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We are interested in complex functional materials and how, by considered control of crystallization, we can alter and improve their functionality. Using templates, be they simple molecular, polymeric or even biological in origin, we gain a deeper understanding into how behaviour such as superconductivity, piezoelectricity, magnetoresistance and ferroelectricity can emerge as a function of crystal morphology in multi-component inorganic systems.

With applications in areas such as energy capture, storage and transmission, electronics, spintronics, non-volatile RAM and sensing, our materials are continually in demand for the next generation of high-performance devices.

Starting from the nexus point of Chemistry and Physics, our group members undertake multi-disciplinary research spanning an incredibly wide range of fields. From biomaterials and organic-inorganic self-assembly, through to high-temperature inorganic synthesis; from computer modelling of minerals and fluorescence spectroscopy to device engineering, our students have the skills required to gain the most complete understanding of the emergence and enhancement of functionality in materials.

We also are heavily involved with controlling polymorphism in organic crystals.  Our H2020 FET-Open grant 'MagnaPharm' (www.magnapharm.com) is applying fine control over pharmaceutical cocrystallistion.  We are also applying our patented methods of kinetic control over organic crystal growth to agrochemicals, dyestuffs, foodstuffs, semiconductors, solar calls and high-energy materials.


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Hall, S. R.


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Research Output

Crystallisation From Volatile Deep Eutectic Solvents

Potticary, J., Hall, C., Hamilton, V., McCabe, J. F. & Hall, S. R., 27 Apr 2020, In : Crystal Growth and Design.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

  • Crystal structure and Hirshfeld surface analysis of (E)-3-(3-iodophenyl)-1- (4-iodophenyl)prop-2-en-1-one

    Spruce, K., Hall, C., Potticary, J. L., Pridmore, N. E., Cremeens, M., D'Ambrusco, G., Matsumoto, M., Warren, G., Warren, S. & Hall, S. R., 1 Jan 2020, In : Acta Crystallographica Section E: Crystallographic Communications. 76, 1, p. 72-76 5 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

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  • Activities

    • 1 Visiting an external academic institution

    Natl Inst Mat Sci, National Institute of Materials Science (NIMS) - Japan

    Simon R Hall (Visiting researcher)

    1 Feb 201314 Mar 2013

    Activity: Visiting an external institution typesVisiting an external academic institution

    Supervised Work

    Characterisation of silver and zinc oxide nanoparticles biosynthesized using Ocimum gratissimum and Vernonia amygdalina plant leaf extracts

    Author: Mfon, R., 19 Mar 2019

    Supervisor: Sarua, A. (Supervisor) & Hall, S. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)


    Development of Nanoporous Carbons from Renewable Lignin Feedstocks for Sustainable Applications

    Author: Rowlandson, J., 19 Mar 2019

    Supervisor: Hall, S. (Supervisor) & Ting, V. P. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)


    The Crystallisation and Excitonic Luminescence of Molecular Crystals

    Author: Jensen, T. T., 23 Jun 2020

    Supervisor: Hall, S. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)