Dr Doug Lawes

Technical Officer

Facility: Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Facility
Category: General/Technical Staff
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BSc (Hons) University of New South Wales

PhD (Chemistry) University of New South Wales

Professional Associations

Member of Australian and New Zealand Magnetic Resonance Society


Provide routine maintenance and instrument specification testing. Train and supervise academic staff and students in NMR data acquisition and processing. Assist with facility management and administration.


School of Chemistry, University of New South Wales, Postgraduate research in organometallic chemistry 2001-2008.


Analysis of the Promoted Activity and Molecular Mechanism of Hydrogen Production over Fine Au–Pt Alloyed TiO2 Photocatalysts. Wang F., Jiang Y., Lawes D. J., Ball G. E., Zhou C., Liu Z., Amal R.: ACS Catalysis 2015, 5(7):3924-3931. DOI:

Purity assessment of organic calibration standards using a combination of quantitative NMR and mass balance. Davies S. R., Jones K., Goldys A., Alamgir M., Chan B. K., Elgindy C., Mitchell P. S., Tarrant G. J., Krishnaswami M. R., Luo Y.: Analytical and bioanalytical chemistry 2015, 407(11):3103-3113. DOI:

The Leaf Essential Oil of Eugenia reinwardtiana Growing in Australia. Brophy J. J., Clarkson J. R., Deseo M. A., Ford A. J., Lawes D. J., Leach D. N.: Natural product communications 2015, 10(9):1611-1614. DOI:

An examination of the leaf essential oils of three Eugenia (Myrtaceae) species endemic to New Caledonia. Brophy J. J., Hnawia E., Lawes D. J., Lebouvier N., Nour M.: J Essent Oil Res 2014, 26(2):71-75. DOI: 10.1080/10412905.2013.871671

Observation of a Tungsten Alkane σ-Complex Showing Selective Binding of Methyl Groups Using FTIR and NMR Spectroscopies. Young R. D., Lawes D. J., Hill A. F., Ball G. E.: J Am Chem Soc 2012, 134(20):8294-8297. DOI: 10.1021/ja300281s

Photoinduced N2 loss as a route to long-lived organometallic alkane complexes: A time-resolved IR and NMR study. Calladine J. A., Torres O., Anstey M., Ball G. E., Bergman R. G., Curley J., Duckett S. B., George M. W., Gilson A. I., Lawes D. J. et al: Chem Sci 2010, 1(5):622-630. DOI: 10.1039/c0sc00311e

Lawes D. J.: NMR Spectroscopic Studies of Binding and Exchange in Rhenium Alkane Complexes. UNIVERSITY OF NEW SOUTH WALES SYDNEY; 2008.

A Rhenium–Cyclohexane Complex with Preferential Binding of Axial C-H Bonds: A Probe into the Relative Ability of C-H, C-D, and C-C Bonds as Hyperconjugative Electron Donors? Lawes D. J., Darwish T. A., Clark T., Harper J. B., Ball G. E.: Angewandte Chemie International Edition 2006, 45(27):4486-4490. DOI:

Insight into Binding of Alkanes to Transition Metals from NMR Spectroscopy of Isomeric Pentane and Isotopically Labeled Alkane Complexes. Lawes D. J., Geftakis S., Ball G. E.: J Am Chem Soc 2005, 127(12):4134-4135. DOI: 10.1021/ja044208m

Characterization of an organometallic xenon complex using NMR and IR spectroscopy. Ball G. E., Darwish T. A., Geftakis S., George M. W., Lawes D. J., Portius P., Rourke J. P.: Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 2005, 102(6):1853-1858. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.0406527102

Lawes D. J.: Investigation of Rhenium Complexes as Precursors to the Formation of Long-lived Alkane Complexes: University of New South Wales; 1999.