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The University of Southampton

New laboratory kit supports research in inorganic chemistry

Published: 15 October 2013

Lecturer in Inorganic Chemistry, Dr Jon Kitchen has secured a £15,000 grant from the Royal Society of Chemistry’s infrastructure fund to buy new equipment for the laboratory.

The Langmuir-Blodgett Trough will help him create layers of luminescent lanthanide films one molecule thick on surfaces. This technique can create sensors that change colour on exposure to gases such as carbon monoxide or nerve gas.

"Surface based supramolecular materials chemistry is a valuable field of research with tremendous potential," he says. "With this equipment in our laboratories, we can make advances in this area and also support projects for masters and PhD students."

In addition to research, Jon also teaches inorganic chemistry to third year students.

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