The focus of groups in this research area is to design, synthesize and characterize new functional materials. While there is a strong emphasis on application, such new materials often provide interesting insights and leads into other areas of chemistry.
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Research Summary: My research involves investigating the structural characteristics of molecules, either experimentally, by single crystal X-ray diffraction, or computationally, using quantum mechanical and force field calculations. Since the structure of a molecule has a direct relationship to its physical properties, this allows me to analyse and elucidate interesting physical phenomena, in particular the study of the porosity of various compounds.
Research Summary: In the Barbour group we exploit the principles of Crystal Engineering to design new functional materials. In particular, we are interested in the encapsulation of small compounds by noncovalent molecular assemblies. This includes sorption of gases into lattice interstices as well as the capture of substrates in molecular capsules or tubules assembled by means of hydrogen bonding or amphiphilic interactions.
Research Summary: My research involves the investigation of intermolecular interactions in the solid state in a number of different model systems, including sulfur-nitrogen heterocycles and simple organic salts. The eventual aim of this research is to allow design of molecular materials with interesting properties, such as magnetic or optical properties.