Professor Bill Henderson

Team Leader - Chemistry & Applied Physics

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; 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


  • Atiga, Simeon (in progress). ESI-MS targeted synthesis and investigation of new metal complexes of some thiosalicylate analogues.
  • Kaewthong, Aphiwat (in progress). Investigation of the coordination chemistry of thiosulfate and tjiosalicylate ligands via an ESI-MS directed synthesis strategy.
  • Fortney-Zirker, Ryland (in progress). A synthetic exploration by ESI-MS of novel {M2S2} complexes
  • Okpareke, Obinna (in progress). Metal-organic framework materials for various applications.
  • Raymond, Onyekachi (2018). Using electrospray ionisation mass spectrometry to identify new ligands for beryllium complexation.
  • Tang, Haiming (2019). 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].

MSc (Research)

  • Risi, Matthew (in progress).
  • O'Shea, Ben (2018). The preparation of fluorescent fingerprinting powders using 8-Hydroxyquinoline compounds and magnetite.
  • 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


Chemistry; Metals

Recent Publications

  • Tang, H., Saunders, G. C., Raymond, O., Ma, X., & Henderson, W. (2020). Pyrrole thioamide complexes of organo-rhodium(III), -iridium(III) and -ruthenium(II). Inorganica Chimica Acta, 506. doi:10.1016/j.ica.2020.119545

  • Sutton, R. B., & Henderson, W. (2020). The water-solubilisation of the metalloligand [Pt2(μ2-S)2(PPh3)4] using 1,3,5-triaza-7-phospha-adamantane (PTA). Inorganica Chimica Acta, 506. doi:10.1016/j.ica.2020.119557

  • Raymond, O., Henderson, W., Brothers, P. J., & Plieger, P. G. (2020). Coordination chemistry of Be<sup>2+</sup> ions with chelating oxygen donor ligands: Further insights using electrospray mass spectrometry. Zeitschrift fur Naturforschung - Section B Journal of Chemical Sciences, 75(5), 473-482. doi:10.1515/znb-2020-0005

  • Raymond, O., Henderson, W., Lane, J. R., Brothers, P. J., & Plieger, P. G. (2020). An electrospray ionization mass spectrometric study of beryllium chloride solutions and complexes with crown ether and cryptand macrocyclic ligands. Journal of Coordination Chemistry, 16 pages. doi:10.1080/00958972.2020.1718664

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Contact Details

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