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; 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

  • Soleimani Zohr Shiri, M., Henderson, W., & Mucalo, M. (2019). A review of the lesser-studied microemulsion-based synthesis methodologies used for preparing nanoparticle systems of the noble metals, Os, Re, Ir and Rh. Materials, 12(12). doi:10.3390/ma12121896 Open Access version:

  • Buchner, M. R., Müller, M., Raymond, O., Severinsen, R. J., Nixon, D. J., Henderson, W., . . . Plieger, P. G. (2019). Synthesis of a boronic acid anhydride based ligand and its application in beryllium coordination. European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry, 2019(34), 3863-3868. doi:10.1002/ejic.201900772 Open Access version:

  • Raymond, O., Brothers, P. J., Buchner, M. R., Lane, J. R., Müller, M., Spang, N., . . . Plieger, P. G. (2019). Electrospray ionization mass spectrometric study of the gas-phase coordination chemistry of Be2+ ions with 1,2- and 1,3-diketone ligands. Inorganic Chemistry, 11 pages. doi:10.1021/acs.inorgchem.9b00578

  • Henderson, W., Okpareke, O. C., Azizan, A. H. S., & Tiekink, E. R. T. (2019). [Dicyclohexyl(sulfanylidene)-λ5-phosphanyl]methanol. Molbank, 2019(3), M1069. doi:10.3390/m1069 Open Access version:

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Contact Details

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