Associate Professor Nicholas White

BSc(Hons) (Otago), DPhil (Oxford)
Associate Professor and ARC Future Fellow
ANU College of Science


Nick was born in the UK, but completed high school and undergrad in New Zealand.  He completed his BSc(Hons) at the University of Otago (in Dunedin, New Zealand), working with Prof. Sally Brooker on the study of transition metal complexes of triazole-based ligands.   He then moved to the University of Oxford to conduct a DPhil with Prof. Paul Beer  looking at the synthesis of catenanes and rotaxanes containing hydrogen- and halogen-bond donors for anion recognition (2009–2013). After this, Nick moved to the University of British Columbia (in beautiful Vancouver, Canada) as a Killam Postdoctoral Research Fellow (2013–2015), investigating the self-assembly of supramolecular materials in Prof. Mark MacLachlan’s group.

Nick was then appointed as a Lecturer at ANU, and took up his position in October 2015. His group works in the area of supramolecular chemistry, and is particularly interested in anions, hydrogen bonding, and self-assembly. Nick teaches coordination chemistry at the first and second-year undergraduate level, and porous materials at third-year.

Outside of chemistry, Nick enjoys nerding out about coffee and listening to music, particularly Bob Dylan and Nick Cave. He loves living in Canberra – Australia’s “bush capital,” as it’s incredibly easy to get out of the city to do outdoorsy things and he is particularly keen on running and bouldering.

Please note grants/publications etc below are likely out of date. More recent information is available through Nick's website:


Projects and Grants

Grants information is drawn from ARIES. To add or update Projects or Grants information please contact your College Research Office.

Return to top

Updated:  21 May 2024 / Responsible Officer:  Director (Research Services Division) / Page Contact:  Researchers