Dr Rebecca Eleanor Jelley

B.Sc(Hons), Ph.D

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Research Fellow



2020  Ph.D in Chemistry, University of Auckland, NZ

2013  B.Sc(Hons) - First Class; Chemistry, University of Otago, NZ  



2020–current Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, School of Chemical Sciences, University of Auckland, NZ

2019 Research Assistant, School of Chemical Sciences, University of Auckland, NZ

2014 Research Assistant and First Year Chemistry Tutor, Auckland University of Technology, NZ



Teaching | Current

CHEM740 - Advanced Mass Spectrometry

CHEM100 - Molecules that Changed the World

CHEM110 - Chemistry of the Living World

Postgraduate supervision

Ph.D students (co-supervisior)

Jing Wang

Alexandra Lowrey

Dinesha Hansamali Perera

Krishna Panicker

Hayden Jones-Moore



2019 - University of Auckland Supreme Award for 'Most Outstanding Contribution to Innovation'

2019 - University of Auckland Blues Award - Innovation

2019 - Accepted into the University of Auckland's Founders' Hatchery Program for Promising Entrepreneurs

2018 - University of Auckland Velocity Challenge - Commercial Category Winner + $100k Challenge Finalist

2016 - University of Auckland Blues Award - Sport

2014 - NZ Bioresource Processing Alliance funded Doctoral Scholarship - University of Auckland

2012 - University of Otago Summer Studentship - Organic Chemistry

2009 - University of Otago 'Leaders of Tomorrow' Entrance Scholarship

Committees/Professional groups/Services

2021–current School of Chemical Sciences Equity Committee member 

2018–2019 School of Chemical Sciences - Student Ph.D. Representative

2015–2018 University of Auckland's Vice Chancellor's Health, Safety and Wellbeing committee - Student Representative


Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Jelley, R., Blackman, A., Gahan, L., Schenk, E., & Krenske, E. (2020). Five-coordinate transition metal complexes and the value of τ5: observations and caveats. Dalton Transactions10.1039/D0DT02985H
  • Jelley, R. E., Deed, R. C., Barker, D., Parish-Virtue, K., & Fedrizzi, B. (2020). Fermentation of Sauvignon blanc grape marc extract yields important wine aroma 3-sulfanylhexan-1-ol (3SH). LWT - Food Science and Technology, 13110.1016/j.lwt.2020.109653
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Rebecca Deed, David Barker, Bruno Fedrizzi
  • Jelley, R. E., Duhamel, N., Barker, D., & Fedrizzi, B. (2020). A convenient synthesis of amino acid-derived precursors to the important wine aroma 3-sulfanylhexan-1-ol (3SH). Tetrahedron Letters, 61 (13)10.1016/j.tetlet.2020.151663
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: David Barker, Bruno Fedrizzi
  • Mohabeer, P. K., Carr, B., Hanif, M., Hartinger, C., Groutso, T., Jelley, R. E., ... Blackman, A. G. (2020). Synthesis, structure and fluxionality of Co(III) complexes containing chelated sulfate. POLYHEDRON, 17610.1016/j.poly.2019.114303
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Muhammad Hanif, Christian Hartinger, Tilo Söhnel
  • Jelley, R. E., & Blackman, A. G. (2019). The most boring chemical element. Nature Chemistry, 11, 751-756. 10.1038/s41557-019-0307-9
  • Jelley, R. E., Herbst-Johnstone, M., Klaere, S., Pilkington, L. I., Grose, C., Martin, D., ... Fedrizzi, B. (2016). Optimization of ecofriendly extraction of bioactive monomeric phenolics and useful flavor precursors from grape waste. ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, 4 (9), 5060-5067. 10.1021/acssuschemeng.6b01551
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: David Barker, Bruno Fedrizzi, Lisa Pilkington

Contact details

Primary office location

SCIENCE CENTRE 301 - Bldg 301
Level 6, Room 609
New Zealand