Professor Bill Henderson

Professor (Inorganic Chemistry)

Qualifications: B.Sc(Hons) Leicester, Ph.D. Leicester, NSF Postdoctoral Fellow (1988-89) Northwestern University, USA. Senior Research Scientist, Albright & Wilson Ltd, UK (1989-92). Fellow of NZIC; CChem, MRSC, Easterfield Medal (NZIC)

Research Interests

  • Coordination and organometallic chemistry, especially of the platinum group metals and gold
  • Applications of electrospray ionisation mass spectrometry in inorganic chemistry
  • Chemistry of hydroxymethylphosphines
  • Aspects of main group and ferrocene chemistry

Further information on my research interests

Research Supervised


  • Okpareke, Obinna (in progress). Metal-organic framework materials for various applications.
  • Raymond, Onyekachi (in progress). Using electrospray ionisation mass spectrometry to identify new ligands for beryllium complexation.
  • Tang, Haiming (in progress). The chemistry of cycloaurated gold (II) complexes towards N/S ligands.
  • Asamizu, Toshie (2013). Stabilisation effects of ferrocenylalkyl groups on hydrides of heavier main group elements.
  • Oguejiofo, Ujam (2011). An investigation of the multifunctional alkylation chemistry of [Pt2(µ-S)2(PPh3)4].


  • Fortney-Zirker, Ryland (in progress). A synthetic exploration by ESI-MS of novel {M2S2} complexes.

MSc (Research)

  • O'Shea, Ben (in progress).
  • Wyllie, Megan (2015). Applications of Hydroxymethylphosphines.


  • Fortney-Zirker, Ryland (2016). Using ESI-MS to explore the synthesis and reactivity of triphenylphosphine platinum(II) complexes etc.
  • Sim, Sophie (2014). Synthesis of platinum complexes containing bidentate N,O-donor ligands.
  • Spenceley, Jane (2014). Isomerism of complexes containing thiourea dianion ligands.
  • Parnell, Joseph (2011). Lanthanide luminescence and its applications in forensic science.
  • Smith, Tiffany (2012). Synthesis and characterisation of cycloaurated gold (III) complexes with Bidentate (O,O), (N,S) and (S,S) chelating ligands.

Teaching Commitments

Recent Publications

  • Wyllie, M. J., Turner, H., & Henderson, W. (2016). Tris(hydroxymethyl)phosphine, P(CH2OH)3 − A convenient and effective new reagent for the fixation of protein samples for SEM imaging. Micron, 89, 28-33. doi:10.1016/j.micron.2016.06.007

  • Neo, K., Henderson, W., & Hor, T. S. A. (2016). Electrospray ionization mass spectrometry: A useful tool in coordination chemistry. In Journal of Chromatography & Separation Techniques Vol. 7. Conference held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. doi:10.4172/2157-7064.C1.022

  • Smith, T. S., Lane, J. R., Mucalo, M. R., & Henderson, W. (2016). Cycloaurated gold(III) complexes derived from the functionalised catecholate ligands alizarin and 3,4-dihydroxybenzaldehyde. Transition Metal Chemistry, (online), 1-9. doi:10.1007/s11243-016-0056-1

  • Neo, K. -E., Chong, B. -R., Kumar, D., Beh, W. L., Wong, H. L., Wong, R. C. S., . . . Henderson, W. (2016). Cobalt(III) complexes of 1, 10-phenanthroline and N,O-donor ligands: Synthesis, structures and reactivity. In ICCC 2016: 42nd International Conference on Coordination Chemistry. Conference held at Le Quartz Congrès, Brest, France.

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Contact Details

Room: E.3.21
Phone: +64 7 838 4656