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.

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Recent publications

One-pot ortho-amination of aryl C-H bonds using consecutive iron and copper catalysis: late-stage structural diversification of 3,4-dihydroquinolin-2-one

Henry, M. C. , McGrory, R., Faggyas, R. J. , Mostafa, M. A.B. and Sutherland, A. (2019) One-pot ortho-amination of aryl C-H bonds using consecutive iron and copper catalysis: late-stage structural diversification of 3,4-dihydroquinolin-2-one. Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry , (Accepted for Publication)

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Enhanced Fe-centered redox flexibility in Fe–Ti heterobimetallic complexes

Moore, J. T. et al. (2019) Enhanced Fe-centered redox flexibility in Fe–Ti heterobimetallic complexes. Inorganic Chemistry , (doi:10.1021/acs.inorgchem.9b00442 ) (PMID:30957996) (Early Online Publication)

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Synthesis of HDAC Substrate Peptidomimetic Inhibitors (SPIs) using Fmoc amino acids incorporating zinc-binding groups

Mahindra, A. , Millard, C. J., Black, I., Archibald, L. J. , Schwabe, J. W.R. and Jamieson, A. (2019) Synthesis of HDAC Substrate Peptidomimetic Inhibitors (SPIs) using Fmoc amino acids incorporating zinc-binding groups. Organic Letters , (Accepted for Publication)

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Tunable supramolecular gels by varying thermal history

Debnath, S. et al. (2019) Tunable supramolecular gels by varying thermal history. Chemistry: A European Journal , (doi:10.1002/chem.201806281 ) (Early Online Publication)

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Urinary biomarkers for renal tract malformations

Magalhães, P., Schanstra, J. P., Carrick, E. , Mischak, H. and Zürbig, P. (2016) Urinary biomarkers for renal tract malformations. Expert Review of Proteomics , 13(12), pp. 1121-1129. (doi:10.1080/14789450.2016.1254555 ) (PMID:27791437)

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Detection of changes in mitochondrial hydrogen sulfide (H2S) in vivo in the fish model Poecilia mexicana (Poeciliidae)

Lau, G. Y., Barts, N., Hartley, R. C. , Tobler, M., Richards, J. G., Murphy, M. P. and Arndt, S. (2019) Detection of changes in mitochondrial hydrogen sulfide (H2S) in vivo in the fish model Poecilia mexicana (Poeciliidae). Biology Open , (Accepted for Publication)

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Molecular-salt hybrids; integration of ammonia borane into lithium halides

Cascallana-Matias, I. , Breternitz, J., Baker, A., Davis, H. , Cussen, E. J. and Gregory, D. H. (2019) Molecular-salt hybrids; integration of ammonia borane into lithium halides. Inorganic Chemistry Frontiers , 6(3), pp. 808-812. (doi:10.1039/C9QI00099B )

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Enhanced exciton harvesting in a planar heterojunction organic photovoltaic device by solvent vapor annealing

Zhang, Y., Sajjad, M. T., Blaszczyk, O., Ruseckas, A., Serrano, L. A., Cooke, G. and Samuel, I. D.W. (2019) Enhanced exciton harvesting in a planar heterojunction organic photovoltaic device by solvent vapor annealing. Organic Electronics , (doi:10.1016/j.orgel.2019.03.014 ) (Early Online Publication)

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The hydrogenation of benzonitrile over supported Pd catalysts: kinetic and mechanistic insight

McAllister, M. , Boulho, C. , Gilpin, L. F. , McMillan, L. , Brennan, C. and Lennon, D. (2019) The hydrogenation of benzonitrile over supported Pd catalysts: kinetic and mechanistic insight. Organic Process Research and Development , (doi:10.1021/acs.oprd.9b00058 ) (Early Online Publication)

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Mechanism of Cu-catalyzed aryl boronic acid halodeboronation using electrophilic halogen: development of a base-catalyzed iododeboronation for radiolabeling applications

Molloy, J. J., O'Rourke, K. , Frias, C. P., Sloan, N. , West, M. J., Pimlott, S. L. , Sutherland, A. and Watson, A. J.B. (2019) Mechanism of Cu-catalyzed aryl boronic acid halodeboronation using electrophilic halogen: development of a base-catalyzed iododeboronation for radiolabeling applications. Organic Letters , (doi:10.1021/acs.orglett.9b00942 ) (Early Online Publication)

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Tetrathiafulvalene-oligofluorene star-shaped systems: new semiconductor materials for fluorescent moisture indicators

Scanlan, K. , Kanibolotskyy, A. L. , Breig, B. , Hedley, G. J. and Skabara, P. J. (2019) Tetrathiafulvalene-oligofluorene star-shaped systems: new semiconductor materials for fluorescent moisture indicators. Journal of Materials Chemistry C , (doi:10.1039/C9TC00845D ) (Early Online Publication)

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Mesoporous polymer loading heteropolyacid catalysts: one-step strategy to manufacture high value-added cellulose acetate propionate

Zhang, Y., Chen, X., Li, L., Chen, W., Miras, H. N. and Song, Y.-F. (2019) Mesoporous polymer loading heteropolyacid catalysts: one-step strategy to manufacture high value-added cellulose acetate propionate. ACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering , 7(5), pp. 4975-4982. (doi:10.1021/acssuschemeng.8b05627 )

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Synthesis, structural and physicochemical characterization of a new type Ti6-oxo cluster protected by a cyclic imide dioxime ligand

Passadis, S. S., Hadjithoma, S., Kalampounias, A. G., Tsipis, A. C., Sproules, S. , Miras, H. N. , Keramidas, A. D. and Kabanos, T. A. (2019) Synthesis, structural and physicochemical characterization of a new type Ti6-oxo cluster protected by a cyclic imide dioxime ligand. Dalton Transactions , (doi:10.1039/C9DT00658C ) (Early Online Publication)

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Integrated synthesis of gold nanoparticles coated with polyoxometalate clusters

Martín, S. , Takashima, Y. , Lin, C.-G., Song, Y.-F., Miras, H. N. and Cronin, L. (2019) Integrated synthesis of gold nanoparticles coated with polyoxometalate clusters. Inorganic Chemistry , 58, pp. 4110-4116. (doi:10.1021/acs.inorgchem.8b03013 ) (PMID:30869513)

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Molecular and electronic structure of the dithiooxalato radical ligand stabilised by rare earth coordination

McGuire, J. , Wilson, B. , McAllister, J. , Miras, H. N. , Wilson, C. , Sproules, S. and Farnaby, J. H. (2019) Molecular and electronic structure of the dithiooxalato radical ligand stabilised by rare earth coordination. Dalton Transactions , (doi:10.1039/C9DT00688E ) (Early Online Publication)

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Coplanar donor-π-acceptor dyes featuring a furylethynyl spacer for dye-sensitized solar cells

Serrano, L. A., Park, K.-W., Ahn, S., Wiles, A. A. , Hong, J. and Cooke, G. (2019) Coplanar donor-π-acceptor dyes featuring a furylethynyl spacer for dye-sensitized solar cells. Materials , 12(5), 839. (doi:10.3390/ma12050839 )

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Environmental control programs the emergence of distinct functional ensembles from unconstrained chemical reactions

Surman, A. J. , Rodriguez Garcia, M. , Abul-Haija, Y. M. , Cooper, G. J.T. , Gromski, P. S. , Turk-MacLeod, R. , Mullin, M. , Mathis, C., Walker, S. I. and Cronin, L. (2019) Environmental control programs the emergence of distinct functional ensembles from unconstrained chemical reactions. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America , (doi:10.1073/pnas.1813987116 ) (PMID:30842280) (Early Online Publication)

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Integrated synthesis of nucleotide and nucleosides influenced by amino acids

Suárez-Marina, I. , Abul-Haija, Y. M. , Turk-MacLeod, R. , Gromski, P. S. , Cooper, G. J.T. , Olivé Olivé, A., Colón-Santos, S. and Cronin, L. (2019) Integrated synthesis of nucleotide and nucleosides influenced by amino acids. Communications Chemistry , 2, 28. (doi:10.1038/s42004-019-0130-7 )

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Van der Waals contact engineering of graphene field-effect transistors for large-area flexible electronics

Liu, F. , Navaraj, W. , Yogeswaran, N. , Gregory, D. H. and Dahiya, R. (2019) Van der Waals contact engineering of graphene field-effect transistors for large-area flexible electronics. ACS Nano , (doi:10.1021/acsnano.8b09019 ) (PMID:30835440) (Early Online Publication)

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Effect of end group functionalisation of small molecules featuring the fluorene-thiophene-benzothiadiazole motif as emitters in solution-processed red and orange organic light-emitting diodes

Fell, V.H.K. , Findlay, N.J. , Breig, B. , Forbes, C., Inigo, A.R., Cameron, J., Kanibolotsky, A.L. and Skabara, P.J. (2019) Effect of end group functionalisation of small molecules featuring the fluorene-thiophene-benzothiadiazole motif as emitters in solution-processed red and orange organic light-emitting diodes. Journal of Materials Chemistry C , (Accepted for Publication)

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