Research Network for Metals in Medicine



Dr Mark Riley

Position: Senior Lecturer, Chemistry

Affiliation: Department of Chemistry, The University of Queensland

Postal Address:
Department of Chemistry
School of Molecular and Microbial Science
The University of Queensland
Brisbane, Queensland 4072

Phone: +61 (07) 3365 3932
Fax: +61 (07) 3365 4299

Research Profile

The research interests of the Riley group are centred on probing the electronic structure and bonding of inorganic complexes. This covers a very broad range of experimental and theoretical techniques. Molecular spectroscopy is capable of providing information about both the electronic structure and bonding in both the ground and excited electronic states.

Some of the experimental techniques used are:
low temperature (10K) polarised single crystal absorption (UV-Vis-IR), circular dichroic, Stark, time resolved fluorescence, excitation and Raman spectroscopies.

Selected Publications

  1. E. Martins, S.L. Baldochi, S.P. Morato, N.D. Vieira Jr., A. Luci, M. Casalboni, U.M. Grassano, G. Baldacchini, M. Cremona, R.M. Montereali, E. Krausz and M. Riley, "Fine structure of the absorption and emission spectra of Ni2+-ions in BaLiF3."Radiation Effects and Defects in Solids, 1995, 135, 15-18.
  2. M.J. Riley and A. Furlan, "The Jahn-Teller and Barnett effects." Chemical Physics, 1996, 210, 389-400.
  3. M.J. Riley, E.R. Krausz, C. Boutchard and M.A. Hitchman, "Observation of a magnetic dipole origin in the spectrum of the square planar CuCl42- ion." Chemical Physics Letters, 1996, 254, 403-9.
  4. J. Bebendorf, H.B. Bürgi, E. Gamp, M.A. Hitchman, A. Murphy, D. Reinen, M.J. Riley and H. Stratemeier, "Temperature dependence of the crystal structure and the EPR spectrum of bis(1,3,5-trihydoxycyclohexane)Cu(II) tosylate. A unified interpretation using a model of dynamic vibronic coupling". Inorganic Chemistry, 1996, 35, 7419-29.
  5. T.C. Brunold, H.U. Güdel and M.J. Riley, "Jahn-Teller effect in the ground and excited states of MnO42- doped into Cs2SO4." Journal of Chemical Physics, 1996, 105, 7931-41.
  6. F. Wallimann, H.M. Frey, S. Leutwyler and M.J. Riley, "Isotopically resolved R2PI spectra of Ag3 and calculation of its Jahn-Teller effects". Zeitscrift Physik D, 1997, 40, 30-35.
  7. L. Dubicki and M.J. Riley, "Paramagnetism of caesium titanium alum". Journal of Chemical Physics, 1997, 106, 1669-75.
  8. C.R. Wilson, M.J. Riley, D. Wang and G. Hanson, "Electron paramagnetic resonance of Ni(II) doped tris(ethylenediamine)zinc(II) dinitrate." Chemical Physics, 1997,
  9. 217, 63-70.
  10. D. Neill, M.J. Riley and C.H.L. Kennard, "Tris(ethylenediamine-N,N') zinc(II) dinitrate." Acta Crystallographica C, 1997, 53, 701-3.
  11. M.J. Riley, "The effects of d-s mixing in low symmetry transition metal complexes." Inorganica Chimica Acta, 1998, 268, 55-62.
  12. V.M. Masters, M.J. Riley and M.A. Hitchman, "Sharp vibronic spectra of Cu(II) doped Cs2ZrCl6." Chemical Physics Letters, 1998, 288, 743-748.
  13. M.J. Riley, D. Neill, P.V. Bernhardt, C.H.L. Kennard and K. Byriel, "Thermochromism in the CuCl42- ion". Inorganic Chemistry, 1998, 37, 3635-39.
  14. A. Furlan, S. Leutwyler and M.J. Riley, "Coupling of a Jahn-Teller pseudo-rotation with the hindered internal rotation in an isolated molecule: 9-hydroxytriptycene". Journal of Chemical Physics, 1998, 109, 10767-80.
  15. M.J. Riley, E. R. Krausz, N. B. Manson and B. Henderson "Selectively excited luminescence and magnetic circular dichroism of Cr4+-doped YAG and YGG." Physics Review B, 1999, 59, 1850-6.
  16. M.A. Hitchman and M.J. Riley, "Polarised Absorption Spectroscopy." Chapter 4, Inorganic Electronic Structure and Spectroscopy (Vol. I; Methodology), (E. I.Solomon; A. B. P. Lever, Eds), Wiley, 1999, pp 213-58.
  17. V.M. Masters, M.J. Riley and M.A. Hitchman, "EXAFS of a tetragonally compressed Cu(II) ion." Journal of Synchrotron Radiation, 1999, 6, 242-3.
  18. P.V. Bernhardt, B.M. Flanagan and M.J. Riley, "Metal-centred versus ligand-centred luminescence quenching in a macrocyclic copper(II) complex". Journal of the Chemical Society, Dalton Transactions, 1999, 20, 3579-84.


  • Bridgeman and muffle furnaces for single crystal growth.
  • High resolution monochromators: including a McPherson 1 metre.
  • Laser sources: including Ar+, He-Ne, N2, dye and diode.
  • Sensitive detectors: including PMTs, SPAD, CCD camera.
  • Fast electronics: including photon counting, 2 GHz multichannel scaler.

International Linkages

Prof. Hans-Ueli Güdel (University of Berne, Switzerland)
Prof. A. Hauser (Université de Genève, Switzerland)
Dr. M. A. Hitchman (University of Tasmania, Hobart)
Dr. E. R. Krausz, RSC (Australian National University, Canberra)
Dr. Philip Tegenna-Piggot (Universität Bern, Switzerland)