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Research Excellence

Southampton Chemistry research excellence - judge for yourself!

Prof Phil Gale

Southampton Chemistry is a one of the best places in the UK to study Chemistry. Our research is world-leading too. In the 2014 UK Research Excellence Framework we were rated in the top ten both for Research Power (8th) and Research Intensity (6th) - in all, 94 per cent of our overall submission was judged as world-leading or internationally excellent. Also in 2014 the Academic Ranking of World Universities placed us in 4th position in the UK for Chemistry behind Cambridge, Imperial and Oxford.

You can judge for yourself - below you'll find a selection of our research publications from 2014 and the start of 2015. You'll see world leading research in many areas of chemistry from magnetic resonance to electrochemistry, chemical biology to computational chemistry and organic chemistry to functional inorganic, materials and supramolecular chemistry. I hope you enjoy reading about some of the breakthroughs made in 2014.

Prof Phil Gale,

Head of Chemistry

January 2015

M. Roberts, A. Madsen, C. Nicklin, J. Rawle, M. Palmer, J. R Owen, A. L. Hector (2014) Direct Observation of Active Material Concentration Gradients and Crystallinity Breakdown in LiFePO4 Electrodes During Charge/Discharge Cycling of Lithium Batteries. Journal of Physical Chemistry C 118, 6548-6557 (doi: 10.1021/jp411152s)

P. Bartlett, D.A. Cook, M.W. George, A. Hector, J. Ke, W. Levason, G. Reid, D. Smith and W. Zhang (2014) Electrodeposition from supercritical fluids. Phys.Chem. Chem.Phys, 16, (20), 9202-9219.(doi:10.1039/c3cp54955k).

Enrica Gianotti, Maela Manzoli, Matthew E. Potter, Vasudev N. Shetti, Danni Sun, James Paterson, Thomas M. Mezza, Alan Levy and Robert Raja (2014) Rationalising the role of solid-acid sites in the design of versatile single-site heterogeneous catalysts for targeted acid-catalysed transformations. Chem Sci 5, 1810-1819 (doi: 10.1039/C3SC53088D)

Xin Wu, Nathalie Busschaert, Neil J. Wells, Yun-Bao Jiang, and Philip A. Gale (2015) Dynamic Covalent Transport of Amino Acids across Lipid Bilayers. JACS (doi:10.1021/ja510063n)

Rajiv Bhalla, William Levason, Sajinder K. Luthra, Graeme McRobbie, Gillian Reid, George Sanderson and Wenjian Zhang, (2014) [GaF3(BzMe2-tacn)] - a neutral ‘metalloligand’ towards alkali metal and ammonium cations in water; Chem Commun 50, 12673-12675; (doi: 10.1039/c4cc05603e)

Kylie Brown, Alex Weymouth-Wilson, Bruno Linclau (2015) A Linear Synthesis of Gemcitabine. Carbohydrate Research (doi: 10.1016/j.carres.2015.01.001)

Ida Karin Nordgren and Ali Tavassoli, (2014) A bidirectional fluorescent two-hybrid system for monitoring protein–protein interactions; Molecular BioSystems, 10, 485-490 (doi: 10.1039/C3MB70438F)

Gareth T.P. Charnock, Ilya Kuprov, (2014) A partial differential equation for pseudocontact shift; PhysChemChemPhys 16, 20184-20189 (doi: 10.1039/c4cp03106g)

A.G. Biternas, G.T.P. Charnock, Ilya Kuprov, (2014) A standard format and a graphical user interface for spin system specification; Journal of Magnetic Resonance, 240, 124-131 (doi: 10.1016/j.jmr.2014.01.004)

Nathalie Busschaert, Robert B. P. Elmes, Dawid D. Czech, Xin Wu, Isabelle L. Kirby, Evan M. Peck, Kevin D. Hendzel, Scott K. Shaw, Bun Chan, Bradley D. Smith, Katrina A. Jolliffe and Philip A. Gale (2014) Thiosquaramides: pH switchable anion transporters. Chem Sci 5, 3617-3626 (doi: 10.1039/C4SC01629G)

Douglas G. Offin, Peter R. Birkin, and Timothy G. Leighton, (2014) An electrochemical and high-speed imaging study of micropore decontamination by acoustic bubble entrapment. PhysChemChemPhys, 16, (10), 4982-4989. (doi:10.1039/C3CP55088E).

Andrea Krachmalnicoff, Malcolm H. Levitt and Richard J. Whitby (2014) An optimised scalable synthesis of H2O@C60 and a new synthesis of H₂@C₆₀. Chem Comm Communication, 86, 13037-40 (doi: 10.1039/c4cc06198e)

Philip A. Gale, Nathalie Busschaert, Cally J.E. Haynes, Louise E. Karagiannidis and Isabelle Kirby (2014) Anion receptor chemistry: highlights from 2011 and 2012. Chemical Society Reviews 43, 205-241 (doi: 10.1039/C3CS60316D)

Sophie L. Benjamin, William Levason, Mark E. Light, Gillian Reid, and Scott M. Rogers, (2014) Bromostibine complexes of iron(II): hypervalency and reactivity. Organometallics, 33, (11), 2693-2695. (doi:10.1021/om500471f).

G. Reid, P. N. Bartlett, C. H. de Groot, A. L. Hector, W. Levason, (2014) Controlling the nanostructure of bismuth telluride by selective chemical vapour deposition from a single source precursor. Journal of Materials A; 2, 4865-4869 (doi: 10.1039/c4ta00341a)

Cerys Willoughby, Colin Bird, Simon J. Coles, and Jeremy G. Frey, (2014) Creating context for the experiment record. User-defined metadata: investigations into metadata usage in the LabTrove ELN. Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling, 54 (12) 3268-3283(doi:10.1021/ci500469f).

Jan Vesely and Ramon Rios, (2014) Enantioselective methodologies using N-carbamoyl-imines. Chemical Society Reviews, 43, (2), 611-630. (doi:10.1039/C3CS60321K).

D.V. Savostyanov, S.V. Dolgov, J.M. Werner, and Ilya Kuprov, (2014) Exact NMR simulation of protein-size spin systems using tensor train formalism. Physical Review B 90, 085139 (doi:10.1103/PhysRevB.90.085139).

David R. Allan, Simon J. Coles,Kathryn George, Marek Jura, William Levason, Gillian Reid, Claire Wilson, and Wenjian Zhang, (2014) Exploring secondary bonding in p-block chemistry – an experimental study of [GeX2{o-C6H4(PMe2)2}] using variable pressure single crystal X-ray diffraction. CrystEngComm, 16, (35), 8169-8176.(doi:10.1039/C4CE00329B).

Philip Bartlett, Charles Cummings, William Levason, David Pugh and Gillian Reid (2014) Halometallate complexes of germanium(II) and (IV): probing the role of cation, oxidation state and halide on the structural and electrochemical properties. Chemistry - A European Journal 20, (17), 5019-5027. (doi:10.1002/chem.201400179).

Jennifer Burt, William Grantham, William Levason, Mark E. Light and Gillian Reid (2014) Hexafluorocilicate and tetrafluoroborate coordination to lead(II) di- and tri-imine complexes – Unusual fluoroanion coordination modes. Polyhedron 85, 530-536 (doi: 10.1016/j.poly.2014.09.016)

Louise E. Karagiannidis, Cally J. E. Haynes, Katie J. Holder, Isabelle L. Kirby, Stephen J. Moore, Neil J. Wells and Philip A. Gale, (2014) Highly effective yet simple transmembrane anion transporters based upon ortho-phenylenediamine bis-ureas. Chem Comm 50, 12050-12053 (doi: 10.1039/C4CC05519E)

Iwona Grabowska, Daniel G. Singleton, Anna Stachyra, Anna Góra-Sochacka, Agnieszka Sirko, Wlodzimierz Zagórski-Ostoja, Hanna Radecka, Eugen Stulz and Jerzy Radecki (2014) A highly sensitive electrochemical genosensor based on Co-porphyrin-labelled DNA. Chemical Communications, 50, (32), 4196-4199. (doi:10.1039/c4cc00172a).

Monica Ratoi, Peter H.M.Hoet, Alison Crossley and Peter Dobson (2014) Impact of lung surfactant on wettability and cytotoxicity of nanoparticles. RSC Advances 4, 20573-20581 (doi:10.1039/C3RA47374K)

Robert Zmijan, Michele Carboni, Lorenzo Capretto, Eugen Stulz and Xunli Zhang (2014) In situ microspectroscopic monitoring within a microfluidic reactor. RSC Advances, 4, (28), 14569-14572.(doi:10.1039/c4ra01650e).

P.J. Bygrave, D.H. Case and G.M. Day (2014) Is the equilibrium composition of mechanochemical reactions predictable using computational chemistry? Faraday Discussions, 170, (1), 41-57. (doi:10.1039/c3fd00162h).

Hennie Valkenier, Cally J. E. Haynes, Julie Herniman, Philip A. Gale and Anthony P. Davis (2014) Lipophilic balance – a new design principle for transmembrane anion carriers. Chem Sci 5, 1128-1134 (doi: 10.1039/C3SC52962B)

Mara Serrapede, Giovanni Luca Pesce, Richard J. Ball, and Guy Denuault (2014) Nanostructured Pd Hydride Microelectrodes: In Situ Monitoring of pH Variations in a Porous Medium. Analytical Chemistry 86 (12) 5758-5765 (doi: 10.1021/ac500310j)

Sophie L. Benjamin, Y. Chang, Chitra Gurnani, Andrew Lee Hector, M. Huggon, William Levason and Gillian Reid (2014) Niobium(v) and tantalum(v) halide chalcogenoether complexes – towards single source CVD precursors for ME2thin films. Dalton Transactions, 43, (44), 16640 16648. (doi:10.1039/c4dt02694b).

Jennifer Burt, William Levason, Mark E. Light and Gillian Reid (2014) Phosphine complexes of aluminium(III) halides – preparation and structural and spectroscopic systematics Dalton Trans. 43, 14600-14611 (doi: 10.1039/C4DT02051K)

L.J. Edwards, D.V. Savostyanov, Z.T. Welderufael, D. Lee,I. Kuprov (2014) Quantum mechanical NMR simulation algorithm for protein-size spin systems. J.Magn. Reson. 243, 107-13(doi: 10.1016/j.jmr.2014.04.002.)

Jeremy G. Frey and Colin L. Bird (2014) Scientific and technical data sharing: a trading perspective. J. Comput Aided Mol Des 28 989-996 (doi: 10.1007/s10822-014-9785-4)

Jo-Anne Riley, Tom Brown, Nittaya Gale, Julie Herniman and John G. Langley (2014) Self-reporting hybridisation assay for miRNA analysis. The Analyst, 139, (5), 1088-1092. (doi:10.1039/C3AN01825C).

William Levason, Mark. E. Light, Gillian Reid and Wenjian Zhang (2014) Soft diphosphine and diarsine complexes of niobium(V) and tantalum(V) fluorides: synthesis, properties, structures and comparisons with the corresponding chlorides. Dalton Trans 43 9557-9566 (doi: 10.1039/C4DT01029A)

William Levason, Gillian Reid, Jonathan Trayer, Wenjian Zhang (2014) Synthesis, properties and structures of NbOF₃ complexes and comparisons with NbOCl₃ analogues. Dalton Trans. 43, 3649 (doi: 10.1039/C3DT53322K)

Isabelle L. Kirby, Mark Brightwell, Mark Brightwell, Mateusz B. Pitak, Claire Wilson, Simon J. Coles and Philip A. Gale (2014) Systematic experimental charge density analysis of anion receptor complexes. PhysChemChemPhys 16 10943-10958 (doi: 10.1039/C3CP54858A)

Christopher F. Mallinson, Benjamin M. Gray, Andrew L. Hector, Martyn A. McLachlan and John R. Owen (2014) Templated Non-Oxide Sol-Gel Preparation of Well-Ordered Macroporous (inverse Opal) Ta₃N₅ Films. Inoragnic Chemistry, 52 (17) 9994-9999 (doi: 10.1021/ic4012718)

Andrew Lee Hector, Andrew Jolleys, William Levason, David Pugh and Gillian Reid (2014) The preparation and structure of Ge3F8– a new mixed-valence fluoride of germanium, a convenient source of GeF2. Dalton Transactions, 43, (39), 14514-14516. (doi:10.1039/c4dt02265c).

N.A. Al Abass, G. Denuault, D. Pletcher (2014) The unexpected activity of Pd nanoparticles prepared using a non-ionic surfactant template. PhysChemChemPhys. 16 (10) 4892-4899 (doi: 10.1039/c3cp54531h)

Kathryn George, Marek Jura, William Levason, Mark Light and Gillian Reid (2014) Thio-, seleno- and telluro-ether complexes of aluminium(iii) halides: synthesis, structures and properties. Dalton Transactions, 43, (9), 3637-3648.(doi:10.1039/c3dt52991f).

A.B. Kroner, M.A. Newton, M. Tromp, O.M. Roscioni, A.E. Russell, A.J. Dent, C. Prestipino, J. Evans (2014) Time-resolved, in situ DRIFT/EDE/MS studies on alumina-supported rhodium catalysis: effects of ceriation and zirconiation on rhodium-CO interactions. Chemphyschem 15 (14) 3049-59

Carole F. Despiau, Andrew P. Dominey, David C. Harrowven and Bruno Linclau (2014) Total Synthesis of (±)- Paroxetine by Diastereoconvergent Cobalt-Catalysed Arylation. European J Org Chem 20 4335-4341 (doi: 10.1002/ejoc.201402108)

Gillian Reid, William Levason, Wenjian Zhang, George Sanderson, Rajiv Bhalla, Sajinder Luthra and Graeme McRobbie (2014) Triaza-macrocyclic complexes of aluminium, gallium and indium halides: fast 18F and 19F incorporation via halide exchange under mild conditions in aqueous solution. Chemical Science, 5, (1), 381-391.(doi:10.1039/C3SC52104D).

Jennifer R. Hiscock, Mark R. Sambrook, Philippa B. Cranwell, Pat Watts, Jack C. Vincent, David J. Xuereb, Neil J. Wells, Robert Raja and Philip A. Gale (2014) Tripodal molecules for the promotion of phosphoester hydrolysis. Chem Commun 50, 6217-6220 (doi:10.1039/C4CC00333K)

Robert A. Green, Richard C.D. Brown and Derek Pletcher (2014) Understanding the Performance of a Microfluidic Electrolysis cell for Routine Organic Electrosynthesis. J Flow Chem (doi: 10.1556/JFC-D-14-00027)

Matthew Everett, Andrew Jolleys, William Levason, David Pugh and Gillian Reid (2014) Unexpected neutral aza-macrocycle complexes of sodium. Chemical Communications 50 5843-5846 (doi: 10.1039/C4CC01407C)


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