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

Investigating the breakdown of the nerve agent simulant methyl paraoxon and chemical warfare agents GB and VX using nitrogen containing bases

Wilson, C., Cooper, N. J., Briggs, M. E., Cooper, A. I. and Adams, D. (2018) Investigating the breakdown of the nerve agent simulant methyl paraoxon and chemical warfare agents GB and VX using nitrogen containing bases. Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry , (Accepted for Publication)

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Low cost triazatruxene hole transporting material for >20% efficient perovskite solar cells

Connell, A. et al. (2018) Low cost triazatruxene hole transporting material for >20% efficient perovskite solar cells. Journal of Materials Chemistry C , (doi:10.1039/C8TC04231D ) (Early Online Publication)

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Hot off the press

Hill, R. A. and Sutherland, A. (2018) Hot off the press. Natural Product Reports , 35(10), pp. 1024-1028. (doi:10.1039/C8NP90032A ) (PMID:30209473)

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Strategic synthesis of [Cu2], [Cu4] and [Cu5] complexes: inhibition and triggering of ligand arm hydrolysis and self-aggregation by chosen ancillary bridges

Das, M., Canaj, A. B. , Bertolasi, V., Murrie, M. and Ray, D. (2018) Strategic synthesis of [Cu2], [Cu4] and [Cu5] complexes: inhibition and triggering of ligand arm hydrolysis and self-aggregation by chosen ancillary bridges. Dalton Transactions , (doi:10.1039/C8DT03390K ) (Early Online Publication)

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Fluctuations in the emission polarization and spectrum in single chains of a common conjugated polymer for organic photovoltaics

Hedley, G. J. , Steiner, F., Vogelsang, J. and Lupton, J. M. (2018) Fluctuations in the emission polarization and spectrum in single chains of a common conjugated polymer for organic photovoltaics. Small , (Accepted for Publication)

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Pulse-shaped two-photon excitation of a fluorescent base analogue approaches single-molecule sensitivity

Fisher, R. S. , Nobis, D. , Füchtbauer, A. F., Bood, M., Grøtli, M., Wilhelmsson, L. M., Jones, A. C. and Magennis, S. W. (2018) Pulse-shaped two-photon excitation of a fluorescent base analogue approaches single-molecule sensitivity. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics , (Accepted for Publication)

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Application of zirconium MOFs in drug delivery and biomedicine

Abánades Lázaro, I. and Forgan, R. S. (2019) Application of zirconium MOFs in drug delivery and biomedicine. Coordination Chemistry Reviews , 380, pp. 230-259. (doi:10.1016/j.ccr.2018.09.009 )

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Mitochondrial superoxide generation induces a parkinsonian phenotype in zebrafish and huntingtin aggregation in human cells

Pinho, B. R., Reis, S. D., Hartley, R. C. , Murphy, M. P. and Oliveira, J. M.A. (2018) Mitochondrial superoxide generation induces a parkinsonian phenotype in zebrafish and huntingtin aggregation in human cells. Free Radical Biology and Medicine , (Accepted for Publication)

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Robust and environmentally benign solid acid intercalation catalysts for the aminolysis of epoxides

Li, T., Jin, L., Zhang, W., Miras, H. N. and Song, Y.-F. (2018) Robust and environmentally benign solid acid intercalation catalysts for the aminolysis of epoxides. ChemCatChem , 10(20), pp. 4699-4706. (doi:10.1002/cctc.201801119 )

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In vivo multiplex molecular imaging of vascular inflammation using surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy

Noonan, J. et al. (2018) In vivo multiplex molecular imaging of vascular inflammation using surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy. Theranostics , (Accepted for Publication)

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Trapping of a pseudotetrahedral CoIIO4 core in mixed-valence mixed-ceometry [Co5] coordination aggregates: Synthetic marvel, structures, and magnetism

Chattopadhyay, K., Heras Ojea, M. J. , Sarkar, A., Murrie, M. , Rajaraman, G. and Ray, D. (2018) Trapping of a pseudotetrahedral CoIIO4 core in mixed-valence mixed-ceometry [Co5] coordination aggregates: Synthetic marvel, structures, and magnetism. Inorganic Chemistry , (doi:10.1021/acs.inorgchem.8b01577 ) (Early Online Publication)

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Investigation of ZSM-5 catalysts for dimethylether conversion using inelastic neutron scattering

Zachariou, A. et al. (2019) Investigation of ZSM-5 catalysts for dimethylether conversion using inelastic neutron scattering. Applied Catalysis A: General , 569, pp. 1-7. (doi:10.1016/j.apcata.2018.10.010 )

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Amorphous silicon with extremely low absorption: beating thermal noise in gravitational astronomy

Birney, R. et al. (2018) Amorphous silicon with extremely low absorption: beating thermal noise in gravitational astronomy. Physical Review Letters , 121, 191101. (doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.121.191101 )

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In vivo fate of free and encapsulated iron oxide nanoparticles after injection of labelled stem cells

Ashraf, S., Taylor, A., Sharkey, J., Barrow, M., Murray, P., Wilm, B., Poptani, H., Rosseinsky, M. J., Adams, D. J. and Lévy, R. (2018) In vivo fate of free and encapsulated iron oxide nanoparticles after injection of labelled stem cells. Nanoscale Advances , (doi:10.1039/C8NA00098K ) (Early Online Publication)

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Water-compatible synthesis of 2-trifluoromethyl-1,3-dioxanes

Becerra-Figueroa, L., Tiniakos, A. F. , Prunet, J. and Gamba-Sánchez, D. A. (2018) Water-compatible synthesis of 2-trifluoromethyl-1,3-dioxanes. European Journal of Organic Chemistry , (doi:10.1002/ejoc.201801367 ) (Early Online Publication)

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Stacking-induced fluorescence increase reveals allosteric interactions through DNA

Morten, M. J. , Lopez, S. , Steinmark, I. E., Rafferty, A. and Magennis, S. (2018) Stacking-induced fluorescence increase reveals allosteric interactions through DNA. Nucleic Acids Research , (doi:10.1093/nar/gky887 ) (Early Online Publication)

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Understanding the CO oxidation on Pt nanoparticles supported on MOFs by operando XPS

Vakili, R., Gibson, E. K. , Chansai, S., Xu, S., Al-Janabi, N., Wells, P. P., Hardacre, C., Walton, A. and Fan, X. (2018) Understanding the CO oxidation on Pt nanoparticles supported on MOFs by operando XPS. ChemCatChem , 10(19), pp. 4238-4242. (doi:10.1002/cctc.201801067 )

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Ligand radicals as modular organic electron spin qubits

Sproules, S. , McGuire, J. , Miras, H. N., Donahue, J. P. and Richards, E. (2018) Ligand radicals as modular organic electron spin qubits. Chemistry: A European Journal , (doi:10.1002/chem.201804165 ) (PMID:30291646) (Early Online Publication)

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Enzyme activity by design: an artificial rhodium hydroformylase for linear aldehydes

Jarvis, A. G., Obrecht, L., Deuss, P. J., Laan, W., Gibson, E. K. , Wells, P. P. and Kamer, P. C.J. (2017) Enzyme activity by design: an artificial rhodium hydroformylase for linear aldehydes. Angewandte Chemie (International Edition) , 56(44), pp. 13596-13600. (doi:10.1002/anie.201705753 ) (PMID:28841767) (PMCID:PMC5659135)

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α-Amino acids: Natural and artificial building blocks for discrete polymetallic clusters

Canaj, A. B. , Kakaroni, F. E., Collet, A. and Milios, C. J. (2018) α-Amino acids: Natural and artificial building blocks for discrete polymetallic clusters. Polyhedron , 151, pp. 1-32. (doi:10.1016/j.poly.2018.05.005 )

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