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

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Hill, R. A. and Sutherland, A. (2015) Hot off the press. Natural Product Reports , 32(10), pp. 1364-1368. (doi:10.1039/c5np90039e )

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Constructing CrIII-centered heterometallic complexes: [NiII6CrIII] and [CoII6CrIII] wheels

Kakaroni, F. E., Collet, A. , Sakellari, E., Tzimopoulos, D., Siczek, M., Lis, T., Murrie, M. and Milios, C. J. (2017) Constructing CrIII-centered heterometallic complexes: [NiII6CrIII] and [CoII6CrIII] wheels. Dalton Transactions , (doi:10.1039/C7DT04043A ) (Early Online Publication)

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Synthesis of bicyclic tripeptides inspired by the ABC-ring system of vancomycin through ruthenium-based cyclization chemistries

Yang, X., Beroske, L. P., Kemmink, J., Rijkers, D. T.S. and Liskamp, R. M.J. (2017) Synthesis of bicyclic tripeptides inspired by the ABC-ring system of vancomycin through ruthenium-based cyclization chemistries. Tetrahedron Letters , 58(48), pp. 4542-4546. (doi:10.1016/j.tetlet.2017.10.046 )

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Hill, R. A. and Sutherland, A. (2015) Hot off the press. Natural Product Reports , 32(2), pp. 111-115. (doi:10.1039/c4np90046d )

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Controlling metamaterial transparency with superchiral fields

Kelly, C. , Khorashad, L. K., Gadegaard, N. , Barron, L. D. , Govorov, A. O., Karimullah, A. S. and Kadodwala, M. (2017) Controlling metamaterial transparency with superchiral fields. ACS Photonics , (doi:10.1021/acsphotonics.7b01071 ) (Early Online Publication)

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A re-evaluation of Sn(II) phthalocyanine as a catalyst for the electrosynthesis of ammonia

Shipman, M. A. and Symes, M. D. (2017) A re-evaluation of Sn(II) phthalocyanine as a catalyst for the electrosynthesis of ammonia. Electrochimica Acta , (doi:10.1016/j.electacta.2017.11.105 ) (Early Online Publication)

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Hill, R. A. and Sutherland, A. (2017) Hot off the press. Natural Product Reports , (doi:10.1039/c7np90044a ) (PMID:29090285) (Early Online Publication)

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Simultaneous cyclization and derivatization of peptides using cyclopentenediones

Brun, O., Archibald, L. J. , Agramunt, J., Pedroso, E. and Grandas, A. (2017) Simultaneous cyclization and derivatization of peptides using cyclopentenediones. Organic Letters , 19(5), pp. 992-995. (doi:10.1021/acs.orglett.6b03825 ) (PMID:28212041)

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Formation and structure of the ferryl [Fe=O] in-termediate in the non-haem iron halogenase SyrB2: classical and QM/MM modelling agree

Rugg, G. and Senn, H.M. (2017) Formation and structure of the ferryl [Fe=O] in-termediate in the non-haem iron halogenase SyrB2: classical and QM/MM modelling agree. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics , 19(44), pp. 30107-30119. (doi:10.1039/C7CP05937J ) (PMID:29099125)

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Rapid iododeboronation with and without gold catalysis: application to radiolabelling of arenes

Webster, S., O’Rourke, K. M., Fletcher, C., Pimlott, S. L. , Sutherland, A. and Lee, A.-L. (2017) Rapid iododeboronation with and without gold catalysis: application to radiolabelling of arenes. Chemistry: A European Journal , (doi:10.1002/chem.201704534 ) (Early Online Publication)

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Optimising low molecular weight hydrogels for automated 3D printing

Nolan, M. C., Fuentes Caparrós, A. M. , Dietrich, B. , Barrow, M., Cross, E. R. , Bleuel, M., King, S. M. and Adams, D. (2017) Optimising low molecular weight hydrogels for automated 3D printing. Soft Matter , (doi:10.1039/C7SM01694H ) (Early Online Publication)

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Ascertaining the correctness of the assigned central 3d transition metal in coordination complexes

Farrugia, L. J. (2017) Ascertaining the correctness of the assigned central 3d transition metal in coordination complexes. Acta Crystallographica. Section B: Structural Science, Crystal Engineering and Materials , 73(Pt 5), pp. 779-780. (doi:10.1107/S2052520617013579 ) (PMID:28980981)

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Adaptive artificial evolution of droplet protocells in a 3D-printed fluidic chemorobotic platform with configurable environments

Parrilla Gutierrez, J. M. , Tsuda, S. , Grizou, J. , Taylor, J. , Henson, A. and Cronin, L. (2017) Adaptive artificial evolution of droplet protocells in a 3D-printed fluidic chemorobotic platform with configurable environments. Nature Communications , 8, 1144. (doi:10.1038/s41467-017-01161-8 ) (PMID:29074987) (PMCID:PMC5658334)

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Mitochondria-targeted spin-labelled luminescent iridium anticancer complexes

Venkatesh, V. et al. (2017) Mitochondria-targeted spin-labelled luminescent iridium anticancer complexes. Chemical Science , (doi:10.1039/C7SC03216A ) (Early Online Publication)

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Thorium(IV) and uranium(IV) trans-calix[2]benzene[2]pyrrolide alkyl and alkynyl complexes: synthesis, reactivity, and electronic structure

Suvova, M., O’Brien, K. T.P., Farnaby, J. H. , Love, J. B., Kaltsoyannis, N. and Arnold, P. L. (2017) Thorium(IV) and uranium(IV) trans-calix[2]benzene[2]pyrrolide alkyl and alkynyl complexes: synthesis, reactivity, and electronic structure. Organometallics , (doi:10.1021/acs.organomet.7b00633 ) (Early Online Publication)

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One-pot asymmetric synthesis of alkylidene 1-alkylindan-1-ols using Brønsted acid and palladium catalysis

Faggyas, R. J. , Calder, E. D.D., Wilson, C. and Sutherland, A. (2017) One-pot asymmetric synthesis of alkylidene 1-alkylindan-1-ols using Brønsted acid and palladium catalysis. Journal of Organic Chemistry , 82(21), pp. 11585-11593. (doi:10.1021/acs.joc.7b02287 ) (PMID:28985675)

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Recent progress in the synthesis of nanostructured magnesium hydroxide

Balducci, G. , Bravo Diaz, L. and Gregory, D. H. (2017) Recent progress in the synthesis of nanostructured magnesium hydroxide. CrystEngComm , 41(19), pp. 6067-6087. (doi:10.1039/C7CE01570D ) (Early Online Publication)

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Low-molecular-weight gels: the state of the art

Draper, E. R. and Adams, D. J. (2017) Low-molecular-weight gels: the state of the art. Chem , 3(3), pp. 390-410. (doi:10.1016/j.chempr.2017.07.012 )

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Nanowire FET based neural element for robotic tactile sensing skin

Taube Navaraj, W. , García Núñez, C. , Shakthivel, D. , Vinciguerra, V., Labeau, F., Gregory, D. H. and Dahiya, R. (2017) Nanowire FET based neural element for robotic tactile sensing skin. Frontiers in Neuroscience , 11, 501. (doi:10.3389/fnins.2017.00501 ) (PMID:28979183) (PMCID:PMC5611376)

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Structure of Equilenin at 100 K: an estrone-related steroid

Frampton, C. S. and MacNicol, D. D. (2017) Structure of Equilenin at 100 K: an estrone-related steroid. Acta Crystallographica. Section E: Crystallographic Communications , 73(Pt 8), pp. 1223-1226. (doi:10.1107/S2056989017010532 ) (PMID:28932441) (PMCID:PMC5598853)

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