Tony D Keene
PhD, BSc (Hons)
- Primary position:
- Marie Curie International Incoming Fellow
Tony Keene graduated with a BSc.(Hons) in Chemistry from the University of Southampton in 2002. His PhD studies were under the direction of Dr Daniel Price, initially at Southampton and then moving to the University of Glasgow, from which he obtained his PhD in 2007 in the area of magnetic coordination polymers. Following this, he moved to the University of Bern in 2007 as a postdoctoral fellow with Prof. Silvio Decurtins, researching a wide range of magnetochemical systems and investigating multifunctional layered materials. In 2009, he began work as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Sydney with Prof. Cameron Kepert in the area of multifunctional metal-organic frameworks (MOFs), followed by a move in 2011 to the University of Adelaide to research porous MOFs.
He returned to Southampton in 2012 as a Marie Curie International Incoming Fellow for a two-year research project into multifunctional magnetic frameworks.
The University of Southampton's electronic library (e-prints)
My research focusses on the design, synthesis and utilisation of multifunctional molecular magnets as probes for properties and phenomena in paramagnetic metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) and other molecular magnets and also for their intrinsic magnetic properties. A major component of this research is the rational design and engineering of MOF architectures to provide the conditions required for the desired magnetic behaviour expected from the framework.
My interest in magnetism allows me to interact with researchers worldwide and in February 2014, I was part of the organising committee for the SANZMAG-1 workshop (Southampton-Australia-New Zealand Workshop on Molecular Magnetism) in Sydney, bringing together investigators in the field from the Australasian region.
An offshoot of MOF research is in the separation of insoluble materials – chromatography, distillation and recrystallisation are rarely your friends in this field, so I have investigated various methods of separating solid mixtures, drawing on techniques from archaeology, chemical industry and the distant past in order to produce pure materials for characterisation.
Primary research group: Molecular Assembly, Function and Structure
I teach a component of CHEM6106 Functional materials, concentrating on techniques for the separation of insoluble materials and an introduction to molecular magnetism.