Research

We are a multi-disciplinary materials chemistry research group, exploring the design principles and applications of novel functional materials. There is a strong focus on the design (in collaboration with Natalie Fey), synthesis and application of electroactive aniline-based oligomers and related porous conjugated materials for gas capture and wider energy related applications. We rely on collaborators (Annela Seddon) for detailed X-ray structural investigations of our materials.

Continued and active interest exist in ionic self-assembly and the production of functional hierarchical supramolecular materials (in collaboration with Ian Manners and Xi Zhang).

Closely related to these areas, a new emerging area of activity is focussed on soft functional devices (including actuators, 3D-printed functional materials and devices, in collaboration with Jonathan Rossiter and Michael Dicker).

Areas of activity are:

  • Investigations into the design, synthesis and applications of electroactive oligo(aniline)-based (semi)conducting materials [Recent related papers – Molecular Systems Design & Engineering 2019, Chem. Sci. 2018,  Adv. Opt. Mater. 2017, Chem. Eur. J. 2016, PCCP 2016, JACS 2015, Small 2015, Small 2015]
  • Preparation of porous conjugated materials for CO2 and iodine capture [Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2019, ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2017, Chem. Mater. 2017, Macromolecules 2016, Macromolecules 2015, Macrom. Rapid Commun. 2014, Chem. Commun. 2014]
  • Design, preparation and characterisation of hierarchical functional supramolecular materials [Chem. Soc. Rev. 2019, Chem. Eur. J. 2018, Macromolecules 2018, Nat. Commun. 2017, JACS 2017, Langmuir 2016, Chem. Eur. J. 2015, Acc. Chem. Res. 2014, JACS 2013, Adv. Mater. 2012]
  • Soft functional devices [Adv. Mater. Tech., 2019, Sci. Reports 2017, Nat. Commun. 2017]

Please see our publications page for further details.