murray’s magnetochemical laboratory has, for many years, been an unofficial centre of excellence for his own work and that of many groups in Australasia and overseas. Facilities include a Squid magnetometer (2-400K, 0-5.5T), AC susceptibility (2-400K, 0-7T), Heat capacity attachment. In the nearby Physics Dept he has strong collaborations in EPR and Mössbauer spectroscopies. Collaborations with AG Wedd and GR Hanson on metal protein and enzyme solutions have led to high impact publications in JACS and J Biol Chem. Some significant achievements in recent years include the first nanoporous spin-crossover material, published in Science (paper 271), a new series of metal dicyanamide molecular magnets (paper 288), magnetic coupling in a new FeMn purple acid phosphatase (with Hanson and Schenk, paper 250). Murray’s research work was recognized in 2003 by the award of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute’s Burrows Medal for inorganic chemstry.

Professor Murray’s research interests are in the areas of molecular magnetic materials and paramagnetic metal proteins and model compounds.

  • Synthesis and magnetic properties of molecular magnetic materials of the coordination polymer type and the large cluster type.
  • Synthesis and magnetic properties of spin-crossover molecular switch materials of the small cluster and extended network/nanoporous types (with CJ Kepert, University of Sydney)
  • Magnetic studies of metalloproteins and model compounds

Selected Publications

  1. Dicobalt(II) complexes of a triazolate-containing Schiff-base macrocycle: synthesis, structure and magnetism, U. Beckmann, S. Brooker, C.V. Depree, J.D. Ewing, B. Moubaraki and K.S. Murray, J. Chem. Soc. Dalton Trans., 2003, 1308-1313.
  2. Synthesis, characterization and properties of ternary copper(II) complexes containing reduced Schiff base N-(2-hydroxybenzyl)-a-amino acids and 1,10-phenanthroline, C.T. Yang, B. Moubaraki, K.S. Murray and J.J. Vittal, J. Chem. Soc, Dalton Transactions, 2003, 880-889.
  3. Asymmetry in endogenously bridged binuclear copper(II) and zinc(II) complexes formed by 1,2-bis[1,4,7-triazacyclonon-1-yl]propan-2-ol, F.H. Fry, B. Moubaraki, K.S. Murray, L. Spiccia, M. Warren, B.W. Skelton and A.H. White, J. Chem. Soc. Dalton Trans., 2003, 866-871.
  4. Structure and magnetism of trinuclear and tetranuclear mixed valent manganese clusters from dicyanonitrosomethanide derived ligands, D. J. Price, S.R. Batten, K.J. Berry, B.Moubaraki and K.S. Murray, Polyhedron, 2003, 22, 165-176.
  5. Guest-dependent spin crossover in a nanoporous molecular framework material, G.J.Halder, C.J. Kepert, B. Moubaraki, K.S. Murray and J.D. Cashion, Science, 2002, 298, 1762-1765.
  6. Synthesis, crystal structures and magnetic properties of linear and bent trinuclear complexes formed by hexacyanometallates and copper(II) complexes, R.J. Parker, K.D. Lu, S.R. Batten, B. Moubaraki, K.S. Murray, L. Spiccia, J.D. Cashion, A.D. Rae, A.C. Willis, J. Chem. Soc., Dalton Trans., 2002, 3723-3730.
  7. Synthesis, crystal structures, and magnetic properties of first row transition metal coordination polymers containing dicyanamide and 4,4'-bipyridine, P. Jensen, S.R. Batten, B. Moubaraki and K.S. Murray, J. Chem. Soc. Dalton Trans., 2002, 3712-3722.
  8. Synthesis, molecular structure and magnetic properties of Fe6(m3-O)2(OPri)2(m-OPri)6(O2(Ph)2(m-O2CPh)4, P. Ammala, S.R. Batten, J.D. Cashion, C.M. Kepert, B.Moubaraki, K.S. Murray, L. Spiccia and B.O. West, Inorg. Chim. Acta., 2002, 331, 90-97.
  9. Exchange-coupled high-spin, low-spin and spin-crossover dicobalt(II) complexes of a pyridazine-containing Schiff-base macrocycle: control of cobalt(II) spin state by choice of axial ligands, S. Brooker, D.J. de Geest, R.J. Kelly, P.G. Plieger, B. Moubaraki, K.S.Murray and G.B. Jameson, J. Chem. Soc., Dalton Trans., 2002, 2080-2087.
  10. Crystal structure of h1-benzoato-chloro-tris(1-pyrazolylmethane)-copper(II), C17H15ClCuN6O2, K.A. Van Langenberg, B. Moubaraki, K.S. Murray and E.R.T. Tiekink, Z. Krystallogr. 2002, 217, 223-224.
  11. Crystal structure of trans-bis-thiocyanato-di(bis(pyrazolyl)methane)-copper(II), C16H16CuN10S2, K.A. Van Langenberg, K.S. Murray and E.R.T. Tiekink, Z. Krystallogr. 2002, 217, 221-222.
  12. Crystal structure of bis(h1-benzoato)tris(1-pyrazolyl)methanecopper(II) hydrate, C24H22CuN6O5, B. Moubaraki, K.S. Murray and E.R.T. Tiekink, Z. Krystallogr. 2002, 217, 219-220.
  13. Crystal structure of N,N’-1,3-diamino-2-m-propanolto-bis(salicylidene-amino)-m-pyrazolato-dicopper(II), C20H22Cu2N4O3, S.C. Courtney, K.S. Murray and E.R.T. Tiekink, Z. Krystallogr. 2002, 217, 217-218.
  14. Crystal structure of N,N’-ethylene-bis(1,3-dimethyl-5-pyrazolethiolatoiminomethyl)-copper(II), C14H18CuN6S2, A. la Cour, H. Toftlund, K.S. Murray and E.R.T. Tiekink, Z. Krystallogr. 2002, 217, 215-216.
  15. Structure and magnetism of heptanuclear complexes formed on encapsulation of hexacyanoferrate(II) with the Mn(II) and Ni(II) complexes of 1,4-bis(2-pyridylmethyl)-1,4,7-triazacyclononane, R.J. Parker, L. Spiccia, B. Moubaraki, K.S. Murray, D.C.R. Hockless, A.D. Rae and A.C. Willis, Inorg. Chem., 2002, 41, 2489-2495.
  16. Electrochemical, spectroscopic, structural and magnetic characterization of the reduced and protonated a-Dawson anions in [Fe(h5-C5Me5)2]5HS2Mo18O62].3HCONMe2.2Et2O and [NBu4]5[HS2Mo18O62].2H2O, S. Juraja, T. Vu. P.J.S. Richardt, A.M. Bond, T.J. Cardwell, J.D. Cashion, G.D. Fallon, G. Lazarev, B. Moubaraki, K.S. Murray and A.G. Wedd, Inorg. Chem., 2002, 41, 1072-1078.
  17. Structure and magnetic properties of tri- and hexa-nuclear hydroxo-bridged copper(II) complexes formed by a trimacrocyclic derivative of 1,4,7-triazacyclononane, B. Graham, L. Spiccia, G.D. Fallon, M.T.W. Hearn, F.E. Mabbs, B. Moubaraki and K.S. Murray, J. Chem. Soc., Dalton Trans., 2002, 1226-1232.
  18. Utilization of crown ethers to stabilize the dinuclear m-oxo bridged iron(III) aqua ion, [(H2O)5Fe(m-O)Fe(OH2)5]4+, P.C. Junk, B.J. McCool, B. Moubaraki, K.S. Murray, L. Spiccia, J.D. Cashion and J.W. Steed, J. Chem. Soc., Dalton Trans., 2002, 1024-1029.
  19. New 2D coordination polymers containing both bi- and tri-dentate dicyanamide bridges and intercalated phenazine, A.M. Kutasi, S.R. Batten, B. Moubaraki and K.S. Murray, J. Chem. Soc,. Dalton Trans., 2002, 819-821.
  20. Synthesis, structure and magnetism of a new manganese carboxylate cluster: [Mn16O16(OMe)6(OAc)16(MeOH)3(H2O)3].6H2O, D.J. Price, S.R. Batten, B. Moubaraki and K.S. Murray, Chem. Comm., 2002, 762-763.
  21. Crystal engineering with mercuric chloride, S.R. Batten, A.R. Harris, K.S. Murray and J.P. Smith, Crystal Growth & Design, 2002, 2, 87-89.
  22. Structural and magnetic properties of the coordination polymer Mn(dca)2(H2O)2.2Me4pyz, dca = Dicyanamide (N(CN)2-), Me4pyz = tetramethylpyrazine, A.M. Kutasi, S.R. Batten, A.R. Harris, B. Moubaraki and KS. Murray, Aust. J. Chem., 2002, 55, 311-313.
  23. Structure and magnetism of the ladder-like coordination polymer Co3(dca)2(nic)4(H2O)8.2H2O [dca = dicyanamide anion, N(CN)2-; nic = nicotinate anion], A.M. Kutasi, S.R. Batten, A.R. Harris, B. Moubaraki and K.S. Murray, Cryst. Eng. Comm., 2002, 46, 202–204.
  24. Malleable coordination networks, S.R. Batten and K.S. Murray, Aust. J. Chem., 2001, 54, 605 – 609.


  • DC SQUID (Quantum Design Inc) MPMS5, 1.8-400K, 0-5T
  • AC magnetometer (incl DC) (Quantum Design Inc) PPMS, 1.8-400K, 0-7T
  • Room temperature Faraday balance

International Linkages

S. Brooker, L. Hanton (University of Otago, New Zealand)
J. J. Vittal, L. Y. Goh (University of Singapore)
H. Toftlund, C. J. McKenzie, (University of Southern Denmark)
H. Homborg (University of Kiel, Germany)
P. Kruger, P. Jensen (Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland)