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

Some considerations related to the use of the Scherrer equation in powder X-ray diffraction as applied to heterogeneous catalysts

Hargreaves, J.S.J. (2016) Some considerations related to the use of the Scherrer equation in powder X-ray diffraction as applied to heterogeneous catalysts. Catalysis, Structure and Reactivity , 2(1-4), pp. 33-37. (doi:10.1080/2055074X.2016.1252548 )

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Does drying affect gel networks?

Adams, D. J. (2018) Does drying affect gel networks? Gels , 4(2), 32. (doi:10.3390/gels4020032 )

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The effects of MTG catalysis on methanol mobility in ZSM-5

Matam, S.K. et al. (2018) The effects of MTG catalysis on methanol mobility in ZSM-5. Catalysis Science and Technology , (Accepted for Publication)

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Stereoselective synthesis of medium-sized cyclic ethers by sequential ring-closing metathesis and Tsuji–Trost allylation

Skardon-Duncan, J. , Sparenberg, M., Bayle, A., Alexander, S. and Clark, J. S. (2018) Stereoselective synthesis of medium-sized cyclic ethers by sequential ring-closing metathesis and Tsuji–Trost allylation. Organic Letters , (doi:10.1021/acs.orglett.8b01082 ) (PMID:29676923) (Early Online Publication)

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Mutations in the pantothenate kinase of Plasmodium falciparum confer diverse sensitivity profiles to antiplasmodial pantothenate analogues

Tjhin, E. T. et al. (2018) Mutations in the pantothenate kinase of Plasmodium falciparum confer diverse sensitivity profiles to antiplasmodial pantothenate analogues. PLoS Pathogens , 14(4), e1006918. (doi:10.1371/journal.ppat.1006918 ) (PMID:29614109)

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Reversible ligand-centered reduction in low- coordinate iron formazanate complexes

Broere, D. L.J., Mercado, B. Q., Lukens, J. T., Vilbert, A. C., Banerjee, G., Lant, H. M.C., Lee, S. H., Bill, E., Sproules, S. and Holland, P. L. (2018) Reversible ligand-centered reduction in low- coordinate iron formazanate complexes. Chemistry: A European Journal , (Accepted for Publication)

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Methane cracking over cobalt molybdenum carbides

Alshibane, I. , Laassiri, S. , Rico, J.L. and Hargreaves, J. (2018) Methane cracking over cobalt molybdenum carbides. Catalysis Letters , (doi:10.1007/s10562-018-2378-4 ) (Early Online Publication)

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Spontaneous formation of a chiral (Mo2O2S2)2+-based cluster driven by dimeric {Te2O6}-based templates

Purcell, J. W. , Long, D.-L. , Lee, E. C. , Cronin, L. and Miras, H. N. (2018) Spontaneous formation of a chiral (Mo2O2S2)2+-based cluster driven by dimeric {Te2O6}-based templates. Dalton Transactions , (doi:10.1039/C8DT00832A ) (Early Online Publication)

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Diastereoselective synthesis of an advanced intermediate of thapsigargin and other 6,12-guaianolides using a RCEYM strategy

Jouanneau, M., Bonepally, K. R., Jeuken, A. , Tap, A., Guillot, R., Ardisson, J., Férézou, J.-P. and Prunet, J. (2018) Diastereoselective synthesis of an advanced intermediate of thapsigargin and other 6,12-guaianolides using a RCEYM strategy. Organic Letters , 20(8), pp. 2176-2180. (doi:10.1021/acs.orglett.8b00456 ) (PMID:29616815)

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Mitochondrial oxidative stress causes insulin resistance without disrupting oxidative phosphorylation

Fazakerley, D. J. et al. (2018) Mitochondrial oxidative stress causes insulin resistance without disrupting oxidative phosphorylation. Journal of Biological Chemistry , (doi:10.1074/jbc.RA117.001254 ) (PMID:29599292) (Early Online Publication)

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Simultaneous neutron powder diffraction and microwave dielectric studies of ammonia absorption in metal-organic framework systems

Barter, M., Hartley, J., Yazigi, F.-J. , Marshall, R. J. , Forgan, R. S. , Porch, A. and Jones, M. O. (2018) Simultaneous neutron powder diffraction and microwave dielectric studies of ammonia absorption in metal-organic framework systems. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics , 20(15), pp. 10460-10469. (doi:10.1039/C8CP00259B ) (PMID:29617020)

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Topotactic anion-exchange in thermoelectric nanostructured layered tin chalcogenides with reduced selenium content

Popuri, S. R. et al. (2018) Topotactic anion-exchange in thermoelectric nanostructured layered tin chalcogenides with reduced selenium content. Chemical Science , 9, pp. 3828-3836. (doi:10.1039/c7sc05190e )

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Itaconate is an anti-inflammatory metabolite that activates Nrf2 via alkylation of KEAP1

Mills, E. L. et al. (2018) Itaconate is an anti-inflammatory metabolite that activates Nrf2 via alkylation of KEAP1. Nature , 5556, pp. 113-117. (doi:10.1038/nature25986 ) (PMID:29590092)

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Journal of Materials Chemistry A, B & C: onwards and upwards

Zhao, D., Imahori, H., Schmidt, C., Skabara, P. , McKenzie, F. and Keltie, S. (2015) Journal of Materials Chemistry A, B & C: onwards and upwards. Journal of Materials Chemistry C , 3(1), pp. 12-14. (doi:10.1039/c4tc90158d )

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Journal of Materials Chemistry A, B & C: onwards and upwards

Zhao, D., Imahori, H., Schmidt, C., Skabara, P. , McKenzie, F. and Keltie, S. (2015) Journal of Materials Chemistry A, B & C: onwards and upwards. Journal of Materials Chemistry A , 3(1), pp. 19-21. (doi:10.1039/c4ta90212b )

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Highly efficient electrogenerated chemiluminescence of an oligofluorene-truxene star-shaped compound incorporating 2,1,3-benzothiadiazole units

Mohsan, Z., Kanibolotsky, A. L., Stewart, A. J., Inigo, A. R., Dennany, L. and Skabara, P. J. (2015) Highly efficient electrogenerated chemiluminescence of an oligofluorene-truxene star-shaped compound incorporating 2,1,3-benzothiadiazole units. Journal of Materials Chemistry C , 3(6), pp. 1166-1171. (doi:10.1039/C4TC02638A )

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Novel fast color-converter for visible light communication using a blend of conjugated polymers

Sajjad, M. T. et al. (2015) Novel fast color-converter for visible light communication using a blend of conjugated polymers. ACS Photonics , 2(2), pp. 194-199. (doi:10.1021/ph500451y )

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Fluorescent red-emitting BODIPY oligofluorene star-shaped molecules as a color converter material for visible light communications

Sajjad, M. T. et al. (2015) Fluorescent red-emitting BODIPY oligofluorene star-shaped molecules as a color converter material for visible light communications. Advanced Optical Materials , 3(4), pp. 536-540. (doi:10.1002/adom.201400424 )

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Thiazole-induced rigidification in substituted dithieno-tetrathiafulvalene: the effect of planarisation on charge transport properties

Taylor, R. G.D., Cameron, J., Wright, I. A., Thomson, N., Avramchenko, O., Kanibolotsky, A. L., Inigo, A. R., Tuttle, T. and Skabara, P. J. (2015) Thiazole-induced rigidification in substituted dithieno-tetrathiafulvalene: the effect of planarisation on charge transport properties. Beilstein Journal of Organic Chemistry , 11, pp. 1148-1154. (doi:10.3762/bjoc.11.129 ) (PMID:26199671) (PMCID:PMC4505100)

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Tetrathiafulvalene chemistry

Skabara, P. J. and Sallé, M. (2015) Tetrathiafulvalene chemistry. Beilstein Journal of Organic Chemistry , 11, pp. 1528-1529. (doi:10.3762/bjoc.11.167 ) (PMID:26425211) (PMCID:PMC4578355)

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