Dr Jack Clegg

ARC Future Fellow

School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences
Faculty of Science
+61 7 336 54384


I completed my undergraduate studies in Chemistry, History and German at the University of Sydney graduating with a University Medal, before completing a Bachelor of Laws and PhD in Chemistry at the same institution. I made extensive contributions towards university life during that time which was recognised by the award of the Convocation Medal. During the same period, I spent time on the board of the Australian Youth Orchestra and a regional Credit Union in NSW. I then spent two years on a prestigious Marie Curie Fellowship at the University of Cambridge where I was also a Director of Studies at Emmanuel College. I returned to Australia to join The University of Queensland in 2012.

Research Impacts

My research is in the field of metallo-supramolecular chemistry and bridges the traditional fields of organic and inorganic chemistry. I use a self-assembly approach and by combing the inherent physical and chemical properties of metals with organic (ligand) components I can design and synthesis new materials with central cavities that are capable of selectively binding smaller molecules. The resulting nanoscale structures can be either discrete or polymeric (framework) in nature. The potential applications for these compounds are diverse including drug delivery, catalysis, sequestration, separation and gas storage. Many of my compounds are characterised by X-ray diffraction methods.


  • Graduate Certificate in Higher Education, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Liberal Studies (Honours), The University of Sydney
  • Bachelor of Laws, The University of Sydney
  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Sydney


  • Craze, Alexander R, Huang, Xin-Da, Etchells, Isaac, Zheng, Li-Min, Bhadbhade, Mohan M, Marjo, Christopher E, Clegg, Jack K, Moore, Evan G, Avdeev, Maxim, Lindoy, Leonard F and Li, Feng (2017) Synthesis and characterisation of new tripodal lanthanide complexes and investigation of their optical and magnetic properties.. Dalton transactions (Cambridge, England : 2003), 46 36: 12177-12184. doi:10.1039/c7dt02556d

  • Clegg, Jack K., Brock, Aidan J., Jolliffe, Katrina A., Lindoy, Leonard F., Parsons, Simon, Tasker, Peter A. and White, Fraser J. (2017) Reversible pressure-controlled depolymerization of a copper(II)-containing coordination polymer. Chemistry-A European Journal, 23 51: 12480-12483. doi:10.1002/chem.201703115

  • Li, Li, Neville, Suzanne M., Craze, Alexander R., Clegg, Jack K., Sciortino, Natasha F., Arachchige, Kasun S. Athukorala, Mustonen, Outi, Marjo, Christopher E., McRae, Christopher R., Kepert, Cameron J., Lindoy, Leonard F., Aldrich-Wright, Janice R. and Li, Feng (2017) Spin-state patterning in an iron(II) tripodal spin-crossover complex. ACS Omega, 2 7: 3349-3353. doi:10.1021/acsomega.7b00630

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Book Chapter

  • Brock, Aidan J., Al-Fayaad, Hydar, Pfrunder, Michael C. and Clegg, Jack K. (2017). Functional metallo-supramolecular polyhedral capsules and cages. In Rahul Banerjee (Ed.), Functional supramolecular materials: from surfaces to MOFs (pp. 325-387) Cambridge, United Kingdom: RSC Books. doi:10.1039/9781788010276-00325

  • Clegg, Jack K. and McMurtrie, John C. (2016). Chiral metallosupramolecular polyhedra. In F. Richard Keene (Ed.), Chirality in supramolecular assemblies: causes and consequences (pp. 218-256) Chichester, West Sussex, United States: Wiley. doi:10.1002/9781118867334.ch8

  • Lindoy, Leonard F., Richardson, Christopher and Clegg, Jack K. (2012). Bioinspired self-assembly I: self-assembled structures. In Gerhard F. Swiegers (Ed.), Bioinspiration and biomimicry in chemistry: reverse-engineering nature (pp. 17-46) Hoboken NJ, United States: Wiley. doi:10.1002/9781118310083.ch2

  • Clegg, Jack Kay and Lindoy, Leonard F. (2012). Template synthesis. In Kristin Bowman-James, Antonio Bianchi and Enrique García-Espana (Ed.), Anion coordination chemistry (pp. 289-320) Weinheim, Gemany: Wiley-VCH.

Journal Article

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Master Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

Completed Supervision