Molecular Science

Molecular Science

What is Chemistry? Nearly everything that is important to us gains its properties from the fact that it is made of molecules. Chemistry is the central Molecular Science. It is about everything that has to do with molecules: making them, using their properties to engineer useful things, studying fundamental physics with molecules, and using their physical properties to achieve new effects. Molecular science is the confluence of chemistry, physics, engineering, molecular biology, geology, medicine, and materials science. Thus, staff in the School of Chemistry work on projects strongly tied to other disciplines in exciting areas such as plasmonics, molecular magnets, battery technology, 3D printing, malaria, and many others. The School of Chemistry is therefore perfectly placed to form coalitions with the other schools and colleges to go after the big questions in science.

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Recent publications

A polynuclear and two dinuclear copper(II) Schiff base complexes: Synthesis, characterization, self-assembly, magnetic property and DFT study

Bhattacharyya, A., Bauzá, A., Sproules, S. , Natrajan, L. S., Frontera, A. and Chattopadhyay, S. (2017) A polynuclear and two dinuclear copper(II) Schiff base complexes: Synthesis, characterization, self-assembly, magnetic property and DFT study. Polyhedron , (doi:10.1016/j.poly.2017.08.010 ) (In Press)

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Revisiting the hydrogen storage behavior of the Na-O-H system

Mao, J. , Gu, Q. and Gregory, D. H. (2015) Revisiting the hydrogen storage behavior of the Na-O-H system. Materials , 8(5), pp. 2191-2203. (doi:10.3390/ma8052191 ) (PMCID:PMC5455565)

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Self-sorted oligophenylvinylene and perylene bisimide hydrogels

Castilla, A. M., Draper, E. R. , Nolan, M. C. , Brasnett, C., Seddon, A., Mears, L. L.E., Cowieson, N. and Adams, D. J. (2017) Self-sorted oligophenylvinylene and perylene bisimide hydrogels. Scientific Reports , 7, 8380. (doi:10.1038/s41598-017-08644-0 ) (PMID:28827598) (PMCID:PMC5566499)

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Characterisation of the biflavonoid hinokiflavone as a pre-mRNA splicing modulator that inhibits SENP

Pawellek, A., Ryder, U., Tammsalu, T., King, L. J. , Kreinin, H. , Ly, T., Hay, R. T., Hartley, R. and Lamond, A. I. (2017) Characterisation of the biflavonoid hinokiflavone as a pre-mRNA splicing modulator that inhibits SENP. eLife , (Accepted for Publication)

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A high-resolution natural abundance 33S MAS NMR study of the cementitious mineral ettringite

Sasaki, A. , Ibarra, L. B. and Wimperis, S. (2017) A high-resolution natural abundance 33S MAS NMR study of the cementitious mineral ettringite. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics , (doi:10.1039/c7cp04435f ) (PMID:28835964) (Early Online Publication)

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One-pot radioiodination of aryl amines via stable diazonium salts: preparation of 125I-imaging agents

Sloan, N. L. , Luthra, S. K., McRobbie, G., Pimlott, S. L. and Sutherland, A. (2017) One-pot radioiodination of aryl amines via stable diazonium salts: preparation of 125I-imaging agents. Chemical Communications , (doi:10.1039/C7CC06211G ) (PMID:28849815) (Early Online Publication)

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Building block libraries and structural considerations in the self-assembly of polyoxometalate and polyoxothiometalate systems

McAllister, J. and Miras, H. N. (2017) Building block libraries and structural considerations in the self-assembly of polyoxometalate and polyoxothiometalate systems. Structure and Bonding , (doi:10.1007/430_2017_5 ) (Early Online Publication)

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Polyoxometalate (POM)-layered double hydroxides (LDH) composite materials: design and catalytic applications

Li, T., MIras, H. N. and Song, Y.-F. (2017) Polyoxometalate (POM)-layered double hydroxides (LDH) composite materials: design and catalytic applications. Catalysts , 7(9), 260. (doi:10.3390/catal7090260 )

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Adsorption and reaction of CO on (Pd–)Al2O3 and (Pd–)ZrO2: vibrational spectroscopy of carbonate formation

Föttinger, K., Emhofer, W., Lennon, D. and Rupprechter, G. (2017) Adsorption and reaction of CO on (Pd–)Al2O3 and (Pd–)ZrO2: vibrational spectroscopy of carbonate formation. Topics in Catalysis , (doi:10.1007/s11244-017-0852-7 )

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A monodisperse transmembrane α-helical peptide barrel

Mahendran, K. R., Niitsu, A., Kong, L., Thomson, A. R. , Sessions, R. B., Woolfson, D. N. and Bayley, H. (2017) A monodisperse transmembrane α-helical peptide barrel. Nature Chemistry , 9(5), pp. 411-419. (doi:10.1038/NCHEM.2647 ) (PMID:28430192)

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The role of composition for cobalt molybdenum carbide in ammonia synthesis

AlShibane, I. , Daisley, A. , Hargreaves, J. S.J. , Hector, A. L., Laassiri, S. , Rico, J. L. and Smith, R. I. (2017) The role of composition for cobalt molybdenum carbide in ammonia synthesis. ACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering , (doi:10.1021/acssuschemeng.7b02168 ) (Early Online Publication)

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Using earth abundant materials for the catalytic evolution of hydrogen from electron-coupled proton buffers

Symes, M. , Cogdell, R. , Macdonald, L. , McGlynn, J. , Irvine, N. , Alshibane, I. , Bloor, L. , Rausch, B., Hargreaves, J. S.J. and Cronin, L. (2017) Using earth abundant materials for the catalytic evolution of hydrogen from electron-coupled proton buffers. Sustainable Energy and Fuels , (doi:10.1039/C7SE00334J ) (Early Online Publication)

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Chemical imaging of the sulfur-induced deactivation of Cu/ZnO catalyst bodies

Beale, A. M. et al. (2014) Chemical imaging of the sulfur-induced deactivation of Cu/ZnO catalyst bodies. Journal of Catalysis , 314, pp. 94-100. (doi:10.1016/j.jcat.2014.04.007 )

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Progress towards five dimensional diffraction imaging of functional materials under process conditions

Beale, A. M., Jacques, S. D.M., Gibson, E. K. and Di Michiel, M. (2014) Progress towards five dimensional diffraction imaging of functional materials under process conditions. Coordination Chemistry Reviews , 277-8, pp. 208-223. (doi:10.1016/j.ccr.2014.05.008 )

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The nature of the molybdenum surface in iron molybdate. The active phase in selective methanol oxidation

Brookes, C. et al. (2014) The nature of the molybdenum surface in iron molybdate. The active phase in selective methanol oxidation. Journal of Physical Chemistry C , 118(45), pp. 26155-26161. (doi:10.1021/jp5081753 )

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Highly tunable catalyst supports for single-site sthylene polymerization

Buffet, J.-C., Wanna, N., Arnold, T. A. Q., Gibson, E. K. , Wells, P. P., Wang, Q., Tantirungrotechai, J. and O’Hare, D. (2015) Highly tunable catalyst supports for single-site sthylene polymerization. Chemistry of Materials , 27(5), pp. 1495-1501. (doi:10.1021/cm503433q )

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Restructuring of AuPd nanoparticles studied by a combined XAFS/DRIFTS approach

Gibson, E. K. et al. (2015) Restructuring of AuPd nanoparticles studied by a combined XAFS/DRIFTS approach. Chemistry of Materials , 27(10), pp. 3714-3720. (doi:10.1021/acs.chemmater.5b00866 )

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Selectivity determinants for dual function catalysts: applied to methanol selective oxidation on iron molybdate

Bowker, M., House, M., Alshehri, A., Brookes, C., Gibson, E. K. and Wells, P. P. (2015) Selectivity determinants for dual function catalysts: applied to methanol selective oxidation on iron molybdate. Catalysis, Structure and Reactivity , 1(2), pp. 95-100. (doi:10.1179/2055075815Y.0000000002 )

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From organometallic zinc and copper complexes to highly active colloidal catalysts for the conversion of CO2 to methanol

Brown, N. J. et al. (2015) From organometallic zinc and copper complexes to highly active colloidal catalysts for the conversion of CO2 to methanol. ACS Catalysis , 5(5), pp. 2895-2902. (doi:10.1021/cs502038y )

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Ruthenium Nanoparticles Supported on Carbon: An Active Catalyst for the Hydrogenation of Lactic Acid to 1,2-Propanediol

Iqbal, S. et al. (2015) Ruthenium Nanoparticles Supported on Carbon: An Active Catalyst for the Hydrogenation of Lactic Acid to 1,2-Propanediol. ACS Catalysis , 5(9), pp. 5047-5059. (doi:10.1021/acscatal.5b00625 )

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