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Wall- and Hybridisation-Selective Synthesis of Nitrogen-Doped Double-Walled Carbon Nanotubes (2019)
Journal Article
Carini, M., Shi, L., Chamberlain, T., Liu, M., Valenti, G., Melle-Franco, M., …Mateo-Alonso, A. (2019). Wall- and Hybridisation-Selective Synthesis of Nitrogen-Doped Double-Walled Carbon Nanotubes. Angewandte Chemie International Edition, doi:10.1002/anie.201905559

Controlled nitrogen-doping is a powerful methodology to modify the properties of carbon nanostructures and produce functional materials for electrocatalysis, energy conversion and storage, and sensing, among others. Herein, we report a wall- and hybr... Read More

Direct synthesis of multiplexed metal nanowire based devices using carbon nanotubes as vector templates (2019)
Journal Article
Clément, P., Xu, X., Stoppiello, C. T., Rance, G. A., Attanzio, A., O’Shea, J. N., …Palma, M. (2019). Direct synthesis of multiplexed metal nanowire based devices using carbon nanotubes as vector templates. Angewandte Chemie International Edition, doi:10.1002/anie.201902857

We present the synthesis of metal nanowires in a multiplexed device configuration using single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) as nanoscale vector templates. The SWNT templates control the dimensionality of the wires, allowing precise control of thei... Read More

Acceleration of dolomitization by zinc in saline waters (2019)
Journal Article
Vandeginste, V., Snell, O., Hall, M. R., Steer, E., & Vandeginste, A. (2019). Acceleration of dolomitization by zinc in saline waters. Nature Communications, 10, doi:10.1038/s41467-019-09870-y

Dolomite (CaMg(CO3)2) plays a key role in the global carbon cycle. Yet, the chemical mechanisms that catalyze its formation remain an enigma. Here, using batch reactor experiments, we demonstrate an unexpected acceleration of dolomite formation by zi... Read More

Microwave pyrolysis of Laminaria digitata to produce unique seaweed-derived bio-oils (2019)
Journal Article
Kostas, E. T., Williams, O. S., Duran-Jimenez, G., Tapper, A. J., Cooper, M., Meehan, R., & Robinson, J. P. (2019). Microwave pyrolysis of Laminaria digitata to produce unique seaweed-derived bio-oils. Biomass and Bioenergy, 125, 41-49. doi:10.1016/j.biombioe.2019.04.006

Microwave pyrolysis has become an attractive form of processing technology to generate bio-oil, bio-char and syngas from different biomass feedstocks. In this study, microwave pyrolysis was performed on the UK native seaweed Laminaria digitata and it... Read More

Water-Based 3D Inkjet Printing of an Oral Pharmaceutical Dosage Form (2019)
Journal Article
Cader, H. K., Rance, G. A., Alexander, M. R., Gonçalves, A. D., Roberts, C. J., Tuck, C. J., & Wildman, R. D. (2019). Water-Based 3D Inkjet Printing of an Oral Pharmaceutical Dosage Form. International Journal of Pharmaceutics, 564, 359-368. doi:10.1016/j.ijpharm.2019.04.026

Inkjet printing is a form of additive manufacturing where liquid droplets are selectively deposited onto a substrate followed by solidification. The process provides significant potential advantages for producing solid oral dosage forms or tablets, i... Read More

Ultra-high resolution imaging of thin films and single strands of polythiophene using atomic force microscopy (2019)
Journal Article
Korolkov, V. V., Summerfield, A., Murphy, A., Amabilino, D. B., Watanabe, K., Taniguchi, T., & Beton, P. H. (2019). Ultra-high resolution imaging of thin films and single strands of polythiophene using atomic force microscopy. Nature Communications, 10, doi:10.1038/s41467-019-09571-6

Real-space images of polymers with sub-molecular resolution could provide valuable insights into the relationship between morphology and functionality of polymer optoelectronic devices, but their acquisition is problematic due to perceived limitation... Read More

Penetration and uptake of Nanoparticles in 3D tumour spheroids (2019)
Journal Article
Tchoryk, A., Taresco, V., Argent, R., Ashford, M. B., Gellert, P., Stolnik, S., …Garnett, M. C. (2019). Penetration and uptake of Nanoparticles in 3D tumour spheroids. Bioconjugate Chemistry, 30(5), 1371-1384. doi:10.1021/acs.bioconjchem.9b00136

Animal models are effective for assessing tumour localisation of nanosystems, but difficult to use for studying penetration beyond the vasculature. Here, we have used well-characterised HCT116 colorectal cancer spheroids to study the effect of nanopa... Read More

Soot in the Lubricating Oil: An Overlooked Concern for the Gasoline Direct Injection Engine? (2019)
Journal Article
Pfau, S. A., Rocca, A. L., Haffner-Staton, E., Rance, G. A., Fay, M. W., & Mcghee, M. (2019). Soot in the Lubricating Oil: An Overlooked Concern for the Gasoline Direct Injection Engine?. SAE Technical Papers, doi:10.4271/2019-01-0301

Formation of soot is a known phenomenon for diesel engines, however, only recently emerged for gasoline engines with the introduction of direct injection systems. Soot-in-oil samples from a three-cylinder turbo-charged gasoline direct injection (GDI)... Read More

An antimicrobial impregnated urinary catheter that reduces mineral encrustation and prevents colonisation by multi-drug resistant organisms for up to 12  weeks (2019)
Journal Article
Chen, X., Belfield, K., Chen, X., Smith, E. F., Ashraf, W., & Bayston, R. (2019). An antimicrobial impregnated urinary catheter that reduces mineral encrustation and prevents colonisation by multi-drug resistant organisms for up to 12  weeks. Acta Biomaterialia, 90, 157-168. doi:10.1016/j.actbio.2019.03.042

Two major complications of indwelling urinary catheterisation include infection and mineral encrustation of the catheter. Our antimicrobial urinary catheter (AUC) impregnated with rifampicin, triclosan, and sparfloxacin has demonstrated long-term pro... Read More

Towards more sustainable synthesis of diketopyrrolopyrroles (2019)
Journal Article
Pop, F., Humphreys, J., Schwarz, J., Brown, L., van den Berg, A., & Amabilino, D. B. (2019). Towards more sustainable synthesis of diketopyrrolopyrroles. New Journal of Chemistry, doi:10.1039/c9nj01074b

The alkylation of 1,4-diketo-3,6-arylpyrrolo[3,4-c]pyrroles (ArDPP) is one of the most important steps in the synthesis of soluble materials based on these molecules and the polymers derived from them (that are employed widely in putative organic sol... Read More

A Highly Active Bidentate Magnesium Catalyst for Amine‐Borane Dehydrocoupling: Kinetic and Mechanistic Studies (2019)
Journal Article
Ried, A., Taylor, L., Geer, A., Williams, H., Lewis, W., Blake, A., & Kays, D. L. (2019). A Highly Active Bidentate Magnesium Catalyst for Amine‐Borane Dehydrocoupling: Kinetic and Mechanistic Studies. Chemistry - A European Journal, 25(27), 6840-6846. doi:10.1002/chem.201901197

A magnesium complex (1) featuring a bidentate aminopyridinato ligand is a remarkably selective catalyst for the dehydrocoupling of amine-boranes. This reaction proceeds to completion with low catalyst loadings (1 mol%) und... Read More

Halofrax volcanii as immobilised whole cell biocatalyst: new applications for halophilic systems (2019)
Journal Article
Haque, R., Paradisi, F., & Allers, T. (2019). Halofrax volcanii as immobilised whole cell biocatalyst: new applications for halophilic systems. Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology, 103(9), 3807-3817. doi:10.1007/s00253-019-09725-y

Enzyme-mediated synthesis of pharmaceutical compounds is a ‘green’ alternative to traditional synthetic chemistry, and microbial engineering opens up the possibility of using whole cells as mini-factories. Whole-cell biocatalysis reduces cost by elim... Read More

Accelerated 19F·MRI Detection of Matrix Metalloproteinase-2/-9 through Responsive Deactivation of Paramagnetic Relaxation Enhancement (2019)
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Faas, H. M., Krupa, J. L., Taylor, A. J., Zamberlan, F., Philp, C. J., Williams, H. E., …Meersmann, T. (2019). Accelerated 19F·MRI Detection of Matrix Metalloproteinase-2/-9 through Responsive Deactivation of Paramagnetic Relaxation Enhancement. Contrast Media and Molecular Imaging, 2019, doi:10.1155/2019/4826520

Paramagnetic gadolinium ions (Gd III), complexed within DOTA-based chelates, have become useful tools to increase the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) contrast in tissues of interest. Recently, " on/off " probes serving as 19 F·MRI biosensor for targ... Read More

Molybdenum dioxide in carbon nanoreactors as a catalytic nanosponge for the efficient desulfurization of liquid fuels (2019)
Journal Article
Astle, M. A., Rance, G. A., Loughlin, H. J., Peters, T. D., & Khlobystov, A. N. (2019). Molybdenum dioxide in carbon nanoreactors as a catalytic nanosponge for the efficient desulfurization of liquid fuels. Advanced Functional Materials, 29(17), doi:10.1002/adfm.201808092

The principle of a “catalytic nanosponge” that combines the catalysis of organosulfur oxidation and sequestration of the products from reaction mixtures is demonstrated. Group VI metal oxide nanoparticles (CrOx, MoOx, WOx) are embedded within hollow... Read More

Identification of bio-oil compound utilizing yeasts through phenotypic microarray screening (2019)
Journal Article
Kostas, E. T., Cooper, M., Shepherd, B. J., & Robinson, J. P. (2019). Identification of bio-oil compound utilizing yeasts through phenotypic microarray screening. Waste and Biomass Valorization, 1-13. doi:10.1007/s12649-019-00636-7

Biomass pyrolysis bio-oil contains a plethora of carbon sources with the potential to be utilized by microorganisms and converted into high value products. However, the majority of these compounds are either highly toxic to microorganisms or are not... Read More

Social network research (2019)
Book Chapter
Long, J., & Bishop, S. (2019). Social network research. In P. Liamputtong (Ed.), Handbook of research methods in health social sciencesSpringer

Analysis of networks is increasingly seen as important for understanding the patterns, processes and consequences of social relationships in healthcare. Networks can be formal, mandated structures (e.g., a clinical network), can emerge from sharing a... Read More

Unequivocal experimental evidence of the relationship between emission energies and aurophilic interactions (2019)
Journal Article
Blake, A. J., Donamaría, R., Lippolis, V., López-de-Luzuriaga, J. M., Monge, M., Olmos, M. E., …Weinstein, J. A. (2019). Unequivocal experimental evidence of the relationship between emission energies and aurophilic interactions. Inorganic Chemistry, doi:10.1021/acs.inorgchem.8b03621

In this paper we describe experimental evidence of the change in emission energy as a function of gold-gold distance. We have employed a luminescent complex exhibiting an aurophilic interaction, which is weak enough to allow its length to be modifie... Read More

Steric and electronic control of 1,3-dipolar cycloaddition reactions in carbon nanotube nanoreactors (2019)
Journal Article
Miners, S. A., Fay, M. W., Baldoni, M., Besley, E., Khlobystov, A. N., & Rance, G. A. (2019). Steric and electronic control of 1,3-dipolar cycloaddition reactions in carbon nanotube nanoreactors. Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 123(10), 6294-6302. doi:10.1021/acs.jpcc.9b01190

The use of single-walled carbon nanotubes as effective nanoreactors for preparative bimolecular reactions has been demonstrated for the first time. We show that the extreme spatial confinement of guest reactant molecules inside host carbon nanotubes... Read More

A Brønsted ligand molecular switch with five accessible states (2019)
Journal Article
Shiga, T., Saiki, R., Akiyama, L., Kumai, R., Natke, D., Renz, F., …Oshio, H. (2019). A Brønsted ligand molecular switch with five accessible states. Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 58(17), 5658-5662. doi:10.1002/anie.201900909

A mononuclear Fe(II) complex, prepared with a Brønsted diacid ligand, H2L (H2L = 2-[5-phenyl-1H-pyrazole-3-yl] 6benzimidazole pyridine), shows switchable physical properties and was isolated in five different electronic states. The spin crossover (SC... Read More

Three dimensional nanoscale analysis reveals aperiodic mesopores in a covalent organic framework and conjugated microporous polymer (2019)
Journal Article
Stoppiello, C. T., Isla, H., Martínez-Abadía, M., Fay, M. W., Parmenter, C. D. J., Roe, M. J., …Khlobystov, A. N. (2019). Three dimensional nanoscale analysis reveals aperiodic mesopores in a covalent organic framework and conjugated microporous polymer. Nanoscale, 11(6), 2848-2854. doi:10.1039/c8nr10086a

The integrated analytical approach developed in this study offers a powerful methodology for the structural characterization of complex molecular nanomaterials. Structures of a covalent organic framework based on boronate esters (COF-5) and a conjuga... Read More