Chemistry of Materials and Catalysis Chemistry of Materials and Catalysis

Under the Chemistry of Materials and Catalysis theme, research is focussed on the synthesis of novel materials, including organometallics, organics, coordination complexes, liquid crystals, supramolecular assemblies and nanomaterials. Collectively, these have potential applications in a hugely broad range of areas such as next generation energy materials (new types of batteries), chemical industrial processes and manufacture, security (authentication), medicine (drugs and drug delivery), chemical sensing and many more.

Prof Manfred Bochmann

Prof Manfred Bochmann

  • Organometallic and coordination chemistry.
  • Gold chemistry.
  • Homogeneous catalysis.
  • Alkene polymerisation catalysis.

Dr Sean Bew

Dr Sean Bew

  • N-Chloroamines for nitrogen activation and N-alkylaziridine synthesis.
  • Expedient synthesis of N-alkylaziridines using (S)-N-(α-methylbenzyl)hydroxylamines.
  • Organocatalytic imine activation for N-alkylaziridine synthesis.
  • Synthesis of a new class of upper-rim appended bifunctional calix[4]arenes.
  • α-Amino acids as tethers for diastereoselective HIMDA reactions.
  • Tröger base as a peptidemimetic.
  • Chemical Genetics.

Prof Andrew N. Cammidge 

Prof Andy Cammidge

  • Organic Synthesis.
  • Molecular materials and liquid crystals.
  • Cross-coupling catalysis.
  • Supermolecules, Supramolecular Assemblies and Molecular Machines.

Dr Yimin Chao

Dr Yimin Chao

  • Synthesis and characterization of nanoparticles.
  • Fabrication of thin films using functionalized nanoparticles.
  • Uptake and toxicity of nanoparticles in cultured cells.
  • Applications of functionalised nanoparticles in energy conversion and storage, such as batteries, supercapacitors, solar cells, and thermoelectric modules.
  • Functionalised nanoparticles for diagnosis and targeted drug delivery.

Dr John Fielden

Dr John Fielden

  • Coordination Chemistry.
  • Polyoxometalate Chemistry.
  • Catalysts for hydrogen evolution and small molecule activation.

Dr Maria Paz Muñoz Herranz

Dr Maria Paz Muñoz Herranz

  • Platinum- and gold-catalysed addition of nucleophiles to allenes.
  • Platinum-catalysed cyclisation of bisallenes.
  • Synthesis of metal complex with allenic ligands for cancer therapy.
  • Mechanistic studies on the gold-catalysed azidation of allenes.
  • Mechanistic studies on the platinum-catalysed dihydroalkoxylation and bisindolylation of allenes.

Prof Phil Page

Prof Phil Page

  • Total synthesis of natural products.
  • Asymmetric synthesis and catalysis.
  • Organocatalysis.

Dr Chris Richards

Dr Chris Richards

  • Asymmetric catalysis.
  • Organic synthesis.
  • Organometallic synthesis.
  • Metallacycles.
  • Metallocene ligands.

Dr G. Richard Stephenson

Dr G. Richard Stephenson

  • Asymmetric ‘Click’ Chemistry.
  • Helicene-based chiral pi systems for nonlinear optics.
  • Carbonylmetal complexes as bioprobes.
  • Chemical modification of cellulose for biocomposite materials.

Dr Thomas Storr

Dr Joseph Wright

  • Organic synthetic methodology development.
  • Transition metal catalysed C-H bond functionalisations.
  • Blended transition metal/organocatalysis.
  • Cascade processes utilising metal catalysis.
  • Nanoparticle catalysis.

Dr Joseph Wright

Dr Joseph Wright

  • Bioinspired complexes for energy vector generation.
  • Metal carbonyls for medical applications.
  • Novel coordination complexes for small molecule activation.

Dr Andrew G. Mayes

Dr Andrew G. Mayes

  • Nano-structured materials for energy, analysis and drug delivery.
  • Creation of "artificial antibodies" for sensing and imaging.
  • Design, synthesis and characterisation of "smart" polymer materials.
  • Optical chemical sensors (fibre-optic and imaging)
  • New methods to detect, count and analyse microplastics in environmental samples.

Prof Gregory G. Wildgoose

Prof Gregory G. Wildgoose

  • Organometallic synthesis & electrochemistry.
  • Main group and coordination chemistry.
  • Frustrated Lewis pair chemistry.
  • Electrocatalysis.
  • Energy & Materials.