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Analytical and environmental chemistry

We have expertise in developing systems for peptide and protein analysis and in particular large scale proteins purification. We have also developed FTIR-based techniques for the analysis of animal physiology. Our researchers are also working on the chemistry of atmospheric interest and environmental trace metal analysis.

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Inorganic chemistry

We examine transition metal coordination chemistry related to polymerisation reactions and catalysis. Of particular importance are CO2 activation processes intended to turn this greenhouse gas into usable chemicals and polymers. We also focus on deactivation processes associated with catalytic reactions. Metallosupramolecular chemistry is another prominent focal point and both discrete assemblies (such as helicates) and infinite frameworks (such as porous metal-organic frameworks) are targeted. Applications in the areas of molecular magnets, solar cell dyes, optical materials, gas storage and catalysis are emerging.

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Organic chemistry

Research in chemical synthesis feeds into three discrete, but equally significant, areas: Fundamental research; targeted synthesis; and synthetic methodology. Our research focuses on: developing novel molecules for drug delivery, sensors, anion recognition and binding as well as new materials for organic light emitting diodes (OLED), gas storage, stereoselective catalysis and single molecule magnets.

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Physical chemistry

We have expertise in applying the principles of physics to chemical systems to understand their behaviour. Our researchers are investigating molecular systems by applying spectroscopic techniques to probe the time dependence of chemical processes.

We also have expertise in the impact on biological and physical systems in relation to the above principles and processes.

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Theoretical and computational chemistry

Our areas of expertise include quantum chemistry and computational simulations focused toward fundamental issues. Those include the study of materials under extreme conditions (high pressures or magnetic fields), super-heavy element research, relativistic and quantum electrodynamic effects in atoms and molecules, and emergence of solid state characteristics from properties of nanoclusters.

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