Dr Alireza Ariafard

PhD in Computational Inorganic and Organometallic Chemistry
Senior Lecturer
ANU College of Science

Areas of expertise

  • Computational Chemistry 340701
  • Catalysis And Mechanisms Of Reactions 340601
  • Organometallic Chemistry 340209
  • Physical Organic Chemistry 340505

Research interests

My research interest is to use computational tools in order to expand our understanding of chemistry by revealing the mechanistic aspects of organometallic catalysis, as well as bioinorganic and organic reactions. Through this, my aim is to provide novel insights that can be utilized to develop experimental methods, design new catalysts, and provide guidelines for experimentalists to optimize reaction efficiencies.  

My uniqueness in research lies in the field of redox chemistry, with a particular focus on the mechanistic investigation of reactions mediated by hypervalent iodine reagents and other oxidants in the presence and absence of transition metal catalysts. With my expertise in the bonding and reactivity analysis of organic and inorganic molecules, I am well-equipped to make significant contributions to the field of redox chemistry through the use of computational methods. I have played a significant role in uncovering reaction mechanisms in this field and the findings from my work hold great potential for the future development of the field.


Researcher's projects

My group is currently engaged in several projects aimed at comprehending the mechanistic intricacies of transformations catalyzed by transition metal complexes under light or thermal conditions. These investigations primarily involve the utilization of Density Functional Theory (DFT) calculations.  

Available student projects

There are numerous projects available for students who are interested in gaining insights into the role of transition metal complexes in facilitating crucial transformations within the realms of catalysis, synthesis, and bioinorganic chemistry. These projects offer opportunities to explore and understand the mechanisms behind these transformations, uncover novel catalytic pathways, and contribute to advancements in these fields.

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Updated:  19 May 2024 / Responsible Officer:  Director (Research Services Division) / Page Contact:  Researchers