prof. Delia Haynes

Stellenbosch University

South Africa

Activity at Home University:
Prof Haynes is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry & Polymer Science at Stellenbosch University. She lectures inorganic chemistry, and is part of a group of researchers who work in supramolecular chemistry.

Research field:
Research in the Haynes group is in the general area of crystal engineering, or solid-state supramolecular chemistry. We  work on organic multi-component crystals (salts and co-crystals), and aim to understand and use intermolecular interactions to design molecular materials with interesting and useful physical properties. In particular we study porous organic salts, and also investigate organic radicals as building blocks for molecule-based magnetic and conducting solids. Research focuses on the interplay between solid-state structure and function, as well as the effect crystallisation method has on the structure and properties of the resulting material.

Research interests and experience:
Prof Haynes’ research focusses on crystal engineering with multi-component crystals. She has experience both with thiazyl radicals as building blocks for molecular materials, and with organic salts and co-crystals. Delia was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley in 2010, a visiting professor at the University of Lorraine in 2013, and was the 2015 recipient of the Jan Boeyens medal. She is a member of the Executive Committee of the European Crystallographic Association, and the chair of the Steering Committee for the African Crystallographic Association.

Activity at CNBCh UW:
Prof. Haynes will present two lectures during her stay: a research presentation entitled ‚ Towards functional materials from multi-component crystals’, and an introductory lecture on unusual methods of crystallisation, which will discuss mechanochemistry and sublimation as methods to produce novel solid-state materials. She will also consult with members of the crystallography group regarding ongoing collaborative projects.

CNBCh UW Research Group:
Structural and Biochemical Research Laboratory

Date of stay:
July 7–14, 2019