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

Solution structure of mannobioses unravelled by means of Raman optical activity

Pendrill, R., Mutter, S. T., Mensch, C., Barron, L. D. , Blanch, E. W., Popelier, P. L. A., Widmalm, G. and Johannessen, C. (2019) Solution structure of mannobioses unravelled by means of Raman optical activity. ChemPhysChem , 20(5), pp. 695-705. (doi:10.1002/cphc.201801172 ) (PMID:30688397)

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Citrate-gel preparation and ammonia synthesis activity of compounds in the quaternary (Ni,M)2Mo3N (M = Cu or Fe) systems

Al Sobhi, S., Hargreaves, J. S.J. , Hector, A. L. and Laassiri, S. (2019) Citrate-gel preparation and ammonia synthesis activity of compounds in the quaternary (Ni,M)2Mo3N (M = Cu or Fe) systems. Dalton Transactions , 48(44), pp. 16786-16792. (doi:10.1039/C9DT03673C ) (PMID:31681936)

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Graphitic carbon nitride and polymers: a mutual combination for advanced properties

Cao, Q., Kumru, B., Antonietti, M. and Schmidt, B. V.K.J. (2019) Graphitic carbon nitride and polymers: a mutual combination for advanced properties. Materials Horizons , (doi:10.1039/C9MH01497G ) (Early Online Publication)

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Isotopic substitution experiments in the hydrogenation of mandelonitrile over a carbon supported Pd catalyst: a nuclear magnetic resonance study

McAllister, M. , Boulho, C. , Brennan, C., Sidebottom, P. J. and Lennon, D. (2019) Isotopic substitution experiments in the hydrogenation of mandelonitrile over a carbon supported Pd catalyst: a nuclear magnetic resonance study. Molecular Catalysis , (Accepted for Publication)

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Multimodal imaging techniques show differences in homing capacity between mesenchymal stromal cells and macrophages in mouse renal injury models

Taylor, A., Sharkey, J., Harwood, R., Scarfe, L., Barrow, M., Rosseinsky, M. J., Adams, D. J. , Wilm, B. and Murray, P. (2019) Multimodal imaging techniques show differences in homing capacity between mesenchymal stromal cells and macrophages in mouse renal injury models. Molecular Imaging and Biology , (Accepted for Publication)

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Decoupled electrolysis using a silicotungstic acid electron-coupled-proton buffer in a proton exchange membrane cell

Chisholm, G. , Cronin, L. and Symes, M. D. (2019) Decoupled electrolysis using a silicotungstic acid electron-coupled-proton buffer in a proton exchange membrane cell. Electrochimica Acta , (doi:10.1016/j.electacta.2019.135255 ) (In Press)

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Ultra-fast, Energy-efficient synthesis of Intermetallics; Microwave-Induced Metal Plasma (MIMP) Synthesis of Mg2Sn

Fan, Z. , Cappelluti, M. D. and Gregory, D. H. (2019) Ultra-fast, Energy-efficient synthesis of Intermetallics; Microwave-Induced Metal Plasma (MIMP) Synthesis of Mg2Sn. ACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering , (Accepted for Publication)

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Gelation enabled charge separation following visible light excitation using self-assembled perylene bisimides

Smith, C. L., Mears, L. L.E., Greeves, B. J., Draper, E. R. , Doutch, J., Adams, D. J. and Cowan, A. J. (2019) Gelation enabled charge separation following visible light excitation using self-assembled perylene bisimides. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics , (Accepted for Publication)

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Total syntheses of 11-acetoxy-4-deoxyasbestinin D, 4-deoxyasbestinin C, asbestinin-10, -20, -21 and -23

Campbell, A. , Mat Som, I. , Wilson, C. and Clark, J. S. (2019) Total syntheses of 11-acetoxy-4-deoxyasbestinin D, 4-deoxyasbestinin C, asbestinin-10, -20, -21 and -23. Chemistry: A European Journal , (Accepted for Publication)

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Precise control of the oriented layered double hydroxide nanosheets growth on graphene oxides leading to efficient catalysts for cascade reactions

Song, Y.-F., Zhang, W., Wang, Z., Zhao, Y. and Miras, H. N. (2019) Precise control of the oriented layered double hydroxide nanosheets growth on graphene oxides leading to efficient catalysts for cascade reactions. ChemCatChem , 11(22), pp. 5466-5474. (doi:10.1002/cctc.201901208 )

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Succinate accumulation drives ischaemia-reperfusion injury during organ transplantation

Martin, J. et al. (2019) Succinate accumulation drives ischaemia-reperfusion injury during organ transplantation. Nature Metabolism , 1(10), pp. 966-974. (doi:10.1038/s42255-019-0115-y )

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Single molecule spectroscopy of polyfluorene chains reveals β-phase content and phase reversibility in organic solvents

Brenlla, A., Tenopala-Carmona, F., Kanibolotsky, A. L. , Skabara, P. J. , Samuel, I. D.W. and Penedo, J. C. (2019) Single molecule spectroscopy of polyfluorene chains reveals β-phase content and phase reversibility in organic solvents. Matter , (doi:10.1016/j.matt.2019.07.020 ) (In Press)

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Liquid phase hydrogenation of CO2 to formate using palladium and ruthenium nanoparticles supported on molybdenum carbide

Mitchell, C. E., Terranova, U., Alshibane, I. , Morgan, D. J., Davies, T. E., He, Q., Hargreaves, J. S.J. , Sankar, M. and de Leeuw, N. H. (2019) Liquid phase hydrogenation of CO2 to formate using palladium and ruthenium nanoparticles supported on molybdenum carbide. New Journal of Chemistry , 43(35), pp. 13985-13997. (doi:10.1039/C9NJ02114K )

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The rapid electrochemical activation of MoTe2 for the hydrogen evolution reaction

McGlynn, J. C. et al. (2019) The rapid electrochemical activation of MoTe2 for the hydrogen evolution reaction. Nature Communications , 10, 4916. (doi:10.1038/s41467-019-12831-0 )

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On the mechanical properties of N-functionalised dipeptide gels

Fuentes-Caparrós, A. M. , McAulay, K. , Rogers, S., Dalgliesh, R. and Adams, D. J. (2019) On the mechanical properties of N-functionalised dipeptide gels. Molecules , 24(21), 3855. (doi:10.3390/molecules24213855 )

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Navigating the structural landscape of de novo α-helical bundles

Rhys, G. G., Wood, C. W., Beesley, J. L., Zaccai, N. R., Burton, A. J., Brady, R. L., Thomson, A. R. and Woolfson, D. N. (2019) Navigating the structural landscape of de novo α-helical bundles. Journal of the American Chemical Society , 141(22), pp. 8787-8797. (doi:10.1021/jacs.8b13354 ) (PMID:31066556)

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Curious about stains? Need help with staining? Asking for a friend? Try the Biological Stain Commission's online Stain Glossary

Horobin, R. W. (2019) Curious about stains? Need help with staining? Asking for a friend? Try the Biological Stain Commission's online Stain Glossary. Biotechnic and Histochemistry , (Accepted for Publication)

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Controlling the reactivity of the [P8W48O184]40– inorganic ring and its assembly into POMZite inorganic frameworks with silver ions

Zhan, C.-H. , Zheng, Q. , Long, D.-L. , Vila-Nadal, L. and Cronin, L. (2019) Controlling the reactivity of the [P8W48O184]40– inorganic ring and its assembly into POMZite inorganic frameworks with silver ions. Angewandte Chemie (International Edition) , (doi:10.1002/ange.201911170 ) (PMID:31538679) (Early Online Publication)

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Tuning redox active polyoxometalates for efficient electron‐coupled proton buffer mediated water splitting

Lie, J., Yang, J.-J., Liu, T., Yuan, R.-M., Deng, D.-R., Zheng, M.-S., Chen, J.-J. , Cronin, L. and Dong, Q.-F. (2019) Tuning redox active polyoxometalates for efficient electron‐coupled proton buffer mediated water splitting. Chemistry: A European Journal , 25(49), pp. 11432-11436. (doi:10.1002/chem.201903142 ) (PMID:31309625)

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Chemically fuelled self-regulating gel-to-gel transition

Panja, S. , Dietrich, B. and Adams, D. J. (2019) Chemically fuelled self-regulating gel-to-gel transition. ChemSystemsChem , (Accepted for Publication)

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