Group Leader

Dr. Nicola E. Brasch

Group Leader Dr. Nicola E. Brasch

Since July 2014 Professor, Auckland University of Technology
2013 – July 2014 Professor, Kent State University
2008-2013 Associate Professor, Kent State University
2003-2008 Assistant Professor, Kent State University
Jun 98-Dec 02 Research Group Leader and Rita Cornforth Research Fellow, Research School of Chemistry, The Australian National University, Australia.
Apr 97-Apr 98: NIH-funded Postdoctoral position, Department of Chemistry, Colorado State University, USA. Supervisor: Professor R. G. Finke.
Apr 95-Feb 97: Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow, Department of Inorganic Chemistry, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany. Supervisor: Professor R. van Eldik.
Sep 94-Mar 95: EC Postdoctoral position, Department of Microbiology, Philipps University, Marburg, Germany. Supervisor: Professor W. Buckel.
1990-1993: University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand, Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry; “17O-N.M.R. Studies of Chromium(VI) Oxyanions and some Cobalt(III) Tren Complexes” – supervisors Professor D. A. Buckingham and Dr C. R. Clark
1989: Awarded B.Sc.(Hons I) Degree, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand

Honors and Awards

March 2015: Research article on the reactions of reduced vitamin B12 complexes with the carbonate radical is selected for the inside journal cover of Chemistry – A European Journal
April 2014: Awarded an Advisor Excellence Award for work with the Kent State Chapter of the Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society. (Nominated by students; 4 awards given to KSU Faculty Advisors of ~300 student organizations)
February 2012: Research article on the reactions of cob(I)alamin with nitrite and nitrate is selected for the journal cover of the European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry.
September 2011: Research articles on the reactions of cob(I)alamin and cob(II)alamin with peroxynitrite are selected for the journal cover of Chemistry – A European Journal.
2009: Invited as the Keynote Speaker for the American Chemical Society’s 2nd Annual Western New York Undergraduate Chemistry Research Symposium, Buffalo, April 2009
2009: Research article entitled “NMR Spectroscopy and Molecular Modelling Studies of Nitrosylcobalamin: Further Evidence that the Deprotonated, Base-off Conformation is an Important Conformation of Nitrosylcobalamin in Solution” selected as the journal cover article and as a “Hot Article” in Dalton Trans.
2008: Research on vanadium/vitamin B12 bioconjugates written up as a Science & Technology Concentrate in C&E News (June 30, 2008)
2006: Assistant Professor (adjunct), Dept of Cell Biology, Lerner Research Institute, The Cleveland Clinic
2006: Awarded a (Graduate Student) Mentorship Excellence Award from the Graduate Student Senate, Kent State University
2004: Awarded an American Chemical Society PROGRESS/Dreyfus Lectureship – offered to women faculty in the chemical sciences and engineering who have been identified as a “Rising Star” to allow them to give presentations on their research at Carnegie Research Extensive Universities
2004: Awarded an Inventor Recognition Award by Kent State University relating to our patent for the synthesis of the vitamin B12 derivative glutathionylcobalamin
1997: Awarded the Inaugural Rita Cornforth Research Fellowship at the Australian National University
1994: Awarded an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship
1990-1992: Awarded U.G.C. Postgraduate Scholarship
Awarded William Georgetti Scholarship (about 5 awarded across all universities in all disciplines in New Zealand)


For a list of research publications please visit the publications page.

Conferences Attended / Invited Lectures

For a list of conferences attended and invited lectures please visit the conferences page.

Patent Applications

Brasch, N. E.; Birch, C. S.; Williams, J. H. H. Pharmaceutical compositions and therapeutic applications for the use of a novel vitamin B12 derivative, N-acetyl-L-cysteinylcobalamin. U.S. Patent Application 20080076733, 2008.

Brasch, N. E.; Suarez-Moreira, E. Method of Synthesis of the Sodium Salt of N-acetyl-L-cysteinylcobalamin, US Patent Application, filed March 20, 2007.

Brasch, N. E.; Xia, L. Method of synthesis of β-thiolato cobalamin nucleoside compounds, U.S. Patent Appl. 20040054128, 2004. Patent approved April, 2006.

Teaching Information

For a list of classes Dr Brasch teaches at Auckland University of Technology please visit the teaching page.


Please don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Brasch at : or +64 (0)9 921 9373, if you have any questions.