DR Carol Hua

DR Carol Hua


  • Chemistry (Supramolecular chemistry, chirality)



  • Carol completed her undergraduate degree in Advanced Science (Chemistry) from the University of New South Wales in 2011. Her honours project on rhodium, iridium and ruthenium hydroamination catalysts, completed under the supervision of Prof. Barbara Messerle at the University of NSW in 2011, earned her the award of the University Medal in Chemistry. Carol went onto complete her PhD in 2016 under the supervision of A/Prof. Deanna D’Alessandro at the University of Sydney on the development of multifunctional redox-active materials for which she was awarded the 2016 RACI Cornforth Medal for the most outstanding PhD thesis in chemistry. Carol moved abroad to Ireland to complete her postdoctoral studies at the University of Limerick with Prof. Mike Zaworotko working on the development of porous materials as sensors for carbon dioxide and for the storage and delivery of nitrous oxide in biomedical applications. After her time in Ireland, Carol commenced a postdoctoral research position as the Dow Chemical Company Fellow of the American-Australian Association and Endeavour Research Fellow at Northwestern University, USA focusing on stimuli responsive magnetic materials. Carol is currently a McKenzie Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Melbourne.   


Member of

  • Royal Australian Chemical Institute. Chartered Member 2012 -


Selected publications


Additional Grant Information

  • 2016 Endeavour Research Fellowship awarded by the Australian Government for short-term postdoctoral research. 2016 American-Australian Fellowship (Dow Chemical Company Fellow) for advanced research and study in the United States.   


Education and training

  • PhD, University of Sydney 2016
  • BSc, University of New South Wales 2012


Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • I am interested in the design, synthesis and study of inorganic chiral supramolecular compounds such as metal-organic frameworks (MOFs), coordination networks and cages, in particular, utilising the chiral pores present in these compounds for analysis of chiral purity in racemic mixtures of enantiomers. The high degree of tunability of these compounds, where both the metal centre and ligand can be changed (the possibilities are literally infinite!) means the materials can be fine tuned to yield the desired properties. Potential applications of these materials include the chiral elucidation of pharmaceuticals and biological species (e.g. peptides), chiral separations and as heterogenous catalysts. Projects will involve the synthesis of novel ligands and coordination networks and their analysis by x-ray crystallography and solid state NMR. Additional characterisation techniques include thermal gravimetric analysis, electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR), electrochemistry, circular dichroism, solution state NMR and spectroelectrochemical experiments.