Paul Low

Professor, BSc PhD Adel.

  • The University of Western Australia (M310), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Crawley


  • 5769 Citations
  • 43 h-Index
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Personal profile


Paul was born and raised in Elizabeth, South Australia, which is conveniently half-way between the state capital of Adelaide and the Barossa Valley. He graduated from the University of Adelaide with his B.Sc (Double Major in Chemistry (1992, David Murray Scholarship in Science, G.M. Badger Prize) and B.Sc(Hons) (1993, Rennie Scholarship). He completed his PhD with Michael I. Bruce in 1997 having studied the synthesis and reactions of metal complexes bearing carbon-rich ligands. Paul subsequently moved to Canada to take up a Canadian Government Laboratories Visiting Fellowship at the NRC Steacie Institute for Molecular Sciences with Arthur J. Carty, before moving to Durham to take up a Lectureship in Inorganic Chemistry in 1999. He was promoted to Reader in 2006, awarded an EPSRC Leadership Fellowship in 2009 and promoted to a Chair in 2010. In 2013 he was awarded an ARC Future Fellowship and appointed to a position as Winthrop Professor in the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry at UWA.

Funding overview

2014-2016 ARC Discovery (DP140100855) From the Electronics of Molecules to Molecular Electronics, $400,000

2013/14 Research Collaboration Award, Towards an Australian Centre for Single Molecular Electronic Measurements, $17,000

2012-2016 ARC Future Fellowship (FT120100073) From Beaker to Bit: New Platforms for Molecular Electronics $931,068

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Previous positions

Visiting Professor
Durham University

Teaching overview



  • Organometallic chemistry and molecular electronics

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Ruthenium Chemical Compounds
Metals Chemical Compounds
Ligands Chemical Compounds
Electronic structure Chemical Compounds
ruthenium Physics & Astronomy
Molecular structure Chemical Compounds
Electrons Chemical Compounds
Discrete Fourier transforms Chemical Compounds

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Research Output 1993 2018

  • 5769 Citations
  • 43 h-Index
  • 194 Article
  • 9 Review article
  • 1 Abstract/Meeting Abstract
  • 1 Editorial

A Safe and Simple Synthesis of 1,4-Bis(trimethylsily1) buta-1,3-diyne

Bock, S. & Low, P. J. 2018 In : Australian Journal of Chemistry. 71, 4, p. 307-310 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Iron versus Ruthenium: Clarifying the Electronic Differences between Prototypical Mixed-Valence Organometallic Butadiyndiyl Bridged Molecular Wires

Gueckel, S., Gluyas, J. B. G., El-Tarhuni, S., Sobolev, A. N., Whiteley, M. W., Halet, J-F., Lapinte, C., Kaupp, M. & Low, P. J. 14 May 2018 In : Organometallics. 37, 9, p. 1432-1445 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Rapid and sensitive colorimetric sensing of the insecticide pymetrozine using melamine-modified gold nanoparticles

Kang, J. Y., Zhang, Y. J., Li, X., Dong, C., Liu, H. Y., Miao, L. J., Low, P. J., Gao, Z. X., Hosmane, N. S. & Wu, A. G. 28 Jan 2018 In : Analytical Methods. 10, 4, p. 417-421 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


Understanding the charge transport properties of redox active metal-organic conjugated wires

Bu, D., Xiong, Y., Tan, Y. N., Meng, M., Low, P. J., Kuang, D-B. & Liu, C. Y. 14 Apr 2018 In : Chemical Science. 9, 14, p. 3438-3450 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
4 Citations

All-carbon electrode molecular electronic devices based on Langmuir–Blodgett monolayers

Sangiao, S., Martín, S., González-Orive, A., Magén, C., Low, P. J., De Teresa, J. M. & Cea, P. 17 Feb 2017 In : SMALL. 13, 7, 6 p., 1603207

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Molecular electronics
Equipment and Supplies


Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award

Paul Low (Recipient), 16 Oct 2015

Prize/award: Prize

field of work