Current Team Members

Ada Fang

Current: BSc (Honours) (2021)


  • Ada has a Bachelor of Advanced Science majoring in computer science and chemistry. She is investigating metal-organic frameworks with multifunctional photo-mechano-electrochemical photocyclisation behaviour and is studying structural changes in these materials under high pressure. Ada has previously interned with Google.

Xiaochen Fu

Current: Ph.D. (2019-present)


  • Xiaochen holds an M.Sc. from Newcastle University, UK (2012) and a B.Sc. (Appl. Sci.) from the North College of Beijing University of Chemical Technology, China (2009). He worked in industry for the Chinese Academy of Fishery Sciences (2013-2019) before beginning his Ph.D. He is investigating fundamental properties of redox-active MOFs and their application in electrochemical biosensors, with particular attention on the electrochemical detection of pollutants and electrocatalytic mechanisms (including glucose biosensing).

Qinyi Gu

Current: Ph.D. (2019-present)


  • Qinyi has a Bachelors in Science from Shanghai University, China, and Honours (Class I) in Science (Chemistry) from the University of Sydney. She is researching the design and synthesis of redox-active MOFs, focusing on their catalytic and electronic conductive properties. Qinyi is currently located in Nanjing University, China, with Professor Jinglin Zuo's research group.

Lyndon Hall

Current: Ph.D. (2020-present)


  • Lyndon gained his Bachelor of Science with Honours (Class I, University Medal, 2019) in Chemistry from the University of Sydney working on multifunctional photoactive MOFs. His Ph.D. is jointly supervised by A/Prof. Girish Lakhwani on the synthesis and characterisation of chiral MOFs for Nonlinear Optics and All Optical devices.

Eleanor Kearns

Current: Ph.D. (2019-present)


  • Eleanor hails from the north island of New Zealand where she obtained her Bachelor of Science with Honours in Chemistry from the University of Auckland (2018). Her Ph.D. is unravelling the structure activity relationships for photo-mechano-electrochemically active multi-stimuli responsive MOFs as well as 3D printing of MOFs in collaboration with Sothern Green Gas. Eleanor is also passionate about martial arts and holds a black belt in Seido.

Harrison Moore

Current: Ph.D. (2019-present)


  • Harrison completed his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Chemistry with Honours (Class I) in Chemistry at the University of Sydney. His Ph.D. (co-supervised by Emeritus Prof. Peter Lay) investigates novel extended materials incorporating 2nd and 3rd row transition metals with a mind to producing electroactive, conductive and charge-transfer capable systems. Harrison is also a passionate musician and is in Sydney-based art-rock/shoegaze band Nyanza.

Ryan Pratt

Current: BSc (Honours) (2021)


  • Ryan completed his Bachelor of Science in Physics and Chemistry in 2020 and is currently completing his Honours in Chemitry investigating the fundamental science behind conductivity in Metal-Organic Frameworks, en route to potential superconducting properties.

Dr Martin van Koeverden

Current: Postdoc (2021-present)


  • Martin holds Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Engineering (Honours Class I) (2010), M.Phil. (Engineering) (2015) and Ph.D. (Chemistry) (2021) degrees from the University of Melbourne. His M.Phil. was conducted with Prof. Frank Caruso and his Ph.D. with Professors Brendan Abrahams and Richard Robson on novel anionic tetraoxolene MOFs. Martin is currently working on the development of superconducting frameworks.

Sam Wenger

Current: Ph.D. (2021-present)


Hunter Windsor

Current: Ph.D. (2018-present)


  • Hunter holds a Bachelor of Science with Honours (Class I) in Chemistry from the University of Sydney. His project is jointly supervised by Prof. Cameron Kepert and investigates electronic switching in halogen bonded spin crossover frameworks comprised of benzothiadiazole and related heterocyclic and heteroannulated derivatives.