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

Host-guest induced electron transfer triggers radical-cation catalysis

Spicer, R. L., Stergiou, A. , Young, T. A., Duarte, F., Symes, M. D. and Lusby, P. J. (2020) Host-guest induced electron transfer triggers radical-cation catalysis. Journal of the American Chemical Society , (doi:10.1021/jacs.9b11273 ) (PMID:31935091) (Early Online Publication)

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Trends in Polymers 2017/2018: polymer synthesis

Schmidt, B. V.K.J. (2020) Trends in Polymers 2017/2018: polymer synthesis. Polymers , 12(1), 39. (doi:10.3390/polym12010039 ) (PMID:31881763)

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Multivariate modulation of the Zr MOF UiO-66 for defect-controlled multimodal anticancer drug delivery

Abanades Lazaro, I. , Wells, C. and Forgan, R. S. (2020) Multivariate modulation of the Zr MOF UiO-66 for defect-controlled multimodal anticancer drug delivery. Angewandte Chemie (International Edition) , (doi:10.1002/anie.201915848 ) (PMID:31950568) (Early Online Publication)

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False chirality, absolute enantioselection and CP violation: Pierre Curie’s legacy

Barron, L. (2020) False chirality, absolute enantioselection and CP violation: Pierre Curie’s legacy. Magnetochemistry , 6, e5. (doi:10.3390/magnetochemistry6010005 )

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Conformationally rigid pyrazoloquinazoline α-amino acids: one- and two-photon induced fluorescence

Bell, J. D. , Harkiss, A. H. , Nobis, D. , Malcolm, E., Knuhtsen, A. , Wellaway, C. R., Jamieson, A. , Magennis, S. and Sutherland, A. (2020) Conformationally rigid pyrazoloquinazoline α-amino acids: one- and two-photon induced fluorescence. Chemical Communications , (Accepted for Publication)

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An [FeIII 34] molecular metal oxide

Dearle, A. E. et al. (2019) An [FeIII 34] molecular metal oxide. Angewandte Chemie (International Edition) , 58(47), pp. 16903-16906. (doi:10.1002/anie.201911003 ) (PMID:31535459)

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There is nothing wrong with being soft: using sulfur ligands to increase axiality in a Dy(III) single-ion magnet

Canaj, A. , Dey, S., Céspedes, O., Wilson, C. , Rajaraman, G. and Murrie, M. (2019) There is nothing wrong with being soft: using sulfur ligands to increase axiality in a Dy(III) single-ion magnet. Chemical Communications , (doi:10.1039/C9CC07292F ) (Early Online Publication)

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3D designed and printed chemical generators for on demand reagent synthesis

Zalesskiy, S. S. , Kitson, P. J. , Frei, P. , Bubliauskas, A. and Cronin, L. (2019) 3D designed and printed chemical generators for on demand reagent synthesis. Nature Communications , 10, 5496. (doi:10.1038/s41467-019-13328-6 ) (PMID:31792220) (PMCID:PMC6889270)

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Creating and maintaining chemical artificial life by robotic symbiosis

Hanczyc, M. M., Parrilla, J. M. , Nicholson, A., Yanev, K. and Stoy, K. (2015) Creating and maintaining chemical artificial life by robotic symbiosis. Artificial Life , 21(1), pp. 47-54. (doi:10.1162/ARTL_a_00151 ) (PMID:25514433)

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A sensitive mass spectrometric assay for mitochondrial CoQ pool redox state in vivo

Burger, N., Logan, A., Prime, T. A., Mottahedin, A., Caldwell, S. T. , Krieg, T., Hartley, R. C. , James, A. M. and Murphy, M. P. (2019) A sensitive mass spectrometric assay for mitochondrial CoQ pool redox state in vivo. Free Radical Biology and Medicine , (doi:10.1016/j.freeradbiomed.2019.11.028 ) (PMID:31811922) (In Press)

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Hydrogen partitioning as a function of time-on-stream for an un-promoted iron-based Fischer-Tropsch synthesis catalyst applied to CO hydrogenation

Lennon, D. , Davidson, A. , Webb, P. B., Parker, S. F. and Lennon, D. (2019) Hydrogen partitioning as a function of time-on-stream for an un-promoted iron-based Fischer-Tropsch synthesis catalyst applied to CO hydrogenation. Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research , (doi:10.1021/acs.iecr.9b04636 ) (Early Online Publication)

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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. (2020) Decoupled electrolysis using a silicotungstic acid electron-coupled-proton buffer in a proton exchange membrane cell. Electrochimica Acta , 331, 135255. (doi:10.1016/j.electacta.2019.135255 )

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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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