School of Chemistry
Subjecting the metal coordination complexes to high pressures of up to about 100 thousand atmospheres in order to investigate the resulting structural and other consequences which include polymerisation, conformational rearrangements, colour changes and new molecular shapes.
Supramolecular chemistry and all aspects of molecular organisation. This includes the understanding of supramolecular organisation in the solid-state via crystal engineering, solution phase self-assembly processes and supramolecular surface assembly. More information about Prof Champness and his research group can be found here.
(i) efficient reactions for assembling high value molecules; (ii) new, sustainable catalysts from readily available resources (e.g. iron); (iii) subversion of enzymes to achieve non-endogenous reactivity (with Dr A. Pordea).
Rational design of Ionic Liquids for catalysis, nanomaterials and alternative energies, and their use as support for catalysis (CO2 sequestration and transformation, bio-resources functionalization and artificial photosynthesis).
Molecular Dynamics Simulations, Molecular Docking, Ab Initio Quantum Chemistry Calculations, Electronic/Vibrational Structure and (Ultra-fast) Spectroscopy of Proteins, Protein Folding and Evolution, Bioinformatics, Computer-Aided Drug Design, Drug Resistance. More information about Prof Hirst and his research group can be found here.
Uses scCO2 to synthesise new polymers or to create new polymer processing routes. scCO2 allows us to lower the viscosity of polymer melts and to dramatically lower the energy requirements and hence carbon footprint for new commercial processes. More information of Prof Howdle and his research group can be found here.
Organometallic and coordination chemistry.
Carbon nanotubes entrap and align molecules, and serve as nanoreactors where the chemical transformation of confined molecules are strictly controlled and directed to new products inaccessible by any other means.
Inorganic Chemistry and the roles of transition metal centres in biological systems in particular.
Research theme is on Porous materials research for sustainable energy applications. This includes nanoporous materials that have high storage capacity for CO2, which is an environmental pollutant or H2 as a benign energy carrier.
The development of sustainable and efficient synthetic methodology, particularly for important transformations where there is an unmet need. For example, fluorination with a benign source of F, or the chemoselective functionalisation of amine or alcohol derivatives, or C-H activation (oxidation) methods using catalysis or solar photochemistry. More information about Prof Moody and his research group can be found here.
Research in the Newton group focuses on the synthesis of complex organic/inorganic molecular systems for applications in small molecule conversion, energy storage, photo-catalysis and the development of functional materials.
Application of mass spectrometry in solving biological problems. Of particular interest is the study of non-covalent protein-ligand and protein-protein interactions by electrospray-mass spectrometry, ion mobility spectroscopy, cross linking, and hydrogen-deuterium exchange.
Research area: new synthetic methods and synthetic strategies for the synthesis of complex high value molecules. Specific interests in chiral sulfur-based cross-coupling reactions, two-directional synthesis, tandem reactions and branching cascades. For more information about Dr Stockman’s research please click here.
Rational anti-tuberculosis agent drug design, synthesis and evaluation; identification of active cancer agents from Chinese Medicine and their sustainable semi-synthesis; development of sustainable peptide and protein based biopharmaceuticals for imaging/therapy.
Research in the Walsh group involves the development of sustainable electrochemical methods for energy conversion, energy storage, and chemical synthesis. Current projects involve the development of ionic liquid electrolytes and Earth-abundant electrode materials for fuel cells, electrolysers, supercapacitors, and electroorganic syntheses. More information about Dr Walsh and his research group can be found here.
Use of catalytic efficient chemistry to define new organic materials for use in organic thermoelectric (heat to electricity) or photovoltaic devices. Additionally, we provide new reagents/processes to aid medicinally relevant diversity chemistry. More information about Prof Woodward and his research group can be found here here.
Faculty of Engineering
Developing microwave processes to extract valuable chemicals such as functional food ingredients from waste biomass, providing a green route to extraction for the first time.
Use of dielectric spectroscopy techniques for the characterisation and design of functional materials and the development of equipment suitable for monitoring and processing materials using alternative energy forms (microwave, RF).
Brief info: The group's scientific interest is the design of metalloenzymes with new reactivities, with an emphasis on incorporation of metal-based chemical catalysts into protein scaffolds. Projects include engineering of ADHs and P450s for non-natural transformations.
The use of innovative thermal processing technologies to enable the use of sustainable feedstocks for chemical and energy production.
My research interests are to develop sustainable process in a bottom-up integrating catalysis, advanced materials, reaction engineering (including flow chemistry and 3D-printing) real-time analytics and intelligent algorithms.
On membrane based separation for CO2 capture, (bio)methane purification, desalination, organic removal, nanozeolite synthesis for catalytic applications, thin films for chemical sensing and adsorption in porous materials.
Research interests are in process efficiency and resource resilience within wastewater treatment and process manufacturing of waste/biomass feedstocks. Focusing on chemicals and water quality and underpinned by the development and application of analytics, research activities aim to enable reuse within the process, value recovery from waste streams and/or sustainable release into environmental systems. This requires understanding system complexity to evaluate and develop efficient processes to ensure resource resilience.
A part of Microwave Process Engineering Research Group conductiona conducting multi-disciplinary research, development and commercialisation studies into electromagnetic heating technologies. Experience in assessing the structure and functional properties of porous materials using advanced characterisation techniques such as powder X-ray diffraction, gas sorption, thermophysical properties, scanning electron microscopy, and solid state NMR. She also specialises in understanding the interactions between inorganic materials and electromagnetic fields which enables the development of microwave technologies for chemical syntheses.
The research agenda centres on the development of transformative engineering processes, with a focus on:
Technologies for the sustainable extraction and production of raw materials
Materials production from waste derived and secondary resources
Reducing waste generation in processing
Dr Ferrari is a part of the Microwave Process Engineering Research Group.
School of Biosciences
Food Chemistry, with a specific interest in aroma and flavour chemistry. His research relates to the real time delivery of aroma and taste (specifically NaCl) compounds.
Director since 1987 of the National Centre for Macromolecular Hydrodynamics, an international Facility for characterising sizes, shapes, interactions and stability of macromolecules in solution. Projects include stability and reinforcement of macromolecules from Viking ships and the stability, conformation and interactions of glycoconjugate vaccines, monoclonal antibodies and DNA. More information on Prof Harding’s research can be found here.