Researchers at UCD

Tony Keene

Lecturer/Assistant Professor

School Of Chemistry

Tel: +353 1 7162302


Academic career

2002       BSc (Hons) in Chemistry, University of Southampton, UK

2007       PhD in Chemistry, University of Glasgow, UK

                Postdoctoral Fellow, Universität Bern, Switzerland

2009       Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Sydney, Australia

2012       Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Adelaide, Australia

                Marie Curie International Incoming Fellow, University of Southampton, UK

2014       Research Scientists, EPSRC National Crystallographic Service, University of Southampton, UK

2015       Lecturer in Inorganic Chemistry, University College Dublin, Ireland




Association: Royal Society of Chemistry, Function/Role: Member


Year 2002 Institution: Southampton University
Qualification: BSc Subject:
Year 2007 Institution: University of Glasgow, Scotland
Qualification: PhD Subject:

Outreach Activities

I am the head of the Outreach Team in the School of Chemistry, bringing chemistry to a wide range of audiences of all ages and interests. We have an enthusiastic and experienced team of practitioners and a variety of shows to suit from general interest to specific target topics and audiences. 



Peer Reviewed Journals

McDonald, C., Williams, D.W., Comar, P., Coles, S.J., Keene, T.D., Pitak, M.B., Brechin, E.K., Jones, L.F. (2015) 'Molecular Pac-Man and Tacos: Layered Cu(ii) cages from ligands with high binding site concentrations'. Dalton Transactions, 44 (29):13359-13368. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Hill, M.D., El-Hankari, S., Chiacchia, M., Tizzard, G.J., Coles, S.J., Bradshaw, D., Kitchen, J.A., Keene, T.D. (2015) 'Additive effects in the formation of fluorescent zinc metal-organic frameworks with 5-hydroxyisophthalate'. Crystal Growth and Design, 15 (3):1452-1459. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Zimmermann, I., Keene, T.D., Hauser, J., Decurtins, S., Liu, S.-X. (2014) 'Crystal structures of isotypic poly[bis(benzimidazolium) [tetra-μ-iodido-stannate(II)]] and poly[bis(5,6-difluorobenzimidazolium) [tetra-μ-iodido-stannate(II)]]'. Acta Crystallographica Section E: Structure Reports Online, 70 (10):178-182. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Murphy, M.J., Keene, T.D., Price, J.R., D'Alessandro, D.M., Kepert, C.J. (2014) 'Magnetic and electronic properties of three new hetero-bimetallic coordination frameworks [Ru2(O2CR)4][Au(CN)2] (R=Benzoic Acid, Furan-2-carboxylate, or Thiophen-2-carboxylate)'. Australian Journal of Chemistry, 67 (11):1607-1611. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Keene, T.D., Murphy, M.J., Price, J.R., Sciortino, N.F., Southon, P.D., Kepert, C.J. (2014) 'Multifunctional MOFs through CO2 fixation: A metamagnetic kagome lattice with uniaxial zero thermal expansion and reversible guest sorption'. Dalton Transactions, 43 (39):14766-14771. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Rankine, D., Keene, T.D., Doonan, C.J., Sumby, C.J. (2014) 'Reprogramming kinetic phase control and tailoring pore environments in CoIIand ZnII metal-organic frameworks'. Crystal Growth and Design, 14 (11):5710-5718. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Rankine, D., Keene, T.D., Sumby, C.J., Doonan, C.J. (2013) 'Chelation-driven fluorescence deactivation in three alkali earth metal MOFs containing 2,2⿲-dihydroxybiphenyl-4,4⿲-dicarboxylate'. CrystEngComm, 15 (45):9722-9728. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Keene, T.D., Rankine, D., Evans, J.D., Southon, P.D., Kepert, C.J., Aitken, J.B., Sumby, C.J., Doonan, C.J. (2013) 'Solvent-modified dynamic porosity in chiral 3D kagome frameworks'. Dalton Transactions, 42 (22):7871-7879. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Usov, P.M., Keene, T.D., D'Alessandro, D.M. (2013) 'A comparative study of the structural, optical, and electrochemical properties of squarate-based coordination frameworks'. Australian Journal of Chemistry, 66 (4):429-435. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Keene, T.D., Dalessandro, D.M., Krämer, K.W., Price, J.R., Price, D.J., Decurtins, S., Kepert, C.J. (2012) '[V 16O 38(CN)] 9-: A soluble mixed-valence redox-active building block with strong antiferromagnetic coupling'. Inorganic Chemistry, 51 (17):9192-9199. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Keene, T.D., Hursthouse, M.B., Price, D.J. (2012) 'Recurrent H-bond graph motifs between metal tris-ethylenediamine cations and uncoordinated oxalate anions: Fitting a three pin plug into a two pin socket'. CrystEngComm, 14 (1):116-123. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Keene, T.D., Light, M.E., Hursthouse, M.B., Price, D.J. (2011) 'Structure and magnetism of new hybrid cobalt hydroxide materials built from decorated brucite layers'. Dalton Transactions, 40 (12):2983-2994. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Fessler, G., Zimmermann, I., Glatzel, T., Gnecco, E., Steiner, P., Roth, R., Keene, T.D., Liu, S.-X., Decurtins, S., Meyer, E. (2011) 'Orientation dependent molecular friction on organic layer compound crystals'. Applied Physics Letters, 98 (8). Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Baca, S.G., Filippova, I.G., Keene, T.D., Botezat, O., Malaestean, I.L., Stoeckli-Evans, H., Kravtsov, V.C., Chumacov, I., Liu, S.-X., Decurtins, S. (2011) 'Iron(III)-pivalate-based complexes with tetranuclear Fe 4(μ3-O)28+ cores and n-donor ligands: Formation of cluster and polymeric architectures'. European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry, (3):356-367. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Keene, T.D., Murphy, M.J., Price, J.R., Price, D.J., Kepert, C.J. (2011) 'A new modification of an old framework: Hofmann layers with unusual tetracyanidometallate groups'. Dalton Transactions, 40 (43):11621-11628. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Keene, T.D., Komm, T., Hauser, J., Krämer, K.W. (2011) 'Two-dimensional coordination compounds based on Fe(II) and Co(III) hexacyanometallates with Cu(II)(dien) groups: Structures and magnetic properties'. Inorganica Chimica Acta, 373 (1):100-106. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Keene, T.D., Price, D.J., Kepert, C.J. (2011) 'Laboratory-based separation techniques for insoluble compound mixtures: Methods for the purification of metal-organic framework materials'. Dalton Transactions, 40 (27):7122-7126. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Li, F., Clegg, J.K., D'Alessandro, D.M., Goux-Capes, L., Sciortino, N.F., Keene, T.D., Kepert, C.J. (2011) 'Self-assembled Co(ii) molecular squares incorporating the bridging ligand 4,7-phenanthrolino-5,6:5⿲,6⿲-pyrazine'. Dalton Transactions, 40 (45):12388-12393. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Keene, T.D., Zimmermann, I., Neels, A., Sereda, O., Hauser, J., Bonin, M., Hursthouse, M.B., Price, D.J., Decurtins, S. (2010) 'Heterocyclic amine directed synthesis of metal(ii)-oxalates: Investigating the magnetic properties of two complete series of chains with S=5/2 to S=1/2'. Dalton Transactions, 39 (20):4937-4950. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Keene, T.D., Zimmermann, I., Neels, A., Sereda, O., Hauser, J., Liu, S.-X., Decurtins, S. (2010) 'Crystal engineering of a series of arylammonium copper(II) malonates'. Crystal Growth and Design, 10 (4):1854-1859. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Constable, E.C., Decurtins, S., Housecroft, C.E., Keene, T.D., Palivan, C.G., Price, J.R., Zampese, J.A. (2010) 'Half a grid is better than no grid: Competition between 2,2⿲:6⿲,2⿲⿲-terpyridine and 3,6-di(pyrid-2-yl)pyridazine for copper(ii)'. Dalton Transactions, 39 (9):2337-2343. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Beves, J.E., Constable, E.C., Decurtins, S., Dunphy, E.L., Housecroft, C.E., Keene, T.D., Neuburger, M., Schaffner, S., Zampese, J.A. (2009) 'Structural diversity in the reactions of 4⿲-(pyridyl)-2,2⿲: 6⿲,2⿳-terpyridine ligands and bis4⿲-(4-pyridyl)-2,2⿲: 6⿲,2⿳-terpyridineiron(II) with copper(II) salts'. CrystEngComm, 11 (11):2406-2416. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Li, J.-T., Keene, T.D., Cao, D.-K., Decurtins, S., Zheng, L.-M. (2009) '[M(OOCC6H4PO3H)(H2O)] (M(II) Mn, Co, Ni) : LLLayered metal phosphonates showing variable magnetic behavior'. CrystEngComm, 11 (7):1255-1260. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Yi, C., Blum, C., Liu, S.-X., Keene, T.D., Frei, G., Neels, A., Decurtins, S. (2009) 'Isolable zwitterionic pyridinio-semiquinone Ï¿-radicals. Mild and efficient single-step access to stable radicals'. Organic Letters, 11 (11):2261-2264. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Keene, T.D., Hursthouse, M.B., Price, D.J. (2009) 'Two-dimensional metal-organic frameworks: A system with competing chelating ligands'. Crystal Growth and Design, 9 (6):2604-2609. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Keene, T.D., Deng, Y.-H., Li, F.-G., Ding, Y.-F., Wu, B., Liu, S.-X., Ambrus, C., Waldmann, O., Decurtins, S., Yang, X.-J. (2009) 'Magnetostructural investigations into an S=1/2 sheet and a tetranuclear butterfly cluster'. Inorganica Chimica Acta, 362 (7):2265-2269. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Baca, S.G., Malaestean, I.L., Keene, T.D., Adams, H., Ward, M.D., Hauser, J., Neels, A., Decurtins, S. (2008) 'One-dimensional manganese coordination polymers composed of polynuclear cluster blocks and polypyridyl linkers: Structures and properties'. Inorganic Chemistry, 47 (23):11108-11119. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Beves, J.E., Constable, E.C., Decurtins, S., Dunphy, E.L., Housecroft, C.E., Keene, T.D., Neuburger, M., Schaffner, S. (2008) 'Homoleptic metal complexes of 4⿲-(5-pyrimidinyl)-2,2⿲:6⿲, 2⿳-terpyridine: Tetrafurcated expanded ligands'. CrystEngComm, 10 (8):986-990. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Wu, J.-C., Liu, S.-X., Keene, T.D., Neels, A., Mereacre, V., Powell, A.K., Decurtins, S. (2008) 'Coordination chemistry of a Ï¿-extended, rigid and redox-active tetrathiafulvalene-fused Schiff-base ligand'. Inorganic Chemistry, 47 (8):3452-3459. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Deng, Y.-H., Liu, J., Wu, B., Ambrus, C., Keene, T.D., Waldmann, O., Liu, S.-X., Decurtins, S., Yang, X.-J. (2008) 'Comparing models for S=1/2 Heisenberg antiferromagnetic chains: The validity of different approaches for describing a one-dimensional coordination polymer, [CuII(HL)2(4,4⿲-bpy)]n· 2nH2O (H2L=3-nitrophthalic acid, bpy=bipyridine)'. European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry, (10):1712-1718. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Shemsi, A.M., Ali, B.E., Ziq, K.A., Morsy, M., Keene, T.D., Decurtins, S., Fettouhi, M. (2007) 'Mixed-ligand platinum and palladium complexes based on dinitrogen chelating ligands and a pyridine bearing the nitronylnitroxide radical'. Inorganic Chemistry Communications, 10 (11):1355-1359. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Keene, T.D., Hursthouse, M.B., Price, D.J. (2004) 'Ferromagnetic coupling in a heptanuclear nickel cluster with a vertex-shared dicubane structure'. New Journal of Chemistry, 28 (5):558-561. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Keene, T.D., Ogilvie, H.R., Hursthouse, M.B., Price, D.J. (2004) 'One-dimensional magnetism in new, layered structures: Piperazine-linked copper and nickel oxalate chains'. European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry, (5):1007-1013. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Keene, T.D., Hursthouse, M.B., Price, D.J. (2004) 'Stabilization of discrete [Cu(C2O4) 2(H2O)2]2- dianions in the solid state by an extensive hydrogen bonded network'. Zeitschrift fur Anorganische und Allgemeine Chemie, 630 (3):350-352. Available Online [DOI] [Details]


Research Interests

My major research themes are molecular magnetism, functional coordination materials and the interplay between the two. I undertake the rational design of coordination polymers and porous metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) to produce materials that can be utilised to detect chemical and physical change using magnetometry. This can give insight into absorption processes in MOFs that is unobtainable using standard gas sorption analysis, allowing us differentiate different processes in the MOF.

I have a strong interest in separation techniques for insoluble materials, allowing purification of product mixtures on a laboratory scale. This enables us to characterise materials where impurity properties would otherwise mask that of the target compounds.

Research Projects

Sponsor : University College Dublin (UCD)
Title : Supramolecular assembly of photomagnetic layer arrays for data storage and spintronics
Start Date / End Date : 01-APR-16 / 30-SEP-17
Sponsor : Royal Society of Chemistry
Title : Researcher Mobility Grant
Start Date / End Date : 09-JUN-16 / 08-JUN-17