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

  • Raymond, O., Henderson, W., Brothers, P. J., & Plieger, P. G. (2018). Electrospray Ionisation Mass Spectrometric (ESI MS) screening and characterisation of beryllium complexes with potentially encapsulating aminopolycarboxylate and related ligands. European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry, (9), 1120-1130. doi:10.1002/ejic.201701435

  • Perera, L. C., Raymond, O., Henderson, W., Brothers, P. J., & Plieger, P. G. (2017). Advances in beryllium coordination chemistry. Coordination Chemistry Reviews, 352, 264-290. doi:10.1016/j.ccr.2017.09.009

  • Fortney-Zirker, R. G., Henderson, W., & Tiekink, E. R. T. (2017). Mixed-chalcogenide diplatinum complexes; an investigation of ligand exchange processes using ESI mass spectrometry. Inorganica Chimica Acta, 462, 83-96. doi:10.1016/j.ica.2017.03.004

  • Tiekink, E. R. T., & Henderson, W. (2017). Coordination chemistry of 3- and 4-mercaptobenzoate ligands: Versatile hydrogen-bonding isomers of the thiosalicylate (2-mercaptobenzoate) ligand. Coordination Chemistry Reviews, 341, 19-52. doi:10.1016/j.ccr.2017.03.025

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Contact Details

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