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A Highly Active Bidentate Magnesium Catalyst for Amine‐Borane Dehydrocoupling: Kinetic and Mechanistic Studies (2019)
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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

Resolving X-Ray Photoelectron Spectra of Ionic Liquids with Difference Spectroscopy (2018)
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Clarke, C. J., Maxwell-Hogg, S., Smith, E. F., Hawker, R. R., Harper, J. B., & Licence, P. (2019). Resolving X-Ray Photoelectron Spectra of Ionic Liquids with Difference Spectroscopy. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 21(1), 114-123. doi:10.1039/c8cp06701e

X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) is a powerful element-specific technique to determine the composition and chemical state of all elements in an involatile sample. However, for elements such as carbon, the wide variety of chemical states produce... Read More

Surface thermodynamics of hydrocarbon vapors and carbon dioxide adsorption on shales (2018)
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Tang, X. (2019). Surface thermodynamics of hydrocarbon vapors and carbon dioxide adsorption on shales. Fuel, 238, 402-411. doi:10.1016/j.fuel.2018.10.034

Understanding hydrocarbon vapors and carbon dioxide adsorption mechanism on shales lays the foundation for in situ hydrocarbon resource estimation and enhanced hydrocarbon recovery via carbon dioxide injection. However, surface thermodynamic potentia... Read More

Movement of palladium nanoparticles in hollow graphitised nanofibres: the role of migration and coalescence in nanocatalyst sintering during the Suzuki–Miyaura reaction (2018)
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Lodge, R. W., Rance, G. A., Fay, M. W., & Khlobystov, A. N. (2018). Movement of palladium nanoparticles in hollow graphitised nanofibres: the role of migration and coalescence in nanocatalyst sintering during the Suzuki–Miyaura reaction. Nanoscale, doi:10.1039/c8nr05267k. ISSN 2040-3364

The evolution of individual palladium nanoparticle (PdNP) catalysts, in graphitised nanofibres (GNF), in the liquid-phase Suzuki-Miyaura (SM) reaction has been appraised. The combination of identical location-transmission electron microscopy (IL-TEM)... Read More

The impact of sulfur functionalisation on nitrogen-based ionic liquid cations (2018)
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Santos, A. R., Hanson-Heine, M. W. D., Besley, N. A., & Licence, P. (2018). The impact of sulfur functionalisation on nitrogen-based ionic liquid cations. Chemical Communications, 54, (11403-11406). doi:10.1039/c8cc05515g. ISSN 1359-7345

It has been demonstrated that bonding and interactions within ionic liquids (ILs) can be elegantly tuned by manipulation of structure and the the introduction of functional groups. Here we use XPS to investigate the impact of sulfur containing substi... Read More

Valorization of lignin waste: high electrochemical capacitance of lignin-derived carbons in aqueous and ionic liquid electrolytes (2018)
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Sangchoom, W., Walsh, D. A., & Mokaya, R. (2018). Valorization of lignin waste: high electrochemical capacitance of lignin-derived carbons in aqueous and ionic liquid electrolytes. Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 6(38), (18701-18711). doi:10.1039/c8ta07632d. ISSN 2050-7488

This report describes the utilization of waste lignin-derived activated carbons (LACs) as high-energy/high-power electrode materials for electric double layer capacitors(EDLCs). The influence of carbon-pore structure on the capacitance of the LACs in... Read More

Direct correlation of carbon nanotube nucleation and growth with the atomic structure of rhenium nanocatalysts stimulated and imaged by the electron beam (2018)
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Cao, K., Chamberlain, T. W., Biskupek, J., Zoberbier, T., Kaiser, U., & Khlobystov, A. N. (2018). Direct correlation of carbon nanotube nucleation and growth with the atomic structure of rhenium nanocatalysts stimulated and imaged by the electron beam. Nano Letters, doi:10.1021/acs.nanolett.8b02657. ISSN 1530-6984

Sub-nanometre Re clusters confined in a single-walled carbon nanotube are activated by the 80 keV electron beam to promote the catalytic growth of a new carbon nanotube. Transmission electron microscopy images the entire process step-by-step, with at... Read More

Influence of water invasion on methane adsorption behavior in coal (2018)
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Wang, Z., Su, W., Tang, X., & Wu, J. (2018). Influence of water invasion on methane adsorption behavior in coal. International Journal of Coal Geology, 197, (74-83). doi:10.1016/j.coal.2018.08.004. ISSN 0166-5162

Fluid displacement is the fundamental process for subsurface fossil fuels extraction. Water invasion in coal seams is one of the routinely used stimulation approaches for coal seam methane extraction in underground coal mines. However, how the invadi... Read More

Self-assembly of chiral-at-end diketopyrrolopyrroles: symmetry dependent solution and film optical activity and photovoltaic performanace (2018)
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Hume, P. A., Monks, J. P., Pop, F., Davies, E. S., MacKenzie, R. C., & Amabilino, D. B. (2018). Self-assembly of chiral-at-end diketopyrrolopyrroles: symmetry dependent solution and film optical activity and photovoltaic performanace. Chemistry - A European Journal, 24(54), 14461-14469. doi:10.1002/chem.201802610

Chiral thiophene-diketopyrrolopyrrole derivatives have been synthesised to investigate the potential of stereochemistry and symmetry as a means of modulating properties by influencing self-assembly of these purely organic materials. In particular, de... Read More

A combined time-resolved infrared and density functional theory study of the lowest excited states of 9-fluorenone and 2-naphthaldehyde (2018)
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Hanson-Heine, M. W., Calladine, J. A., Yang, J., Towrie, M., Horvath, R., Besley, N. A., & George, M. W. (2018). A combined time-resolved infrared and density functional theory study of the lowest excited states of 9-fluorenone and 2-naphthaldehyde. Chemical Physics, 512, 44-52. doi:10.1016/j.chemphys.2018.04.014

A combined experimental and theoretical study of the infrared (IR) spectra of 2naphthaldehyde and 9-fluorenone in their ground and first excited singlet and triplet electronic states is presented. IR studies have also been carried out using supercrit... Read More