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I lead a multi-disciplinary materials chemistry research group, exploring the design principles and applications of novel functional materials. There is a strong focus on the design, synthesis and application of electroactive aniline-based oligomers and related porous conjugated materials for gas capture and wider energy related applications.

There is also a continued and active interest in ionic self-assembly and the production of functional hierarchical supramolecular polymers and materials (in collaboration with Ian Manners).

Research activity:

  • Preparation of porous conjugated materials for CO2 and iodine capture [J. Mater. Chem A 2020, Chem. Mater. 2020, Angew. Chem. 2019, Chem. Mater. 2017, ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2017, Macromolecules 2016, Macromolecules 2015]
  • Design, preparation and characterisation of hierarchical functional supramolecular materials [ACS Macro Letters 2020, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 2020, Chem. Soc. Rev. 2019, Chem. Eur. J. 2018, Macrom. 2018, Nat. Commun. 2017, JACS 2017, Acc. Chem. Res. 2014]
  • Investigations into the design, synthesis and applications of electroactive oligo(aniline)-based (semi)conducting materials [Mol. Sys. Des. Eng. 2019, Chem. Sci. 2018, ChemNanoMat 2018, Adv. Opt. Mater. 2017, Chem. Eur. J. 2016, PCCP 2016, JACS 2015, Small 2015, Small 2015]

  • Development of novel functional materials for 3D printing flexible devices and actuators [Adv. Mater. Tech. 2019, Sci. Rep. 2017]

Local and International Activities:

I am Head of Inorganic and Materials Chemistry at the School of Chemistry (since August 2018), and co-PI and member of the Operational Management Team of the Bristol Centre for Functional Nanomaterials (BCFN), a £12M EPSRC-sponsored centre for doctoral training (CDT). I am on the management team of the Technology Enhanced Chemical Synthesis CDT, and on the external advisory board of the Bristol Composites Institute.

I held an adjunct professorship at Tsinghua University (Beijing, China, since 2013), and have held visiting professorships at Helsinki University of Technology (now Aalto University, 2005 - 2010), Chinese Academy of Sciences' National Centre for Nanoscience and Technology (2012), and the University of Rennes1 (2018). I am a member of the International Advisory Board for the State Key Laboratory for Modification of Chemical Fibers & Polymer Materials' at Donghua University, Shanghai, China. 

Structured keywords and research groupings

  • Cabot Institute Low Carbon Energy Research

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