From water purification and the development of new drug delivery methods to understanding the fundamental properties of metal complexes, chemistry has a huge impact on our society. As one of the fundamental sciences, chemistry underpins many of the most important aspects of our world. What we eat, the technology we use and how we treat illness all occur as a result of chemical reactions.
Molecules are the building blocks of all matter. By studying matter we can predict and explain how molecular interactions affect the composition, structure and physical properties of substances. Understanding these chemical processes allows them to be modified into innovative solutions and technologies to help address the global challenges facing our society.
From sustainable water quality technologies to the promotion of human and environmental health, our cutting-edge chemical research has contributed to the development of new technologies including:
New state-of-the-art laboratories with excellent analytical research infrastructure including NMR, mass spectrometry, GC-MS and fluorometers.
Successful adoption of some of our research by industry through international patents and the setting up of “spin-off” companies. This includes several of our recent water purification technologies currently under consideration for large-scale pilot studies with a view to large scale industrial development and adoption.
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Rui Wei, Richard M. Pashley. ‘An improved evaporation process with helium inlet in a bubble column evaporator for seawater desalination.’ Desalination. 479, 114329 (2020).
Anis-Ul-Haque KM; Woodward CE; Day AI; Wallace L, 2020, 'Interaction of the Large Host Q with Metal Polypyridyl Complexes: Binding Modes and Effects on Luminescence', Inorganic Chemistry, vol. 59, pp. 3942 – 3953.
Al Rawashdeh L; Cronin MP; Woodward CE; Day AI; Wallace L, 2016, 'Iridium Cyclometalated Complexes in Host–Guest Chemistry: A Strategy for Maximizing Quantum Yield in Aqueous Media', Inorganic Chemistry, vol. 55, pp. 6759 – 6769.
Dhiman R; Pen S; Chandrakumar PK; Frankcombe TJ; Day AI, 2020, 'Glycoluril derived cucurbituril analogues and the emergence of the most recent example: Tiarauril', Chemical Communications, vol. 56, pp. 2529 – 2537.8.
Chandrakumar PK; Dhiman R; Woodward CE; Iranmanesh H; Beves JE; Day AI, 2019, 'Tiara[n]uril: A Glycoluril-Based Macrocyclic Host with Cationic Walls', Journal of Organic Chemistry, vol. 84, pp. 3826 – 3831.
Our teaching is informed by our research, particularly in our second and third-year courses. This provides both interesting and important real-world applications that highlight the theoretical aspects of our courses and the development of a variety of student-oriented research projects at all undergraduate and postgraduate levels.