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

Multibond forming tandem reactions of anilines via stable aryl diazonium salts: one-pot synthesis of 3,4-dihydroquinolin-2-ones

Faggyas, R. J. , Grace, M., Williams, L. and Sutherland, A. (2018) Multibond forming tandem reactions of anilines via stable aryl diazonium salts: one-pot synthesis of 3,4-dihydroquinolin-2-ones. Journal of Organic Chemistry , (Accepted for Publication)

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The semiquinone radical anion of 1,10-phenanthroline-5,6-dione: synthesis and rare earth coordination chemistry

Hickson, J. R. , Horsewill, S. J. , McGuire, J. , Wilson, C. , Sproules, S. and Farnaby, J. H. (2018) The semiquinone radical anion of 1,10-phenanthroline-5,6-dione: synthesis and rare earth coordination chemistry. Chemical Communications , (doi:10.1039/C8CC05591B ) (Accepted for Publication)

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Diazine based ligand supported CoII3 and CoII4 coordination complexes: role of the anions

Sikdar, Y., Goswami, R., Modak, R., Basak, M., Heras Ojea, M. J. , Murrie, M. and Goswami, S. (2018) Diazine based ligand supported CoII3 and CoII4 coordination complexes: role of the anions. New Journal of Chemistry , (doi:10.1039/C8NJ02955E ) (Early Online Publication)

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Development of a minimal photosystem for hydrogen production in inorganic chemical cells

Nakanishi, K., Cooper, G. J.T. , Points, L. J. , Bloor, L. G. , Ohba, M. and Cronin, L. (2018) Development of a minimal photosystem for hydrogen production in inorganic chemical cells. Angewandte Chemie (International Edition) , (doi:10.1002/anie.201805584 ) (PMID:30105766) (Early Online Publication)

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A heme-binding domain controls regulation of ATP-dependent potassium channels

Burton, M. J. et al. (2016) A heme-binding domain controls regulation of ATP-dependent potassium channels. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America , 113(14), pp. 3785-3790. (doi:10.1073/pnas.1600211113 ) (PMID:27006498) (PMCID:PMC4833257)

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Intermolecular interactions in molecular crystals and their effect on thermally activated delayed fluorescence of helicene-based emitters

Klimash, A. , Pander, P., Klooster, W. T., Coles, S. J., Data, P., Dias, F. B. and Skabara, P. J. (2018) Intermolecular interactions in molecular crystals and their effect on thermally activated delayed fluorescence of helicene-based emitters. Journal of Materials Chemistry C , (Accepted for Publication)

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Catalytic isohypsic-redox sequences for the rapid generation of Csp3-containing heterocycles

Smith, C. D. , Phillips, D. , Tirla, A. and France, D. J. (2018) Catalytic isohypsic-redox sequences for the rapid generation of Csp3-containing heterocycles. Chemistry: A European Journal , (doi:10.1002/chem.201804131 ) (Early Online Publication)

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Tetradecanuclearity in 3d–4f chemistry: relaxation and magnetocaloric effects in [NiII6LnIII8] species

Canaj, A. B. , Kalofolias, D. A., Siczek, M., Lis, T., McNab, R., Lorusso, G., Inglis, R., Evangelisti, M. and Milios, C. J. (2017) Tetradecanuclearity in 3d–4f chemistry: relaxation and magnetocaloric effects in [NiII6LnIII8] species. Dalton Transactions , 46(11), pp. 3449-3452. (doi:10.1039/c7dt00102a )

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Building 1D lanthanide chains and non-symmetrical [Ln2] “triple-decker” clusters using salen-type ligands: magnetic cooling and relaxation phenomena

Canaj, A. B. , Siczek, M., Otręba, M., Lis, T., Lorusso, G., Evangelisti, M. and Milios, C. J. (2016) Building 1D lanthanide chains and non-symmetrical [Ln2] “triple-decker” clusters using salen-type ligands: magnetic cooling and relaxation phenomena. Dalton Transactions , 45(46), pp. 18591-18602. (doi:10.1039/c6dt02932a ) (PMID:27827484)

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Enneanuclear [Ni6Ln3] cages: [LnIII3] triangles capping [NiII6] trigonal prisms including a [Ni6Dy3] single-molecule magnet

Canaj, A. B. , Tzimopoulos, D. I., Siczek, M., Lis, T., Inglis, R. and Milios, C. J. (2015) Enneanuclear [Ni6Ln3] cages: [LnIII3] triangles capping [NiII6] trigonal prisms including a [Ni6Dy3] single-molecule magnet. Inorganic Chemistry , 54(14), pp. 7089-7095. (doi:10.1021/acs.inorgchem.5b01149 )

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Solvothermal synthesis of enneanuclear [CuII7LnIII2] clusters

Canaj, A. B. , Tzimopoulos, D. I., Otręba, M., Lis, T., Inglis, R. and Milios, C. J. (2015) Solvothermal synthesis of enneanuclear [CuII7LnIII2] clusters. Dalton Transactions , 44(46), pp. 19880-19885. (doi:10.1039/C5DT03542B )

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New members in the [Mn10] supertetrahedron family

Utko, J., Canaj, A. B. , Milios, C. J., Sobocińska, M. and Lis, T. (2014) New members in the [Mn10] supertetrahedron family. Inorganic Chemistry Communications , 45, pp. 71-74. (doi:10.1016/j.inoche.2014.03.040 )

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Heptanuclear lanthanide [Ln7] clusters: from blue-emitting solution-stable complexes to hybrid clusters

Canaj, A. B. , Tsikalas, G. K., Philippidis, A., Spyros, A. and Milios, C. J. (2014) Heptanuclear lanthanide [Ln7] clusters: from blue-emitting solution-stable complexes to hybrid clusters. Dalton Transactions , 43(33), pp. 12486-12494. (doi:10.1039/C4DT00701H ) (PMID:24819331)

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Constructing anhydrous halide bridged manganese(II) clusters: Synthesis, structures and magnetic properties

Utko, J., Canaj, A. B. , Milios, C. J., Dobrzyńska, D., Pawlus, K., Mikołajczyk, A. and Lis, T. (2014) Constructing anhydrous halide bridged manganese(II) clusters: Synthesis, structures and magnetic properties. Inorganica Chimica Acta , 409, pp. 458-464. (doi:10.1016/j.ica.2013.09.017 )

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A family of polynuclear cobalt complexes upon employment of an indeno-quinoxaline based oxime ligand

Canaj, A. B. , Nodaraki, L. E., Ślepokura, K., Siczek, M., Tzimopoulos, D. I., Lis, T. and Milios, C. J. (2014) A family of polynuclear cobalt complexes upon employment of an indeno-quinoxaline based oxime ligand. RSC Advances , 4(44), pp. 23068-23077. (doi:10.1039/C4RA01914H )

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Na1.5La1.5TeO6: Na+ conduction in a novel Na-rich double perovskite

Amores Segura, M. , Baker, P. J., Cussen, E. J. and Corr, S. A. (2018) Na1.5La1.5TeO6: Na+ conduction in a novel Na-rich double perovskite. Journal of Materials Chemistry A , (doi:10.1039/C8CC03367F ) (PMID:30073221) (Early Online Publication)

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Aligning self-assembled perylene bisimides in a magnetic field

Draper, E. R. , Wallace, M., Honecker, D. and Adams, D. J. (2018) Aligning self-assembled perylene bisimides in a magnetic field. Chemical Communications , (Accepted for Publication)

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The integration of experiment and computational modelling in heterogeneously catalysed ammonia synthesis over metal nitrides

Zeinalipour-Yazdi, C. D., Hargreaves, J. S.J. , Laassiri, S. and Catlow, C. R. A. (2018) The integration of experiment and computational modelling in heterogeneously catalysed ammonia synthesis over metal nitrides. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics , 20(34), pp. 21803-21808. (doi:10.1039/C8CP04216K ) (PMID:30112528)

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Fragmentation of a dioxolanyl radical via nonstatistical reaction dynamics: characterization of the vinyloxy radical by ns time-resolved laser flash photolysis

Bucher, G. , Lal, M., Rana, A. and Schmittel, M. (2018) Fragmentation of a dioxolanyl radical via nonstatistical reaction dynamics: characterization of the vinyloxy radical by ns time-resolved laser flash photolysis. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics , 20(30), pp. 19819-19828. (doi:10.1039/C8CP03311K ) (PMID:30033465)

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Mechanistic aspects of hydrodeoxygenation of para-methylguaiacol over Rh/silica and Pt/silica

Bouxin, F. P. , Zhang, X., Kings, I. N., Lee, A. F., Simmons, M. J.H., Wilson, K. and Jackson, S. D. (2018) Mechanistic aspects of hydrodeoxygenation of para-methylguaiacol over Rh/silica and Pt/silica. Organic Process Research and Development , (Accepted for Publication)

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