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

One-pot asymmetric synthesis of alkylidene 1-alkylindan-1-ols using Brønsted acid and palladium catalysis

Faggyas, R. J. , Calder, E. D.D., Wilson, C. and Sutherland, A. (2017) One-pot asymmetric synthesis of alkylidene 1-alkylindan-1-ols using Brønsted acid and palladium catalysis. Journal of Organic Chemistry , (doi:10.1021/acs.joc.7b02287 ) (PMID:28985675) (Early Online Publication)

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Recent progress in the synthesis of nanostructured magnesium hydroxide

Balducci, G. , Bravo Diaz, L. and Gregory, D. H. (2017) Recent progress in the synthesis of nanostructured magnesium hydroxide. CrystEngComm , (doi:10.1039/C7CE01570D ) (Early Online Publication)

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Low-molecular-weight gels: the state of the art

Draper, E. R. and Adams, D. J. (2017) Low-molecular-weight gels: the state of the art. Chem , 3(3), pp. 390-410. (doi:10.1016/j.chempr.2017.07.012 )

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Nanowire FET based neural element for robotic tactile sensing skin

Taube Navaraj, W. , García Núñez, C. , Shakthivel, D. , Vinciguerra, V., Labeau, F., Gregory, D. H. and Dahiya, R. (2017) Nanowire FET based neural element for robotic tactile sensing skin. Frontiers in Neuroscience , 11, 501. (doi:10.3389/fnins.2017.00501 ) (PMID:28979183) (PMCID:PMC5611376)

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Structure of Equilenin at 100 K: an estrone-related steroid

Frampton, C. S. and MacNicol, D. D. (2017) Structure of Equilenin at 100 K: an estrone-related steroid. Acta Crystallographica. Section E: Crystallographic Communications , 73(Pt 8), pp. 1223-1226. (doi:10.1107/S2056989017010532 ) (PMID:28932441) (PMCID:PMC5598853)

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A recursive microfluidic platform to explore the emergence of chemical evolution

Doran, D. , Rodriguez-Garcia, M. , Turk-MacLeod, R. , Cooper, G. J.T. and Cronin, L. (2017) A recursive microfluidic platform to explore the emergence of chemical evolution. Beilstein Journal of Organic Chemistry , 13, pp. 1702-1709. (doi:10.3762/bjoc.13.164 ) (PMID:28904613) (PMCID:PMC5564272)

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Design and synthesis of polyoxometalate-framework materials from cluster precursors

Vilà-Nadal, L. and Cronin, L. (2017) Design and synthesis of polyoxometalate-framework materials from cluster precursors. Nature Reviews Materials , 2, 17054. (doi:10.1038/natrevmats.2017.54 ) (Early Online Publication)

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Oxygen dynamics in shelf seas sediments incorporating seasonal variability

Hicks, N. et al. (2017) Oxygen dynamics in shelf seas sediments incorporating seasonal variability. Biogeochemistry , 135(1-2), pp. 35-47. (doi:10.1007/s10533-017-0326-9 )

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Hot off the press

Hill, R. A. and Sutherland, A. (2017) Hot off the press. Natural Product Reports , (doi:10.1039/c7np90040f ) (PMID:28952651) (Early Online Publication)

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Ammonia borane-based nanocomposites as solid state hydrogen stores for portable power applications

Gregory, D. , Bravo Diaz, L. , Hanlon, J. , Bielewski, M. and Milewska, A. (2017) Ammonia borane-based nanocomposites as solid state hydrogen stores for portable power applications. Energy Technology , (doi:10.1002/ente.201700651 ) (Early Online Publication)

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Tuning the endocytosis mechanism of Zr-based MOFs through linker functionalisation

Orellana-Tavra, C., Haddad, S., Marshall, R. J. , Abánades Lázaro, I. , Boix, G., Imaz, I., Maspoch, D., Forgan, R. S. and Fairen-Jimenez, D. (2017) Tuning the endocytosis mechanism of Zr-based MOFs through linker functionalisation. ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces , (doi:10.1021/acsami.7b07342 ) (PMID:28925254) (Early Online Publication)

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A polynuclear and two dinuclear copper(II) Schiff base complexes: Synthesis, characterization, self-assembly, magnetic property and DFT study

Bhattacharyya, A., Bauzá, A., Sproules, S. , Natrajan, L. S., Frontera, A. and Chattopadhyay, S. (2017) A polynuclear and two dinuclear copper(II) Schiff base complexes: Synthesis, characterization, self-assembly, magnetic property and DFT study. Polyhedron , 137, pp. 332-346. (doi:10.1016/j.poly.2017.08.010 )

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Revisiting the hydrogen storage behavior of the Na-O-H system

Mao, J. , Gu, Q. and Gregory, D. H. (2015) Revisiting the hydrogen storage behavior of the Na-O-H system. Materials , 8(5), pp. 2191-2203. (doi:10.3390/ma8052191 ) (PMCID:PMC5455565)

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Self-sorted oligophenylvinylene and perylene bisimide hydrogels

Castilla, A. M., Draper, E. R. , Nolan, M. C. , Brasnett, C., Seddon, A., Mears, L. L.E., Cowieson, N. and Adams, D. J. (2017) Self-sorted oligophenylvinylene and perylene bisimide hydrogels. Scientific Reports , 7, 8380. (doi:10.1038/s41598-017-08644-0 ) (PMID:28827598) (PMCID:PMC5566499)

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Characterisation of the biflavonoid hinokiflavone as a pre-mRNA splicing modulator that inhibits SENP

Pawellek, A., Ryder, U., Tammsalu, T., King, L. J. , Kreinin, H. , Ly, T., Hay, R. T., Hartley, R. and Lamond, A. I. (2017) Characterisation of the biflavonoid hinokiflavone as a pre-mRNA splicing modulator that inhibits SENP. eLife , 6, e27402. (doi:10.7554/eLife.27402 ) (PMID:28884683)

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A high-resolution natural abundance 33S MAS NMR study of the cementitious mineral ettringite

Sasaki, A. , Ibarra, L. B. and Wimperis, S. (2017) A high-resolution natural abundance 33S MAS NMR study of the cementitious mineral ettringite. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics , 19(35), pp. 24082-24089. (doi:10.1039/c7cp04435f ) (PMID:28835964)

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One-pot radioiodination of aryl amines via stable diazonium salts: preparation of 125I-imaging agents

Sloan, N. L. , Luthra, S. K., McRobbie, G., Pimlott, S. L. and Sutherland, A. (2017) One-pot radioiodination of aryl amines via stable diazonium salts: preparation of 125I-imaging agents. Chemical Communications , 53(80), pp. 11008-11011. (doi:10.1039/C7CC06211G ) (PMID:28849815)

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Building block libraries and structural considerations in the self-assembly of polyoxometalate and polyoxothiometalate systems

McAllister, J. and Miras, H. N. (2017) Building block libraries and structural considerations in the self-assembly of polyoxometalate and polyoxothiometalate systems. Structure and Bonding , (doi:10.1007/430_2017_5 ) (Early Online Publication)

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Polyoxometalate (POM)-layered double hydroxides (LDH) composite materials: design and catalytic applications

Li, T., MIras, H. N. and Song, Y.-F. (2017) Polyoxometalate (POM)-layered double hydroxides (LDH) composite materials: design and catalytic applications. Catalysts , 7(9), 260. (doi:10.3390/catal7090260 )

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Adsorption and reaction of CO on (Pd–)Al2O3 and (Pd–)ZrO2: vibrational spectroscopy of carbonate formation

Föttinger, K., Emhofer, W., Lennon, D. and Rupprechter, G. (2017) Adsorption and reaction of CO on (Pd–)Al2O3 and (Pd–)ZrO2: vibrational spectroscopy of carbonate formation. Topics in Catalysis , (doi:10.1007/s11244-017-0852-7 )

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