Research

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. Molecular science is the confluence of chemistry, physics, engineering, molecular biology, geology, medicine, and materials science.

Staff in the School of Chemistry work on projects strongly tied to other disciplines in areas including plasmonics, molecular magnets, battery technology, 3D printing, and malaria. The School is therefore perfectly placed to work with other schools and colleges to go after the big questions in science.

Research groupings

Recent publications

Maintaining and breaking symmetry in homomeric coiled-coil assemblies

Rhys, G. G., Wood, C. W., Lang, E. J.M., Mulholland, A. J., Brady, R. L., Thomson, A. R. and Woolfson, D. N. (2018) Maintaining and breaking symmetry in homomeric coiled-coil assemblies. Nature Communications , 9(1), 4132. (doi:10.1038/s41467-018-06391-y ) (PMID:30297707) (PMCID:PMC6175849)

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Convenient preparation of bactericidal hydrogels by covalent attachment of stabilized antimicrobial peptides using thiol–ene click chemistry

Cleophas, R. T.C., Riool, M., Quarles van Ufford, H. (L.) C., Zaat, S. A.J., Kruijtzer, J. A.W. and Liskamp, R. M.J. (2014) Convenient preparation of bactericidal hydrogels by covalent attachment of stabilized antimicrobial peptides using thiol–ene click chemistry. ACS Macro Letters , 3(5), pp. 477-480. (doi:10.1021/mz5001465 )

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Ti(II) and Rh(I) complexes as reagents toward a thapsigargin core

Sanogo, Y., Othman, R. B., Dhambri, S., Selkti, M., Jeuken, A. , Prunet, J. , Férézou, J.-P., Ardisson, J., Lannou, M.-I. and Sorin, G. (2019) Ti(II) and Rh(I) complexes as reagents toward a thapsigargin core. Journal of Organic Chemistry , 84(9), pp. 5821-5830. (doi:10.1021/acs.joc.8b03249 ) (PMID:30964681)

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Operando spectroscopy study of the carbon dioxide electro-reduction by iron species on nitrogen-doped carbon

Genovese, C. et al. (2018) Operando spectroscopy study of the carbon dioxide electro-reduction by iron species on nitrogen-doped carbon. Nature Communications , 9(1), 935. (doi:10.1038/s41467-018-03138-7 ) (PMID:29507285) (PMCID:PMC5838105)

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The reactivity of lattice nitrogen within the Ni2Mo3N and NiCoMo3N phases

Al Sobhi, S., Bion, N., Hargreaves, J. S.J. , Hector, A. L., Laassiri, S. , Levason, W., Lodge, A. W., McFarlane, A. R. and Ritter, C. (2019) The reactivity of lattice nitrogen within the Ni2Mo3N and NiCoMo3N phases. Materials Research Bulletin , 118, 110519. (doi:10.1016/j.materresbull.2019.110519 )

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Emergence of function and selection from recursively programmed polymerisation reactions in mineral environments

Cronin, L. , Doran, D. and Abul-Haija, Y. (2019) Emergence of function and selection from recursively programmed polymerisation reactions in mineral environments. Angewandte Chemie International Edition , (doi:10.1002/anie.201902287 ) (Early Online Publication)

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A comparison of the activities of various supported catalysts for ammonia synthesis

Daisley, A. , Hargreaves, J.S.J. , Hermann, R. , Poya, Y. and Wang, Y. (2019) A comparison of the activities of various supported catalysts for ammonia synthesis. Catalysis Today , (doi:10.1016/j.cattod.2019.06.009 ) (In Press)

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Roles of superchirality and interference in chiral plasmonic biodetection

Gilroy, C. , Hashiyada, S., Endo, K., Karimullah, A. S. , Barron, L. , Okamoto, H., Togawa, Y. and Kadodwala, M. (2019) Roles of superchirality and interference in chiral plasmonic biodetection. Journal of Physical Chemistry C , (doi:10.1021/acs.jpcc.9b02791 ) (Early Online Publication)

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Towards a better understanding of the electrosynthesis of 2,5-dicarboxy-2,5-dihydrofurans: structure, mechanism and Influence over stereochemistry

Shipman, M. A. , Sproules, S. and Symes, M. D. (2019) Towards a better understanding of the electrosynthesis of 2,5-dicarboxy-2,5-dihydrofurans: structure, mechanism and Influence over stereochemistry. Royal Society Open Science , (Accepted for Publication)

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Highly efficient fullerene and non-fullerene based ternary organic solar cells incorporating a new tetrathiocin-cored semiconductor

Jagadamma, L.K., Taylor, R.G.D., Kanibolotsky, A. L., Sajjad, M. T., Wright, I. A., Horton, P. N., Coles, S. J., Samuel, I. D.W. and Skabara, P. J. (2019) Highly efficient fullerene and non-fullerene based ternary organic solar cells incorporating a new tetrathiocin-cored semiconductor. Sustainable Energy and Fuels , (Accepted for Publication)

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Using mid-infrared spectroscopy and supervised machine-learning to identify vertebrate blood meals in the malaria vector, Anopheles arabiensis

Mwanga, E. P. et al. (2019) Using mid-infrared spectroscopy and supervised machine-learning to identify vertebrate blood meals in the malaria vector, Anopheles arabiensis. Malaria Journal , 18, 187. (doi:10.1186/s12936-019-2822-y ) (PMID:31146762) (PMCID:PMC6543689)

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Low-temperature studies of propene oligomerization in ZSM-5 by inelastic neutron scattering spectroscopy

Hawkins, A. P. , Zachariou, A. , Collier, P., Ewings, R. A., Howe, R. F., Parker, S. F. and Lennon, D. (2019) Low-temperature studies of propene oligomerization in ZSM-5 by inelastic neutron scattering spectroscopy. RSC Advances , (Accepted for Publication)

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The effects of ultrasound on the electro-oxidation of sulfate solutions at low pH

Wallace, A. G. , McHugh, P. J. and Symes, M. D. (2019) The effects of ultrasound on the electro-oxidation of sulfate solutions at low pH. ChemPhysChem , (Accepted for Publication)

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Metal-free organic chromophores featuring an ethynyl-thienothiophene linker with an n-hexyl chain for translucent dye-sensitized solar cells

Lim, D.-S., Park, K.-W., Wiles, A. A. and Hong, J. (2019) Metal-free organic chromophores featuring an ethynyl-thienothiophene linker with an n-hexyl chain for translucent dye-sensitized solar cells. Materials , 12(11), 1741.

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The surface chemistry of metal-organic frameworks and their applications

Forgan, R. S. (2019) The surface chemistry of metal-organic frameworks and their applications. Dalton Transactions , (doi:10.1039/C9DT01710K ) (Early Online Publication)

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Wind farm development on peatlands increases fluvial macronutrient loading

Heal, K., Phin, A., Waldron, S. , Flowers, H. , Bruneau, P., Coupar, A. and Cundill, A. (2019) Wind farm development on peatlands increases fluvial macronutrient loading. AMBIO , (doi:10.1007/s13280-019-01200-2 ) (PMID:31140159) (Early Online Publication)

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Anion-exchange synthesis of thermoelectric layered SnS0.1Se0.9-xTex nano/microstructures in aqueous solution; complexity and carrier concentration

Huang, L., Han, G., Zhang, B. and Gregory, D. (2019) Anion-exchange synthesis of thermoelectric layered SnS0.1Se0.9-xTex nano/microstructures in aqueous solution; complexity and carrier concentration. Journal of Materials Chemistry C , (doi:10.1039/C9TC01994D ) (Early Online Publication)

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Temporally-programmed transient supramolecular gels

Panja, S. , Patterson, C. and Adams, D. J. (2019) Temporally-programmed transient supramolecular gels. Macromolecular Rapid Communications , (Accepted for Publication)

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In-depth investigation of large axial magnetic anisotropy in monometallic 3d complexes using frequency domain magnetic resonance and ab initio methods: a study of trigonal bipyramidal Co(II)

Hay, M. A. , Craig, G. A. , Bhaskaran, L., Nehrkorn, J., Ozerov, M., Marriott, K. E.R. , Wilson, C. , Rajaraman, G., Hill, S. and Murrie, M. (2019) In-depth investigation of large axial magnetic anisotropy in monometallic 3d complexes using frequency domain magnetic resonance and ab initio methods: a study of trigonal bipyramidal Co(II). Chemical Science , (doi:10.1039/C9SC00987F ) (Early Online Publication)

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Highly tunable thiosulfonates as a novel class of cysteine protease inhibitors with anti-parasitic activity against Schistosoma mansoni

Ward, D.J. , Van de Langemheen, H. , Koehne, E., Kreidenweiss, A. and Liskamp, R.M.J. (2019) Highly tunable thiosulfonates as a novel class of cysteine protease inhibitors with anti-parasitic activity against Schistosoma mansoni. Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry , (doi:10.1016/j.bmc.2019.05.014 ) (In Press)

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