Dr Anthony Day

+61 2 6268 8972
+61 2 6268 8017

LOCATION

Room 220 PEMS North (Bldg 22)School of Physical, Environmental and Mathematical Sciences, UNSW Canberra, Australian Defence Force Academy, PO Box 7916, Canberra BC ACT 2610, AUSTRALIA

  • ABOUT
  • PUBLICATIONS

Dr. Anthony Day, began his career at the Australian National University in the 1980’s engaged in ‘Organoironcarbonyl’ chemistry in the laboratory of Prof Arthur Birch, completed his PhD under the supervision of Prof Rodney Rickards ‘Synthetic aspects of ansamycin antibiotics’. Then undertook a postdoctoral position in the laboratory of Prof Guy Ourisson at the University of Strasbourg (at that time – Université de Louis Pasteur) ‘Micelle synthesis and their stability’, returned to Australia at UNSW in Canberra to the laboratory of Prof Richard Russell. In 1989 went into private business. Returning to research in the late 90’s at UNSW in Canberra, then began developing primary interest in supramolecular chemistry and macrocyclic chemistry to the present.

He is a principal developer in the world for the family of macrocyclic host molecules known as cucurbit[n]uril and maintains a significant international research presence in the chemistry of these molecules. He holds international patents as the inventor of the family of cucurbit[n]uril and additional international patents on the families of cucurbit[n]uril derivatives. His research focuses on applications involving the use of cucurbit[n]uril and their derivatives and has a particular interest in developing drug delivery applications. However, as a synthetic chemist he has also developed methods for the preparation of cucurbit[n]uril derivatives for the purpose of extending applications for drug delivery and other potential applications more broadly.

 

Research

For Future Research Students: Ph.D. scholarships ($35,000 per year) are available for high achieving students (with H1 /High Distinction in UG and Masters by Research) in Chemistry

 

Book Chapters

Day AI; Collins JG, 2012, 'Cucurbituril Receptors and Drug Delivery', in Gale PA; Steed JW (ed.), Supramolecular Chemistry: From Molecules to Nanomaterials, edn. Original, John Wiley & Sons, Chichester, UK, pp. 983 - 1000

Journal articles

Wu W; Cronin MP; Wallace L; Day AI, 2018, 'An Exploration of Induced Supramolecular Chirality Through Association of Chiral Ammonium Ions and Tartrates with the Achiral Host Cucurbit[7]uril', Israel Journal of Chemistry, vol. 58, pp. 479 - 486, 10.1002/ijch.201700112

Alrawashdeh LR; Cronin MP; Day AI; Wallace L; Woodward CE, 2018, 'Modelling the luminescence of iridium cyclometalated complexes encapsulated in cucurbituril', Analyst, vol. 143, pp. 519 - 527, 10.1039/c7an01632h

Wu WJ; Wu F; Day AI, 2017, 'Molecular Snuggle and Stretch of a Tetraammonium Chain in the Construction of a Hetero-[4]pseudorotaxane with CyclopentanoQ[6] and Classical Q[7]', Journal of Organic Chemistry, vol. 82, pp. 5507 - 5515, 10.1021/acs.joc.6b02813

Konda SK; Maliki R; McGrath S; Parker BS; Robinson T; Spurling A; Cheong A; Lock P; Pigram PJ; Phillips DR, 2017, 'Encapsulation of Mitoxantrone within Cucurbit[8]uril Decreases Toxicity and Enhances Survival in a Mouse Model of Cancer', ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters, vol. 8, pp. 538 - 542, 10.1021/acsmedchemlett.7b00090

Li F; Gorle AK; Ranson M; Vine KL; Kinobe R; Feterl M; Warner JM; Keene FR; Collins JG; Day AI, 2017, 'Probing the pharmacokinetics of cucurbit[7, 8 and 10]uril: And a dinuclear ruthenium antimicrobial complex encapsulated in cucurbit[10]uril', Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry, vol. 15, pp. 4172 - 4179, 10.1039/c7ob00724h

Zhao Y; Mandadapu V; Iranmanesh H; Beves JE; Day AI, 2017, 'The Inheritance Angle: A Determinant for the Number of Members in the Substituted Cucurbit[n]uril Family', Organic Letters, vol. 19, pp. 4034 - 4037, 10.1021/acs.orglett.7b01786

Li X; Heimann K; Li F; Warner JM; Richard Keene F; Grant Collins J, 2016, 'Dinuclear ruthenium(II) complexes containing one inert metal centre and one coordinatively-labile metal centre: Syntheses and biological activities', Dalton Transactions, vol. 45, pp. 4017 - 4029, 10.1039/c5dt04885k

Alrawashdeh LR; Cronin MP; Woodward CE; Day AI; Wallace L, 2016, 'Iridium Cyclometalated Complexes in Host-Guest Chemistry: A Strategy for Maximizing Quantum Yield in Aqueous Media', Inorganic Chemistry, vol. 55, pp. 6759 - 6769, 10.1021/acs.inorgchem.6b01037

Li X; Heimann K; Dinh XT; Keene FR; Collins JG, 2016, 'Biological processing of dinuclear ruthenium complexes in eukaryotic cells', Molecular BioSystems, vol. 12, pp. 3032 - 3045, 10.1039/c6mb00431h

Sigwalt D; Moncelet D; Falcinelli S; Mandadapu V; Zavalij PY; Day A; Briken V; Isaacs L, 2016, 'Acyclic Cucurbit[n]uril-Type Molecular Containers: Influence of Linker Length on Their Function as Solubilizing Agents', ChemMedChem, vol. 11, pp. 980 - 989, 10.1002/cmdc.201600090

Bali MS; Armitt D; Wallace L; Day AI, 2015, 'Rapid degradation of cyclic peroxides by titanium and antimony chlorides', Dalton Transactions, vol. 44, pp. 6775 - 6783, 10.1039/c5dt00200a

Bali MS; Wallace L; Day AI; Armitt D, 2014, 'Cyclic pentanone peroxide: Sensitiveness and suitability as a model for triacetone triperoxide', Journal of Forensic Sciences, 10.1111/1556-4029.12439

Mandadapu V; Wu F; Day AI, 2014, 'Fe(OTf) versus Bi(OTf) as Mild Catalysts in Epoxide Oxidative Ring-Opening, Urea α-Diketone Condensation, and Glycoluril Diether Synthesis', Organic Letters, vol. 16, pp. 1275 - 1277, 10.1021/ol5000428

Mandadapu V; Day AI; Ghanem A, 2014, 'Cucurbituril: Chiral Applications', Chirality, pp. n/a - n/a, 10.1002/chir.22363

Day AI, 2014, 'Editorial : Cucurbit[n]uril', Supramolecular Chemistry, vol. 26, pp. 631 - 631, 10.1080/10610278.2014.947824

Kumar CP; Wu F; Woodward CE; Day AI, 2014, 'The influence of equatorial substitution and K+ ion concentration: An encapsulation study of CH4, CH3F, CH3Cl, CH2F2 and CF4, in Q[5], CyP5Q[5] and a CyP5Q[5]-carboxylate derivative', Supramolecular Chemistry, vol. 26, pp. 670 - 676, 10.1080/10610278.2014.936866

Kumar CP; Wu F; Woodward CE; Day AI, 2014, 'The influence of equatorial substitution and K+ion concentration: An encapsulation study of CH4, CH3F, CH3Cl, CH2F2and CF4,', Supramolecular Chemistry, vol. 26, pp. 670 - 676, 10.1080/10610278.2014.936866

Day AI, 2014, 'Cucurbit[n]uril', Supramolecular Chemistry, vol. 26, pp. 631, 10.1080/10610278.2014.947824

Li F; Feterl M; Warner JM; Day AI; Keene FR; Collins JG, 2013, 'Protein binding by dinuclear polypyridyl ruthenium(ii) complexes and the effect of cucurbit[10]uril encapsulation', Dalton Transactions, vol. 42, pp. 8868 - 8877, 10.1039/c3dt50551k

Alrawashdeh LR; Day AI; Wallace L, 2013, 'Strong enhancement of luminescence from an iridium polypyridyl complex via encapsulation in cucurbituril', Dalton Transactions, vol. 42, pp. 16478 - 16481, 10.1039/c3dt51836a

Wu F; Mandadapu V; Day AI; wu F, 2013, 'Bi(OTf)-a mild catalyst for the synthesis of difficult to obtain C-alkyl substituted glycolurils', Tetrahedron, 10.1016/j.tet.2013.09.071

Wu F; Wu LH; Xiao X; Zhang YQ; Xue SF; Tao Z; Day AI, 2012, 'Locating the cyclopentano cousins of the cucurbit[n]uril family', Journal of Organic Chemistry, vol. 77, pp. 606 - 611, 10.1021/jo2021778

Day AI; Xiao X; Zhang YQ; Zhu QJ; Xue SF; Tao Z, 2011, 'Substituted cucurbit[n]uril rings, catenanes and channels', Journal of Inclusion Phenomena and Macrocyclic Chemistry, vol. 71, pp. 281 - 286, 10.1007/s10847-011-9989-3

Feng X; Chen K; Zhang YQ; Xue SF; Zhu QJ; Tao Z; Day AI, 2011, 'Stable cucurbit[5]uril MOF structures as 'beaded' rings built on a p-hydroxybenzoic acid template - A small molecule absorption material', CrystEngComm, vol. 13, pp. 5049 - 5051, 10.1039/c1ce05051f

Woodward CE; Forsman J, 2011, 'Analytical theory of ideal polydisperse polymers at interfaces', Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, vol. 13, pp. 5764 - 5770, 10.1039/c0cp01239d

Zhao Y; Pourgholami MH; Morris DL; Collins JG; Day AI, 2010, 'Enhanced cytotoxicity of benzimidazole carbamate derivatives and solubilisation by encapsulation in cucurbit[n]uril', Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry, vol. 8, pp. 3328 - 3337, 10.1039/c003732j

Pisani MJ; Zhao Y; Wallace L; Woodward CE; Keene FR; Day AI; Collins JG, 2010, 'Cucurbit[10]uril binding of dinuclear platinum(II) and ruthenium(II) complexes: Association/dissociation rates from seconds to hours', Dalton Transactions, vol. 39, pp. 2078 - 2086, 10.1039/b921172a

Uzunova VD; Cullinane C; Brix K; Nau WM; Day AI, 2010, 'Toxicity of cucurbit[7]uril and cucurbit[8]uril: An exploratory in vitro and in vivo study', Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry, vol. 8, pp. 2037 - 2042, 10.1039/b925555a

Woodward CE; Harris KR, 2010, 'A lattice-hole theory for conductivity in ionic liquid mixtures: Application to ionic liquid + water mixtures', Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, vol. 12, pp. 1172 - 1176, 10.1039/b919835k

Xiao X; He L; Tao Z; Xue S-F; Zhu Q-J; Day AI, 2010, 'Supramolecular assemblies and modes of binding of the 1,6-hexanedipyridinium ion and the HCl salt of N,N '-bis(3-pyridylmethyl)-diaminoethane, with the symmetrically substituted tetramethylcucurbit[6]', SUPRAMOLECULAR CHEMISTRY, vol. 22, pp. 194 - 201, 10.1080/10610270903262368

Zhao Y; Bali MS; Cullinane C; Day AI; Collins JG, 2009, 'Synthesis, cytotoxicity and cucurbituril binding of triamine linked dinuclear platinum complexes', Dalton Transactions, pp. 5190 - 5198, 10.1039/b905112k

Wallace L; Cronin MP; Day AI; Buck DP, 2009, 'Electrochemical method applicable to treatment of wastewater from nitrotriazolone production', Environmental Science and Technology, vol. 43, pp. 1993 - 1998, 10.1021/es8028878

Ni XL; Lin JX; Zheng YY; Wu WS; Zhang YQ; Xue SF; Zhu QJ; Tao Z; Day AI, 2008, 'Supramolecular bracelets and interlocking rings elaborated through the interrelationship of neighboring chemical environments of alkyl-substitution on cucurbit[5]uril', Crystal Growth and Design, vol. 8, pp. 3446 - 3450, 10.1021/cg800451z

Zhao Y; Buck DP; Morris DL; Pourgholami MH; Day AI; Collins JG, 2008, 'Solubilisation and cytotoxicity of albendazole encapsulated in cucurbit[n]uril', Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry, vol. 6, pp. 4509 - 4515, 10.1039/b813759e

Limei Z; Jiannan Z; Yunqian Z; Qianjiang Z; Saifeng X; Zhu T; Jianxin Z; Xin Z; Zhanbin W; Lasheng L, 2008, 'Opposing substitution in cucurbit[6]urils forms ellipsoid cavities: The symmetrical dicyclohexanocucurbit[6]uril is no exception highlighted by inclusion and exclusion complexes', Supramolecular Chemistry, vol. 20, pp. 709 - 716, 10.1080/10610270701747602

Kemp S; Wheate NJ; Wang S; Collins JG; Ralph SF; Day AI; Higgins VJ; Aldrich-Wright JR, 2007, 'Encapsulation of platinum(II)-based DNA intercalators within cucurbit[6,7,8]urils', Journal of Biological Inorganic Chemistry, vol. 12, pp. 969 - 979, 10.1007/s00775-007-0269-z

Cronin MP; Day AI; Wallace L, 2007, 'Electrochemical remediation produces a new high-nitrogen compound from NTO wastewaters', Journal of Hazardous Materials, vol. 149, pp. 527 - 531, 10.1016/j.jhazmat.2007.08.007

Bali MS; Buck DP; Coe AJ; Day AI; Collins JG, 2006, 'Cucurbituril binding of trans-[{PtCl(NH<inf>3</inf>)<inf>2</inf>} <inf>2</inf>(-NH<inf>2</inf>(CH<inf>2</inf>)<inf>8</inf>NH<', Dalton Transactions, pp. 5337 - 5344, 10.1039/b609881a

Wheate NJ; Buck DP; Day AI; Collins JG, 2006, 'Cucurbit[n]uril binding of platinum anticancer complexes', Dalton Transactions, pp. 451 - 458, 10.1039/b513197a

Fu H; Xue S; Mu L; Du Y; Zhu Q; Tao Z; Zhang J; Day AI, 2005, 'Host-guest complexes of cucubit[8]uril with phenanthrolines and some methyl derivatives', Science in China, Series B: Chemistry, vol. 48, pp. 305 - 314, 10.1360/04yb0072

Fu HY; Xue SF; Zhu QJ; Tao Z; Zhang JX; Day AI, 2005, 'Investigation of host-guest compounds of cucurbit[n=5-8]uril with some ortho aminopyridines and bispyridine', Journal of Inclusion Phenomena, vol. 52, pp. 101 - 107, 10.1007/s10847-004-5794-6

Zhou X; Day AI; Edwards AJ; Willis AC; Jackson WG, 2005, 'Facile C-H bond activation: Synthesis of the N4C donor set pentadentate ligand 1,4-bis(2-pyridylmethyl)-1,4-diazacyclononane (dmpdacn) and a structural study of its alkyl-cobalt(III) comple', Inorganic Chemistry, vol. 44, pp. 452 - 460, 10.1021/ic040081q

Zhou XT; Day AI; Edwards AJ; Willis AC; Jackson WG, 2005, 'Facile C-H bond activation: Synthesis of the N4C donor set pentadentate ligand 1,4-bis(2-pyridylmethyl)-1,4-diazacyclononane (dmpdacn) and a structural study of its alkyl-cobalt(III) complex [Co(dmpda', INORGANIC CHEMISTRY, vol. 44, pp. 452 - 460, 10.1021/ic040081q

Zhao Y; Xue S; Zhu Q; Tao Z; Zhang J; Wei Z; Long L; Hu M; Xiao H; Day AI, 2004, 'Synthesis of a symmetrical tetrasubstituted cucurbit[6]uril and its host-guest inclusion complex with 2,2′-bipyridine', Chinese Science Bulletin, vol. 49, pp. 1111 - 1116, 10.1360/04wb0031

Wheate NJ; Day AI; Blanch RJ; Arnold AP; Cullinane C; Grant Collins J, 2004, 'Multi-nuclear platinum complexes encapsulated in cucurbit[n]uril as an approach to reduce toxicity in cancer treatment', Chemical Communications, vol. 4, pp. 1424 - 1425, 10.1039/b404358h

Burnett CA; Lagona J; Wu A; Shaw JA; Coady D; Fettinger JC; Day AI; Isaacs L, 2003, 'Preparation of glycoluril monomers for expanded cucurbit[n]uril synthesis', Tetrahedron, vol. 59, pp. 1961 - 1970, 10.1016/S0040-4020(03)00150-9

Zhou X; Day AI; Willis AC; Jackson WG, 2003, 'The first structurally characterised perchlorato-cobalt(III) complexes, involving the C-bonded macrobicyclic ligand 1,4,8,11-tetraazabicyclo[9.5.2]octadecane', Chemical Communications, vol. 9, pp. 2386 - 2387

Wagner BD; Stojanovic N; Day AI; Blanch RJ, 2003, 'Host properties of cucurbit[7]uril: Fluorescence enhancement of anilinonaphthalene sulfonates', Journal of Physical Chemistry B, vol. 107, pp. 10741 - 10746

Day AI; Arnold AP; Blanch RJ, 2003, 'A method for synthesizing partially substituted cucurbit[n]uril', Molecules, vol. 8, pp. 74 - 84, 10.3390/80100074

Day AI; Blanch RJ; Coe A; Arnold AP, 2002, 'The effects of alkali metal cations on product distributions in cucurbit[n]uril synthesis', Journal of Inclusion Phenomena, vol. 43, pp. 247 - 250, 10.1023/A:1021295626589

Blanch RJ; Sleeman AJ; White TJ; Arnold AP; Day AI, 2002, 'Cucurbit[7]uril and o-Carborane Self-Assemble to Form a Molecular Ball Bearing', Nano Letters, vol. 2, pp. 147 - 149, 10.1021/nl015655s

Day AI; Blanch RJ; Arnold AP; Lorenzo S; Lewis GR; Dance I, 2002, 'A cucurbituril-based gyroscane: A new supramolecular form', Angewandte Chemie - International Edition, vol. 41, pp. 275 - 277, 10.1002/1521-3773(20020118)41:2<275::AID-ANIE275>3.0.CO;2-M

Day AI; Arnold AP; Blanch RJ; Snushall B, 2001, 'Conrolling Factors in the Synthesis of Cucurbituril and Its Homologues', Journal of Organic Chemistry, pp. 8094 - 8100

Wheate NJ; Broomhead JA; Collins JG; Day AI, 2001, 'Thermal rearrangement of n-substituted pyrazoles to 4, 4′-dipyrazolylmethane and 1, 1, 2-(4, 4′, 4″-tripyrazolyl)ethane', Australian Journal of Chemistry, vol. 54, pp. 141 - 144, 10.1071/CH00151

Lorenzo S; Day A; Craig D; Blanch R; Arnold A; Dance I, 2001, 'The first endoannular metal halide-cucurbituril: cis-SnCl4(OH2)(2)@cucurbit[7] uril', CRYSTENGCOMM, 10.1039/b107555c

Day A; Arnold AP; Blanch RJ; Snushall B, 2001, 'Controlling factors in the synthesis of cucurbituril and its homologues', JOURNAL OF ORGANIC CHEMISTRY, vol. 66, pp. 8094 - 8100, 10.1021/jo015897c

Russell RA; Day AI; Pilley BA; Leavy PJ; Warrener RN, 1987, 'Regiospecific synthesis of bis(quinone monoacetals) and their annelation to give bisanthraquinones', Journal of the Chemical Society, Chemical Communications, pp. 1631 - 1633, 10.1039/C39870001631

Birch AJ; Ratnayake Bandara BM; Chamberlain K; Chauncy B; Dahler P; Day AI; Jenkins ID; Kelly LF; Khor TC; Kretschmer G, 1981, 'Organometallic compounds in organic synthesis—XI: The strategy of lateral control of reactivity: Tricarbonylcyclohexadieneiron complexes and their organic synthetic equivalents', Tetrahedron, vol. 37, pp. 289 - 302, 10.1016/0040-4020(81)85067-3

Conference Papers

Gorle A; Li F; Day A; Collins G; Keene R, 2014, 'The effect of Cucurbituril encapsulation on the antimicrobial properties of ruthenium(II) polypyridyl complexes.', in JOURNAL OF BIOLOGICAL INORGANIC CHEMISTRY, SPRINGER, Grenoble, FRANCE, pp. S581 - S581, presented at 16th International Conference on Biological Inorganic Chemistry (ICBIC), Grenoble, FRANCE, 22 - 26 July 2013

Underwood C; Wall C; Day AI; Provatas A; Wallace L, 2009, 'Electrolytic treatment of nitroazole solutions in the synthesis of new high-nitrogen compounds', in Electrolytic treatment of nitroazole solutions in the synthesis of new high-nitrogen compounds, PARARI 2009: 9th Australian Explosives Ordnance Symposium, Adelaide, Australia, presented at PARARI 2009: 9th Australian Explosives Ordnance Symposium, Adelaide, Australia, 09 - 11 November 2009

Randle K; Day AI; Wallace L; Kirkbride P; Lennard C, 2008, 'Detection of Peroxide-based Explosives', in Australian Energetic Materials Symposium: Abstracts, 1st Australian Energetic Materials Symposium, Flinders University, Adelaide, SA, presented at 1st Australian Energetic Materials Symposium, Flinders University, Adelaide, SA, 01 - 02 December 2008

Underwood C; Day AI; Wallace L, 2008, 'Electrosynthetic Routes to New High-nitrogen Compounds Based on Triazoles and Triazolones', in Australian Energetic Materials Symposium: Abstracts, 1st Australian Energetic Materials Symposium, Flinders University, Adelaide, SA, presented at 1st Australian Energetic Materials Symposium, Flinders University, Adelaide, SA, 01 - 02 December 2008

Wallace L; Underwood C; Cronin MP; Day AI; Larsson A; Willis A, 2007, 'Electrolytic treatment of NTO wastewaters and electrosynthesis of a new high-nitrogen compound', in PARARI 2007, Dept of Defence and Thales Australia, Melbourne, Australia, presented at PARARI 2007: 8th Australian Explosives Ordnance Symposium, Melbourne, Australia, 13 - 15 November 2007

Zhou X; Day AI; Waring R; Jackson WG, 2000, 'Carbon-hydrogen activation the easy way: enforced internal carbanion coordination through macrocyclic design', in 11th RACI National Conference, Physical Chemistry Division, 11th RACI National Conference, Physical Chemistry Division, ANU, Canberra, pp. PT15, presented at 11th RACI National Conference, Physical Chemistry Division, ANU, Canberra, 06 - 11 February 2000

Theses / Dissertations

Cronin MP, 2016, Novel Supramolecular Systems Based on Luminescent Iridium(III) Complexes with Covalently-Attached Sensor Functionality: Synthesis, Spectroscopic Studies and Application in Explosive Sensing, thesis, UNSW, UNSW Canberra

Chandra Kumar PK, 2016, Exploration of new cucurbit[n]uril and a novel glycoluril based macrocycle - tiara[n]uril, thesis, UNSW, UNSW Canberra

Konda SK, 2016, Interaction of Anthracenedione Compounds with DNA, thesis, UNSW, UNSW Canberra

Al Rawashdeh LR, 2015, Luminescent Iridium(III) Cyclometalated Complexes: Host-Guest Chemistry and Application as Sensors, thesis, UNSW, UNSW Canberra

Wu W, 2015, Synthesis of Partially Substituted Cucurbit[6-7]uril Derivatives and Binding Studies for Tuned Supramolecular Constructions, thesis, UNSW, UNSW Canberra

Mandadapu V, 2014, Combined delivery methodologies that can increase the effectiveness of existing drugs, thesis, UNSW, UNSW Canberra

Bali MS, 2014, Novel strategies for the safe chemical degradation of organic peroxide explosives: A mechanistic investigation, thesis, UNSW, UNSW Canberra

Zhou X; Jackson WG; Day AI, 2003, Novel carbon-bonded macrocyclic ligands and their cobalt(III) chemistry, thesis

Lu W, Alginate and cucurbit[n]uril as combined drug delivery system for albendazole: Experiments and mathematical modelling, thesis

Patents

Day AI; Arnold AP; Blanch RJ, 2003, Cucurbiturils and method for binding gases and volatiles using cucurbiturils, Patent No. , Patent Agent:

Conference Presentations

Selleck CM; Day AI; Wallace L, 2010, 'Synthesis and study of new high-nitrogen compounds for military applications', in Synthesis and study of new high-nitrogen compounds for military applications, Royal Australian Chemical Institute National Convention, Melbourne, Australia, presented at Royal Australian Chemical Institute National Convention, Melbourne, Australia, 01 July 2010