Using physical organic chemistry to study mechanisms, dynamics, binding, self-assembly and non-covalent interactions with a focus on gaining quantitative, molecular level understanding of properties and structure-reactivity relationships.
Molecular assembly and function in organic molecules and materials. Molecular properties and reactivities are tailored through gaining fundamental (quantitative) understanding using photophysical, computational, kinetic, supramolecular and crystallographic techniques to inform synthesis of new molecules, materials and processes.
1. Exploit cutting edge kinetic analysis for operando delineation of mechanisms and predicting reactivity patterns in areas including chiral quaternary ammoniums, reactivity scales of carbenes and phosphorylation reactions;
2. Deliver quantitative understanding of the intermolecular interactions underpinning self-assembly processes;
3. Apply our understanding to new chemistries including enzyme cofactors, industrial biocatalysts and designer crystallisations.
Research Grouping Leader: Dr David Hodgson
Prof. Martin R. Bryce, Dr Mark A. Fox, Dr David R.W. Hodgson, Dr Matthew O. Kitching, Dr Paul R. McGonigal, Prof. AnnMarie C. O'Donoghue, Prof. David Parker, Prof. Graham Sandford, Prof. Jonathan W. Steed, Prof. Gareth Williams, Dr D. S. Yufit.