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

An alternative method to access diverse N,N′-diquaternised-3,3′-biquinoxalinium “biquinoxen” dications

Leblanc, N., Sproules, S. , and Powell, A. K. (2017) An alternative method to access diverse N,N′-diquaternised-3,3′-biquinoxalinium “biquinoxen” dications. New Journal of Chemistry , (doi:10.1039/C7NJ00531H ) (Early Online Publication)

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Allopolyploid origin of the leafy liverwort Plagiochila britannica (Plagiochilaceae)

Barbulescu, E. V.I., Patzak, S. D.F., Feldberg, K., Schäfer-Verwimp, A., Rycroft, D. S. , Renner, M. A.M., and Heinrichs, J. (2017) Allopolyploid origin of the leafy liverwort Plagiochila britannica (Plagiochilaceae). Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society , 183(2), pp. 250-259. (doi:10.1093/botlinnean/bow005 )

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Multiphysics simulations of thermoelectric generator modules with cold and hot blocks and effects of some factors

Li, W. et al. (2017) Multiphysics simulations of thermoelectric generator modules with cold and hot blocks and effects of some factors. Case Studies in Thermal Engineering , (doi:10.1016/j.csite.2017.03.005 ) (Early Online Publication)

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Preface

Hargreaves, J.S.J. (2017) Preface. Catalysis Today , 286, p. 1. (doi:10.1016/j.cattod.2017.03.013 )

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Assessment of H2S in vivo using the newly developed mitochondria-targeted mass spectrometry probe MitoA

Arndt, S. et al. (2017) Assessment of H2S in vivo using the newly developed mitochondria-targeted mass spectrometry probe MitoA. Journal of Biological Chemistry , (doi:10.1074/jbc.M117.784678 ) (Early Online Publication)

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Dangling and hydrolyzed ligand arms in [Mn3] and [Mn6] coordination assemblies: synthesis, characterization, and functional activity

Chattopadhyay, K., Craig, G. A. , Heras Ojea, M. J. , Pait, M., Kundu, A., Lee, J., Murrie, M. , Frontera, A., and Ray, D. (2017) Dangling and hydrolyzed ligand arms in [Mn3] and [Mn6] coordination assemblies: synthesis, characterization, and functional activity. Inorganic Chemistry , 56(5), pp. 2639-2652. (doi:10.1021/acs.inorgchem.6b02813 ) (PMID:28198623)

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Adsorption of the natural protein surfactant Rsn-2 onto liquid interfaces

Brandani, G. B., Vance, S. J., Schor, M., Cooper, A. , Kennedy, M. W. , Smith, B. O. , MacPhee, C. E., and Cheung, D. L. (2017) Adsorption of the natural protein surfactant Rsn-2 onto liquid interfaces. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics , (doi:10.1039/C6CP07261E ) (PMID:28289744) (Early Online Publication)

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Oligomerization affects the kinetics and thermodynamics of the interaction of a Bowman-Birk inhibitor with proteases

Brand, G.D. , Pires, D.A.T., Furtado, J.R., Cooper, A. , Freitas, S.M., and Bloch Jr., C. (2017) Oligomerization affects the kinetics and thermodynamics of the interaction of a Bowman-Birk inhibitor with proteases. Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics , 618, pp. 9-14. (doi:10.1016/j.abb.2017.01.009 ) (PMID:28132757)

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Structural diversification of the aminobicyclo[4.3.0]nonane skeleton using alkynylsilyl-derived allylic trichloroacetimidates

Mostafa, M., McMillan, A. E., and Sutherland, A. (2017) Structural diversification of the aminobicyclo[4.3.0]nonane skeleton using alkynylsilyl-derived allylic trichloroacetimidates. Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry , (doi:10.1039/C7OB00456G ) (Early Online Publication)

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Selective surface PEGylation of UiO-66 nanoparticles for enhanced stability, cell uptake and pH responsive drug delivery

Forgan, R. (2017) Selective surface PEGylation of UiO-66 nanoparticles for enhanced stability, cell uptake and pH responsive drug delivery. Chem , (Accepted for Publication)

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Nonlinear effects in multicomponent supramolecular hydrogels

Draper, E. R. , Wallace, M., Schweins, R., Poole, R. J., and Adams, D. J. (2017) Nonlinear effects in multicomponent supramolecular hydrogels. Langmuir , 33(9), pp. 2387-2395. (doi:10.1021/acs.langmuir.7b00326 ) (PMID:28191979)

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Reversible DNA micro-patterning using the fluorous effect

Flynn, G. E. , Withers, J. M., Macias, G. , Sperling, J. R. , Henry, S. L. , Cooper, J. M. , Burley, G. A. , and Clark, A. W. (2017) Reversible DNA micro-patterning using the fluorous effect. Chemical Communications , 53(21), pp. 3094-3097. (doi:10.1039/C7CC00288B ) (PMID:28243661)

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Hot off the press

Hill, R. A. , and Sutherland, A. (2017) Hot off the press. Natural Product Reports , 34(2), pp. 130-134. (doi:10.1039/c6np90051h ) (PMID:28079908)

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Synthesis and methane cracking activity of a silicon nitride supported vanadium nitride nanoparticle composite

AlShibane, I., Hargreaves, J. , Hector, A. L., Levason, W., and McFarlane, A. (2017) Synthesis and methane cracking activity of a silicon nitride supported vanadium nitride nanoparticle composite. Dalton Transactions , (doi:10.1039/C7DT00285H ) (PMID:28266678) (Early Online Publication)

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Probing photoinduced spin states in spin-crossover molecules with neutron scattering

Ridier, K., Craig, G.A. , Damay, F., Fennell, T., Murrie, M. , and Chaboussant, G. (2017) Probing photoinduced spin states in spin-crossover molecules with neutron scattering. Physical Review B , 95(9), 094403. (doi:10.1103/PhysRevB.95.094403 )

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A metamorphic inorganic framework that can be switched between eight single-crystalline states

Zhan, C. et al. (2017) A metamorphic inorganic framework that can be switched between eight single-crystalline states. Nature Communications , 8, 14185. (doi:10.1038/ncomms14185 ) (PMID:28194009)

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MCNTs@MnO2 nanocomposite cathode integrated with soluble O2-carrier Co-salen in electrolyte for high-performance Li-air batteries

Hu, X., Wang, J., Li, Z., Wang, J., Gregory, D. H. , and Chen, J. (2017) MCNTs@MnO2 nanocomposite cathode integrated with soluble O2-carrier Co-salen in electrolyte for high-performance Li-air batteries. Nano Letters , 17(3), pp. 2073-2078. (doi:10.1021/acs.nanolett.7b00203 ) (PMID:28135104)

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Large-scale surfactant-free synthesis of p-type SnTe nanoparticles for thermoelectric applications

Han, G. , Zhang, R., Popuri, S. R., Greer, H. F., Reece, M. J., Bos, J.-W. G., Zhou, W., Knox, A. R. , and Gregory, D. H. (2017) Large-scale surfactant-free synthesis of p-type SnTe nanoparticles for thermoelectric applications. Materials , 10(3), 233. (doi:10.3390/ma10030233 )

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The development of biomolecular Raman optical activity spectroscopy

Barron, L. D. (2015) The development of biomolecular Raman optical activity spectroscopy. Biomedical Spectroscopy and Imaging , 4(3), pp. 223-253. (doi:10.3233/BSI-150113 )

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A novel Raman optical activity instrument operating in the deep ultraviolet spectral region

Kapitán, J. , Barron, L. D. , and Hecht, L. (2015) A novel Raman optical activity instrument operating in the deep ultraviolet spectral region. Journal of Raman Spectroscopy , 46(4), pp. 392-399. (doi:10.1002/jrs.4665 )

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