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

Enhancing anticancer cytotoxicity through bimodal drug delivery from ultrasmall Zr MOF nanoparticles

Abánades Lázaro, I. , Abánades Lázaro, S. and Forgan, R. S. (2018) Enhancing anticancer cytotoxicity through bimodal drug delivery from ultrasmall Zr MOF nanoparticles. Chemical Communications , (doi:10.1039/C7CC09739E ) (Early Online Publication)

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Thermally stable, high performance transfer doping of diamond using transition metal oxides

Crawford, K. G. , Qi, D., McGlynn, J. , Ivanov, T. G., Shah, P. B., Weil, J., Tallaire, A., Ganin, A. Y. and Moran, D. A.J. (2018) Thermally stable, high performance transfer doping of diamond using transition metal oxides. Scientific Reports , 8, 3342. (doi:10.1038/s41598-018-21579-4 ) (PMID:29463823)

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Lipopeptidomimetics derived from Teixobactin have potent antibacterial activity against gram-positive Staphylococcus aureus

Girt, G. C., Mahindra, A. , Al Jabri, Z. J.H., De Ste Croix, M., Oggioni, M. R. and Jamieson, A. G. (2018) Lipopeptidomimetics derived from Teixobactin have potent antibacterial activity against gram-positive Staphylococcus aureus. Chemical Communications , (Accepted for Publication)

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Reply to comment on "The Mayonnaise Effect"

Wynne, K. (2018) Reply to comment on "The Mayonnaise Effect". Journal of Physical Chemistry B , (doi:10.1021/acs.jpcb.8b01428 ) (PMID:29432013) (Early Online Publication)

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Self-sorting of heteroanions in the assembly of cross-shaped polyoxometalate clusters

Zheng, Q. , Vilà-Nadal, L. , Lang, Z., Chen, J.-j. , Long, D.-L. , Mathieson, J. S. , Poblet, J. M. and Cronin, L. (2018) Self-sorting of heteroanions in the assembly of cross-shaped polyoxometalate clusters. Journal of the American Chemical Society , (doi:10.1021/jacs.7b11982 ) (PMID:29359931) (Early Online Publication)

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An intramolecular oxa-Michael reaction on α,β-unsaturated α-amino-δ-hydroxycarboxylic acid esters. Synthesis of functionalized 1,3-dioxanes

Becerra-Figueroa, L., Movilla, S., Prunet, J. , Miscione, G. P. and Gamba-Sánchez, D. (2018) An intramolecular oxa-Michael reaction on α,β-unsaturated α-amino-δ-hydroxycarboxylic acid esters. Synthesis of functionalized 1,3-dioxanes. Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry , (doi:10.1039/c7ob03066e ) (PMID:29384169) (Early Online Publication)

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NASICON LiM2(PO4)3 electrolyte (M = Zr) and electrode (M = Ti) materials for all solid-state Li-ion batteries with high total conductivity and low interfacial resistance

El-Shinawi, H. , Regoutz, A., Payne, D. J., Cussen, E. J. and Corr, S. A. (2018) NASICON LiM2(PO4)3 electrolyte (M = Zr) and electrode (M = Ti) materials for all solid-state Li-ion batteries with high total conductivity and low interfacial resistance. Journal of Materials Chemistry A , (doi:10.1039/C7TA08715B ) (Early Online Publication)

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Using evolutionary algorithms and machine learning to explore sequence space for the discovery of antimicrobial peptides

Yoshida, M. , Hinkley, T. , Tsuda, S. , Abul-Haija, Y. , Mcburney, R. T. , Kulikov, V. , Mathieson, J. , Galinanes Reyes, S. , Castro Spencer, M. D. and Cronin, L. (2018) Using evolutionary algorithms and machine learning to explore sequence space for the discovery of antimicrobial peptides. Chem , (doi:10.1016/j.chempr.2018.01.005 ) (In Press)

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Artificial intelligence exploration of unstable protocells leads to predictable properties and discovery of collective behavior

Points, L. J. , Taylor, J. W. , Grizou, J. , Donkers, K. and Cronin, L. (2018) Artificial intelligence exploration of unstable protocells leads to predictable properties and discovery of collective behavior. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America , (doi:10.1073/pnas.1711089115 ) (PMID:29339510) (Early Online Publication)

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Sequential extration of valuable trace elements from Bayer process-derived waste red mud samples

Gu, H., Wang, N. and Hargreaves, J. S.J. (2018) Sequential extration of valuable trace elements from Bayer process-derived waste red mud samples. Journal of Sustainable Metallurgy , (Accepted for Publication)

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Low-T mechanisms of ammonia synthesis on Co3Mo3N

Zeinalipour-Yazdi, C. D., Hargreaves, J. S.J. and Catlow, C. R. A. (2018) Low-T mechanisms of ammonia synthesis on Co3Mo3N. Journal of Physical Chemistry C , (doi:10.1021/acs.jpcc.7b12364 ) (Early Online Publication)

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An in situ XAS study of the cobalt rhenium catalyst for ammonia synthesis

Mathisen, K., Kirste, K., Hargreaves, J. S.J. , Laassiri, S. , McAulay, K. , McFarlane, A. R. and Spencer, N. A. (2018) An in situ XAS study of the cobalt rhenium catalyst for ammonia synthesis. Topics in Catalysis , (Accepted for Publication)

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Using aggregation-induced emission to understand dipeptide gels

Castilla, A. M., Dietrich, B. and Adams, D. J. (2018) Using aggregation-induced emission to understand dipeptide gels. Gels , (Accepted for Publication)

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Synthesis and investigation on processing-depending polarized fluorescence emission in thin-films of 2,2′-([2,2′-bithiophene]-5,5′-diyl)bis(5-octyl-4-phenyl-4H-thieno[2,3-c]pyrrol-6(5H)-one)

Favaretto, L. et al. (2017) Synthesis and investigation on processing-depending polarized fluorescence emission in thin-films of 2,2′-([2,2′-bithiophene]-5,5′-diyl)bis(5-octyl-4-phenyl-4H-thieno[2,3-c]pyrrol-6(5H)-one). Journal of Materials Chemistry C , 5(39), pp. 10320-10331. (doi:10.1039/C7TC03930A )

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The lateral diffusion and fibrinogen induced clustering of platelet integrin αIIbβ3 reconstituted into physiologically mimetic GUVs

Gaul, V., Lopez, S. G. , Lentz, B. R., Moran, N., Forster, R. J. and Keyes, T. E. (2015) The lateral diffusion and fibrinogen induced clustering of platelet integrin αIIbβ3 reconstituted into physiologically mimetic GUVs. Integrative Biology , 7(4), pp. 402-411. (doi:10.1039/C5IB00003C ) (PMID:25720532)

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Graphene oxide intercalation into self-assembled porphyrin J-aggregates

Maraka, H. V. R., Al-Shammari, R. M., Al-Attar, N., Lopez, S. G. , Keyes, T. E. and Rice, J. H. (2014) Graphene oxide intercalation into self-assembled porphyrin J-aggregates. Materials Research Express , 1(4), 045038. (doi:10.1088/2053-1591/1/4/045038 )

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Fluorescence enhancement of a fluorescein derivative upon adsorption on cellulose

Lopez, S. G. , Crovetto, L., Alvarez-Pez, J. M., Talavera, E. M. and San Román, E. (2014) Fluorescence enhancement of a fluorescein derivative upon adsorption on cellulose. Photochemical and Photobiological Sciences , 13(9), pp. 1311-1320. (doi:10.1039/C4PP00150H ) (PMID:25014575)

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Fluorescence correlation and lifetime correlation spectroscopy applied to the study of supported lipid bilayer models of the cell membrane

Basit, H., Lopez, S. G. and Keyes, T. E. (2014) Fluorescence correlation and lifetime correlation spectroscopy applied to the study of supported lipid bilayer models of the cell membrane. Methods , 68(2), pp. 286-299. (doi:10.1016/j.ymeth.2014.02.005 ) (PMID:24561824)

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Micro- or nanorod and nanosphere structures derived from a series of phenyl-porphyrins

Reddy, M. H. V., Al-Shammari, R. M., Al-Attar, N., Kennedy, E., Rogers, L., Lopez, S. , Senge, M. O., Keyes, T. E. and Rice, J. H. (2014) Micro- or nanorod and nanosphere structures derived from a series of phenyl-porphyrins. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics , 16(9), pp. 4386-4393. (doi:10.1039/C3CP54936D ) (PMID:24458009)

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Fractal structures in n-phenyl-porphyrin J-aggregate films

Reddy, M. H. V., Al-Shammari, R. M., Al-Attar, N., Rogers, L., Lopez, S. , Forster, R. J., Senge, M. O., Keyes, T. E. and Rice, J. H. (2014) Fractal structures in n-phenyl-porphyrin J-aggregate films. Materials Chemistry and Physics , 143(3), pp. 963-968. (doi:10.1016/j.matchemphys.2013.10.030 )

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