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About Sara Kyne

Sara Kyne is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Chemistry. Her research interests include organic and organometallic chemistry, primarily focused on developing Earth abundant metal catalysts for environmentally responsible synthetic and industrial processes. Particular emphasis is placed on understanding reaction mechanisms in modern catalytic processes.

Department Responsibilities

Module Leader for Practical Chemistry 1.1 — Fundamental Laboratory Techniques (CHM1005M) Module Leader for Core Chemistry 2.2 — Chemistry Of Activated Systems And Radicals (CHM2003M) Module Leader for Core Chemistry 3.2 -- Heterogeneous Systems, Surfaces And Nanoscience (CHM3003M)

Subject Specialism

Sustainable chemical synthesis


  • PhD (Chemistry) — The University of Melbourne, 2010
  • B Sci (Honours) — The University of Melbourne, 2005
  • B Biomed Sci (Chemistry and Pharmacology) — The University of Melbourne, 2004


  • Marie Curie Intra European Fellowship — European Commission Research Executive Agency,
  • Monica Elizabeth Reum Memorial Prize — The University of Melbourne,
  • Melbourne Research Scholarship — The University of Melbourne,

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Research Interests

  • Biomass valorisation

  • Catalysis

  • Environmental sustainability

  • Organic chemistry

  • Organometallic chemistry

Research Projects

  • Cobalt complexes: Understanding changes in redox potential — University of Lincoln Undergraduate Research Opportunities Scheme in 2016
  • Selective (bio)catalytic conversion of Lincolnshire biomass — University of Lincoln Research Investment Fund in 2016
  • Biological protection of polysaccharides for selective modification — IBCarb Network in 2016
  • Mechanistic development of cobalt photoredox catalysts — Royal Society of Chemistry in 2016
  • Mechanistic development of cobalt photoredox catalysts — National Service for Computational Chemistry Software in 2015

Research in the Lincoln Repository

Professional Affiliations

  • Higher Education Academy — Fellow
  • American Chemical Society — Member
  • Royal Society of Chemistry — Member
  • SCI — Member