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

Tuning redox active polyoxometalates for efficient electron‐coupled proton buffer mediated water splitting

Lie, J., Yang, J.-J., Liu, T., Yuan, R.-M., Deng, D.-R., Zheng, M.-S., Chen, J.-J. , Cronin, L. and Dong, Q.-F. (2019) Tuning redox active polyoxometalates for efficient electron‐coupled proton buffer mediated water splitting. Chemistry: A European Journal , 25(49), pp. 11432-11436. (doi:10.1002/chem.201903142 ) (PMID:31309625)

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Chemically fuelled self-regulating gel-to-gel transition

Panja, S. , Dietrich, B. and Adams, D. J. (2019) Chemically fuelled self-regulating gel-to-gel transition. ChemSystemsChem , (Accepted for Publication)

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Biomacromolecular charge chirality detected using chiral plasmonic nanostructures

Rodier, M. , Keijzer, C. , Milner, J. , Karimullah, A. S. , Barron, L. , Gadegaard, N. , Lapthorn, A. J. and Kadodwala, M. (2019) Biomacromolecular charge chirality detected using chiral plasmonic nanostructures. Nanoscale Horizons , (doi:10.1039/C9NH00525K ) (Early Online Publication)

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Using optical tweezing to control phase separation and nucleation near a liquid–liquid critical point

Walton, F. and Wynne, K. (2019) Using optical tweezing to control phase separation and nucleation near a liquid–liquid critical point. Soft Matter , (doi:10.1039/C9SM01297D ) (Accepted for Publication)

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Dynamics of photo‐induced surface oxygen vacancies in metal‐oxide semiconductors studied under ambient conditions

Glass, D., Cortés, E., Ben‐Jaber, S., Brick, T., Peveler, W. J. , Blackman, C. S., Howle, C. R., Quesada‐Cabrera, R., Parkin, I. P. and Maier, S. A. (2019) Dynamics of photo‐induced surface oxygen vacancies in metal‐oxide semiconductors studied under ambient conditions. Advanced Science , (doi:10.1002/advs.201901841 ) (Early Online Publication)

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Probing specificity of protein-protein interactions with chiral plasmonic nanostructures

Rodier, M. , Keijzer, C. , Milner, J. , Karimullah, A. , Barron, L. , Gadegaard, N. , Lapthorn, A. and Kadodwala, M. (2019) Probing specificity of protein-protein interactions with chiral plasmonic nanostructures. Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters , 10, pp. 6105-6111. (doi:10.1021/acs.jpclett.9b02288 ) (PMID:31549842) (Early Online Publication)

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Detection of malaria parasites in dried human blood spots using mid-infrared spectroscopy and logistic regression analysis

Mwanga, E. P. et al. (2019) Detection of malaria parasites in dried human blood spots using mid-infrared spectroscopy and logistic regression analysis. Malaria Journal , (Accepted for Publication)

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The mitochondria-targeted methylglyoxal sequestering compound, MitoGamide, is cardioprotective in the diabetic heart

Tate, M. et al. (2019) The mitochondria-targeted methylglyoxal sequestering compound, MitoGamide, is cardioprotective in the diabetic heart. Cardiovascular Drugs and Therapy , (Accepted for Publication)

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Universal chemical synthesis and discovery with 'The Chemputer'

Gromski, P. S. , Granda, J. M. and Cronin, L. (2019) Universal chemical synthesis and discovery with 'The Chemputer'. Trends in Chemistry , (doi:10.1016/j.trechm.2019.07.004 ) (Early Online Publication)

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Magnetic properties of a family of [MnIII4LnIII4] wheel complexes: an experimental and theoretical study

Craig, G. A. , Velmurugan, G., Wilson, C. , Valiente, R., Rajaraman, G. and Murrie, M. (2019) Magnetic properties of a family of [MnIII4LnIII4] wheel complexes: an experimental and theoretical study. Inorganic Chemistry , (Accepted for Publication)

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Improving the Aqueous Solubility of HCV-E2 Glycoprotein Epitope Mimics by Cyclization Using Polar Hinges

Meuleman, T. , Cowton, V. , Patel, A. and Liskamp, R. (2019) Improving the Aqueous Solubility of HCV-E2 Glycoprotein Epitope Mimics by Cyclization Using Polar Hinges. Journal of Peptide Science , (Accepted for Publication)

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Proving the viability of an electrochemical process for the simultaneous extraction of oxygen and production of metal alloys from lunar regolith

Lomax, B. A. , Conti, M., Khan, N., Bennett, N. S., Ganin, A. Y. and Symes, M. D. (2019) Proving the viability of an electrochemical process for the simultaneous extraction of oxygen and production of metal alloys from lunar regolith. Planetary and Space Science , (Accepted for Publication)

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Supramolecular self-assembly to control structural and biological properties of multicomponent hydrogels

Okesola, B. O., Wu, Y., Derkus, B., Gani, S., Wu, D., Knani, D., Smith, D. K., Adams, D. J. and Mata, A. (2019) Supramolecular self-assembly to control structural and biological properties of multicomponent hydrogels. Chemistry of Materials , (doi:10.1021/acs.chemmater.9b01882 ) (Early Online Publication)

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Crystal structure of catena-poly[[(μ-6-{[bis­­(pyridin-2-ylmeth­yl)amino]­meth­yl}pyridine-2-carboxyl­ato)copper(II)] perchlorate aceto­nitrile monosolvate]

Cioncoloni, G. , Wilson, C. , Roger, I. and Symes, M. D. (2019) Crystal structure of catena-poly[[(μ-6-{[bis­­(pyridin-2-ylmeth­yl)amino]­meth­yl}pyridine-2-carboxyl­ato)copper(II)] perchlorate aceto­nitrile monosolvate]. Acta Crystallographica. Section E: Crystallographic Communications , 75(6), pp. 789-793. (doi:10.1107/S2056989019006285 )

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Validation of the protein kinase PfCLK3 as a multistage cross-species malarial drug target

Alam, M. M. et al. (2019) Validation of the protein kinase PfCLK3 as a multistage cross-species malarial drug target. Science , 365(6456), eaau1682. (doi:10.1126/science.aau1682 )

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Supramolecular compartmentalized hydrogels via polydopamine particle-stabilized water-in-water emulsions

Zhang, J., Kumru, B. and Schmidt, B. V.K.J. (2019) Supramolecular compartmentalized hydrogels via polydopamine particle-stabilized water-in-water emulsions. Langmuir , (doi:10.1021/acs.langmuir.9b01101 ) (PMID:31373496) (Early Online Publication)

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Self-assembled monolayers induced performance difference in organic single crystal field-effect transistors

Bai, J., Cameron, J. , Wang, Q., Yan, C., Yao, C., Chen, M., Meng, H., He, C. and Xu, X. (2019) Self-assembled monolayers induced performance difference in organic single crystal field-effect transistors. Organic Electronics , 75, 105392. (doi:10.1016/j.orgel.2019.105392 )

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Mathematical modeling reveals spontaneous emergence of self-replication in chemical reaction systems

Liu, Y. and Sumpter, D. J.T. (2018) Mathematical modeling reveals spontaneous emergence of self-replication in chemical reaction systems. Journal of Biological Chemistry , 293(49), pp. 18854-18863. (doi:10.1074/jbc.ra118.003795 ) (PMID:30282809) (PMCID:PMC6295724)

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Insights into resource consumption, cross-feeding, system collapse, stability and biodiversity from an artificial ecosystem

Liu, Y. and Sumpter, D. (2017) Insights into resource consumption, cross-feeding, system collapse, stability and biodiversity from an artificial ecosystem. Journal of the Royal Society: Interface , 14(126), 20160816. (doi:10.1098/rsif.2016.0816 ) (PMID:28100827) (PMCID:PMC5310732)

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Is the golden ratio a universal constant for self-replication?

Liu, Y. and Sumpter, D. J.T. (2018) Is the golden ratio a universal constant for self-replication? PLoS ONE , 13(7), e0200601. (doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0200601 ) (PMID:30011316) (PMCID:PMC6047800)

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