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Prof Shane Telfer

Professor in Chemistry

School of Fundamental Sciences

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Prizes and Awards

  • I was awarded the NZ Institute of Chemistry Prize for Excellence in the Chemical Sciences in 2015. - New Zealand Institute of Chemistry (2015)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

We are interested in all aspects of supramolecular chemistry and functional materials, especially those involving  transition metals. We focus on the design of molecule-based materials, implement methods for their synthesis, then investigate their properties.  Molecular design, synthetic chemistry, and materials analysis underpin our research. Our current primary focal points are  metal-organic framework (MOF) 'molecular sponges' that can be used for gas separation, storage and catalysis, and chromophoric transition metal complexes.


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Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Chemical Characterisation of Materials (030301): Chemical Science (030000):
Engineering (090000): Functional Materials (091205):
Inorganic Chemistry (030200): Macromolecular and Materials Chemistry (030300): Macromolecular and Materials Chemistry not elsewhere classified (030399):
Materials Engineering (091200):
Nanochemistry and Supramolecular Chemistry (030302): Synthesis of Materials (030306)

Research Projects

Current Projects

Project Title: Nanocaged Enzymes

Date Range: 2019 - 2021

Funding Body: Royal Society of New Zealand

Project Team:

Project Title: Disruptive technologies from metal-organic frameworks

Date Range: 2017 - 2020

Funding Body: Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

Project Team:

Project Title: Ordered multicomponent Metal-Organic Frameworks

Date Range: 2015 - 2020

Funding Body: Royal Society of New Zealand

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Completed Projects

Project Title: Creating nothing out of something: A route to ultraporous metal-organic frameworks

Date Range: 2011 - 2016

Funding Body: Marsden Fund - Full

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Research Outputs


Yang, H., Chen, X., Chen, W-T., Wang, Q., Cuello, NC., Nafady, A., . . . Ma, S. (2019). Tunable Synthesis of Hollow Metal-Nitrogen-Carbon Capsules for Efficient Oxygen Reduction Catalysis in Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells.. ACS Nano.
[Journal article]Authored by: Telfer, S.
Boonprab, T., Lee, SJ., Telfer, SG., Murray, KS., Phonsri, W., Chastanet, G., . . . Harding, DJ. (2019). First observation of hidden hysteresis in an Fe(III) spin crossover complex.. Angew Chem Int Ed Engl.
[Journal article]Authored by: Telfer, S.
Longley, L., Collins, SM., Li, S., Smales, GJ., Erucar, I., Qiao, A., . . . Bennett, TD. (2019). Flux melting of metal-organic frameworks. Chemical Science. 10(12), 3592-3601
[Journal article]Authored by: Telfer, S.
Qazvini, OT., Babarao, R., Shi, ZL., Zhang, YB., & Telfer, SG. (2019). A Robust Ethane-Trapping Metal-Organic Framework with a High Capacity for Ethylene Purification. Journal of the American Chemical Society. 141(12), 5014-5020
[Journal article]Authored by: Telfer, S.
Widmer, RN., Lampronti, GI., Anzellini, S., Gaillac, R., Farsang, S., Zhou, C., . . . Bennett, TD. (2019). Pressure promoted low-temperature melting of metal–organic frameworks. Nature Materials. 18(4), 370-376
[Journal article]Authored by: Telfer, S.
Tu, B., Diestel, L., Shi, ZL., Bandara, WRLN., Chen, Y., Lin, W., . . . Li, Q. (2019). Harnessing Bottom-Up Self-Assembly To Position Five Distinct Components in an Ordered Porous Framework. Angewandte Chemie - International Edition. 58(16), 5348-5353
[Journal article]Authored by: Telfer, S.
Macreadie, LK., Mensforth, EJ., Babarao, R., Konstas, K., Telfer, SG., Doherty, CM., . . . Hill, MR. (2019). CUB-5: A Contoured Aliphatic Pore Environment in a Cubic Framework with Potential for Benzene Separation Applications. Journal of the American Chemical Society. 141(9), 3828-3832
[Journal article]Authored by: Macreadie, L., Telfer, S.
Zhou, TY., Auer, B., Lee, SJ., & Telfer, SG. (2019). Catalysts Confined in Programmed Framework Pores Enable New Transformations and Tune Reaction Efficiency and Selectivity. Journal of the American Chemical Society. 141(4), 1577-1582
[Journal article]Authored by: Telfer, S.
Alkaş, A., Cornelio, J., & Telfer, SG. (2019). Tritopic Triazatruxene Ligands for Multicomponent Metal-Organic Frameworks. Chemistry - An Asian Journal. 14(8), 1167-1174
[Journal article]Authored by: Telfer, S.
Zhou, C., Longley, L., Krajnc, A., Smales, GJ., Qiao, A., Erucar, I., . . . Bennett, TD. (2018). Metal-organic framework glasses with permanent accessible porosity. Nature Communications. 9(1)
[Journal article]Authored by: Telfer, S.
Cornelio, J., Zhou, TY., Alkaş, A., & Telfer, SG. (2018). Systematic Tuning of the Luminescence Output of Multicomponent Metal-Organic Frameworks. Journal of the American Chemical Society. 140(45), 15470-15476
[Journal article]Authored by: Telfer, S.
Yang, H., Bradley, SJ., Wu, X., Chan, A., Waterhouse, GIN., Nann, T., . . . Telfer, SG. (2018). General Synthetic Strategy for Libraries of Supported Multicomponent Metal Nanoparticles. ACS Nano. 12(5), 4594-4604
[Journal article]Authored by: Telfer, S.
Liu, L., Zhou, TY., & Telfer, SG. (2017). Modulating the performance of an asymmetric organocatalyst by tuning its spatial environment in a metal-organic framework. Journal of the American Chemical Society. 139(39), 13936-13943
[Journal article]Authored by: Telfer, S.
Lee, SJ., Doussot, C., & Telfer, SG. (2017). Architectural Diversity in Multicomponent Metal-Organic Frameworks Constructed from Similar Building Blocks. Crystal Growth and Design. 17(6), 3185-3191
[Journal article]Authored by: Telfer, S.
Yang, H., Bradley, SJ., Chan, A., Waterhouse, GIN., Nann, T., Kruger, PE., . . . Telfer, SG. (2016). Catalytically Active Bimetallic Nanoparticles Supported on Porous Carbon Capsules Derived from Metal-Organic Framework Composites. Journal of the American Chemical Society. 138(36), 11872-11881
[Journal article]Authored by: Telfer, S.
Ferguson, A., Liu, L., Tapperwijn, SJ., Perl, D., Coudert, FX., Van Cleuvenbergen, S., . . . Telfer, SG. (2016). Controlled partial interpenetration in metal-organic frameworks. Nature Chemistry. 8(3), 250-257
[Journal article]Authored by: Telfer, S.
Lee, SJ., Doussot, C., Baux, A., Liu, L., Jameson, GB., Richardson, C., . . . Telfer, SG. (2016). Multicomponent Metal-Organic Frameworks as Defect-Tolerant Materials. Chemistry of Materials. 28(1), 368-375
[Journal article]Authored by: Jameson, G., Telfer, S.
Yang, H., Kruger, PE., & Telfer, SG. (2015). Metal-Organic Framework Nanocrystals as Sacrificial Templates for Hollow and Exceptionally Porous Titania and Composite Materials. Inorganic Chemistry. 54(19), 9483-9490
[Journal article]Authored by: Telfer, S.
Liu, L., & Telfer, SG. (2015). Systematic ligand modulation enhances the moisture stability and gas sorption characteristics of quaternary metal-organic frameworks. Journal of the American Chemical Society. 137(11), 3901-3909
[Journal article]Authored by: Telfer, S.
Liu, L., Konstas, K., Hill, MR., & Telfer, SG. (2013). Programmed pore architectures in modular quaternary metal-organic frameworks. Journal of the American Chemical Society. 135(47), 17731-17734
[Journal article]Authored by: Telfer, S.
Lun, DJ., Waterhouse, GIN., & Telfer, SG. (2011). A general thermolabile protecting group strategy for organocatalytic metal-organic frameworks. Journal of the American Chemical Society. 133(15), 5806-5809
[Journal article]Authored by: Telfer, S.
Deshpande, RK., Minnaar, JL., & Telfer, SG. (2010). Thermolabile groups in metal-organic frameworks: Suppression of network interpenetration, post-synthetic cavity expansion, and protection of reactive functional groups. Angewandte Chemie - International Edition. 49(27), 4598-4602
[Journal article]Authored by: Telfer, S.

Supervision and Teaching

Courses Coordinated

  • 123.203 Inorganic Chemistry and Modelling
  • 123.313 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry

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