Scheme: Wolfson Research Merit Awards
Organisation: University of Nottingham
Dates: Aug 2008-Jul 2013
Summary: 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.