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.

Research groupings

Recent publications

Synthetic considerations in the self-assembly of coordination polymers of pyridine-functionalised hybrid Mn-Anderson polyoxometalates

Yazigi, F.-J. , Wilson, C. , Long, D.-L. and Forgan, R. S. (2017) Synthetic considerations in the self-assembly of coordination polymers of pyridine-functionalised hybrid Mn-Anderson polyoxometalates. Crystal Growth and Design , (doi:10.1021/acs.cgd.7b00672 ) (Early Online Publication)

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MoTe₂ rendered by polymorphic control into an efficient and stable electrocatalyst for the hydrogen evolution reaction

McGlynn, J. C. , Cascallana-Matías, I. , Fraser, J. P., Roger, I. , Mcallister, J. , Miras, H. , Symes, M. D. and Ganin, A. Y. (2017) MoTe₂ rendered by polymorphic control into an efficient and stable electrocatalyst for the hydrogen evolution reaction. Energy Technology , (doi:10.1002/ente.201700489 ) (Early Online Publication)

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An investigation into the unusual linkage isomerisation and nitrite reduction activity of a novel tris(2-pyridyl) copper complex

Roger, I. , Wilson, C. , Senn, H. M. , Sproules, S. and Symes, M. D. (2017) An investigation into the unusual linkage isomerisation and nitrite reduction activity of a novel tris(2-pyridyl) copper complex. Royal Society Open Science , (Accepted for Publication)

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Recent advances in transition metal-catalyzed, directed Aryl C-H/N-H cross coupling reactions

Henry, M. C. , Sutherland, A. and Mostafa, M. A.B. (2017) Recent advances in transition metal-catalyzed, directed Aryl C-H/N-H cross coupling reactions. Synthesis , (Accepted for Publication)

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Unprecedented inequivalent metal coordination environments in a mixed-ligand dicobalt complex

Cioncoloni, G. , Sproules, S. , Wilson, C. and Symes, M. D. (2017) Unprecedented inequivalent metal coordination environments in a mixed-ligand dicobalt complex. European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry , (doi:10.1002/ejic.201700803 ) (Early Online Publication)

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Trialkylphosphine-Mediated Synthesis of 2-Acyl Furans from Ynenones

Xu, C. , Wittmann, S. , Gemander, M. , Ruohonen, V. and Clark, S. (2017) Trialkylphosphine-Mediated Synthesis of 2-Acyl Furans from Ynenones. Organic Letters , 19(13), pp. 3556-3559. (doi:10.1021/acs.orglett.7b01533 )

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Solid-phase synthesis of oxetane modified peptides

Beadle, J. D., Knuhtsen, A. , Hoose, A. , Raubo, P., Jamieson, A. G. and Shipman, M. (2017) Solid-phase synthesis of oxetane modified peptides. Organic Letters , 19(12), pp. 3303-3306. (doi:10.1021/acs.orglett.7b01466 ) (PMID:28585839)

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Quantifying the formation of chiral luminescent lanthanide assemblies in an aqueous medium through chiroptical spectroscopy and generation of luminescent hydrogels

Bradberry, S. J., Savyasachi, A. J., Peacock, R. D. and Gunnlaugsson, T. (2015) Quantifying the formation of chiral luminescent lanthanide assemblies in an aqueous medium through chiroptical spectroscopy and generation of luminescent hydrogels. Faraday Discussions , 185, pp. 413-431. (doi:10.1039/c5fd00105f ) (PMID:26404059)

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Structure of native cellulose microfibrils, the starting point for nanocellulose manufacture

Jarvis, M. (2017) Structure of native cellulose microfibrils, the starting point for nanocellulose manufacture. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences , (Accepted for Publication)

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Human vs robots in the discovery and crystallization of gigantic polyoxometalates

Duros, V. , Grizou, J. , Xuan, W. , Hosni, Z. , Long, D.-L. , Miras, H. N. and Cronin, L. (2017) Human vs robots in the discovery and crystallization of gigantic polyoxometalates. Angewandte Chemie , (doi:10.1002/ange.201705721 ) (PMID:28649740) (Early Online Publication)

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MitoNeoD: a mitochondria-targeted superoxide probe

Hartley, R. (2017) MitoNeoD: a mitochondria-targeted superoxide probe. Cell Chemical Biology , (Accepted for Publication)

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An orthogonally protected CycloTriVeratrylene (CTV) as a highly pre-organized molecular scaffold for subsequent ligation of different cyclic peptides towards protein mimics

Longin, O. , Van De Langemheen, H. and Liskamp, R. M.J. (2017) An orthogonally protected CycloTriVeratrylene (CTV) as a highly pre-organized molecular scaffold for subsequent ligation of different cyclic peptides towards protein mimics. Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry , (doi:10.1016/j.bmc.2017.05.038 ) (PMID:28583807) (Early Online Publication)

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ISAMBARD: an open-source computational environment for biomolecular analysis, modelling and design

Wood, C. W., Heal, J. W., Thomson, A. R. , Bartlett, G. J., Ibarra, A. A., Brady, R. L., Sessions, R. B. and Woolfson, D. N. (2017) ISAMBARD: an open-source computational environment for biomolecular analysis, modelling and design. Bioinformatics , (doi:10.1093/bioinformatics/btx352 ) (PMID:28582565) (Early Online Publication)

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Encapsulation of a {Cu16} cluster containing four [Cu4O4] cubanes within an isopolyoxometalate {W44} cluster

Zhan, C. , Busche, C. , Long, D.-L. , Molina, P. I., Winter, R. S. and Cronin, L. (2017) Encapsulation of a {Cu16} cluster containing four [Cu4O4] cubanes within an isopolyoxometalate {W44} cluster. Chemical Communications , 53(52), pp. 7076-7079. (doi:10.1039/c7cc03544f ) (PMID:28627534)

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Construction of a chassis for a tripartite protein-based molecular motor

Small, L. S.R., Bruning, M., Thomson, A. R. , Boyle, A. L., Davies, R. B., Curmi, P. M.G., Forde, N. R., Linke, H., Woolfson, D. N. and Bromley, E. H.C. (2017) Construction of a chassis for a tripartite protein-based molecular motor. ACS Synthetic Biology , 6(6), pp. 1096-1102. (doi:10.1021/acssynbio.7b00037 ) (PMID:28221767) (PMCID:PMC5477008)

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Trialkylphosphine-mediated synthesis of 2-Acyl furans from ynenones

Xu, C., Wittmann, S. , Gemander, M., Ruohonen, V. and Clark, J. S. (2017) Trialkylphosphine-mediated synthesis of 2-Acyl furans from ynenones. Organic Letters , (doi:10.1021/acs.orglett.7b01533 ) (PMID:28654294) (Early Online Publication)

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Opening a can of worm(-like micelle)s: the effect of temperature of solutions of functionalised dipeptides

Adams, D. J. , Draper, E. , Su, H., Brasnett, C., Poole, R., Rogers, S., Cui, H. and Seddon, A. (2017) Opening a can of worm(-like micelle)s: the effect of temperature of solutions of functionalised dipeptides. Angewandte Chemie (International Edition) , (doi:10.1002/anie.201705604 ) (PMID:28653804) (Early Online Publication)

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Supramolecular polymer hydrogels induced by host-guest interactions with di-[cyclobis(paraquat-p-phenylene)] cross-linkers: from molecular complexation to viscoelastic properties

Fumagalli, M., Belal, K., Guo, H., Stoffelbach, F., Cooke, G. , Marcellan, A., Woisel, P. and Hourdet, D. (2017) Supramolecular polymer hydrogels induced by host-guest interactions with di-[cyclobis(paraquat-p-phenylene)] cross-linkers: from molecular complexation to viscoelastic properties. Soft Matter , (doi:10.1039/C7SM01051F ) (Early Online Publication)

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Kinetically controlled coassembly of multichromophoric peptide hydrogelators and the impacts on energy transport

Ardoña, H. A. M., Draper, E. R. , Citossi, F., Wallace, M., Serpell, L. C., Adams, D. J. and Tovar, J. D. (2017) Kinetically controlled coassembly of multichromophoric peptide hydrogelators and the impacts on energy transport. Journal of the American Chemical Society , 139(25), pp. 8685-8692. (doi:10.1021/jacs.7b04006 ) (PMID:28578581)

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Enhancement of the lithium ion conductivity of Ta-doped Li7La3Zr2O12 by incorporation of calcium

El-Shinawi, H. , Cussen, E. J. and Corr, S. A. (2017) Enhancement of the lithium ion conductivity of Ta-doped Li7La3Zr2O12 by incorporation of calcium. Dalton Transactions , (doi:10.1039/C7DT01573A ) (Early Online Publication)

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