• School of Engineering and Applied Science, Aston University

    B4 7ET Birmingham

    United Kingdom

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Dr. P.J. van Koningsbruggen is an inorganic chemist with a specialisation in the field of coordination chemistry.

Research Interests

Dr. P.J. van Koningsbruggen is an experimental inorganic chemist with a specialisation in the field of coordination chemistry. Since 1985 I have been focusing on various aspects of compounds of first-row transition metal ions (Mn, Fe, Ni, Co, Cu, Zn). In particular, the relation between synthetic procedures, structural features of the compounds and their physical (e.g. magnetic and electronic) properties has attracted my attention. In my research I have used a strategic and systematic approach to the design and obtaining of various types of functional materials and I have found this to be extremely worthwhile in unravelling structure-property relationships. I am convinced that the thus obtained knowledge is an essential pre-requisite for the on-going design and obtaining of materials with pre-determined and tuneable functional magnetic, electronic and/or optical properties.

       The synthetic approach that I use takes advantage of building blocks (metal fragments, anions, ligands etc.) which are assembled using tools from coordination chemistry (stereochemical preferences of the metal ion, coordination geometry etc.), as well as crystal packing efficiency considerations (stacking-, hydrogen bonding and van der Waals interactions etc.). Insight in these parameters is the key to understanding and tuning the physical behaviour and/or reactivity of these transition metal compounds. In addition, the versatility of organic synthesis and the possibility of associating organic and inorganic components on the molecular scale make it possible to propose the additional challenge of engineering multi-property materials which may display synergy between a combination of physical properties.

Teaching Activity




My teaching activities involve delivering modules in General and Introductory Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Coordination Chemistry, Organometallic Chemistry, Physical and Analytical Chemistry and Catalysis to all the chemistry, chemical Engineering and CEAC programmes. This encompasses lectures, tutorials, supervision of experimental research projects and literature projects, and inorganic chemistry laboratory classes.






CH1111 – Inorganic Chemistry I - General and Introductory Chemistry


CH2126 – Inorganic Chemistry II – Coordination Chemistry


CH3117 – Literature Research Project


CE4011 – Chemical Engineering Master’s student research project


CH3011 – BSc Applied Chemistry student reserach project



 28/10/1988: Master's degree in Chemistry

Leiden University (Leiden, the Netherlands)

15/06/1994: Ph.D. degree

Leiden University (Leiden, the Netherlands), Supervisor: Prof. dr. J. Reedijk                                                     (Leiden University, the Netherlands)

Title of Ph.D. thesis: “The structures and magnetic  properties of polynuclear copper(II) coordination compounds. 1,2,4-triazoles and acylamidrazones as ligands.”

  Teaching qualifications

 -          15 February 2012:Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Practice in Higher Education       (PGCPP)

-          16 April 2012: Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


-     01/1995 – 07/1995 :        Post-doctoral researcher

                                              Johannes-Gutenberg Universität Mainz, Germany

                                              Research group of Prof. dr. P. Gütlich                   

-     10/1995 – 08/1997:         Post-doctoral researcher

                                              Université de Bordeaux, France

                                              Research group of Prof. dr. O. Kahn

-     09/1997 – 08/1998:         Post-doctoral researcher

                                              University of Utah, Salt Lake City, USA

                                              Research group of Prof. dr. J. S. Miller

-     10/1998 – 02/2000:         Research collaborator

                                              Johannes-Gutenberg Universität Mainz, Germany

                                              Research group of Prof. dr. P. Gütlich

-     03/2000 - 12/2003:          Lecturer

                                              Johannes-Gutenberg Universität Mainz, Germany

-     01/2004 - 2010:               Assistant Professor (Rosalind Franklin Fellow)

                                              University of Groningen, Groningen, The Netherlands

-          Since June 2010        Lecturer in Inorganic Chemistry, Aston University

Membership of Professional Bodies

  • Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry

·         Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Contact Details

Phone number: 0121 204 3917 
Email: p.vankoningsbruggen@aston.ac.uk 


  • QD Chemistry

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Research Output 1990 2015

  • 44 Article
  • 3 Chapter (peer-reviewed)
  • 1 Meeting abstract
Open Access
Open Access
methyl alcohol

Synthetic, crystallographic, and computational study of copper(II) complexes of ethylenediaminetetracarboxylate ligands

Matović, Z. D., Miletić, V. D., Ćendić, M., Meetsma, A., Van Koningsbruggen, P. J. & Deeth, R. J., 18 Jan 2013, In : Inorganic Chemistry. 52, 3, p. 1238-1247 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

propionic acid

Origin of the ESR spectrum in the Prussian Blue analogue RbMn[Fe(CN)6]*H2O

Antal, Á., Jánossy, A., Forró, L., Vertelman, E. J. M., Van Koningsbruggen, P. & Van Loosdrecht, P. H. M., 21 Jul 2010, In : Physical Review B. 82, 1, 014422.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Paramagnetic resonance
charge transfer
Charge transfer

Tuning of the charge in octahedral ferric complexes based on pyridoxal-N substituted thiosemicarbazone ligands

Yemeli Tido, E. W., Faulmann, C., Roswanda, R., Meetsma, A. & van Koningsbruggen, P. J., 2010, In : Dalton Transactions. 39, 6, p. 1643-1651 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Hydrogen bonds


Structures and magnetic properties of iron(III) spin-crossover compounds

Author: Powell, R., 2017

Supervisor: van Koningsbruggen, P. J. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


Activities 2011 2011

  • 1 Participation in conference

15th International Conference on Biological Inorganic Chemistry

Petra Van Koningsbruggen (Invited speaker)

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference