Dr Donald Thomas

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Head NMR, Spectroscopy Lab and Structural Biology Facility

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Within the NMR Facility I have many roles, everything from the development and implementation of new NMR experiments to keeping the systems alive and the computers running. Much of my time is spent training students and researchers in the acquisition and analysis of NMR data. The occasional tutorial for groups of students on NMR theory and practise fills out the days without trouble.

Professional Associations:

Member of Royal Australian Chemical Institute;

Member of Australian and New Zealand Magnetic Resonance Society;


Conference Papers

Koshy P; Choi SK; Adabifiroozjaei E; Gupta S; Sorrell CC; Bucknall M; Thomas D; Rawal A; Jang DM, 2017, 'Effect of Polymer Blending on the Properties of Coal Tars Produced by Pyrolysis', in Zeng Q; Bandyopadhyay S (ed.), Proceedings of iCMEMS Conference 2017, Science, Technology and Management Crest Australia, Sydney, pp. 45 - 50, presented at 1st International Conference on Mineral Engineering and Materials Science (iCMEMS2017), Sydney, 20 November 2017 - 22 November 2017

Journal articles

Zamanipoor MH; Yakufu B; Tse E; Rezaeimotlagh A; Hook JM; Bucknall MP; Thomas DS; Trujillo FJ, 2020, 'Brewing coffee? – Ultra-sonication has clear beneficial effects on the extraction of key volatile aroma components and triglycerides', Ultrasonics Sonochemistry, vol. 60, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ultsonch.2019.104796
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Chew J; Zhu L; Nielsen S; Graber E; Mitchell DRG; Horvat J; Mohammed M; Liu M; van Zwieten L; Donne S; Munroe P; Taherymoosavi S; Pace B; Rawal A; Hook J; Marjo C; Thomas DS; Pan G; Li L; Bian R; McBeath A; Bird M; Thomas T; Husson O; Solaiman Z; Joseph S; Fan X, 2020, 'Biochar-based fertilizer: Supercharging root membrane potential and biomass yield of rice', Science of the Total Environment, vol. 713, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.136431
Rowell KN; Thomas DS; Ball GE; Wakelin LPG, 2020, 'Molecular dynamic simulations of diacridine binding to DNA: Indications that C6 diacridine can bisintercalate spanning two base pairs', Biopolymers, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/bip.23409
Serobian A; Pracey CP; Thomas DS; Denny WA; Ball GE; Wakelin LPG, 2020, 'Structures and dynamics of DNA complexes of the desmethyl analog of the cytotoxin MLN944: Insights into activity when a methyl isn't futile', Journal of Molecular Recognition, vol. 33, pp. e2843 - e2843, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/jmr.2843
Yap JE; Mallo N; Thomas DS; Beves JE; Stenzel MH, 2019, 'Comparing photoswitching of acrylate or methacrylate polymers conjugated with donor-acceptor Stenhouse adducts', Polymer Chemistry, vol. 10, pp. 6515 - 6522, http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/c9py01345h
Shikhov I; Thomas DS; Rawal A; Yao Y; Gizatullin B; Hook JM; Stapf S; Arns C, 2019, 'Application of low-field, 1H/13C high-field solution and solid state NMR for characterisation of oil fractions responsible for wettability change in sandstones', Magnetic Resonance Imaging, vol. 56, pp. 77 - 85, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.mri.2018.10.004
Wu X; Wang P; Turner P; Lewis W; Catal O; Thomas DS; Gale PA, 2019, 'Tetraurea Macrocycles: Aggregation-Driven Binding of Chloride in Aqueous Solutions', Chem, vol. 5, pp. 1210 - 1222, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.chempr.2019.02.023
Yuan C; Thomas DS; Hook JM; Qin G; Qi K; Zhao J, 2019, 'Molecular Encapsulation of Eucalyptus staigeriana Essential Oil by Forming Inclusion Complexes with Hydroxypropyl-β-Cyclodextrin', Food and Bioprocess Technology, vol. 12, pp. 1264 - 1272, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11947-019-02291-1
Shikhov I; Thomas DS; Arns CH, 2019, 'On the Optimum Aging Time: Magnetic Resonance Study of Asphaltene Adsorption Dynamics in Sandstone Rock', Energy and Fuels, vol. 33, pp. 8184 - 8201, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.energyfuels.9b01609
Huang Z; Noble BB; Corrigan N; Chu Y; Satoh K; Thomas DS; Hawker CJ; Moad G; Kamigaito M; Coote ML; Boyer C; Xu J, 2018, 'Discrete and Stereospecific Oligomers Prepared by Sequential and Alternating Single Unit Monomer Insertion', Journal of the American Chemical Society, vol. 140, pp. 13392 - 13406, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/jacs.8b08386
Aboutanios E; Thomas DS; Hook JM; Cobas C, 2017, 'LocMAP: A new localization method for the parametric processing of high resolution NMR data', Journal of Magnetic Resonance, vol. 282, pp. 62 - 70, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jmr.2017.06.013
Ye S; Aboutanios E; Thomas DS; Hook JM, 2017, 'Localised high resolution spectral estimator for resolving superimposed peaks in NMR signals', Signal Processing, vol. 130, pp. 343 - 354, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.sigpro.2016.07.024
Oliver S; Jofri A; Thomas DS; Vittorio O; Kavallaris M; Boyer C, 2017, 'Tuneable catechin functionalisation of carbohydrate polymers', Carbohydrate Polymers, vol. 169, pp. 480 - 494, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.carbpol.2017.04.032
Achanta L; Rae C, 2017, 'β-Hydroxybutyrate in the Brain: One Molecule, Multiple Mechanisms', Neurochemical Research, vol. 42, pp. 35 - 49, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11064-016-2099-2
Wuest KNR; Lu H; Thomas DS; Goldmann AS; Stenzel MH; Barner-Kowollik C, 2017, 'Fluorescent Glyco Single-Chain Nanoparticle-Decorated Nanodiamonds', ACS Macro Letters, vol. 6, pp. 1168 - 1174, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acsmacrolett.7b00659
Achanta LB; Rowlands BD; Thomas DS; Housley GD; Rae CD, 2017, 'β-Hydroxybutyrate Boosts Mitochondrial and Neuronal Metabolism but is not Preferred Over Glucose Under Activated Conditions', Neurochemical Research, vol. 42, pp. 1710 - 1723, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11064-017-2228-6
Ganda S; Jiang Y; Thomas DS; Eliezar J; Stenzel MH, 2016, 'Biodegradable Glycopolymeric Micelles Obtained by RAFT-controlled Radical Ring-Opening Polymerization', Macromolecules, vol. 49, pp. 4136 - 4146, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.macromol.6b00266
Oliver S; Thomas DS; Kavallaris M; Vittorio O; Boyer C, 2016, 'Efficient functionalisation of dextran-aldehyde with catechin: potential applications in the treatment of cancer', Polymer Chemistry, vol. 7, pp. 2542 - 2552, http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/C6PY00228E
Kaakoush NO; Thomas DS; Ruzayqat MM; Lynch D; Leach ST; Lemberg DA; Day AS; Mitchell HM, 2016, 'Campylobacter concisus utilizes blood but not short chain fatty acids despite showing associations with firmicutes taxa', Microbiology (United Kingdom), vol. 162, pp. 1388 - 1397, http://dx.doi.org/10.1099/mic.0.000328
Butler BJ; Thomas DS; Hook JM; Harper JB, 2016, 'NMR spectroscopy to follow reaction progress in ionic liquids', Magnetic Resonance in Chemistry, vol. 54, pp. 423 - 428, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/mrc.4161
Callari M; Thomas DS; Stenzel MH, 2016, 'The dual-role of Pt(iv) complexes as active drug and crosslinker for micelles based on β-cyclodextrin grafted polymer', Journal of Materials Chemistry B, vol. 4, pp. 2114 - 2123, http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/c5tb02429c
Rowlands BD; Lau CL; Ryall JG; Thomas DS; Klugmann M; Beart PM; Rae CD, 2015, 'Silent information regulator 1 modulator resveratrol increases brain lactate production and inhibits mitochondrial metabolism, whereas SRT1720 increases oxidative metabolism', Journal of Neuroscience Research, vol. 93, pp. 1147 - 1156, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/jnr.23570
George SRD; Frith TDH; Thomas DS; Harper JB, 2015, 'Putting corannulene in its place. Reactivity studies comparing corannulene with other aromatic hydrocarbons', Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry, vol. 13, pp. 9035 - 9041, http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/c5ob01215e
Moniodis JJ; Thomas DS; Davies MS; Berners-Price SJ; Farrell NP, 2015, 'Competitive formation of DNA linkage isomers by a trinuclear platinum complex and the influence of pre-association', Dalton Transactions, vol. 44, pp. 3583 - 3593, http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/c4dt02942a
Hu XG; Thomas DS; Griffith R; Hunter L, 2014, 'Stereoselective fluorination alters the geometry of a cyclic peptide: Exploration of backbone-fluorinated analogues of unguisin a', Angewandte Chemie - International Edition, vol. 53, pp. 6176 - 6179, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/anie.201403071
Serobian A; Thomas DS; Ball GE; Denny WA; Wakelin LPG, 2014, 'The solution structure of bis(phenazine-1-carboxamide)-DNA complexes: MLN 944 binding corrected and extended', Biopolymers, vol. 101, pp. 1099 - 1113, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/bip.22513
Davies E; Huang Y; Harper JB; Hook JM; Thomas DS; Burgar IM; Lillford PJ, 2010, 'Dynamics of water in agar gels studied using low and high resolution 1H NMR spectroscopy', International Journal of Food Science and Technology, vol. 45, pp. 2502 - 2507, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2621.2010.02448.x
Ruhayel RA; Corry B; Braun CJ; Thomas DS; Berners-Price SJ; Farrell NP, 2010, 'Determination of the kinetic profile of a dinuclear platinum anticancer complex in the presence of sulfate: Introducing a new tool for the expedited analysis of 2D [1H,15N] HSQC NMR spectra', Inorganic Chemistry, vol. 49, pp. 10815 - 10819, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/ic100576k
Cubo L; Quiroga AG; Zhang J; Thomas DS; Carnero A; Navarro-Ranninger C; Berners-Price SJ, 2009, 'Influence of amine ligands on the aquation and cytotoxicity of trans-diamine platinum(II) anticancer complexes', Dalton Transactions, pp. 3457 - 3466, http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/b819301k
Cubo L; Thomas DS; Zhang J; Quiroga AG; Navarro-Ranninger C; Berners-Price SJ, 2009, '[1H,15N] NMR studies of the aquation of cis-diamine platinum(II) complexes', Inorganica Chimica Acta, vol. 362, pp. 1022 - 1026, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ica.2008.03.117
Zhang J; Thomas DS; Berners-Price SJ; Farrell N, 2008, 'Effects of geometric isomerism and anions on the kinetics and mechanism of the stepwise formation of long-range DNA interstrand cross-links by dinuclear platinum antitumor complexes.', Chemistry (Weinheim an der Bergstrasse, Germany), vol. 14, pp. 6391 - 6405, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/chem.200800408
Appoh FE; Thomas DS; Kraatz HB, 2006, 'Chirality and encapsulation properties of disubstituted ferrocene-peptide dendrimers', Macromolecules, vol. 39, pp. 5629 - 5638, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/ma060525x
Khan MAK; Thomas DS; Kraatz HB, 2006, 'Reactions of 1-amino-n′-ferrocenemethylcarboxylate with electrophiles: A combined synthetic, electrochemical, and theoretical study', Inorganica Chimica Acta, vol. 359, pp. 3339 - 3344, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ica.2006.04.038
Zhang J; Thomas DS; Davies MS; Berners-Price SJ; Farrell N, 2005, 'Effects of geometric isomerism in dinuclear platinum antitumor complexes on aquation reactions in the presence of perchlorate, acetate and phosphate', Journal of Biological Inorganic Chemistry, vol. 10, pp. 652 - 666, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00775-005-0013-5
Miick SM; Jalali S; Dwyer BP; Havens J; Thomas D; Jimenez MA; Simpson MT; Zile B; Huss KL; Campbell RM, 2005, 'Development of a microplate-based, electrophoretic fluorescent protein kinase A assay: Comparison with filter-binding and fluorescence polarization assay formats', Journal of Biomolecular Screening, vol. 10, pp. 329 - 338, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1087057104272909
Appoh FE; Thomas DS; Kraatz HB, 2005, 'Glutamic acid dendrimers attached to a central ferrocene core: Synthesis and properties', Macromolecules, vol. 38, pp. 7562 - 7570, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/ma050531d
Hegmans A; Berners-Price SJ; Davies MS; Thomas DS; Humphreys AS; Farrell N, 2004, 'Long Range 1,4 and 1,6-Interstrand Cross-Links Formed by a Trinuclear Platinum Complex. Minor Groove Preassociation Affects Kinetics and Mechanism of Cross-Link Formation as Well as Adduct Structure', Journal of the American Chemical Society, vol. 126, pp. 2166 - 2180, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/ja036105u
Berners-Price SJ; Davies MS; Cox JW; Thomas DS; Farrell N, 2003, 'Competitive reactions of interstrand and intrastrand DNA-Pt adducts: A dinuclear-platinum complex preferentially forms a 1,4 -interstrand cross-link rather than a 1,2 intrastrand cross-link on binding to a GG 14-mer duplex', Chemistry - A European Journal, vol. 9, pp. 713 - 725, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/chem.200390080
Yang JM; Bell J; Huang Y; Tirado M; Thomas D; Forster AH; Haigis RW; Swanson PD; Wallace RB; Martinsons B; Krihak M, 2002, 'An integrated, stacked microlaboratory for biological agent detection with DNA and immunoassays', Biosensors and Bioelectronics, vol. 17, pp. 605 - 618, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0956-5663(02)00023-4
Davies MS; Thomas DS; Hegmans A; Berners-Price SJ; Farrell N, 2002, 'Kinetic and equilibria studies of the aquation of the trinuclear platinum phase II anticancer agent [{trans-PtCl(NH3)2}2{μ-trans-Pt(NH 3)2(NH2(CH2)6NH 2)2}]4+ (BBR3464)', Inorganic Chemistry, vol. 41, pp. 1101 - 1109, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/ic010851n
Stillman MJ; Thomas D; Trevithick C; Guo X; Siu M, 2000, 'Circular dichroism, kinetic and mass spectrometric studies of copper(I) and mercury(II) binding to metallothionein', Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry, vol. 79, pp. 11 - 19, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0162-0134(99)00174-9
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