Experts

 

Chemistry

  • Professor Neil Thomas

    Anti-cancer drugs targeting. Development of anti-tuberculosis drugs. Protein engineering and creation of antibody mimics. Biological catalysis and its applications to chemistry and medicine. Development of new bioluminescence and fluorescence enzyme assays. Development of new nucleic acid aptamers as antibody substitutes.
    +44 (0) 115 951 3565
    Chemistry Science chemistry cancer drug tuberculosis protein Engineering enzyme antibody
  • Professor Robert Jones

    Solid and Liquid surfaces in ultra-high vacuum. Surface techniques generally, low energy electron diffraction (LEED), ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy (UPS), angle resolved photoelectron spectroscopy (ARUPS or ARPES), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), work function measurements, temperature programmed desorption (TPD). Ultra-high vacuum technology. Surface reactivity and kinetics. Developing new methods involving "line of sight mass spectrometry" techniques, imaging gas analysers and imaging mass spectrometry. Surface structure research. Developing and using synchrotron based methods, particularly X-ray Standing Wave (XSW) analysis, Normal Incidence X-ray Standing Wave Analysis (NIXSW), variable period X-ray standing wave analysis (VPXSW) and near edge X-ray absorption fine structure (NEXAFS). Interface systems studied include Solid/Liquid and Liquid/Gas interfaces. Adsorption/absorption of solute molecules at these surfaces. Self assembly at surfaces. Gas capture of CO2, SO2 and others by ionic liquids. Solid surfaces include metal single crystal surfaces such as: Cu(111), Cu(110), Cu(100), Au(111), Au(110), Ni(111), Ni(100), Al(100), Cr(100) and semiconductor surfaces such as Si(100), InSb(001). Adsorbates include small molecules (water, acetone,methanol, ethanol, SO2, etc.), halogens (Cl2, Br2, I2), halocarbons (CCl4, CHCl3, dichoroethane, CF3I, etc.), thiols and disulfides (CH3SH, CH3SSCH3 and others). Ionic liquids used to form liquid interfaces include imidazoliums, pyrrolidiniums, phosphoniums and other cations paired with tetrafluoroborate, hexafluorophosphate, bi[(trifluoromethyl)sulfonyl]-imide, and other anions.
    +44 (0) 115 951 3468
    Chemistry Energy Science chemistry Science surface Surface Structure
  • Professor Steven Howdle

    Clean chemistry. Clean synthesis of polymers/plastics.
    +44 (0) 115 951 3486
    Chemistry Science Science chemistry clean synthesis polymers plastics
  • Dr Robert Mokaya

    New inorganic materials that have improved properties and are cheap and environmentally friendly. Designs, synthesises and characterises novel porous inorganic materials and studies their structure-property relations.
    +44 (0) 115 846 6174
    Chemistry Environment Science chemistry Materials Environment Synthesies Charterises
  • Professor Gerry Pattenden

    Organic natural products. Strategies and tactics in the total synthesis of biologically active compounds from nature. Contemporary synthetic methods.
    +44 (0) 115 951 3529
    Chemistry Science chemistry organic synthesis Biologically compounds nature
  • Professor Jonathan Hirst

    Computational approaches to modelling the shape and motion of proteins and the computer-aided design of potential new drug compounds. The computer methods employed include: quantum chemistry; simulation bioinformatics; neural networks; and statistics.
    +44 (0) 115 951 3478
    Chemistry Science chemistry quantum statistics neural networks bioniformatics Science computational
  • Professor Martyn Poliakoff

    Green chemistry and approaches to sustainable chemistry. Clean chemical processing and reactions. Supercritical fluids, particularly supercritical carbon dioxide and supercritical water.
  • Dr Panos Soultanas

    Potential anti-microbial targets for the development of new antibiotics. The molecular mechanism of action of enzymes involved in the replication of DNA. DNA helicases, the enzymes that unwind the double helix and allow access to genetic information locked within the sequences of the bases.
    +44 (0) 115 951 3525
    Chemistry Science chemistry Anti- microbial antibiotics enzymes DNA genetics
  • Dr Richard J Wheatley

    Quantum chemistry. Computers in chemistry. Mathematics in chemistry.
    +44 (0) 115 951 3454
    Chemistry Science chemistry quantum computers Maths Mathematics
  • Dr June McCombie

    Molecular astrophysics involving both observational spectroscopy and the modelling of molecules and dust in interstellar, stellar, circumstellar, nebular and cometary media. High resolution laser spectroscopic studies of large and small clusters of molecules at very low temperatures. Worked closely with the Institute of Physics on their Diversity Programme, ex-chair Project Juno.
    +44 (0) 115 951 3551
    Chemistry Science chemistry Astrophysics molecules Internstellar Physics
  • Associate Professor Jonathan McMaster

    The role of metal centres in biology that catalyse important biological transformations - understanding how nature uses the properties of metals to achieve specific biological tasks.
    +44 (0) 115 951 3498
    Chemistry Science chemistry biology Metals Catalyse Transformations
  • Professor Dominic Foo

    Chemistry Engineering Environment Technology Carbon Emissions Pinch Analysis CEPA CO2 emission reduction Pinch Analysis Process design process optimisation process integration process simulation
  • Professor Gill Stephens

    Industrial Biotechnology: the use of cells and enzymes to manufacture chemicals from sustainable resources. Clean, bio-based manufacturing processes for "every-day" chemical products using waste materials (e.g. food waste, agricultural by-products, waste plastic and carbon dioxide). New biocatalysts, using tools from synthetic biology. Innovative bioprocesses, by adopting clean processing techniques from chemicals manufacturing and using them in biological culture systems and enzyme-based processes.
    +44 (0)115 951 4002/07880 092709
    Chemistry Engineering Technology biotechnology Environment Clean Chemical Processing sustainable manufacturing enzymes Manufacturing waste

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