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

The use of nanovibration to discover specific and potent bioactive metabolites that stimulate osteogenic differentiation in mesenchymal stem cells

Hodgkinson, T. et al. (2021) The use of nanovibration to discover specific and potent bioactive metabolites that stimulate osteogenic differentiation in mesenchymal stem cells. Science Advances , 7(9), eabb7921. (doi: 10.1126/sciadv.abb7921 ) (PMID:33637520)

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Studies of propene conversion over H-ZSM-5 demonstrate the importance of propene as an intermediate in methanol-to-hydrocarbons chemistry

Hawkins, A. P. , Zachariou, A. , Parker, S. F., Collier, P., Howe, R. F. and Lennon, D. (2021) Studies of propene conversion over H-ZSM-5 demonstrate the importance of propene as an intermediate in methanol-to-hydrocarbons chemistry. Catalysis Science and Technology , (doi: 10.1039/D1CY00048A ) (In Press)

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An inelastic neutron scattering investigation of the temporal behaviour of the hydrocarbonaceous overlayer of a prototype Fischer-Tropsch to olefins

Davidson, A. , Webb, P. B., Parker, S. F. and Lennon, D. (2021) An inelastic neutron scattering investigation of the temporal behaviour of the hydrocarbonaceous overlayer of a prototype Fischer-Tropsch to olefins. Topics in Catalysis , (Accepted for Publication)

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Stimuli responsive dynamic transformations in supramolecular gels

Panja, S. and Adams, D. J. (2021) Stimuli responsive dynamic transformations in supramolecular gels. Chemical Society Reviews , (doi: 10.1039/D0CS01166E ) (Early Online Publication)

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Programming gels over a wide pH range using multicomponent systems

Panja, S. , Dietrich, B. , Shebanova, O., Smith, A. J. and Adams, D. J. (2021) Programming gels over a wide pH range using multicomponent systems. Angewandte Chemie , (doi: 10.1002/anie.202101247 ) (Early Online Publication)

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Synthesis, characterization and pharmacological evaluation of quinoline derivatives and their complexes with copper(ΙΙ) in in vitro cell models of Alzheimer's disease

Pavlidis, N., Kofinas, A., Papanikolaou, M. G., Miras, H. N. , Drouza, C., Kalampounias, A. G., Kabanos, T. A., Konstandi, M. and Leondaritis, G. (2021) Synthesis, characterization and pharmacological evaluation of quinoline derivatives and their complexes with copper(ΙΙ) in in vitro cell models of Alzheimer's disease. Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry , 217, 111393. (doi: 10.1016/j.jinorgbio.2021.111393 )

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Tetra-arylborate lipophilic anions as targeting groups

Gaddale Devanna, K. K. et al. (2021) Tetra-arylborate lipophilic anions as targeting groups. Chemical Communications , (doi: 10.1039/D0CC07924C ) (PMID:33634803) (Early Online Publication)

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Design and synthesis of HCV-E2 glycoprotein epitope mimics in the molecular construction of potential as synthetic vaccines

Meuleman, T. J. , Cowton, V. M. , Patel, A. H. and Liskamp, R. M.J. (2021) Design and synthesis of HCV-E2 glycoprotein epitope mimics in the molecular construction of potential as synthetic vaccines. Viruses , (Accepted for Publication)

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Immobilising giant unilamellar vesicles with zirconium metal-organic framework anchors

Jennings, C. S., Rossman, J. S., Hourihan, B. A., Marshall, R. , Forgan, R. S. and Blight, B. A. (2021) Immobilising giant unilamellar vesicles with zirconium metal-organic framework anchors. Soft Matter , (doi: 10.1039/D0SM02188A ) (Early Online Publication)

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Direct molecular confinement in layered double hydroxides: from fundamental to advanced photo-luminescent hybrid materials

Zhang, F.-D., Lin, C.-G. , Diao, S.-J., Miras, H. N. and Song, Y.-F. (2021) Direct molecular confinement in layered double hydroxides: from fundamental to advanced photo-luminescent hybrid materials. Inorganic Chemistry Frontiers , (doi: 10.1039/d0qi01349h ) (Early Online Publication)

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New bis-pyrazole-bis-acetate based coordination complexes: influence of counter-anions and metal ions on the supramolecular structures

Oulmidi, A., Radi, S., Miras, H. N. , Adarsh, N. N. and Garcia, Y. (2020) New bis-pyrazole-bis-acetate based coordination complexes: influence of counter-anions and metal ions on the supramolecular structures. Sustainability , 13(1), 288. (doi: 10.3390/su13010288 )

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Phosgene synthesis catalysis: the influence of small quantities of bromine in the chlorine feedstream

Rossi, G. E. , Winfield, J. M. , Meyer, N., Jones, D. H., Carr, R. H. and Lennon, D. (2021) Phosgene synthesis catalysis: the influence of small quantities of bromine in the chlorine feedstream. Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research , (doi: 10.1021/acs.iecr.1c00088 ) (Early Online Publication)

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Influence of the contact geometry and counterions on the current flow and charge transfer in polyoxometalate molecular junctions: a density functional theory study

Lapham, P. , Vilà-Nadal, L. , Cronin, L. and Georgiev, V. P. (2021) Influence of the contact geometry and counterions on the current flow and charge transfer in polyoxometalate molecular junctions: a density functional theory study. Journal of Physical Chemistry C , (doi: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.0c11038 ) (Early Online Publication)

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Reactivity, formation, and solubility of polyoxometalates pprobed by calorimetry

Traustason, H., Bell, N. L. , Caranto, K., Auld, D. C., Lockey, D. T. , Kokot, A., Szymanowski, J. E.S., Cronin, L. and Burns, P. C. (2020) Reactivity, formation, and solubility of polyoxometalates pprobed by calorimetry. Journal of the American Chemical Society , 142(48), pp. 20463-20469. (doi: 10.1021/jacs.0c10133 ) (PMID:33203207)

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Synthesis, assembly, and sizing of neutral, lanthanide substituted molybdenum blue wheels {Mo90Ln10}

Garrido Ribó, E. , Bell, N. L. , Xuan, W. , Luo, J., Long, D.-L. , Liu, T. and Cronin, L. (2020) Synthesis, assembly, and sizing of neutral, lanthanide substituted molybdenum blue wheels {Mo90Ln10}. Journal of the American Chemical Society , 142(41), pp. 17508-17514. (doi: 10.1021/jacs.0c07146 ) (PMID:32965108)

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Convergence of multiple synthetic paradigms in a universally programmable chemical synthesis machine

Angelone, D. , Hammer, A. , Rohrbach, S. , Krambeck, S., Granda, J. M. , Wolf, J. , Zalesskiy, S. , Chisholm, G. and Cronin, L. (2021) Convergence of multiple synthetic paradigms in a universally programmable chemical synthesis machine. Nature Chemistry , 13(1), pp. 63-69. (doi: 10.1038/s41557-020-00596-9 ) (PMID:33353971)

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Automatic generation of 3D-printed reactionware for chemical synthesis digitization using ChemSCAD

Hou, W. , Bubliauskas, A. , Kitson, P. J. , Francoia, J.-P. , Powell-Davies, H. , Parrilla Gutierrez, J. M. , Frei, P. , Manzano, J. S. and Cronin, L. (2021) Automatic generation of 3D-printed reactionware for chemical synthesis digitization using ChemSCAD. ACS Central Science , (doi: 10.1021/acscentsci.0c01354 )

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Peptide sequence mediated self-assembly of molybdenum blue nanowheel superstructures

She, S. , Xuan, W. , Bell, N. L. , Pow, R. , Ribo, E. G., Sinclair, Z. , Long, D.-L. and Cronin, L. (2020) Peptide sequence mediated self-assembly of molybdenum blue nanowheel superstructures. Chemical Science , (doi: 10.1039/D0SC06098D ) (Early Online Publication)

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Water soluble organic electrochromic materials

Welsh, T. A. and Draper, E. R. (2021) Water soluble organic electrochromic materials. RSC Advances , 11(9), pp. 5245-5264. (doi: 10.1039/D0RA10346B )

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Influence of alkyne spacers on the performance of thiophene-based donors in bulk-heterojunction organic photovoltaic cells

dos Santos, J. M. , Neophytou, M., Wiles, A. , Howells, C. T., Ashraf, R. S. and Cooke, G. (2021) Influence of alkyne spacers on the performance of thiophene-based donors in bulk-heterojunction organic photovoltaic cells. Dyes and Pigments , 188, 109152. (doi: 10.1016/j.dyepig.2021.109152 )

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