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.

Our staff and students work on projects strongly tied to other disciplines in areas including plasmonics, molecular magnets, battery technology, 3D printing and malaria. Our research is split into six main research groups, detailed below.

Recent publications

Modulated self-assembly of metal-organic frameworks

Forgan, R. S. (2020) Modulated self-assembly of metal-organic frameworks. Chemical Science , (doi: 10.1039/D0SC01356K ) (Early Online Publication)

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Assessing crystallisation kinetics of Zr metal-organic frameworks through turbidity measurements to inform rapid microwave-assisted synthesis

Griffin, S. , Briuglia, M. L., ter Horst, J. H. and Forgan, R. S. (2020) Assessing crystallisation kinetics of Zr metal-organic frameworks through turbidity measurements to inform rapid microwave-assisted synthesis. Chemistry: A European Journal , (doi: 10.1002/chem.202000993 ) (PMID:32227534) (Early Online Publication)

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Thickness-dependent stiffness of wood: potential mechanisms and implications

Guo, F., Altaner, C. and Jarvis, M. (2020) Thickness-dependent stiffness of wood: potential mechanisms and implications. Holzforschung , (Accepted for Publication)

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The effect of co-feeding methyl acetate on the H-ZSM5 catalysed Methanol-to-Hydrocarbons reaction

Zachariou, A. , Hawkins, A.P. , Howe, R.F., Parker, S.F. and Lennon, D. (2020) The effect of co-feeding methyl acetate on the H-ZSM5 catalysed Methanol-to-Hydrocarbons reaction. Topics in Catalysis , (Accepted for Publication)

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The application of quasi-elastic neutron scattering to investigate hydrogen diffusion in an iron-based Fischer-Tropsch synthesis catalyst

Davidson, A. L. , Webb, P. B., Silverwood, I. P. and Lennon, D. (2020) The application of quasi-elastic neutron scattering to investigate hydrogen diffusion in an iron-based Fischer-Tropsch synthesis catalyst. Topics in Catalysis , (Accepted for Publication)

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Optical monitoring of polymerizations in droplets with high temporal dynamic range

Cavell, A. C. et al. (2020) Optical monitoring of polymerizations in droplets with high temporal dynamic range. Chemical Science , 11(10), pp. 2647-2656. (doi: 10.1039/c9sc05559b )

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Design of a functionalized metal-organic framework system for enhanced targeted delivery to mitochondria

Haddad, S., Abanades Lazaro, I. , Fantham, M., Mishra, A., Silvestre-Albero, J., Osterrieth, J. W.M., Kaminski Schierle, G. S., Kaminski, C. F., Forgan, R. F. and Fairen-Jimenez, D. (2020) Design of a functionalized metal-organic framework system for enhanced targeted delivery to mitochondria. Journal of the American Chemical Society , (doi: 10.1021/jacs.0c00188 ) (PMID:32182066) (Early Online Publication)

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An alternative approach to the synthesis of the three fragments of Anachelin H

Garzón-Posse, F., Prunet, J. and Gamba-Sánchez, D. (2020) An alternative approach to the synthesis of the three fragments of Anachelin H. Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry , (doi: 10.1039/D0OB00315H ) (Early Online Publication)

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Furosemide cocrystals: structures, hydrogen bonding, and implications for properties

Harriss, B. I., Vella-Zarb, L., Wilson, C. and Evans, I. R. (2014) Furosemide cocrystals: structures, hydrogen bonding, and implications for properties. Crystal Growth and Design , 14(2), pp. 783-791. (doi: 10.1021/cg401662d )

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New semiconducting radical-cation salts of chiral bis(2-hydroxylpropylthio)ethylenedithio TTF

Lopez, J. R., Martin, L., Walis, J. D., Akutsu, H., Yamada, J.-i., Nakatsuji, S.-i., Wilson, C. , Christensen, J. and Coles, S. J. (2017) New semiconducting radical-cation salts of chiral bis(2-hydroxylpropylthio)ethylenedithio TTF. CrystEngComm , 19(32), pp. 4848-4856. (doi: 10.1039/C7CE01014A )

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Towards anti-perovskite nitrides as potential nitrogen storage materials for chemical looping ammonia production: reduction of Co₃ZnN, Ni₃ZnN, Co₃InN, Ni₃InN under hydrogen

Goto, Y., Daisley, A. and Hargreaves, J.S.J. (2020) Towards anti-perovskite nitrides as potential nitrogen storage materials for chemical looping ammonia production: reduction of Co₃ZnN, Ni₃ZnN, Co₃InN, Ni₃InN under hydrogen. Catalysis Today , (doi: 10.1016/j.cattod.2020.03.022 ) (In Press)

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Formation of enantiomerically pure luminescent triple-stranded dimetallic europium helicates and their corresponding hierarchical self-assembly formation in protic polar solutions

Barry, D. E., Kitchen, J. A., Pandurangan, K., Savyasachi, A. J., Peacock, R. D. and Gunnlaugsson, T. (2020) Formation of enantiomerically pure luminescent triple-stranded dimetallic europium helicates and their corresponding hierarchical self-assembly formation in protic polar solutions. Inorganic Chemistry , 59(5), pp. 2646-2650. (doi: 10.1021/acs.inorgchem.0c00058 ) (PMID:32049514)

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N , N ′-Bis(diphenylmethyl)benzene-1,4-diamine

Al-Fahdawi, A.S., Al-Kafajy, H.A., Al-Jeboori, M.J., Coles, S.J., Wilson, C. and Potgieter, H. (2014) N , N ′-Bis(diphenylmethyl)benzene-1,4-diamine. Acta Crystallographica. Section E: Structure Reports Online , 70(1), o66. (doi: 10.1107/s1600536813033497 )

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Electron density distribution studies as a tool to explore the behaviour of thiourea-based anion receptors

Kirby, I. L., Pitak, M. B., Wilson, C. , Gale, P. A. and Cole, S. J. (2015) Electron density distribution studies as a tool to explore the behaviour of thiourea-based anion receptors. CrystEngComm , 17(14), pp. 2815-2826. (doi: 10.1039/C5CE00213C )

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O- vs. N-protonation of 1-dimethylaminonaphthalene-8-ketones: formation of a peri N–C bond or a hydrogen bond to the pi-electron density of a carbonyl group

Mercadal, N., Day, S. P., Jarmyn, A., Pitak, M. B., Coles, S. J., Wilson, C. , Rees, G. J., Hanna, J. V. and Wallis, J. D. (2014) O- vs. N-protonation of 1-dimethylaminonaphthalene-8-ketones: formation of a peri N–C bond or a hydrogen bond to the pi-electron density of a carbonyl group. CrystEngComm , 16(36), pp. 8363-8374. (doi: 10.1039/C4CE00981A )

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Exploring secondary bonding in p-block chemistry – an experimental study of [GeX 2 {o-C 6 H 4 (PMe 2 ) 2 }] using variable pressure single crystal X-ray diffraction

Allan, D. R., Coles, S. J., George, K., Jura, M., Leavson, W., Reid, G., Wilson, C. and Zhang, W. (2014) Exploring secondary bonding in p-block chemistry – an experimental study of [GeX 2 {o-C 6 H 4 (PMe 2 ) 2 }] using variable pressure single crystal X-ray diffraction. CrystEngComm , 16(35), pp. 8169-8176. (doi: 10.1039/C4CE00329B )

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Durable infrared optical coatings based on pulsed DC-sputtering of hydrogenated amorphous carbon (a-C:H)

Gibson, D. et al. (2020) Durable infrared optical coatings based on pulsed DC-sputtering of hydrogenated amorphous carbon (a-C:H). Applied Optics , 59(9), pp. 2731-2738. (doi: 10.1364/AO.378266 )

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Synthesis of benzo[b]furans by intramolecular C–O bond formation using iron and copper catalysis

Henry, M. C. and Sutherland, A. (2020) Synthesis of benzo[b]furans by intramolecular C–O bond formation using iron and copper catalysis. Organic Letters , (doi: 10.1021/acs.orglett.0c00754 ) (PMID:32186389) (Early Online Publication)

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Microwave-assisted synthesis of ZnO-rGO core-shell nanorod hybrids with photo- and electro-catalytic activity

Jana, A. and Gregory, D. H. (2020) Microwave-assisted synthesis of ZnO-rGO core-shell nanorod hybrids with photo- and electro-catalytic activity. Chemistry: A European Journal , (doi: 10.1002/chem.202000535 ) (Early Online Publication)

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Jahn–Teller distortion in 2-pyridyl-(1,2,3)-triazole-containing copper(ii) compounds

Conradie, J., Conradie, M.M., Tawfiq, K.M., Coles, S.J., Tizzard, G.J., Wilson, C. and Potgieter, J.H. (2018) Jahn–Teller distortion in 2-pyridyl-(1,2,3)-triazole-containing copper(ii) compounds. New Journal of Chemistry , 42(19), pp. 16335-16345. (doi: 10.1039/C8NJ03080D )

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