The group

Honours students:

Bailee Smith: Bailee is completing her BSc(Hons) jointly between our group and Dr Annie Colebatch’s group, working on supramolecular cages for potential applications in catalysis. In her degree she has obtained a specialisation in chemistry and an elective minor in French. Last year she completed an undergraduate research project in the group. When she is not in the lab, she enjoys taking her dogs to the beach, getting outdoors and watching live music! 

Oscar Swirepik: Oscar is doing Honours with the group after majoring in chemistry, with a minor sprinkling of earth science, in his BSc(Hons) at the ANU. He completed an undergraduate research project with the group in his third year, and is looking at macrocyclic binding sites for enzyme mimicking catalysis. Outside of the lab Oscar enjoys hiking, reading and (arguably) far too much TV.

PhD students:

Phonlakrit (Petch) Muang-Non: Petch completed his BSc(Hons) at The University of Newcastle in 2020, and started in the group in March 2021 looking at hydrogen bonded frameworks and enzyme encapsulation. In his spare time, Petch enjoys cooking Thai food, playing guitar and watching Netflix.

Rosie Avery: Rosie completed an undergraduate research project and her BSc(Hons) project in the group. She started a PhD in February 2019 investigating O–H containing anion receptors. When she is not in the lab, Rosie enjoys all things outdoors (hiking, bike riding, canoeing, swimming, sailing) as well as doing things with textiles and playing her clarinet.

Craig Stewart: Craig is writing up his PhD thesis, having completed his BSc(Hons) with Assoc. Prof. Russell Barrow at the Australian National University in 2016. He commenced his PhD under Assoc. Prof. Barrow in 2017, investigating the mode of action of the phytotoxic non-proteinogenic amino acid m-tyrosine through non-targeted metabolomics, and the development of a library of synthetic analogues in the hopes of addressing microbial susceptibility. Craig was fortunate to work with Dr Tristan Reekie prior to his arrival in the White group in April of 2021. What is a natural products chemist doing in a Supramolecular Chemistry group? Good question!*

In his spare time, Craig enjoys playing guitar, tabletop roleplaying and thinking too much about the NFL.
*Editor’s note: I like to think that Craig’s here for the great company and witty banter.


Dr Jordan Smith: Jordan completed his PhD with Assoc. Prof. Nigel T. Lucas at the University of Otago in 2020. In his work he developed the syntheses of aryl-extended cavitands and other carbon-rich molecules built on the resorcin[4]arene framework. He started in the White group in May 2021 and is investigating macrocycles as binding sites to induce substrate selectivity in catalytic systems. Jordan’s academic interests include organic synthesis, macrocyclic and supramolecular chemistry, and crystallography. In his spare time, Jordan enjoys nature walks, reading and good beer.