Susan Bourne

Susan Bourne is Professor of Physical Chemistry at the University of Cape Town.  After her PhD, under the supervision of Luigi Nassimbeni at the University of Cape Town, she carried out post-doctoral research with Bill Watson in Texas, USA.   She joined the Chemistry Department at the University of Cape Town where she is now Professor of Physical Chemistry and Director of the Centre for Supramolecular Chemistry Research.  She has served as Head of Department, Deputy Dean, and most recently as interim Dean of the Faculty of Science at the University of Cape Town.

Susan Bourne’s research interests include the application of physicochemical methods to inclusion compounds and crystal engineering of metal-organic materials, all with the aim of correlating solid state structure with physical properties and reactivity. This has resulted in over 150 publications and a number of invitations for presentations at international conferences.  She has supervised more than 20 postgraduate students.

Apart from research, Susan Bourne is active in a range of scientific endeavours.  She is an advisor to the Cape Town Science Centre, which runs educational outreach in local schools.  She has held several offices on national committees for science in South Africa, and served as national representative to the European Crystallographic Association and International Union of Crystallography.  She is currently Chair of the Structural Chemistry Commission of the International Union of Crystallography, and has been appointed as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, a Fellow of the University of Cape Town, and a Fellow of the African Academy of Sciences.

  • Cocrystal and salt forms of an imidazopyridazine antimalarial drug lead.  T.J. Noonan, K. Chibale, P.M. Cheuka, S.A Bourne, M.R. Caira.  J. Pharm. Sci., 2019, 108, 2349-2357.  DOI: 10.1016/j.xphs.2019.02.006
  • Solvatochromism and selective sorption of volatile organic solvents in pyridylbenzoate metal-organic frameworks.  C.A. Ndamyabera, S.C. Zacharias, C.L. Oliver, S.A. Bourne. Chemistry, 2019, 1, 111-125. DOI: 10.3390/chemistry1010009
  • Deconstruction of Crystalline Networks into Underlying Nets: Relevance for Terminology Guidelines and Crystallographic Databases.  C. Bonneau, M. O’Keeffe, D. M. Proserpio, V. A. Blatov, S. R. Batten, S. A. Bourne, M. Soo Lah, J-G. Eon, S. T. Hyde, S. B. Wiggin, L. Öhrström.  Cryst. Growth Des. 2018, 18, 3411-3418. DOI: 10.1021/acs.cgd.8b00126
  • Vapour sorption and solvatochromism in a metal-organic framework of an asymmetric pyridylcarboxylate.  C. N. Dzesse T., E. Nfor, S. A. Bourne, Cryst. Growth Des. 2018, 18, 416-423. DOI: 10.1021/acs.cgd.7b01417
  • Fe(III) protoporphyrin IX encapsulated in a zinc metal-organic framework shows dramatically enhanced peroxidatic activity. N.A. Dare, L. Brammer, S. A. Bourne, T. J. Egan.  Inorg. Chem. 2018, 57, 1171-1183. DOI: 10.1021/acs.inorgchem.7b02612
  • Supramolecular metallogels constructed from carboxylate gelators.  S.C. Zacharias, G. Ramon, S.A. Bourne.  Soft Matter, 2018, 14, 4505-4519. DOI: 10.1039/C8SM00753E
  • Unravelling chromism in Metal-Organic Frameworks.  G. Mehlana, S. A Bourne. CrystEngComm, 2017, 19, 4238-4259. DOI: 10.1039/c7ce00710h
  • A 4-fold interpenetrated diamondoid metal-organic framework with large channels exhibiting solvent sorption properties and high iodine capture.  G. Mehlana, G. Ramon, S.A. Bourne.  Microporous and Mesoporous Materials, 2016, 231, 21-30.  DOI: 10.1016/j.micromeso.2016.05.016

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