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

Redox-controlled potassium intercalation into two polyaromatic hydrocarbon solids

Romero, F. D. et al. (2017) Redox-controlled potassium intercalation into two polyaromatic hydrocarbon solids. Nature Chemistry , (doi:10.1038/nchem.2765 ) (Early Online Publication)

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POMzites: a family of zeolitic polyoxometalate frameworks from a minimal building block library

Boyd, T., Mitchell, S. G., Gabb, D., Long, D.-L. , Song, Y.-F. , and Cronin, L. (2017) POMzites: a family of zeolitic polyoxometalate frameworks from a minimal building block library. Journal of the American Chemical Society , (doi:10.1021/jacs.7b01807 ) (PMID:28368582) (Early Online Publication)

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Coding the assembly of polyoxotungstates with a programmable reaction system

Ruiz de la Oliva, A., Sans, V. , Haralampos, M. N., Long, D. L. , and Cronin, L. (2017) Coding the assembly of polyoxotungstates with a programmable reaction system. Inorganic Chemistry , (doi:10.1021/acs.inorgchem.7b00206 ) (PMID:28414229)

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Olefin cross metathesis and ring closing metathesis in polymer chemistry

Prunet, J. (2017) Olefin cross metathesis and ring closing metathesis in polymer chemistry. Polymer Chemistry , (Accepted for Publication)

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Swellable functional hypercrosslinked polymer networks for the uptake of chemical warfare agents

Wilson, C., Main, M. J., Cooper, N. J., Briggs, M. E., Cooper, A. I., and Adams, D. J. (2017) Swellable functional hypercrosslinked polymer networks for the uptake of chemical warfare agents. Polymer Chemistry , 8(12), pp. 1914-1922. (doi:10.1039/c7py00040e )

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Spectroscopic studies of the Chan–Lam amination: a mechanism-inspired solution to boronic ester reactivity

Vantourout, J. C., Miras, H. N. , Isidro-Llobet, A., Sproules, S. , and Watson, A. J.B. (2017) Spectroscopic studies of the Chan–Lam amination: a mechanism-inspired solution to boronic ester reactivity. Journal of the American Chemical Society , 139(13), pp. 4769-4779. (doi:10.1021/jacs.6b12800 ) (PMID:28266843)

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DFT-D3 study of H2 and N2 chemisorption over cobalt promoted Ta3N5 (100), (010) and (001) surfaces

Zeinalipour-Yazdi, C.D., Hargreaves, J.S.J. , Laassiri, S. , and Catlow, C.R.A. (2017) DFT-D3 study of H2 and N2 chemisorption over cobalt promoted Ta3N5 (100), (010) and (001) surfaces. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics , (Accepted for Publication)

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Interaction of triplet excited states of ketones with nucleophilic groups (π,π*) and (n,π*) versus (σ*,π*) states. substituent-induced state switching in triplet ketones

Bucher, G. (2017) Interaction of triplet excited states of ketones with nucleophilic groups (π,π*) and (n,π*) versus (σ*,π*) states. substituent-induced state switching in triplet ketones. Australian Journal of Chemistry , 70(4), pp. 387-396. (doi:10.1071/CH16621 )

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Salicylaldehyde hydrazones: buttressing of outer sphere hydrogen bonding and copper extraction properties

Roach, B. D., Lin, T., Bauer, H., Forgan, R. S. , Parsons, S., Rogers, D. M., White, F. J., and Tasker, P. A. (2017) Salicylaldehyde hydrazones: buttressing of outer sphere hydrogen bonding and copper extraction properties. Australian Journal of Chemistry , (doi:10.1071/CH16639 ) (Early Online Publication)

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Deactivation study of the hydrodeoxygenation of p-methylguaiacol over silica supported rhodium and platinum catalysts

Bouxin, F.P. , Zhang, X., Kings, I.N., Lee, A.F., Simmons, M.J.H., Wilson, K., and Jackson, S.D. (2017) Deactivation study of the hydrodeoxygenation of p-methylguaiacol over silica supported rhodium and platinum catalysts. Applied Catalysis A: General , 539, pp. 29-37. (doi:10.1016/j.apcata.2017.03.039 )

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A topologically unique alternating {CoIII3GdIII3} magnetocaloric ring

Heras Ojea, M. J. , Lorusso, G., Craig, G. A. , Wilson, C. , Evangelisti, M., and Murrie, M. (2017) A topologically unique alternating {CoIII3GdIII3} magnetocaloric ring. Chemical Communications , (doi:10.1039/C7CC02243C ) (PMID:28405656) (Early Online Publication)

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Ultrafast 2D-IR and optical Kerr effect spectroscopy reveal the impact of duplex melting on the structural dynamics of DNA

Hithell, G., González-Jiménez, M., Greetham, G. M., Donaldson, P. M., Towrie, M., Parker, A. W., Burley, G. A. , Wynne, K. , and Hunt, N. T. (2017) Ultrafast 2D-IR and optical Kerr effect spectroscopy reveal the impact of duplex melting on the structural dynamics of DNA. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics , (doi:10.1039/C7CP00054E ) (Early Online Publication)

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A macrocyclic ‛Co0’ complex: the relevance of ligand non-innocence to reactivity

Kaspar, M., Altmann, P. J., Pöthig, A., Sproules, S. , and Hess, C. R. (2017) A macrocyclic ‛Co0’ complex: the relevance of ligand non-innocence to reactivity. Chemical Communications , (Accepted for Publication)

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Functional versatility of a series of Zr MOFs probed by solid-state photoluminescence spectroscopy

Marshall, R. J. , Kalinovskyy, Y., Griffin, S. L. , Wilson, C. , Blight, B. A., and Forgan, R. S. (2017) Functional versatility of a series of Zr MOFs probed by solid-state photoluminescence spectroscopy. Journal of the American Chemical Society , (doi:10.1021/jacs.7b02184 ) (PMID:28385019) (Early Online Publication)

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pH-directed aggregation to control photoconductivity in self-assembled perylene bisimides

Adams, D. (2017) pH-directed aggregation to control photoconductivity in self-assembled perylene bisimides. Chem , (Accepted for Publication)

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Mononuclear sulfido-tungsten(V) complexes: completing the Tp*MEXY (M = Mo, W; E = O, S) series

Sproules, S. , Eagle, A. A., George, G. N., White, J. M., and Young, C. G. (2017) Mononuclear sulfido-tungsten(V) complexes: completing the Tp*MEXY (M = Mo, W; E = O, S) series. Inorganic Chemistry , (Accepted for Publication)

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Effect of annealing on exciton diffusion in a high performance small molecule organic photovoltaic material

Long, Y., Hedley, G. J., Ruseckas, A., Chowdhury, M., Roland, T., Serrano, L. A., Cooke, G. , and Samuel, I. D.W. (2017) Effect of annealing on exciton diffusion in a high performance small molecule organic photovoltaic material. ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces , (doi:10.1021/acsami.6b16487 ) (PMID:28358189) (Early Online Publication)

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Oxidative addition of aryl electrophiles to a prototypical nickel(0) complex: mechanism and structure/reactivity relationships

Bajo, S., Laidlaw, G., Kennedy, A. R., and Sproules, S. (2017) Oxidative addition of aryl electrophiles to a prototypical nickel(0) complex: mechanism and structure/reactivity relationships. Organometallics , (doi:10.1021/acs.organomet.7b00208 ) (Early Online Publication)

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pH dependent photocatalytic hydrogen evolution by self-assembled perylene bisimides

Nolan, M. C. , Walsh, J. J., Mears, L. L.E., Draper, E. R., Wallace, M., Barrow, M., Dietrich, B. , King, S. M., Cowan, A. J., and Adams, D. J. (2017) pH dependent photocatalytic hydrogen evolution by self-assembled perylene bisimides. Journal of Materials Chemistry A , (doi:10.1039/C7TA01845B ) (Early Online Publication)

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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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