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Graham Newton

Associate Professor of Inorganic and Materials Chemistry, Faculty of Science



Graham Newton received his M.Sci. (2005) and Ph.D. (2009) from the University of Glasgow under the guidance of Prof. Lee Cronin. His doctoral studies focused on the synthesis of polynuclear coordination compounds and the use of cold-spray ESI-MS as a means of tracking their self-assembly. Upon completion of his doctorate he moved to the University of Tsukuba to work with Prof. Hiroki Oshio on a JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship, investigating the synthesis and properties of multi-stable transition metal clusters. He became an Assistant Professor at the University of Tsukuba in 2011, before moving to the University of Nottingham as a Nottingham Research Fellow in April 2015. He is now Associate Professor of Inorganic and Materials Chemistry

Expertise Summary

Inorganic synthesis, hybrid materials, redox chemistry, next generation batteries, energy storage, electrochemistry, photocatalysis

Teaching Summary

I am Course Director of the Chemistry with a Year in Industry MSci Hons degree course.

I lecture on the Year 2 Principles in Analytical Chemistry (CHEM2006) and Year 4 Molecular Interactions and Supramolecular Chemistry (CHEM4003) modules.

I deliver tutorials in Inorganic Chemistry to students in Years 1-3 and run mini-projects in the Year 3 Inorganic Labs.

I supervise final year MSci projects in inorganic synthesis, electrochemistry and energy storage.

Research Summary

Research in my group focusses on (i) the development of organic-inorganic hybrid molecular metal oxides for applications in energy storage and photocatalysis; (ii) the preparation and… read more

Selected Publications

  • MCNULTY, RORY C., PENSTON, KEIR, AMIN, SHARAD S., STAL, SANDRO, LEE, JIE YIE, SAMPERI, MARIO, PEREZ-GARCIA, LLUISA, CAMERON, JAMIE M., JOHNSON, LEE R., AMABILINO, DAVID B. and NEWTON, GRAHAM N., 2023. Self-Assembled Surfactant-Polyoxovanadate Soft Materials as Tuneable Vanadium Oxide Cathode Precursors for Lithium-Ion Batteries ANGEWANDTE CHEMIE-INTERNATIONAL EDITION.
  • JORDAN, JACK W., CHERNOV, ALEXANDER, I, RANCE, GRAHAM A., DAVIES, E. STEPHEN, LANTERNA, ANABEL E., FERNANDES, JESUM ALVES, GRUNEIS, ALEXANDER, RAMASSE, QUENTIN, NEWTON, GRAHAM N. and KHLOBYSTOV, ANDREI N., 2023. Host-Guest Chemistry in Boron Nitride Nanotubes: Interactions with Polyoxometalates and Mechanism of Encapsulation JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY. 145(2), 1206-1215
  • JORDAN, JACK W., CAMERON, JAMIE M., LOWE, GRACE A., RANCE, GRAHAM A., FUNG, KAYLEIGH L. Y., JOHNSON, LEE R., WALSH, DARREN A., KHLOBYSTOV, ANDREI N. and NEWTON, GRAHAM N., 2022. Stabilization of Polyoxometalate Charge Carriers via Redox-Driven Nanoconfinement in Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes ANGEWANDTE CHEMIE-INTERNATIONAL EDITION. 61(8), e202115619
  • CAMERON, JAMIE M., GUILLEMOT, GEOFFROY, GALAMBOS, THEODOR, AMIN, SHARAD S., HAMPSON, ELIZABETH, MALL HAIDARALY, KEVIN, NEWTON, GRAHAM N. and IZZET, GUILLAUME, 2022. Supramolecular assemblies of organo-functionalised hybrid polyoxometalates: from functional building blocks to hierarchical nanomaterials CHEMICAL SOCIETY REVIEWS. 51(1), 293-328

Current Research

Research in my group focusses on (i) the development of organic-inorganic hybrid molecular metal oxides for applications in energy storage and photocatalysis; (ii) the preparation and characterisation of tuneable nanostructured redox materials; and (iii) the use of molecular additives as redox mediators, catalysts and separator components in next generation batteries (Li-S, Li-air, Mg, RFB,...).

I work within the wider Nottingham Applied Materials and Interfaces (NAMI) research group at the University of Nottingham, a team dedicated to the delivery of next generation battery technologies through a 'molecules to devices' approach. My team has state-of-the-art synthesis, characterisation and battery fabrication and testing facilities and leads in the development of molecular additives for Li-S batteries as a part of the Faraday Institution's LiSTAR project."

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