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

Superchiral near fields detect virus structure

Kakkar, T. et al. (2020) Superchiral near fields detect virus structure. Light: Science and Applications , 9(1), 195. (doi: 10.1038/s41377-020-00433-1 )

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Stereoselective synthesis of the I–L fragment of the Pacific ciguatoxins

J. Clark, S. and Popadynec, M. (2020) Stereoselective synthesis of the I–L fragment of the Pacific ciguatoxins. Toxins , 12, 740. (doi: 10.3390/toxins12120740 ) (Early Online Publication)

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Transhydrogenation of pentane with 1,5- and 2,4-hexadiene over CrOx/Al2O3

Garba, M. D. and Jackson, S. D. (2020) Transhydrogenation of pentane with 1,5- and 2,4-hexadiene over CrOx/Al2O3. Applied Petrochemical Research , (doi: 10.1007/s13203-020-00259-3 )

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Glasgow Early Treatment Arm Favirpiravir (GETAFIX) for adults with early stage COVID-19: A structured summary of a study protocol for a randomised controlled trial

Hanna, C. R. et al. (2020) Glasgow Early Treatment Arm Favirpiravir (GETAFIX) for adults with early stage COVID-19: A structured summary of a study protocol for a randomised controlled trial. Trials , 21(935), (doi: 10.1186/s13063-020-04891-1 )

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Chemobrionics: from self-assembled material architectures to the origin of life

Cardoso, S. S.S. et al. (2020) Chemobrionics: from self-assembled material architectures to the origin of life. Artificial Life , 26(3), pp. 315-326. (doi: 10.1162/artl_a_00323 ) (PMID:32697160)

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Identifying differing intracellular cargo release mechanisms by monitoring in vitro drug delivery from MOFs in real time

Markopoulou, P. , Panagiotou, N. , Li, A., Bueno-Perez, R., Madden, D., Buchanan, S. , Fairen-Jimenez, D., Shiels, P. G. and Forgan, R. S. (2020) Identifying differing intracellular cargo release mechanisms by monitoring in vitro drug delivery from MOFs in real time. Cell Reports Physical Science , 1, 100254. (doi: 10.1016/j.xcrp.2020.100254 )

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Attempted characterisation of phenanthrene-4,5-quinone and electrochemical synthesis of violanthrone-16,17-quinone. How does the stability of bay quinones correlate with structural and electronic parameters?

Symes, M. , Wilkinson, D. , Cioncoloni, G. and Bucher, G. (2020) Attempted characterisation of phenanthrene-4,5-quinone and electrochemical synthesis of violanthrone-16,17-quinone. How does the stability of bay quinones correlate with structural and electronic parameters? RSC Advances , 10, pp. 38004-38012. (doi: 10.1039/D0RA06519F )

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Decoupled electrochemical water splitting: from fundamentals to applications

McHugh, P. J. , Stergiou, A. D. and Symes, M. (2020) Decoupled electrochemical water splitting: from fundamentals to applications. Advanced Energy Materials , (doi: 10.1002/aenm.202002453 ) (Early Online Publication)

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Aminolysis induced functionalization of (RAFT) polymer-dithioester with thiols and disulfides

Hess, A., Schmidt, B. V.K.J. and Schlaad, H. (2020) Aminolysis induced functionalization of (RAFT) polymer-dithioester with thiols and disulfides. Polymer Chemistry , (doi: 10.1039/D0PY01365J ) (Early Online Publication)

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Application of a 2D molybdenum telluride in SERS-detection of biorelevant molecules

Fraser, J. P. , Postnikov, P., Miliutina, E., Kolska, Z., Valiev, R., Švorčík, V., Lyutakov, O., Ganin, A. Y. and Guselnikova, O. (2020) Application of a 2D molybdenum telluride in SERS-detection of biorelevant molecules. ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces , 12(42), pp. 47774-47783. (doi: 10.1021/acsami.0c11231 ) (PMID:32985181)

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Electrocatalytic hydrogen production by dinuclear cobalt(ii) compounds containing redox-active diamidate ligands: a combined experimental and theoretical study

Papanikolaou, M. G., Elliott, A. , McAllister, J. , Gallos, J. K., Keramidas, A. D., Kabanos, T. A., Sproules, S. and Miras, H. N. (2020) Electrocatalytic hydrogen production by dinuclear cobalt(ii) compounds containing redox-active diamidate ligands: a combined experimental and theoretical study. Dalton Transactions , 49(44), pp. 15718-15730. (doi: 10.1039/D0DT02617D ) (PMID:33146215)

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Aerosol transmission of SARS-CoV-2: physical principles and implications

Jarvis, M. C. (2020) Aerosol transmission of SARS-CoV-2: physical principles and implications. Frontiers in Public Health , 8, 590041. (doi: 10.3389/fpubh.2020.590041 )

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Phosgene formation via carbon monoxide and dichlorine reaction over an activated carbon catalyst: Towards a reaction model

Rossi, G. E. , Winfield, J. M. , Meyer, N., Jones, D. H., Carr, R. H. and Lennon, D. (2021) Phosgene formation via carbon monoxide and dichlorine reaction over an activated carbon catalyst: Towards a reaction model. Applied Catalysis A: General , 609, 117900. (doi: 10.1016/j.apcata.2020.117900 )

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Active chiral plasmonics: flexoelectric control of nanoscale chirality

Gilroy, C. , McKay, K. , Devine, M., Webster, R. W.H. , Gadegaard, N. , Karimullah, A. , Maclaren, D. and Kadodwala, M. (2020) Active chiral plasmonics: flexoelectric control of nanoscale chirality. Advanced Photonics Research , (doi: 10.1002/adpr.202000062 ) (Early Online Publication)

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Deoxyfluorination with CuF2: enabled by using a Lewis base activating group

Sood, D. E., Champion, S., Dawson, D. M., Chabbra, S., Bode, B. E., Sutherland, A. and Watson, A. J. B. (2020) Deoxyfluorination with CuF2: enabled by using a Lewis base activating group. Angewandte Chemie (International Edition) , 59(22), pp. 8460-8463. (doi: 10.1002/anie.202001015 ) (PMID:32109331)

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A universal system for digitization and automatic execution of the chemical synthesis literature

Mehr, S. H. M. , Craven, M. , Leonov, A. I. , Keenan, G. and Cronin, L. (2020) A universal system for digitization and automatic execution of the chemical synthesis literature. Science , 370(6512), pp. 101-108. (doi: 10.1126/science.abc2986 ) (PMID:33004517)

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Selective partitioning of (biomacro)molecules in the crowded environment of double hydrophilic block copolymers

Lira, R., Willersinn, J., Schmidt, B. and Dimova, R. (2020) Selective partitioning of (biomacro)molecules in the crowded environment of double hydrophilic block copolymers. Macromolecules , (Accepted for Publication)

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Hydrogenation on palladium nanoparticles supported by graphene nanoplatelets

Dobrezberger, K., Bosters, J., Moser, N., Yigit, N., Nagl, A., Föttinger, K., Lennon, D. and Rupprechter, G. (2020) Hydrogenation on palladium nanoparticles supported by graphene nanoplatelets. Journal of Physical Chemistry C , (doi: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.0c06636 ) (Early Online Publication)

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Tackling pseudomonas aeruginosa virulence by a hydroxamic acid-absed LasB inhibitor

Kany, A. M., Sikandar, A., Yahiaoui, S., Haupenthal, J., Walter, I., Empting, M., Köhnke, J. and Hartmann, R. W. (2018) Tackling pseudomonas aeruginosa virulence by a hydroxamic acid-absed LasB inhibitor. ACS Chemical Biology , 13(9), pp. 2449-2455. (doi: 10.1021/acschembio.8b00257 ) (PMID:30088919)

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Structure and biosynthesis of crocagins: polycyclic posttranslationally modified ribosomal peptides from chondromyces crocatus

Viehrig, K., Surup, F., Volz, C., Herrmann, J., Abou Fayad, A., Adam, S., Köhnke, J. , Trauner, D. and Müller, R. (2017) Structure and biosynthesis of crocagins: polycyclic posttranslationally modified ribosomal peptides from chondromyces crocatus. Angewandte Chemie (International Edition) , 56(26), pp. 7407-7410. (doi: 10.1002/anie.201612640 ) (PMID:28544148)

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