School of Physical and Chemical Sciences, Te Kura Matū Seminar Series

Tuning the Complexity of Palladium(II) Cages


Dan Preston


Postdoctoral Fellow with Paul Kruger’s group, School of Physical and Chemical Sciences

Time & Place

Wed, 02 May 2018 12:00:00 NZST in Room 531, level 5, West Building

All are welcome


With their well-defined internal cavities, proteins are the machinery Nature uses to carry out its biological work in molecular transport, sequestration, and transformation. Discrete metallosupramolecular architectures are exciting synthetic analogues that have the potential to carry out similar functions. But to realise this promise, chemists need to develop methodologies to tune the character of these cages and endow them with the ability to respond to stimuli,1 and to possess greater structural complexity,2 size,3 and functionality. This seminar will discuss our endeavours in these areas during my PhD studies and beyond.


 Preston Seminar SPCS 20180502 figure 1

  1. D. Preston, A. Fox-Charles, W. K. C. Lo, J. D. Crowley, Chem. Commun. 2015, 51, 9042
  2. D. Preston, J. E. Barnsley, K. C. Gordon, J. D. Crowley, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2016, 138, 10578
  3. D. Preston, J. E. M. Lewis, J. D. Crowley, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2017, 139, 2379



Dan completed his doctoral studies in the Crowley Group at the University of Otago, with whom he afterwards worked as researcher. He has now joined the Kruger Group at the University of Canterbury as a Rutherford Postdoctoral Fellow.