Current Member

Dr. Sarah Laird


Office: ISIS 2.07
Telp: +33 368 855 166

Personal Information

Name: Sarah Elizabeth Laird

Place of Birth: Melbourne, Australia



Synthesis and application of luminescent iridium(III) complexes.  Experience in organic and inorganic synthetic techniques, photophysical and electrochemical characterisation and electrochemiluminescence.


Academic Qualifications and Awards

2010-2016 – Doctor of Philosophy (La Trobe University)

Thesis Title: The pH dependant electrochemical, photophysical and electrochemiluminescent properties of 1,2,4-triazole based iridium(III) complexes


2010-2014 – Recipient of an Australian Postgraduate Award

2012 – Awarded first poster prize at the RACI Inorganic Chemistry symposium at Melbourne University

2012 – Awarded first oral presentation prize at the RACI Analytical and Environmental Chemistry R&D Topics meeting at Deakin University

2013 – Awarded first poster prize at the 20th International Symposium on the Photophysics and Photochemistry of Coordination Compounds, Michigan

2013 – Awarded a LIMS Miller Travelling Fellowship for Postgraduate Students in the La Trobe Institute for Molecular Sciences

2013 – Awarded a MRACI Post Graduate Student Travel Award

2014 – Awarded first poster prize at the RACI Inorganic Chemistry symposium at La Trobe University

2014 – Runner up – ATA Scientific Young Scientist Study Award. 


2009 – Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice (Leo Cussen Centre for Law)

2009 – Admitted to practice as an Australian Lawyer by the Supreme Court of Victoria


2008 – Bachelor of Science (Honours) (La Trobe University)

2009 – Awarded Bachelor of Science with First Class Honours

2009 – Awarded Max O'Connor Honours Year Prize in Chemistry


Thesis Title: The synthesis and application of highly luminescent iridium complexes


2003-2007 - Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Science (La Trobe University)

2005 – Member of Golden Key International Honour Society

2008 – Awarded Bachelor of Laws

2008 – Awarded Dean's Commendation for achieving an overall average of 80 and above in 2007

2008 – Awarded 2007 Michael Grant Third Year Prize in Chemistry




Book chapter

Electrochemiluminescence of Iridium Complexes in Iridium(III) in Optoelectronic and Photonics

Applications edited by Eli Zysman-Colman to be published in 2017 by John Wiley & Sons, Inc


Journal Article

Barbante, G. J.; Doeven, E. H.; Kerr, E.; Connell, T. U.; Donnelly, P. S.; White, J. M.; Lópes, T.; Laird, S.; Wilson, D. J. D.; Barnard, P. J.; Hogan, C. F.; Francis, P. S., Understanding Electrogenerated Chemiluminescence Efficiency in Blue-Shifted Iridium(III)-Complexes: An Experimental and Theoretical Study. Chemistry – A European Journal 2014, 20 (12), 3322-3332