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.

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:

  • Preparation of porous conjugated materials for CO2 and iodine capture [ACS Appl. Polym. Mater. 2023, Polym. Chem. 2021, Nano Energy 2021, JMC A 2020, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2019]
  • Design, preparation and characterisation of hierarchical functional supramolecular materials [Nat. Commun. 2022,  JMC C 2022, Chem Eur J 2022, Macrom 2021, ACS Macro Letters 2020, Chem. Soc. Rev. 2019, Chem. Eur. J. 2018, Macromolecules 2018]
  • Soft functional devices [Adv. Funct. Mater. 2023, Materials Advances 2021, Adv. Mater. Tech., 2019, Sci. Reports 2017, Nat. Commun. 2017]

Please see our publications page for further details.