Research

Research

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.

Staff in the School of Chemistry work on projects strongly tied to other disciplines in areas including plasmonics, molecular magnets, battery technology, 3D printing, and malaria. The School is therefore perfectly placed to work with other schools and colleges to go after the big questions in science.

Research groupings

Recent publications

Perspectives on the effect of sulfur on the hydrocarbonaceous overlayer on iron Fischer-Tropsch catalysts

Warringham, R. , Davidson, A. L. , Webb, P. B., Tooze, R. P., Parker, S. F. and Lennon, D. (2019) Perspectives on the effect of sulfur on the hydrocarbonaceous overlayer on iron Fischer-Tropsch catalysts. Catalysis Today , (Accepted for Publication)

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Rigidification of a macrocyclic tris-catecholate scaffold leads to electronic localisation of its mixed valent redox product

Greatorex, S., Vincent, K. B., Baldansuren, A., McInnes, E. J.L., Patmore, N. J., Sproules, S. and Halcrow, M. A. (2019) Rigidification of a macrocyclic tris-catecholate scaffold leads to electronic localisation of its mixed valent redox product. Chemical Communications , (doi:10.1039/C8CC10122A ) (PMID:30720027) (Early Online Publication)

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Synthesis and fluorescent properties of β-pyridyl α-amino acids

Harkiss, A. H. , Bell, J. D. , Knuhtsen, A. , Jamieson, A. G. and Sutherland, A. (2019) Synthesis and fluorescent properties of β-pyridyl α-amino acids. Journal of Organic Chemistry , (doi:10.1021/acs.joc.9b00036 ) (Early Online Publication)

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Selective mitochondrial superoxide generation in vivo is cardioprotective through hormesis

Hartley, R. et al. (2019) Selective mitochondrial superoxide generation in vivo is cardioprotective through hormesis. Free Radical Biology and Medicine , (Accepted for Publication)

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Implementing fluorescent MOFs as down-converting layers in hybrid light-emitting diodes

Angioni, E. , Marshall, R. J. , Findlay, N. J. , Bruckbauer, J., Breig, B., Wallis, D. J., Martin, R., Forgan, R. S. and Skabara, P. J. (2019) Implementing fluorescent MOFs as down-converting layers in hybrid light-emitting diodes. Journal of Materials Chemistry C , (doi:10.1039/C9TC00067D ) (Early Online Publication)

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Annealing multicomponent supramolecular gels

Fuentes Caparros, A. M. , Gomez Franco, F. d. P. , Dietrich, B. , Wilson, C. , Brasnett, C., Seddon, A. and Adams, D. J. (2019) Annealing multicomponent supramolecular gels. Nanoscale , (Accepted for Publication)

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Tuning and mechanistic insights of metal chalcogenide molecular catalysts for the hydrogen-evolution reaction

McAllister, J. , Bandeira, N. A.G., McGlynn, J. C. , Ganin, A. Y. , Song, Y.-F., Bo, C. and Moiras, H. N. (2019) Tuning and mechanistic insights of metal chalcogenide molecular catalysts for the hydrogen-evolution reaction. Nature Communications , 10, 370. (doi:10.1038/s41467-018-08208-4 ) (PMID:30670694)

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Synthesis and photopolymerizations of first monomers with phosphonate and bisphosphonate or phosphonic and bisphosphonic acid functionalities for potential dental applications

Gencoglu, T., Demir Duman, F. , Olcay, K., Yagci Acar, H. and Avci, D. (2018) Synthesis and photopolymerizations of first monomers with phosphonate and bisphosphonate or phosphonic and bisphosphonic acid functionalities for potential dental applications. Journal of Polymer Science Part A: Polymer Chemistry , 56(24), pp. 2739-2751. (doi:10.1002/pola.29260 )

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Redox-responsive phosphonate-functionalized poly (β-amino ester) gels and cryogels

Betul Bingol, H., Demir Duman, F. , Yagci Acar, H., Baris Yagci, M. and Avci, D. (2018) Redox-responsive phosphonate-functionalized poly (β-amino ester) gels and cryogels. European Polymer Journal , 108, pp. 57-68. (doi:10.1016/j.eurpolymj.2018.08.029 )

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Phosphonate-functionalized poly (β-amino ester) macromers as potential biomaterials

Akyol, E., Tatliyuz, M., Demir Duman, F. , Guven, M. N., Yagci Acar, H. and Avci, D. (2018) Phosphonate-functionalized poly (β-amino ester) macromers as potential biomaterials. Journal of Biomedical Materials Research Part A , 106(5), pp. 1390-1399. (doi:10.1002/jbm.a.36339 ) (PMID:29318781)

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Investigation of the factors affecting the photothermal therapy potential of small iron oxide nanoparticles over the 730–840 nm spectral region

Bilici, K., Muti, A., Demir Duman, F. , Sennaroglu, A. and Yağcı Acar, H. (2018) Investigation of the factors affecting the photothermal therapy potential of small iron oxide nanoparticles over the 730–840 nm spectral region. Photochemical and Photobiological Sciences , 17(11), pp. 1787-1793. (doi:10.1039/C8PP00203G ) (PMID:30168556)

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pH and molecular weight dependence of auric acid reduction by polyethylenimine and the gene transfection efficiency of cationic gold nanoparticles thereof

Cavuslar, O., Celaloglu, C., Duman, F.D. , Konca, Y.U., Yagci, M.B. and Yagci Acar, H. (2018) pH and molecular weight dependence of auric acid reduction by polyethylenimine and the gene transfection efficiency of cationic gold nanoparticles thereof. New Journal of Chemistry , 42(12), pp. 10078-10083. (doi:10.1039/C8NJ00628H )

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Urea dimethacrylates functionalized with bisphosphonate/bisphosphonic acid for improved dental materials

Naz Guven, M., Akyol, E., Demir Duman, F. , Yagci Acar, H., Karahan, O. and Avci, D. (2017) Urea dimethacrylates functionalized with bisphosphonate/bisphosphonic acid for improved dental materials. Journal of Polymer Science Part A: Polymer Chemistry , 55(19), pp. 3195-3204. (doi:10.1002/pola.28684 )

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Folic acid-conjugated cationic Ag2S quantum dots for optical imaging and selective doxorubicin delivery to HeLa cells

Demir Duman, F. , Erkisa, M., Khodadust, R., Ari, F., Ulukaya, E. and Yagci Acar, H. (2017) Folic acid-conjugated cationic Ag2S quantum dots for optical imaging and selective doxorubicin delivery to HeLa cells. Nanomedicine , 12(19), pp. 2319-2333. (doi:10.2217/nnm-2017-0180 ) (PMID:28875744)

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Bisphosphonate-functionalized poly (β-amino ester) network polymers

Guven, M. N., Seckin Altuncu, M., Demir Duman, F. , Eren, T. N., Yagci Acar, H. and Avci, D. (2017) Bisphosphonate-functionalized poly (β-amino ester) network polymers. Journal of Biomedical Materials Research Part A , 105(5), pp. 1412-1421. (doi:10.1002/jbm.a.36026 ) (PMID:28165665)

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Impact of reaction variables and PEI/l-cysteine ratio on the optical properties and cytocompatibility of cationic Ag 2 S quantum dots as NIR bio-imaging probes

Demir Duman, F. , Khodadust, R., Goksu Durmusoglu, E., Baris Yagci, M. and Yagci Acar, H. (2016) Impact of reaction variables and PEI/l-cysteine ratio on the optical properties and cytocompatibility of cationic Ag 2 S quantum dots as NIR bio-imaging probes. RSC Advances , 6(81), pp. 77644-77654. (doi:10.1039/C6RA13804G )

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One step emission tunable synthesis of PEG coated Ag 2 S NIR quantum dots and the development of receptor targeted drug delivery vehicles thereof

Asik, D., Yagci, M.B., Demir Duman, F. and Yagci Acar, H. (2016) One step emission tunable synthesis of PEG coated Ag 2 S NIR quantum dots and the development of receptor targeted drug delivery vehicles thereof. Journal of Materials Chemistry B , 4(11), pp. 1941-1950. (doi:10.1039/C5TB02599K )

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Highly luminescent and cytocompatible cationic Ag 2 S NIR-emitting quantum dots for optical imaging and gene transfection

Demir Duman, F. , Hocaoglu, I., Gulfem Ozturk, D., Gozuacik, D., Kiraz, A. and Yagci Acar, H. (2015) Highly luminescent and cytocompatible cationic Ag 2 S NIR-emitting quantum dots for optical imaging and gene transfection. Nanoscale , 7(26), pp. 11352-11362. (doi:10.1039/C5NR00189G ) (PMID:26068022)

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Emission tunable, cyto/hemocompatible, near-IR-emitting Ag 2 S quantum dots by aqueous decomposition of DMSA

Hocaoglu, I., Demir, F. , Birer, O., Kiraz, A., Sevrin, C., Grandfils, C. and Acar, H. Y. (2014) Emission tunable, cyto/hemocompatible, near-IR-emitting Ag 2 S quantum dots by aqueous decomposition of DMSA. Nanoscale , 6(20), pp. 11921-11931. (doi:10.1039/C4NR02935F ) (PMID:25175037)

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Stereoselective assembly of gigantic chiral molybdenum blue wheels using lanthanide ions and amino acids

Xuan, W. , Pow, R. , Watfa, N. , Zheng, Q. , Surman, A. J. , Long, D.-L. and Cronin, L. (2019) Stereoselective assembly of gigantic chiral molybdenum blue wheels using lanthanide ions and amino acids. Journal of the American Chemical Society , 141(3), pp. 1242-1250. (doi:10.1021/jacs.8b09750 ) (PMID:30495944)

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