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

Confirmation of the cardioprotective effect of MitoGamide in the diabetic heart

Park, M. et al. (2020) Confirmation of the cardioprotective effect of MitoGamide in the diabetic heart. Cardiovascular Drugs and Therapy , (Accepted for Publication)

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Stuart Warren (24 Dec 1938–22 Mar 2020)

Aggarwal, V. K. et al. (2020) Stuart Warren (24 Dec 1938–22 Mar 2020). Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry , (doi: 10.1039/D0OB90121K ) (PMID:32936190) (Early Online Publication)

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Engineering macrocyclic high performance pentagonal bipyramidal Dy(iii) single-ion magnets

Canaj, A. B. , Dey, S. , Wilson, C. , Céspedes, O. , Rajaraman, G. and Murrie, M. (2020) Engineering macrocyclic high performance pentagonal bipyramidal Dy(iii) single-ion magnets. Chemical Communications , (doi: 10.1039/D0CC04559D ) (PMID:32902527) (Early Online Publication)

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Low dimensional nanostructures of fast ion conducting lithium nitride

Tapia-Ruiz, N. et al. (2020) Low dimensional nanostructures of fast ion conducting lithium nitride. Nature Communications , 11, 4492. (doi: 10.1038/s41467-020-17951-6 ) (PMID:32900996)

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Understanding charge transport in lead iodide perovskite thin-film field-effect transistors

Senanayak, S. P. et al. (2017) Understanding charge transport in lead iodide perovskite thin-film field-effect transistors. Science Advances , 3(1), e1601935. (doi: 10.1126/sciadv.1601935 ) (PMID:28138550) (PMCID:PMC5271592)

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Understanding the role of Cesium and Rubidium additives in perovskite solar cells: trap states, charge transport, and recombination

Hu, Y. et al. (2018) Understanding the role of Cesium and Rubidium additives in perovskite solar cells: trap states, charge transport, and recombination. Advanced Energy Materials , 8(16), 1703057. (doi: 10.1002/aenm.201703057 )

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New generation hole transporting materials for perovskite solar cells: amide-based small-molecules with nonconjugated backbones

Petrus, M. L. et al. (2018) New generation hole transporting materials for perovskite solar cells: amide-based small-molecules with nonconjugated backbones. Advanced Energy Materials , 8(32), 1801605. (doi: 10.1002/aenm.201801605 )

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Ionic-to-electronic current amplification in hybrid perovskite solar cells: ionically gated transistor-interface circuit model explains hysteresis and impedance of mixed conducting devices

Moia, D. et al. (2019) Ionic-to-electronic current amplification in hybrid perovskite solar cells: ionically gated transistor-interface circuit model explains hysteresis and impedance of mixed conducting devices. Energy and Environmental Science , 12(4), pp. 1296-1308. (doi: 10.1039/C8EE02362J )

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μ-conotoxin KIIIA peptidomimetics that block human voltage-gated sodium channels

Knuhtsen, A. , Whiting, R. , McWhinnie, F. S. , Whitmore, C. , Smith, B. O. , Green, A. C. , Timperley, C. M. , Kinnear, K. I. and Jamieson, A. G. (2020) μ-conotoxin KIIIA peptidomimetics that block human voltage-gated sodium channels. Peptide Science , (Accepted for Publication)

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The influence of water vapor on the stability and processing of hybrid perovskite solar cells made from non-stoichiometric precursor mixtures

Petrus, M. L. , Hu, Y. , Moia, D. , Calado, P. , Leguy, A. M. A. , Barnes, P. R. F. and Docampo, P. (2016) The influence of water vapor on the stability and processing of hybrid perovskite solar cells made from non-stoichiometric precursor mixtures. Chemsuschem , 9(18), pp. 2699-2707. (doi: 10.1002/cssc.201600999 ) (PMID:27624589)

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Recycling perovskite solar cells to avoid lead waste

Binek, A. , Petrus, M. L. , Huber, N. , Bristow, H. , Hu, Y. , Bien, T. and Docampo, P. (2016) Recycling perovskite solar cells to avoid lead waste. ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces , 8(20), pp. 12881-12886. (doi: 10.1021/acsami.6b03767 ) (PMID:27149009)

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Hybrid perovskite/perovskite heterojunction solar cells

Hu, Y. , Schlipf, J. , Wussler, M. , Petrus, M. L. , Jaegermann, W. , Bein, T. , Müller-Buschbaum, P. and Docampo, P. (2016) Hybrid perovskite/perovskite heterojunction solar cells. ACS Nano , 10(6), pp. 5999-6007. (doi: 10.1021/acsnano.6b01535 ) (PMID:27228558)

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Highly efficient reproducible perovskite solar cells prepared by low-temperature processing

Hu, H. , Wong, K. K. , Kollek, T. , Hanusch, F. , Polarz, S. , Docampo, P. and Schmidt-Mende, L. (2016) Highly efficient reproducible perovskite solar cells prepared by low-temperature processing. Molecules , 21(4), 542. (doi: 10.3390/molecules21040542 ) (PMID:27120590) (PMCID:PMC6274524)

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Highly luminescent cesium lead halide perovskite nanocrystals with tunable composition and thickness by ultrasonication

Tong, Y. et al. (2016) Highly luminescent cesium lead halide perovskite nanocrystals with tunable composition and thickness by ultrasonication. Angewandte Chemie (International Edition) , 55(44), pp. 13887-13892. (doi: 10.1002/anie.201605909 ) (PMID:27690323)

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Control of perovskite crystal growth by methylammonium lead chloride templating

Binek, A. , Grill, I. , Huber, N. , Peters, K. , Hufnagel, A. G. , Handloser, M. , Docampo, P. , Hartschuh, A. and Bein, T. (2016) Control of perovskite crystal growth by methylammonium lead chloride templating. Chemistry: An Asian Journal , 11(8), pp. 1199-1204. (doi: 10.1002/asia.201501379 ) (PMID:26928877)

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Contactless visualization of fast charge carrier diffusion in hybrid halide perovskite thin films

Handloser, K. , Giesbrecht, N. , Bein, T. , Docampo, P. , Handloser, M. and Hartschuh, A. (2016) Contactless visualization of fast charge carrier diffusion in hybrid halide perovskite thin films. ACS Photonics , 3(2), pp. 255-261. (doi: 10.1021/acsphotonics.5b00562 )

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A long-term view on perovskite optoelectronics

Docampo, P. and Bein, T. (2016) A long-term view on perovskite optoelectronics. Accounts of Chemical Research , 49(2), pp. 339-346. (doi: 10.1021/acs.accounts.5b00465 ) (PMID:26807593)

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Unveiling the dynamic processes in hybrid lead bromide perovskite nanoparticle thin film devices

Puscher, B. M. D. , Aygüler, M. F. , Docampo, P. and Costa, R. D. (2017) Unveiling the dynamic processes in hybrid lead bromide perovskite nanoparticle thin film devices. Advanced Energy Materials , 7(15), 1602283. (doi: 10.1002/aenm.201602283 )

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Controlling crystal growth by chloride-assisted synthesis: Towards optimized charge transport in hybrid halide perovskites

Grill, I. , Handloser, K. , Hanusch, F. C. , Giesbrecht, N. , Bein, T. , Docampo, P. , Handloser, M. and Hartschuh, A. (2017) Controlling crystal growth by chloride-assisted synthesis: Towards optimized charge transport in hybrid halide perovskites. Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells , 166, pp. 269-275. (doi: 10.1016/j.solmat.2016.11.021 )

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Charge transfer from methylammonium lead iodide perovskite to organic transport materials: Efficiencies, transfer rates, and interfacial recombination

Hutter, E. M. , Hofman, J.-J. , Petrus, M. L. , Moes, M. , Abellón, R. D. , Docampo, P. and Savenije, T. J. (2017) Charge transfer from methylammonium lead iodide perovskite to organic transport materials: Efficiencies, transfer rates, and interfacial recombination. Advanced Energy Materials , 7(13), 1602349. (doi: 10.1002/aenm.201602349 )

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