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

Solution deposition-conversion for planar heterojunction mixed halide perovskite solar cells

Docampo, P. , Hanusch, F. C., Stranks, S. D., Döblinger, M., Feckl, J. M., Ehrensperger, M., Minar, N. K., Johnston, M. B., Snaith, H. J. and Bein, T. (2014) Solution deposition-conversion for planar heterojunction mixed halide perovskite solar cells. Advanced Energy Materials , 4(14), 1400355. (doi: 10.1002/aenm.201400355 )

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Towards long-term photostability of solid-state dye sensitized solar cells

Pathak, S. K., Abate, A., Leijtens, T., Hollman, D. J., Teuscher, J., Pazos, L., Docampo, P. , Steiner, U. and Snaith, H. J. (2014) Towards long-term photostability of solid-state dye sensitized solar cells. Advanced Energy Materials , 4(8), 1301667. (doi: 10.1002/aenm.201301667 )

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Targeting succinate dehydrogenase with malonate ester prodrugs decreases renal ischemia reperfusion injury

Beach, T. E. et al. (2020) Targeting succinate dehydrogenase with malonate ester prodrugs decreases renal ischemia reperfusion injury. Redox Biology , (Accepted for Publication)

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Group 10 metal dithiolene bis(isonitrile) complexes: synthesis, structures, properties and reactivity

Obanda, A., Valerius, K., Mague, J. T., Sproules, S. and Donahue, J. P. (2020) Group 10 metal dithiolene bis(isonitrile) complexes: synthesis, structures, properties and reactivity. Organometallics , (Accepted for Publication)

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The application of attenuated total reflection infrared spectroscopy to investigate the liquid phase hydrogenation of benzaldehyde over an alumina-supported palladium catalyst

Boulho, C. , Gibson, E. K. , McAllister, M. I. , Moss, R. and Lennon, D. (2020) The application of attenuated total reflection infrared spectroscopy to investigate the liquid phase hydrogenation of benzaldehyde over an alumina-supported palladium catalyst. Topics in Catalysis , (Accepted for Publication)

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Layer-by-layer formation of block-copolymer-derived TiO2 for solid-state dye-sensitized solar cells

Guldin, S., Docampo, P. , Stefik, M., Kamita, G., Wiesner, U., Snaith, H. J. and Steiner, U. (2201) Layer-by-layer formation of block-copolymer-derived TiO2 for solid-state dye-sensitized solar cells. Small , 8(3), pp. 432-440. (doi: 10.1002/smll.201102063 ) (PMID:22174177)

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Isotopic control over self-assembly in supramolecular gels

McAulay, K. , Wang, H., Fuentes-Caparrós, A. M. , Thomson, L. , Khunti, N., Cowieson, N., Cui, H., Seddon, A. and Adams, D. J. (2020) Isotopic control over self-assembly in supramolecular gels. Langmuir , (doi: 10.1021/acs.langmuir.0c01552 ) (PMID:32614592) (Early Online Publication)

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An oxygen-tolerant visible light induced free radical polymerization using mesoporous graphitic carbon nitride

Kaya, K., Kiskan, B., Kumru, B., Schmidt, B. V.K.J. and Yagci, Y. (2020) An oxygen-tolerant visible light induced free radical polymerization using mesoporous graphitic carbon nitride. European Polymer Journal , 122, 109410. (doi: 10.1016/j.eurpolymj.2019.109410 )

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Polymer brushes on graphitic carbon nitride for patterning and as a SERS active sensing layer via incorporated nanoparticles

Sheng, W. et al. (2020) Polymer brushes on graphitic carbon nitride for patterning and as a SERS active sensing layer via incorporated nanoparticles. ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces , 12(8), pp. 9797-9805. (doi: 10.1021/acsami.9b21984 ) (PMID:31999093) (PMCID:PMC7050013)

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Grazing incidence neutron spin echo study of poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) brushes

Witte, J., Krause, P., Kyrey, T., Dahl, A. M., Lutzki, J., Schmidt, B. V. K. J. , Ganeva, M., Koutsioubas, A., Holderer, O. and Wellert, S. (2020) Grazing incidence neutron spin echo study of poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) brushes. Macromolecules , 53(5), pp. 1819-1830. (doi: 10.1021/acs.macromol.9b01247 )

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A short peptide that preferentially binds c-MYC G-quadruplex DNA

Minard, A., Morgan, D. , Raguseo, F., Di Porzio, A., Liano, D., Jamieson, A. G. and Di Antonio, M. (2020) A short peptide that preferentially binds c-MYC G-quadruplex DNA. Chemical Communications , (doi: 10.1039/D0CC02954H ) (Early Online Publication)

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Ester prodrugs of malonate with enhanced intracellular delivery protect against cardiac ischemia-reperfusion injury in vivo

Prag, H. A. et al. (2020) Ester prodrugs of malonate with enhanced intracellular delivery protect against cardiac ischemia-reperfusion injury in vivo. Cardiovascular Drugs and Therapy , (Accepted for Publication)

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Photoactive graphitic carbon nitride‐based gel beads as recyclable photocatalysts

Cao, Q., Barrio, J., Antonietti, M., Kumru, B., Shalom, M. and Schmidt, B. V.K.J. (2020) Photoactive graphitic carbon nitride‐based gel beads as recyclable photocatalysts. ACS Applied Polymer Materials , (doi: 10.1021/acsapm.0c00453 ) (Early Online Publication)

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Mitochondria-targeted paraquat and metformin mediate ROS production to induce multiple pathways of retrograde signaling: a dose-dependent phenomenon

Chowdhury, A. R., Zielonka, J., Kalyanaraman, B., Hartley, R. C. , Murphy, M. P. and Avadhani, N. G. (2020) Mitochondria-targeted paraquat and metformin mediate ROS production to induce multiple pathways of retrograde signaling: a dose-dependent phenomenon. Redox Biology , 36, 101606. (doi: 10.1016/j.redox.2020.101606 )

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Modulating iron spin states with radical ligands: a density functional theoretical study

Credendino, L. and Sproules, S. (2020) Modulating iron spin states with radical ligands: a density functional theoretical study. Asian Journal of Organic Chemistry , 9(3), pp. 421-430. (doi: 10.1002/ajoc.201900626 )

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Modulating the magnetic properties of copper(II)/nitroxyl heterospin complexes by suppression of the Jahn–Teller distortion

Greatorex, S., Fokin, S. V., Kulmaczewski, R., Yamada, M., Cespedes, O., Yoshinari, N., Konno, T., Sproules, S. , Ovcharenko, V. I. and Halcrow, M. A. (2020) Modulating the magnetic properties of copper(II)/nitroxyl heterospin complexes by suppression of the Jahn–Teller distortion. Inorganic Chemistry , (doi: 10.1021/acs.inorgchem.0c01345 ) (PMID:32525669) (Early Online Publication)

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A crystallization robot for generating true random numbers based on stochastic chemical processes

Lee, E. C. , Parrilla-Gutierrez, J. M. , Henson, A. , Brechin, E. K. and Cronin, L. (2020) A crystallization robot for generating true random numbers based on stochastic chemical processes. Matter , 2(3), pp. 649-657. (doi: 10.1016/j.matt.2020.01.024 )

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XAS investigation of silica aerogel supported cobalt rhenium catalysts for ammonia decomposition.

Kirste, K. G., Laassiri, S. , Hu, Z., Stoian, D., Torrente-Murciano, L., Hargreaves, J. S.J. and Mathisen, K. (2020) XAS investigation of silica aerogel supported cobalt rhenium catalysts for ammonia decomposition. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics , (doi: 10.1039/d0cp00558d ) (PMID:32567607) (Early Online Publication)

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A review of nano-based materials used as flocculants for water treatment

Jumadi, J., Kamari, A., Hargreaves, J. S. .J. and Yusof, N. (2020) A review of nano-based materials used as flocculants for water treatment. International Journal of Environmental Science and Technology , 17(7), pp. 3571-3594. (doi: 10.1007/s13762-020-02723-y )

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Tuning the antimicrobial activity of low molecular weight hydrogels using dopamine autoxidation

Cross, E. R. , Coulter, S. M., Fuentes-Caparrós, A. M. , McAulay, K. , Schweins, R., Laverty, G. and Adams, D. J. (2020) Tuning the antimicrobial activity of low molecular weight hydrogels using dopamine autoxidation. Chemical Communications , (doi: 10.1039/D0CC02569K ) (Early Online Publication)

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