Supramolecular chemistry

Our research focuses on supramolecular chemistry – the chemistry of non-covalent interactions such as hydrogen bonding, halogen bonding and coordination bonds. We are particularly interested in the supramolecular chemistry of anions, and using these to direct the formation of complex, three-dimensional systems.

The development of template-directed synthesis has allowed the creation of intricate and complex supramolecular systems, but nearly all of these systems rely on transition metal templates to bring together ligands and hold them in place.  We are investigating whether anions can be used to assemble positively-charged ligands into similarly complex structures.

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