Research Fellows Directory
Professor Michael George
University of Nottingham
My research at the University of Nottingham is based around the use of spectroscopy (particularly vibrational) in combination with photochemistry and often supercritical fluids. Over the last year several on-going projects have come to fruition. As name vibrational spectroscopy suggests the technique identifies molecules via the vibrations of different atoms. This means it is possible to
identify a whole series of different molecules within the same solution via their characteristic vibrations. If one then adds pulsed lasers to the technique, one can follow a chemical reaction through all stages from reactants to products even if the process only takes a picoseconds (millionth of millionth of a second). Over the last year several on-going projects have come to fruition. This has involved (i) new
mechanistic insight into the activation of C-H bonds is one of big challenges of catalytic chemistry; (ii) the development of a new analytical approaches addressing problems associated with carbon capture and storage; (iii) The development electrodeposition of a range of metals from supercritical fluids applied to deposit a range of materials including nanowires in from supercritical fluids; (iv) the development of a new group working together at The Reasearch Complex at Harwell aiming to develop fast time-resolved X-ray facilities within the UK and
(v) a new way of producing anti-malarial compounds.